Terraforming Mars – Tutorial


Hello! Welcome to Dibs on Blue! My name is Stephanie and this is my sign name. Today, I want to show this game. It’s called Terraforming Mars. I want to show how to play it. It’s one of my favorite games. I absolutely love it. You can play with 1 to 5 players. And it takes like 90 to 120 minutes to play,
somewhere around there. It’s kind of a heavy game, I guess, but
it’s really fun! Oh, also, these wooden pieces that you’ll
see here on the table, they’re not in the game itself. I actually bought those from Broken Token,
just to let you know. But, they really help because that player
mat that you have for the game? You put all these cubes on there and what
happens is you nudge it and you get really irritated! So, this wooden tray really is a lifesaver. All the cubes stay in there! The concept is that this takes place in like
2400. So it’s way into the future. People are able to get to Mars, but the planet,
it can’t really sustain life. So, life can’t live on that planet. The goal, is that every player is connected
to a corporation. So, they’re associated with this corporation
and the corporation has to try to make the planet more comfortable, more habitable, and
so it can sustain life. The planet, needs 3 things. It needs to increase oxygen. It needs to increase the temperature. And it needs to increase the water, so the
oceans. All 3 of those have to be increased and once
they reach their limit, the game is over. Whoever earns the most points is the winner. The game has a first player token. Like this. But, I have a really cool piece that I got
from Broken Token. It looks like a spaceship. The game board has an outside edge called
the Terraform Rating, or TR. It’s basically like your victory point track. But really, it means it’s all about your
skills on changing the planet, so how well you’re able to change the planet. The oxygen meter, has a limit of 14 and that’s
the very max it can go. The temperature has a max of plus 8. The oceans have a max of 9. There’s different kinds of cubes. There’s 3 kinds in these little trays I
have here. There’s copper that’s worth 1, there’s
silver that’s worth 5, and gold that’s worth 10. You also have your player cubes, which is
whatever color you’re playing (of course I’m blue). There’s a white cube here and you can use
those white cubes for keeping track of the oxygen and the temperature and the generation. But, again, I have cool pieces from Broken
Token. So each player has a player’s mat. And that mat has 6 resources. There’s mega credits, which is basically
money. There’s steel, which helps build brown structures
(brown buildings). There’s titanium which helps build space
structures. There’s plants, power, and heat. The cards have different icons on them, and
there’s a lot. There’s buildings, space, power, earth,
jovian (which is really Jupiter), microbes (if I can spell that right), animals, plants,
science, and cities. So there’s quite a few. Some of the cards have no icons at all. And then others have a lot. If a card has a red tag on it, so a little
triangle on it, it means that’s a Corporate Era card. It’s kind of like an expansion to the game. It makes the game longer and a little bit
more complicated. So, if this is the first time playing, you
don’t have to absolutely use those you can just take those out and just set them aside. But, if you want to use them, that’s fine,
you can just take your normal cards and those cards and just mix them together. Um, there are 3 different kinds of cards. There’s red cards that are event cards. Green cards, that are kind of just like normal cards. And then blue cards are continuous and they
can help you throughout the game. And I can explain that later. To set up, put down the game board, obviously
in the middle of the table. The 9 ocean tiles, you put here on the board. The oxygen starts at 0%. The temperature starts at -30. And the generation track starts at 1. Each player has a TR rating to start with
of 20. Every player picks a corporation to work for. The game has starting corporation cards and
you can use those if you have like no idea how to play and it’s your first time playing. So those are really easy. If you already know the game though,
you’re like “yeah I got this,” you can use the normal corporation cards. So you pick 2 of those normal ones. And then you have to pick 1, you’re like “hmm… I guess I’ll pick this one.” You start at 1 for each resource and then
your corporation might give you some starting resources as well. If you use the starting corporation, it’s
pretty easy. That card just give you 42 money. And then other corporations, the normal ones,
can give you, for instance, 3 heat production and 42 money. They’re all different. So now, every player gets 10 cards. If you start with the starting corporation,
the beginning one, you get to keep all 10 for free If you have a normal corporation card, you
have to look at your 10 cards and then decide which ones you have to keep and which ones
you don’t keep. If you decide to keep a card, if you’re
like “I really want that one,” then you have to pay 3 money. Every card you have to pay 3 money. So, if you’re looking at all of your cards
