Quinns: What are you doing RIGHT NOW? Swallow that food! Drop that baby! We’ve found a board game you should buy. It’s kind of what we do around here.
Mission: Red Planet is a game of racing to colonise Mars in a congenial, steampunk fashion. 3-5 players jostle to load their tiny astronauts into ships on the launchpad board, these land them on the planet board, and you all try and dominate regions and fulfill secret objectives in a game of area control.
That’s the idea, anyway. It’s probably written on a post-it somewhere in mission control. Mostly, you ‘ll be looking at your private hand of character cards, from which you must play one card each turn. And oh no. Oh no. You’re turning pale. You’re trembling. Opposite you, a player throws up in his mouth a little bit.
It takes 5 minutes to explain Mission: Red Planet, after which you and your friends will blast off in a game lasting 10 turns, and built from 10 excruciating decisions.