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I am looking forward to this game, but I must ask: why can you only play on one half of Mars? Maybe an expansion would have the other half of Mars available??
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csimian wrote:
I am looking forward to this game, but I must ask: why can you only play on one half of Mars? Maybe an expansion would have the other half of Mars available??


I hate to break it to you, but the oceans take up more than 9% of the surface area, too!
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Presumably, public opinion was split, with half of Earth desiring exploitation/colonization, and half demanding that Mars remain unchanged. Consequently, players are only allowed to raise the temperature of (and introduce water, life, and atmosphere to) one side of the planet.
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I think I recall that each hex approximates a percentage of Mars covered. A double globe map of Mars would look cool, but could be confusing. A stretched rectangle wraparound map (imho) would be kinda bland, but I like how they used up the extra space with off world sites and indicators.

Furthermore, you won't fill up the map before game's end, there's still plenty of growth to be had after the game draws to a close.

Don't let that stop you from playing the game though--gameplay wise the map is solid. This is a great game!
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Somebody start a kickstarter for a 3D Globe game board for this game ... NOW!
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WBuchanan wrote:
Somebody start a kickstarter for a 3D Globe game board for this game ... NOW!


I did get an inflatable Mars globe for my son...
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And the half that is shown does not include Olympus Mons, the most famous geological formation not on Earth.

It's not like it's far away. It's just barely over the western edge, a few hundred miles past the Tharsis Montes.

Here's a map that shows both Olympus Mons and Ganges Chasma (the eastern edge of the map in the game) in the same hemisphere.
http://karmalimbo.com/aro/pics/refer/mars-map-whole.jpg
(Admittedly this is a projection map rather than a view from orbit.)

Has the designer commented on why the particular map was chosen?
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csimian wrote:
I am looking forward to this game, but I must ask: why can you only play on one half of Mars? Maybe an expansion would have the other half of Mars available??

I have an answer to that, but that is classified information... whistle
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abdiel wrote:
Has the designer commented on why the particular map was chosen?

According to the rulebook:
"The game board has an accurate map of the Tharsis region of Mars, including Valles Marineris and 3 of the 4 great volcanos. Only the region around Olympus Mons is missing. The areas reserved for Ocean tiles are low in elevation so water will naturally flow there. The plant bonuses around the equator simulate that the higher average temperature will make it easier for life to thrive there. Mountain ridges have steel and titanium bonuses, while other interesting sites may have a card draw bonus, like the Viking site where the first man-made lander touched down."
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Mark Watney already "scienced the shit" out of the other half.
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The other half was left as a reservation for the native Martians.
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I will play as the Atreides, Bene Gesserit, Emperor, Fremen, Guild, or Harkonnen.
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Fryxen wrote:
csimian wrote:
I am looking forward to this game, but I must ask: why can you only play on one half of Mars? Maybe an expansion would have the other half of Mars available??

I have an answer to that, but that is classified information... whistle


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Actually, the Mars image in the game spans more like 1/4 (rather than 1/2) the surface area of Mars. The image appears to be the one taken by the Viking orbiter from Mars orbit:



In this image, the horizon hides a good portion of the hemisphere underneath. If you compare to the images taken from Earth, which show essentially one full hemisphere, you'll see that they show much more area:



(The area depicted in the game is completely contained in the lower right half of the upper right image)

Edit: I presume Jacob's choice to use a fraction of one hemisphere has to do with game aesthetics and accessibility, even if it seems strange to us space nerds
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