Good Little Martian

Brett J. Gilbert & Matthew Dunstan

Card game

1 or 2 players • 30 minutes

Published 23/06/17 • Cards v1.0 • Rules v1.0.1
Fixed typo in ‘Shuffling a discard pile’ section.

What you need

You need the 27 cards, plus 5 small tokens and 1 regular six-sided dice.

Good Little Martian is a cooperative survival game for 2 players (it can also be played solo), aged 12+ that takes about 30 minutes.

The game strands one player on Mars while the other player must take the reins at Mission Control back on Earth. The aim of the game is to keep the Martian player alive while the rescue ship travels from Earth. If the Martian loses all of their Food, Energy or Shelter before the ship lands, the mission is a failure!

The game uses 27 cards, plus 5 small tokens and a regular six-sided dice. Each player has a different deck of 12 multi-use cards; the other three cards track the Martian’s crucial resources and the ship’s progress to Mars.

The Martian’s resources are dwindling; their equipment unpredictable and malfunctioning. Mission Control can send instructions to help, but must also devote enough effort to keep the rescue ship on course and on time. Solar storms are a constant threat and the clock is ticking! Will the Martian survive?

About the designers

Brett J. Gilbert is a professional board game designer, which is every bit as lucrative as you might imagine. His first published game, Divinare (Asmodee, 2012), was recommended by the 2013 Spiel des Jahres jury; a fact he mentions purely in passing.

Matthew Dunstan is a scientist and game designer living in Cambridge, UK (far away from his sunny homeland of Australia). His first published game, Relic Runners, is being released by Days of Wonder in September 2013.