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Moonbase Alpha

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Chris Taylor
2 or more
Play Time:
90 minutes

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The two men knelt in the shadow of the rock outcropping and gazed at the destruction in the crater below them. Combat reporters, they made their living with words, but this time words failed them. The ambush had been perfectly executed. For less than an hour of soundless fury, moondust had erupted below them as the well-hidden crawlers, MCUs, and PMC soldiers of the Luna Mining Corp poured fire into the exposed ranks of the troops and MCUs of Mond Bergbau AG. Now as the dust drifted lethargically down, the two men could see wreckage and death spread out before them across the lunar surface...

Moonbase Alpha, from designer Chris Taylor, is a simulation of lunar combat in an alternate history between two exo-planetary private corporations that have hired private "security" companies to enforce their territorial and intellectual property rights. In Moonbase Alpha, the first player to inflict enough casualties on his or her opponent to drive their stock price down or earn enough profit to maximize their own stock price wins a major victory. The corporation with the highest stock price at the end of negotiations wins a minor victory.

What's In The Box?:

• One 16-page, full-color Rules booklet
• One 11" x 17" cardstock game map
• 78 thick, double-sided, multi-shaped game pieces
• 25 Upgrade cards
• Two Corporation data sheets
• 12 Plastic suppression discs
• Four six-sided dice
• One 11" x 17" mounted, jigsaw-cut game map
• One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
• One beautiful box cover sleeve
• One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
• One charcoal desiccant packet


Game Design and Documentation: Chris Taylor
Development: Chris Taylor
Map Art: Scott Everts
Playtesting: John Conner, Scott Everts, Mark Goss, Olivier Irisson, Tom Slawik, Jason Young
Proofreading: Bill Barrett, Rick Partin, Ian Wakeham


In Space, Nobody Can Hear Your Share Price Fall by Roger's Reviews (BoardGameGeek)
If you're someone who loves games that simply ooze theme from every facet of the game, or if you're someone who really likes old school action packed sci-fi, then you will really enjoy Moonbase Alpha. The premise of rival corporations duking it out over assets on the moon does not require a great leap of reason to imagine, and everything in the game, from the style and art of the cards and counters to the way the rules are written immerse you in this fictional alternate future environment from the get go. 

My favourite elements of this game are the variable strength forces that are unknown until tested in battle, the action tokens that make every decision important, the movement rules that require a lot of planning, and the very interesting combat system. They all mesh together beautifully to create a believable narrative structure to hang your game experience on, and in my book there's nothing better than that. 

Moonbase Alpha, over and out. Get it today.

Game Resources

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