Mars Needs Mechanics – A steam punk bidding board game
Mars Needs Mechanics from designer Ben Rosset and Nevermore Games hopes to combine economic choices, a variable market, a steampunk theme, and a tough choice between using your resources for points or to get cards to give you an advantage into a winning card game. Each round in Mars Needs Mechanics has the players choosing which of several available cards to purchase. You have to be careful when you buy cards, since the market for the material you bought might fall out if you buy the card too early in the round. There are also nine different ‘Mechanisms’ in Mars Needs Mechanics (you only use a few per game) that you can spend cards to build, giving you an advantage of some sort. The goal of Mars Needs Mechanics is to use the market to amass the most money (‘Cogs’) by the end of the game. Prices for the different Components in Mars Needs Mechanics change each turn and Components can only be sold (getting you points) if you have at least three of that card, so you have to watch the market carefully. The artwork in Mars Needs Mechanics is nice to look at, and it certainly looks like a solid economic game, where carefully monitoring the market for different cards and buying at the right time will win the day. If you want to know more about Mars Needs Mechanics from Nevermore Games, you should check out the Kickstarter page and the official Nevermore Games web page.
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