Space Cadets: Away Missions Announced By Stronghold Games.
January 19, 2015 - 12:01pm
Details have finally come out about Space Cadets: Away Missions Stronghold Games first Kickstarter campaign. This game is a bit of a departure for Stronghold though they have been known to put out games with lots of plastic before (Crude: the Oil Game). But this game has as many as 100 detailed plastic miniatures. In addition to this being a departure from the styles of game that Stronghold normally puts out, this is also the first Space Cadets game not designed by Geoff Engelstein or either of his kids Brian or Sydney. This title is actually designed by Dan Raspler and Al Rose. With art being done by William Bricker who has done the art for the two latest Space Cadets expansion Dice Duel - Die Fighter and Resistance is Mostly Futile, along with Garry Haggerty. Stephen Buonocore president and founder of Stronghold games prides himself on not generally being a user of Kickstarter to fund his games. He has talked about this project a few times over the past few months as being something that he had not tried before and not being within his wheelhouse to judge demand for the product.
Space Cadets: Away Missions moves us into an entirely new market. To ensure that this market does exist for us, we are employing Kickstarter for this project only. We are using Kickstarter in the same manner as much larger companies than us have done in the past when they reached into new markets. Stephen Buonocore - Stronghold GamesThis is beautiful cooperative miniatures game centered around the exploration of space. Set as a prequel to the other two games within the Space Cadets series. You will get to do the exploration of galaxies far far away and discovering new alien races who are likely not so thrilled to see you. These rather upset races will offer a variety of challenges to you. While the publisher did not include a components list in their announcement, they did post one on the Board Game Geek page for the game.
- 1 Rulebook
- 1 Scenario book (with 20 scenarios)
- 33 Standard Map Tiles
- 14 Scenario Map Tiles
- 15 Scenario Tile Markers
- 11 Hatch Markers
- 6 Rocketeer figures
- 85 Alien figures:
- Leader 8 Leader figures
- Saucermen figures
- 12 Leech figures
- 12 Thrall figures
- 7 Sentinel figures
- 5 Brain figures
- 20 Bug figures
- 34 Alien Tokens
- 26 Discovery Tokens
- 12 Alert Tokens
- 23 Rocketeer Action Point Markers
- 6 Rocketeer Order/Scan Markers
- 10 Wire/Alien Blood Markers
- 1 Rocketeer/Alien Reference Sheet
- 1 Overkill reference Sheet
- 6 Rocketeer Character Sheets
- 35 Rocketeer Gear Cards
- 16 Alien Discovery Cards
- 6 Alien Schematic Cards
- 7 Alien quick-reference Cards
- 5 Dominated Brain-in-a-Jar Cards
- 10 Rescued Thrall Cards
- 8 10-sided dice (four matched colored pairs)
- 71 plastic stands for standees
- 36 Red cubes
- 22 Blue cubes
- 36 Green cubes
Stronghold Games is proud to announce Space Cadets: Away Missions, the third standalone game in the Space Cadets franchise of cooperative and team space-themed games.
Space Cadets: Away Missions is a cooperative, scenario-based, tactical action game set in the Golden Age of science fiction, making it a thematic prequel to the first two Space Cadets games. In this game, players take on the roles of adventurous human spacemen (“Rocketeers”) who explore UFOs, acquire alien technology and fight hordes of hostile extraterrestrials.
Each turn, Rocketeers spend action points on activities such as firing atomic rifles, analyzing exotic equipment, or subduing the malicious Brain-in-a-Jar. When the Rocketeers are finished, the Aliens take their turns by following simple movement and combat protocols. Seven types of hostile Aliens threaten the Rocketeers, from the repulsive Mind Leeches to the rampaging titanic Sentinels.
Space Cadets: Away Missions has scenarios linked in a campaign story arc. These "Away Missions" are set at various locations, feature different combinations of Aliens, and have diverse objectives for the Rocketeers to achieve. Hexagonal map tiles are arranged to form the locations, such as flying saucers, rocket ships, and space stations. Cooperation, tactical planning and a bit of luck are essential if the Rocketeers are to overcome the relentless horde of little green men.
In a departure from its previous publications, Stronghold Games will launch a Kickstarter campaign for this game, which is the most ambitious project in its 5+ years in the hobby game industry. By utilizing Kickstarter for this publication, Space Cadets: Away Missions will contain as many as 100 detailed, professionally-sculpted plastic miniatures to represent the heroic Rocketeers and the rampaging Aliens. Stronghold Games will print this impressive project at Ludofact Germany, the leading printer of hobby games in the world, where the best-selling miniatures board games in the world also have been printed.
As an added bonus, free worldwide shipping will be offered to the Early Adopter Pledge Levels of the Kickstarter campaign for Space Cadets: Away Missions. The project is scheduled to deliver to Kickstarter backers in August 2015. The game will be available in retail venues at a date after it ships to all backers.
The Kickstarter for Space Cadets: Away Missions will begin within days of this announcement.
“We wanted to publish a game in our Space Cadets franchise, which not only has incredible gameplay, but also is beautiful to behold on the table”, said Stephen Buonocore, President of Stronghold Games. “With as many as 100 plastic miniatures, Space Cadets: Away Missions moves us into an entirely new market. To ensure that this market does exist for us, we are employing Kickstarter for this project only. We are using Kickstarter in the same manner as much larger companies than us have done in the past when they reached into new markets.”
About Stronghold Games LLC:
Stronghold Games LLC is a publisher of high-quality board and card games in the hobby game industry. Since 2009, Stronghold Games has released many highly-regarded games, including the best-selling “Survive: Escape From Atlantis!”, the most innovative deck-building game, “Core Worlds”, the smash-hit game line of “Space Cadets”, and its latest copublished game line “Among The Stars”. Stronghold Games publishes great game designs developed both in-house and in partnership with European publishers. Stronghold Games LLC is a Limited Liability Company formed in the State of Delaware, USA.