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--- Contest closed! ---

With over 200 cards and many other thematic details, Terraforming Mars covers a lot of sci-fi ideas. So I though a little guessing game with the designer (me) might be fun:

Post in this thread ideas that you think might not be in the game, even though it would fit the theme (terraforming, mars, space colonization, future tech etc.). Every reasonable idea that is not in the game or in a prototyped expansion (you'll have to trust me) recieves 1 geek gold.

You are free to suggest several ideas, but no duplicates please.

Now shoot!
(As a side note: This kind of contest is also in the game - the card Invention Contest where your corporation sifts the ideas from prominent researchers/inventors.)

Note: Entries such as household details, jokes, near duplicates etc. are not deemed relevant to the game, but are welcome nonetheless

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If I thumbed your entry, I have checked it. Summary of entries below:

Relevant but not in the game:
Singularity
Nuclear salt water rocket or any other space propulsion system
Space Marines
Seasons are only reflected indirectly
CO2 and UV to produce O2
Aphelion
Damocloids
References to Ray Bradbury, Warhammer, Arthus C. Clarke, C. S. Lewis, Edgar Rice Burroughs, Isaac Asimov and Philip K. Dirk (can't reward for every single writer of a Mars novel though shake) Including The Martian references.
Religion
Personal wingsuit/jetpack/rocketboots
Hyperloop (Martian Rails is included though, which might use similar tech)
Van Neumann machines (micro format), including nanomachines
Cloning
Worm holes
Intelligent aliens, including artifacts, monoliths, wars etc. Includes alien animals etc.
Large scale 3D-printing (not specifically in the game, but probably a natural part of construction)
Cydonia Face Monument, other monuments
Cryo-sleep (probably used in the generation ships though)
Advanced Medical Tourism on Mars (including male pregnancies and whatnot) Longevity treatments are already in the game though.
Dyson ring/sphere (a little early for that, but some pre-stages are in an expansion prototype)
He-3 mining
Temporal anomalies
Drugs and other legal or illegal substances
Telepathy
Stopping ongoing projects
Verteron Array for redirecting comets
Canals
Especially rare and valuable resource
Planetology research (including meteorites from Earth, Venus, moons)
Solar sails
Waste recycling, including radioactive
Orbital immigration facility (there are 2 other cards concerning immigration though)
Space Tethers
Espionage (was in for a long while, but was taken out because it didn't fit the gameplay being time consuming and not rewarding enough)
Water desalination (imported water will not be very salty, but it is likely that original water is, and that any oceans may 'quickly' become salty)
Backwards social movement advocating a simpler life. (The Reds are in an expansion though, opposing terraforming.)

In the game:
Space Elevator
Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator (kind of)
Beagle 2 (kind of, Viking's there)
other planets
Little green men (you can search for Life, although these Little green men are very small indeed - microbes) This includes all smaller life-forms and fossils, and panspermia research.
Martian low gravity is incorporated in at least 2 cards.
Asterism
Coronal Mass ejection (Solar flare in an expansion, 0.5 gold)
Electromagnetic radiation
Igneous rocks
Kuiper belt
Neutrino (presumably)
Nucleosynthesis (fusion is in, this is close so you get 0.5)
DNA/RNA
Thermal radiation
Tremolite (not in specifically, but in practice because of normal mining, 0.5 anyway)
Botany (Food production)
Recreation
Windmills for heat production (yes, quite inefficient)
Genetically engineered lichen
Anti-terraforming locals / activists / terrorists / ecopoesis (in expansion)
Zeppelins
Climate feedback (both positive and negative, 0.5)
Independence movement (in expansion, 0.5)
Von Neumann machines (10+ kg)
AI
Phobos and Deimos usage
Crashing comets to produce atmosphere
Generation ships for colonization of other stars
Space mirrors for heat / energy
weather control
Magnetosphere generation
Perchlorate usage
Event deck (expansion)
Research facility on the top of Olympus Mons (on a card, not on the map because OM is just beyond the horizon - but the tallest mountain in the solar system just had to be in the game)
Pathfinder (or rather Curiosity)
Mars University
References to Heinlein, Kim Stanley Robinson and Hitch-hiker's guide to the galaxy
Raiding, sabotage
Radiation shielding (on 5 cards if you include magnetisphere generation. Besides normal atmospheric shielding)
Pandemic (expansion), includes pests, vermin (0.5 anyway)
Nuclear detonations
Land squabble
Laws, politics etc.
Carbon nanotubes and similar materials (in the space elevator)
Shuttles
Control room
Shipyard
Dust storms (expansion)
Martian water sources
Greenhouse gas production
Meteor strikes
Artificial ozone layer (using other compounds as well that can protect from stronger radiation)
Biome domes
Mudslides (expansion), triggered volcanues (no marsquakes)
Interstellar colonization including interstellar propulsion techniques.
Moholes /boreholes
Geothermal energy
Antimatter (in Physics Complex, although not explicitly, 0.5)
Immigration
Social / political movements (expansion)
Worker motivation (psychology, force, genetics etc.) indirectly on a couple of cards (so 0,5).

