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Battlespace Games Releases Red Menace Solo Wargame

Nov 22, 2018

Red Menace from Battlespace Games is a solitaire war game pitting the strategic nuclear and defensive forces of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom against those of the Soviet Union and its client state, Cuba, in 1959. ?

The game focuses primarily on the role of strategic bombers, but other types of supporting aircraft such as Interceptors, Airborne Early Warning, and Aerial Refueling Tankers are also represented. The player takes control of the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. Decisions for the Soviet units are made by the game system using random events and dice.

The term “Red Menace” was used during the Cold War by the U.S. because it was believed that thousands of Soviet bombers could be unleashed at a moment’s notice. This turned out not to be true (the Soviets had several hundred bombers at best, and many had significant range limitations). ?

The game is not meant to be an accurate simulation of the actual capabilities of the strategic forces involved, but rather reflects what the governments and citizens of the U.S., Canada and the U.K. believed could happen. ?

Red Menace WW3 solitaire Board Game from Battlespace Games

April 12th, 2014

From Battlespace Games, Red Menace is a solitaire wargame pitting the strategic nuclear and defensive forces of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom against those of the Soviet Union and its client state, Cuba, in 1959. The game focuses primarily on the role of strategic bombers, but other types of supporting aircraft such as Interceptors, Airborne Early Warning, and Aerial Refueling Tankers are also represented. The player takes control of the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. Decisions for the Soviet units are made by the game system using random events and dice.

The term “Red Menace” was used during the Cold War by the U.S. because it was believed that thousands of Soviet bombers could be unleashed at a moment’s notice. This turned out not to be true (the Soviets had several hundred bombers at best, and many had significant range limitations). The game is not meant to be an accurate simulation of the actual capabilities of the strategic forces involved, but rather reflects what the governments and citizens of the U.S., Canada and the U.K. believed could happen.

Includes:

  • VASSAL Module
  • 11 x 17 Map (two 11″ x 8.5″ and one full-size 11″ x 17″ images included)
  • 12-page rulebook (10 pages of rules – PDF format)
  • Reference Sheet (Turn Phases, Random Events and Soviet Target Assignment)
  • Soviet Flight player’s aid (Aircraft in each Flight plus Assigned Targets)
  • Status Sheet (Submarine, Interceptor and Other Aircraft player’s aid)
  • Strategic Deployment and Scramble Rules – 3 pages of optional rules to increase the difficulty and an alternate way to start the game.
  • 154 x 3/4″ Counters (85 Aircraft)
  • US Bombers: B-47, B-52 and B-58
  • UK Bomber: Vulcan
  • Soviet Bombers: M-4, Tu-16, M-50 & Tu-95 with Kh-20 Missile
  • Cuba Bomber: IL-28
  • US/Canada/UK Interceptors: F-102, CF-100, Arrow and Lightning
  • Soviet Interceptors: Mig-19 and Su-9
  • Cuba Interceptors: Mig-19
  • Airborne Early Warning: EC-121 and Tu-126
  • Refueling Tankers: KC-135 and Tu-16E
  • 1 x U.S. Submarine: U.S.S George Washington
  • 3 x Soviet Submarine Attacks
  • 1 x Missile marker
  • 1 x U.S. Nike Defenses
  • 2 x Soviet Air Defenses
  • 14 x Random Events
  • 25 x Nukes
  • 10 x Soviet Flights
  • 1 x Cuba Flight
  • 11 x Soviet Cities

Red Menace solo wargame now available from White Dog Games

April 9th, 2013

New from White Dog Games is Red Menace, a solo wargame that’s now available as a boxed, folio,  or a print-and-play game. This is White Dog’s first solo title, and it’s a tactical game detailing defense of a nuclear strike. The game takes place mostly in the air, but there are some subs too. The defensive countries of the US, China, and Great Brittain are set against the Soviet Union and Cuba in 1959.

You can snag the boxed version for $37, the folio for $28, and the print-and-play for $15.