and you’re like “I really want all of these,” then you have to pay 30. End of story. A normal corporation card has a little tiny
box on it and it explains what to do. And if you do that during the game, it helps
you. It’s kind of like an advantage. And I can’t spell that either. Advantage. So during the game you can get good things! And if it goes around and it comes back to
you and everyone passes, then it’s a new generation. Basically, it’s all about changing this
planet, right, which would take a really long time. So if you go around, everyone passes, everyone’s
done, you move up a generation. Go around again, move up a generation. First I really want to explain the player’s
mat. I can explain more about it later but some
of the cards change your resources, so let’s go over that. During the game, you really want resources. Each resource has numbers inside this box
of each resource. And you use your colored cubes inside that
box and it helps remember like how much of that resource you have. You get resources by making them, well, I
mean producing them I guess. You don’t have a limit of 10 though like
it says in the numbered box. You can go above that. So, if you have 11 resources for example or
11 production, you put down 2 of your colored cubes, 1 on the 10 and then another one on
the 1, which obviously equals 11. If you produce 11 of that resource, then you
put down cubes matching that amount, that value. Maybe, I don’t know, 2 silver and 1 copper,
to equal 11. But, now this is really important. Your money resource always equals that production
value plus your TR. So maybe your TR equals 25 and your production
value is 11, then you add your TR of 25 to equal how much money you have. You want to produce steel because those cards
that have brown building icons, that steel can help you pay for it because steel can
be used as money. It helps buy those cards. Each steel is worth 2 money. You want to produce titanium because cards
that have a space icon, titanium can be used as money. Each titanium is 3 money, which is really
cool. Oh, a warning here about buying cards, there
is absolutely no money back so… I’ll give you an example here. If I have 9 money, right, and I have 1 steel
and I want this card, which costs 10, but I can use my steel as money for that card
right? So steel is worth 2. So really I have 11 at my disposal. So, I can buy that card, but I don’t get
any money back. So. You have to be really smart about using your
money and your resources, so you have to be up on that! You want to produce plants and I’ll explain
that in a little bit. At the end of my turn, I look at my player
mat, and if I have any power cubes, those become heat. So you move those cubes over into the heat area. Heat is important too and I’ll explain that
later. During the game, if any of those things, oxygen,
water, temperature, increases, then you get a point! Because, well, the planet is changing and
it’s becoming more comfortable for human life. So you’d move your TR rating up the track. You earn a point. But, only up to the limit of those 3 things
can you earn points. Above their limits you can’t. So, for instance, you know oxygen has a limit
of 14% and that’s the limit. That’s the max. You can’t go above that. So like you wouldn’t be able to earn a point
for going at 15. If your oxygen rating goes to 8, you can increase
the temperature of the planet too. So that means you earn 2 points! The game has 4 different phases. The first phase is the player phase. And that means whoever goes first. So you decide who the first player is by giving
the first player token to the first player. The rule book says that the very very first
player is that the last time you played this game, whoever won that game is now the first
player of this game, but that’s up to you. So every round, the player token is given
to the next player in a clockwise order, and then given to the next player in a clockwise
order and so on and so on. The second phase is the research phase. Each player gets 4 cards. And they have to decide which to keep and
which not to keep. It’s kind of like during that set up phase,
where each player has 10 cards and they’re like choosing which ones to pay for. Remember you have to pay 3 money. But, so let’s say like we’re done setting
up right and we’re ready to play? You don’t get 4 cards during this. You have to wait until next time. So this third phase is the action phase. If you’re done setting up and you’re ready
to play, this is where you start, you start in the action phase. Every player has 2 possible actions that they can take. You can just do one action and then you’re
like “ok I’m done,” and then it’s the next player. Or, you can do your action and then your other
action, and then you’re like “ok I’m done,” and it’s the next player’s turn. Or, you can be like “ehh, you know what,
I don’t want to do anything” (or maybe you can’t), so you pass, and it’s the
next player’s turn. If they pass, and then the next person passes
and then everybody at the table passes and it’s back to you… everyone’s passed. So that means that the round is over. Possible actions? Phew… there are a ton, ok? So you have to think of which 2 you want to
do. The game board has a list of possible actions
and those are called Standard Projects. You can look at your cards and discard any
