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Terraforming Mars is getting a series of novels based on the board game

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Strategy board game Terraforming Mars is being turned into a new series of books by the publisher behind the Keyforge and Pandemic novels, Aconyte Books.

Set in the far future of 2400, Terraforming Mars sees humanity landing on the Red Planet and attempting to make it a habitable place for people to settle down. Struggling to improve the harsh conditions of the planet and scuffling with rival corporations also looking to profit from human expansion, Terraforming Mars presents a world filled with potential conflict.

Aconyte Books will translate this conflict into a series of novels inspired by the setting of Terraforming Mars, with the books looking to tap into the game’s underlying spirit of “optimism and scientific progress”. Partnering with FryxGames - the publisher behind Terraforming Mars - Aconyte is planning to draw on the science-fiction aspects of the tabletop title to provide a “much needed escape to a different world”.

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Terraforming Mars is a board game for one to five players that sees players competing as rival corporations hoping to turn the inhospitable world into a paradise for humanity. Despite the fact that players are fighting for victory points by reaching various milestones and gaining awards, Terraforming Mars is also a semi-co-op game in that all players must collectively help with the terraforming process. By acquiring new cards, players can invest in beneficial projects that lead to additional victory points. The better a player’s terraforming rating, the more resources they’ll receive at the end of each round.

Once all three global parameters have been met - temperature, oxygen and ocean - whichever player has the most victory points from completing milestones, earning awards and cultivating a good terraforming rating is named the winner.

Terraforming Mars was created by Jacob Fryxelius, with artwork from Isaac Fryxelius, who co-founded FryxGames along with his brothers in 2011.

Terraforming Mars board game layout

Aconyte Books is a division of tabletop giant Asmodee - owner of board game studios including Fantasy Flight Games, Catan Studio and Z-Man Games - previously announced to be handling novel adaptations of series such as Twilight Imperium, Pandemic, Keyforge, the Arkham Horror Files universe and Descent: Journeys in the Dark. The Amazon listing for Descent book Shield of Daqan resulted in the next entry in the dungeon-crawler series being leaked earlier this year, before being confirmed recently as Descent: Legends of the Dark.

The first Terraforming Mars book is set to be released next summer. Aconyte has also confirmed that additional books based on the board game are on the way.

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Alex Meehan: After writing for Kotaku UK, Waypoint and Official Xbox Magazine, Alex became a member of the Dicebreaker editorial family. Having been producing news, features, previews and opinion pieces for Dicebreaker for the past three years, Alex has had plenty of opportunity to indulge in her love of meaty strategy board games and gothic RPGS. Besides writing, Alex appears in Dicebreaker’s D&D actual play series Storybreakers and haunts the occasional stream on the Dicebreaker YouTube channel.
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