In the distant future, the earth has all but died, it’s resources all but depleted, each land mass overpopulated to starvation. That is the reality which propels humanity to search for a new home. Mars.
It’s a common trope in sci-fi. Mars is the next frontier to be conquered in our modern age space race, so naturally it inspires many stories of colonisation, exploration, aliens and disaster in all manner of works of fiction and in popular culture.
In the story for our group project, our narrative is not too dissimilar. The citizens of Earth begin colonising Mars, however resources on their new home are scarce. Fearing starvation, some people even turn to cannibalism to survive. Earth sends the last of their resources to Mars to stave off this grim future, however the ship crash-lands somewhere on the planet and those among the survivors of the colony must retrieve these resources before everyone succumbs to their doomed fate.
In our board game, there are five main characters. A harvester, Military Sergeant, Engineer, Medic, and Navigator. They all must work together utilising their specialised skillset in order to survive, reach their goal, and return to the colony. Along the way they encounter obstacles, aliens, sickness, and other challenges which the players must overcome to survive.
We feel this narrative will compel some very interesting gameplay, with a lot of challenges and a hint of randomness to keep players coming back for more.