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Corpses

This variant makes things a little easier on the heroes, changes the strategy a little, and also is necessary for the next following variant, which adds a cool new option to the martians.

When a hero is killed, the player places that hero card and all of their items carried off to the side in one pile, rather than discarding them. The event cards, as usual, are not affected: they will remain in the player’s hand and belong to the new hero coming into play. Tip the hero’s playing piece over on the board in the space he was killed. This is his corpse.

Any hero standing in the same space as the corpse may ‘search’ the corpse as they would normally search a building. The hero gives up their entire move and instead takes a single item from the corpse’s pile to the side of the board and adds it to their inventory. If this brings them over their carrying limit, they must discard as normal. A hero may not search a corpse if there are any martian figures in the same space.

A corpse will remain on the board for the rest of the game unless removed. There are three ways to remove a corpse. First, if the corpse ever rests in a space with a fire token, it is immediately removed. Second, if the corpse ever rests in a space with any martian figure(s), without a hero figure in the same space, the corpse is removed. Third, if the corpse ever rests in a space with a martian saucer, it is removed, regardless of hero presence. When a corpse is removed, discard any remaining items from the pile and remove the dead hero’s figure from the board. If the corpse was removed due to fire, discard the hero card to the game box. If the corpse was removed to either instance of martian presence, the martian player may decide whether to discard it to the game box or capture it. The next variant describes what the martian player may do with a captured corpse.

Heroes may move player corpses using the following rules: Any hero may spend 1 movement point during a move action (provided the hero did not choose to search instead) to throw a corpse in his space into any adjacent space. The hero is allowed to throw the corpse through a wall, but not a hard wall, and not through the grayed out bleachers sections in the big top tent. This allows the heroes to keep the body of their companion away from the enemy until they can retrieve their goods, and also helps the heroes prevent the martians from conducting horrendous experiments on their recently deceased friend!

One final rule: The Zard beast is huge, and hungry, and he sometimes desires human flesh. If the Zard beast ever “captures” a corpse (by being the only martian figure without a hero), it is instantly devoured, and the martian player must discard the hero card to the gamebox. All items are discarded from the pile as normal. Note: The Zard beast will overwrite the martian saucer’s pull: so, if both are present, the corpse is devoured.
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I like it! Hopefully we can play-test it sometime at the Dojo.
 
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