of the cards to earn money. So, if you discard 2 cards, then you would
earn 2 money. The next one is you can pay 11 and increase
your power production. The next one is that you can pay 14 and increase
the temperature of the planet and earn a point. The next one is that you pay 18 and you can
put down a water tile, so an ocean tile, on the board and you earn a point. The next one is you pay 23 and you put down
a greenery tile, but remember, that increases the oxygen too, so you would earn a point
for that. The next one you pay 25 and you put down a
city tile on the plant and increase your money production. So that’s it! There are some plants on the board, on the
hexes. And those mean you earn plant cubes, not increasing
your plant production. If there’s 1 plant on the hex, you earn
1 plant cube. If there’s 2 plants, then you earn 2 plant
cubes for yourself. If you put down an ocean tile, you have to
put it down on a blue hex. It has to be blue. If another player, puts down an ocean tile
and my ocean tile is here and theirs is next to mine, they earn 2 money. If it goes around and let’s say later, I
put down an ocean tile next to an ocean tile, I earn 2 money. If the board looks like this, and I want to
put down an ocean tile and I slide the ocean tile between 2 ocean tiles, then I would earn
4 money, 2 for each of those ocean tiles I’m next to. If I put down a greenery tile or a city tile,
I would put down a cube of my color on top of it. And that just means that I own it. That’s my tile. If I have a green tile that I own and I want
to put down a new greenery tile, it has to be next to it. If one of mine is already there, the new greenery
tile has to be next to it. And then my cube I would put on top of the
new one. You can’t have 2 greenery tiles far away
from each other that you own. A the end of the game, I would earn a point
for each greenery tile that I own. If you want to put down a city tile, you have
to follow these rules. If you see a greenery tile, you want to put
down your city tile next to it because at the end of the game, you earn 1 point, if
your city tile is next to or or surrounded by a number of green tiles. Let’s say it’s totally surrounded, you
would earn 6 points. If a city tile is here and you want to put
down another city tile next to it, you cannot do that. But there are special tiles in the game, all
of these. There’s one called Noctis City, and that’s
one of those. Some of the cards in the game allow you to
put down special tiles on the planet. If there’s a normal city on the board, and
you have Noctis City, you can scoot it next to another city tile. But if you put down Noctis City on the board,
then from then on in the game, other city tiles cannot go next to it. The game board also has this Milestones section. And there are 5 goals you can try to achieve. But, there’s only a limit of 3 of those
being possible to achieve. So the 5 of them that are on the board are,
if you have 25 Terraform Rating, if you have 3 city tiles on the board that you own, if
you have 3 greenery tiles on the board that you own, if you have 8 building cards face-up
in front of you (so you have them, you’ve played them), and the last one is if you have
16 cards in your hand. If any of those goals, so maybe you’ve achieved
one and you’re like “YAY!”… then you pay 8 and you put down your color cube on
the 8 and then you would earn 5 points at the end of the game for whichever milestone
you chose to claim. The board also has Awards, which are very
similar to the Milestones. There’s 5 of them. So there’s a limit of 3 again that you can
try to get, but this time, the money that you pay increases each time. If it’s the next player’s turn and they’re
like “alright I’ll pay 8,” and they reserve one of these awards and it comes back
to me and I want to reserve an award… then I would have to pay 14, not 8. So the 5 awards are, Landlord, which means
that at the end of the game whoeverthe has most tiles on the board… so whoever owns
the most tiles. The Banker, which means at the end of the
game, whoever has the most money production, not cubes, production. The other award is science, so a Scientist,
and that just means that at the end of the game, whoever has the most science tags on
their cards that they have. The next one is Thermalist, and that is that
at the end of the game whoever has the most heat cubes, not production. The last one is Miner, which means at the
end of the game you have the most steel and titanium. And we’re talking about cubes again, not
production. If I reserve the Landlord, for example, it’s
at the end of the game and I look at the board and I have the most tiles, I own the most
tiles, I’m like “YES! I earn 5 points!” But, if the other player has more tiles that
they own, that player earns 5 points and I only earn 2. So they’re first and I’m second. Ugh. So, if you have 2 players in the game it gets
even worse. They would earn 5 and I would earn nothing. So you have to be careful. If you reserve an award, make sure you can
achieve that. The player mat also has 2 actions available. You can see a red arrow on the player mat. If you have 8 plant cubes, you can take those
away and then put down a greenery tile on the board, which obviously increases oxygen,