--- Contest closed! ---

I would like to thank everyone who participated in the contest. A lot of cool ideas to consider for expansions here , but even more that were already in the game or in an expansion prototype, despite your best efforts to find things not in the game.
There are of course also a lot more things in the game that have not even been guessed at here...
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Re: CONTEST! What's not in the game?
The Singularity.

Zubrin's "nuclear salt water" rocket system. (Well, just about any weird thing from High Frontier I suppose).

(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nuclear_salt-water_rocket)
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Re: CONTEST! What's not in the game?
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With over 200 cards and many other thematic details, Terraforming Mars covers a lot of sci-fi ideas. So I though a little guessing game with the designer (me) might be fun:

Post in this thread ideas that you think might not be in the game, even though it would fit the theme (terraforming, mars, space colonization, future tech etc.). Every reasonable idea that is not in the game or in a prototyped expansion (you'll have to trust me) recieves 1 geek gold.

You are free to suggest several ideas, but no duplicates please.

Now shoot!
(As a side note: This kind of contest is also in the game - the card Invention Contest where your corporation sifts the ideas from prominent researchers/inventors.)
I Think Matt Damon is not featured in any card of this game! (and that's a shame!!! whistle)
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Re: CONTEST! What's not in the game?
Black holes
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Re: CONTEST! What's not in the game?
An Illudium Q-36 Explosive Space Modulator.
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A flux capacitor?
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Re: CONTEST! What's not in the game?
A towel?



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Re: CONTEST! What's not in the game?
Giant worms
Space marines
Beagle 2
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A white hole.
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Re: CONTEST! What's not in the game?
A space elevator.

I think it would be much easier to build one on Mars than on the Earth, and very useful to send exports back to Earth to raise more capital.
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A towel?



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other planets
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Little green men?
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Seasons?

Gravity only 40% of Earth's.
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My two cents:

What about making Oxygen using carbon dioxide and ultraviolet light?

http://www.livescience.com/48125-oxygen-made-from-carbon-dio...

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The TARDIS
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Active galactic nuclei
Aphelion
Asterism
Aurora Borealis
Bok globule
Cannibal coronal mass ejections
Damocloid
Dark nebula
Deep-sky objects
Eclipsing binary
Electromagnetic radiation
Event horizon
Globular cluster
Heliosphere
Igneous rock
Kuiper Belt
Neutrino
Nucleosynthesis
Omega centauri
Ribonucleic acid
Thermal radiation
Tremolite
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Three boobied hookers?
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Botany (gotta feed those people)

Recreation/Olympic competition (downhill dirt skiing the Olympus Mons)

A nod to Warhammer (reference to the Machine God or a Tech-Priest)

A callout to Ray Bradbury (for the classic Martian Chronicles)




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Religion
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From the 'Guess the SF story' department, transitioning to more generic concepts (though undoubtedly many still based on)
* A silica-based lifeform, building ever-larger pyramid-shaped 'shells'
* Windmills as a way of generating heat
* Genetically engineered lichen
* Anti-terraforming protests by the locals
* Zeppelins
* Wingsuits
* Hyperloop
* Jetpacks
* Rocketboots
* Climate feedback loops cancelling out otherwise beneficial effects
* "Independent Mars" political movement
* The discovery of fossils as a way to block/delay particular types of terraforming
* Von Neumann machines (as nanotech)
* Von Neumann machines (human-scale)
* AI
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Phobos & Deimos Research / Usage. Maybe even Destruction of Phobos and Deimos to create an asteroid belt?

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Crashing comets into the planet to help produce an atmosphere.

Cloning.

Generation ships to help in space colonization.

Giant mirrors to catch the light from the sun and warm up the planet.

Bussard ramjet for propulsion.

Wormholes for quick transportation to/from planet.
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Some sort of strife with aliens who are trying to exploit planetary resources.

Beam-powered propulsion.

Application of Project Orion (nuclear propulsion).

Electrostatic ion thrusters.
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Alien Obelisk.
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