Sunday, March 21, 2010

Commodities of Martian Rails: Eco-Biotiques

Martian Rails (2009), the crayon board game manufactured by Mayfair Games about railroading on the Red Planet in which players build tracks and haul freight, has a long list of cool commodities that players can transport to generate revenue for their rail companies. For example:

Eco-Biotiques -- Bioengineered plants utilized to terraform and change the ecology of Mars. Technicians began with modified algae and lichen. As the atmosphere thickened, they progressed to flowering plants. The earliest and henceforth heartiest flora, came from isolated settlements deep in the Mariner Valley.

Martian Rails is loaded with references to Martian SF!

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