which would get you a point. If you have 8 heat cubes, you can remove those
and increase the temperature, which would also earn you a point. There are other actions on your cards. So if you choose to play a card you have to
pay its cost, but maybe your resources are gonna help you out with that. Sometimes cards have other requirements. Not only do you have to pay the cost but maybe
you need um, for instance, this one says 8 oxygen, so 8%. It’s also 12 money that you have to pay. Some of the cards explain resources that you
either increase or decrease when you play them. If it says you have to decrease a resource
but you can’t, then you cannot play that card. If a card has a red outline on one of the
icons, that means you can target and go against another player. But, if that player can’t do whatever that
is, so maybe they don’t have enough money and they can’t decrease their money production,
that’s not a requirement, you can still play that card. If you put down an event card, uh let me see
here, like this (so event cards are red), they explain what to do on the card. So when you’ve done that you just flip it
over and you put it next to you. You keep those. If you play a green card, like this, you put
those off to the side and they stay by you. The cards you keep, you should stack them
like this because then it’s really easy to see all of the icons. If you play a blue card, so you’re like
“hey I wanna play this,” that also gets moved to the side and stays by you. But that card could potentially continuously
help you throughout the game. Sometimes they have possible actions that
you can take. Forever more you can choose that action on
the card. See the red arrow here on this card. Or at the end of the game you earn more points
sometimes for things that are on those cards. Each blue card is very different, in fact
all of the cards are very different, so just read them yourself. If the blue card says “Action” on it and
you’re like “hey I wanna do that action,” then you take one of your player cubes and
you put it on it. That means that in this generation, you’ve
already taken that action, I can’t do that again. You have to wait until the next generation,
and then you can do it. If the card, well any card really, has a brown
number in the corner. I don’t know like, uh, this. Then, at the end of the game you earn that
amount of points for your TR. Phew! I think that’s it I think I’ve talked
about all of the actions! The last phase is the production phase. First, very first thing… your power becomes
heat. So any power cubes that you have left moves
into your heat area on your player mat. All of the players are doing this pretty much
at the same time, they’re figuring out their resources and their production and how much
they earned and putting their cubes on the resources. But remember your money resource always equals
your production value plus your TR. Ok, so everyone’s done doing that. Then it’s a new generation. Blue cards that have your cube on it from
doing that action earlier in the last generation can be removed and now you can do that action again. Now we go through the player phase, who’s
first. So we pass that player token over to the next
player. Then we get 4 cards for the research phase
and we look through them and we decide which ones we want to keep and don’t keep. If, during the action phase, all of those
3 things on the planet (oxygen, temperature, and water) have reached their limit, then
the generation can continue, but then the game is over. Everyone figures out their production phase,
and then, there’s one last turn around the table. And that’s for if you have a bunch of plant
cubes, they can become a green tile. So everyone goes around and see if they can do that. And once that’s over we add up all the score. So everybody figures out their points. You start with your TR, you add awards, you
add milestones, you add any green tiles that you own on the board (remember your cube is
on top of them)… you earn 1 point for each green tile that you own, you add city tiles
(remember you get 1 point for each green tile around the city tile), and then you add up
all your cards… so if they have brown numbers you would add those, um, any of the blue cards
that could help you out, like this one is a microbe card and you earn points throughout
the game, any event cards, anything that really has a brown number on it you would add all
those up, so all your cards. Whoever has the most points would win. And if there’s a tie whoever has the most
money wins. Well, that’s it! I think I’ve explained everything about
the game. If you’ve enjoyed watching please subscribe
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4 thoughts on “Terraforming Mars – Tutorial

  1. Nice tutorial overall. A bit of nitpicking here – at 33:39 or something like that, maybe emphasize that for city points, you do not have to own adjacent greenery tiles. Adjacency is sufficient for points regardless of the ownership.

  2. I forgot I had no sound on desktop so this was awesome… Came here to sell my copy and thought maybe should try playing it solo one last time… and thought remind me again how this plays. HUG PROPS ans now I want more..

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