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Cover of Red Alert: spaceships battleRed Alert

In effect, this is Commands & Colors in space Richard Borg's latest development of his wargame system. For the terrific spaceship models we have to thank the publisher (PSC stands for Plastic Soldier Company), who also produce the WW1 game, The Great War.

The game pits two rival space fleets against each other with several different classes of warship, from little fighters to whopping battleships. The battleship models are about 8 cm long and the rest of the game is to this scale the map, a cloth rather than a board, is 142 x 100 cms. You need plenty of space for this one.

As with the other games in this family, players play cards to control their forces and roll dice to resolve combat. Destroyed units are worth points, according to their strength, and first to a target number wins. This game has no history to draw on for battle scenarios, of course. Instead it starts with a couple of learning scenarios that introduce the game's mechanics. After that, players spend points to 'buy' ships for a formation given by the scenario.

In addition to the base game, I have the initial set of expansions (Escalation Packs see below) that provide different spaceships, extra scenarios and hazards. And, because I supported the game on Kickstarter, I have a set of extra spaceship squadrons: add one of your choice when ordering the base game (while stocks last).

For 2 players, aged 12+, playing time 90 minutes: 90.00 (75.00 without tax outside the EU)
 

In stock

Plus bonus squadron:


Red Alert
was designed by Richard Borg and is published by PSC Games

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Escalation packs

Vice Admiral

Cover of the Vice Admiral Escalation pack

The pack adds a second Flagship (and with its cap fighters) to both sides, along with the appropriate markers and a couple of scenarios that incorporate the Vice Admiral. For me, the big bonus is having an extra Command card in hand: 16.00 (13.33 without tax outside the EU)
 

In stock

 
Dreadnought

Dreadnought Escalation pack

The pack includes an 11 cm Dreadnought model and fighters for both sides. Unlike the Flagships' cap fighters, these fighters attack, making the Dreadnought unit seriously powerful. Also in the box are the appropriate markers, along with a couple of scenarios that incorporate the Dreadnoughts: 16.00 (13.33 without tax outside the EU)

In stock

 
Carrier

Carrier Escalation pack

Like other capital ships, the carrier is accompanied by three fighters. However, the Carrier can launch its fighters, separately or together, to attack enemy ships. The pack contains models for both sides, markers and a couple of scenarios: 16.00 (13.33 without tax outside the EU)

In stock

 
Logistics & Space Platform

Logistics and Space Platform pack

The heftiest escalation pack contains one space station and eight transport ships in grey the markers tell you which side they belong to. The former has a long range when attacked, the latter have minimal combat strength, but score double points for planets or exiting the battlefield. Also in the box are the appropriate markers, along with four scenarios: 18.00 (15.00 without tax outside the EU)

In stock

 
Space Rift

Space Rift Escalation pack

This zip-lock contains the tiles and rules (plus a couple of scenarios) for this deep space feature. The rift drifts across the battlefield (that's what the dice are for) and ships that get entangled in it can suddenly find themselves somewhere else: 12.00 (10.00 without tax outside the EU)

In stock

 
Meteor Storm

Meteor Storm Escalation pack

Now there are meteors randomly appearing (that's what the dice are for) and hurtling across the battlefield . This adds a hazard for both sides to avoid though ships can try to destroy any dangerous meteors. The zip-lock contains the tiles and rules (plus a couple of scenarios): 12.00 (10.00 without tax outside the EU)

In stock

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