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PHOBOS RISING
Had this on the shelf for a while,and tried it out for the first time today.
Quite a neat,compact design.It's playable in about an hour,and is very hard to win.
You have one unit which represents a small team of rebels who are trying to overthrow the Government/Company by doing evil things to the Martian Internet.They do this by travelling across the hostile martian surface between locations and performing actions such as Recruiting,Hacking etc when they get there.you recruit your team from a selection of guys and equipment on a limited budget.opportunitys exist to aquire more as you play through the game.The problem is you have a limited amount of time to accomplish your mission,and at the start,you don't even know what your mission is ! ( you uncover it as you go,then have to complete it).There is NO turn track.Each turn you draw an operations card (you start with 8) and depending on a pass/fail mechanic will obtain more equipment and time (cards added to the Ops Deck) or loose same.Another interesting mechanic is the 'Net Level' This starts at 1 and can be increased by successful hacks by your team.This gains you tactical advantages in battle,but also increases the security forces around the installations,making it tougher for your team to succeed.
The pressure is on from the get-go,and every decision is vital.I have yet to win,but WILL try again.
Very reasonably priced and available from Decision Games.If you have been tempted by this,but are still sitting on the fence,i encourage you to give it a go 👍
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It seems to me this could be applied to a role playing game like Diaspora to model crime families, street gangs, interstellar diplomacy, or something like that.

+Brad Murray 

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Like most truck stops, it's kinda shabby but the food is fantastic.

Portals sing
Are you listening
In the Blue
XM's glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland

Gone away, is the Frog herd
Here to stay, is the Blue bird
We sing a great song,
As we go along
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland

In the city we can link a snowman
And celebrate that he is shiny blue
He'll say are you harried
We'll say no man
But we can do the job
No Frogs to be found

Later on
We'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland

Portals sing
Are you listening
In the Blue
XM's glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland!
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland!

@Bergenholm, RES, L13

Portals sing
Are you listening
In the Blue
XM's glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland

Gone away, is the Frog herd
Here to stay, is the Blue bird
We sing a great song,
As we go along
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland

In the city we can link a snowman
And celebrate that he is shiny blue
He'll say are you harried
We'll say no man
But we can do the job
No Frogs to be found

Later on
We'll conspire
As we dream by the fire
To face unafraid
The plans that we've made
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland

Portals sing
Are you listening
In the Blue
XM's glistening
A beautiful sight,
We're happy tonight
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland!
Smashing the Enlightened Hinterland!

@Bergenholm, RES, L13

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