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Marcin from Assault Publishing Sponsoring Member of TMP01 Sep 2017 9:16 p.m. PST

I'm very happy to annouce, that Shadows in the Void wargame was released yesterday in the morning!

Shadows in the Void is a unique spacefighter combat miniature wargame based on highly modified core rules of Hind Commander (mainly simplified and streamlined) and inspired by classic ancient Chinese military treatise The Art of War. Unlike most games within the genre, Shadows in the Void focuses on stealth, electronic warfare, and the interactions between spacecraft in your squadron. It certainly is not a "Red Baron in space" ruleset – you won't see many dogfights during the battles.

Instead, combat in Shadows in the Void takes place over extremely long distances and at huge speeds. Often, detecting the targets and locking your weapons on them is the most important aspect of the game – exactly like in Hind Commander.

One of the most important aspects of the game is the lock-on system. Before you launch a missile at an enemy craft, you have to lock your weapon on it – but you have to do this before the movement phase, which gives your opponent a chance to react. As the hits can be really deadly (weapons are for killing!), this introduces a risk management aspect.
In most of cases, the spacecraft carry fairly limited amounts of ammunition, which means that you will have to choose your targets wisely, especially during bigger games. In the heat of battle, there is little margin for errors, which have serious consequences – unless Lady Luck is on your side.

It is also the first AP game which comes with dedicated miniatures range (1/600, manufactered by Oddział Ósmy), which are fully compatibile and complementary with their PSF 6xx sci-fi range.

Definitely it's not the common beer&pretzel ruleset, but "must have" position for space combat wargame maniacs :).

More about the ruleset is on Assault Publishing wabpage.

Umpapa02 Sep 2017 2:00 a.m. PST

Ooo, great, I will have to try it.
Minis looks verrry nice, either.

nvdoyle Inactive Member02 Sep 2017 9:17 a.m. PST

Sounds interesting – wonder how well it's translate to larger ships?

Marcin from Assault Publishing Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 1:18 a.m. PST

Better suited for smaller units. Althought in the future I'd like to add commanding carriers to the game. But these are loose plans and which depend on success of core rules.

emckinney03 Sep 2017 7:47 a.m. PST

Y'know, "Cart" should probably be spelled correctly.

Marcin from Assault Publishing Sponsoring Member of TMP03 Sep 2017 8:19 a.m. PST

What do you mean?

Edit: got it!

Marcin from Assault Publishing Sponsoring Member of TMP09 Sep 2017 11:07 p.m. PST

Vera Mk.I

B-34 Vera bomber – this huge heavy hitter with be added to the game soon. Painted in colours of "Fire Dragons" 558th Special Strike Wing of Confederated Outer Colonies (assigned to COCSS Epsilon Indy carrier) :)

Marcin from Assault Publishing Sponsoring Member of TMP14 Mar 2018 10:47 a.m. PST

Today I have released free demo version of the rulebook.



Akalabeth Supporting Member of TMP27 Mar 2018 9:01 a.m. PST

Very cool that you released a demo version and that it includes all the main rules, though- just thinking that 40 pages might be a bit long for some people to get a taste for the game, even if only 30 pages of that is rules.

Marcin from Assault Publishing Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Mar 2018 1:00 a.m. PST

This model was quite succesfull with "PMC 2640 – The on Echidna", so I used the idea again. Anyway it's not full 30 pages, about 10 of them are examples.
"Shadows…" are both very coherent and compact game (considering complexity) in terms of rules design, so it was very difficult to remove big pieces of core mechanic without destroying their sense [in practice I removed only planetary missions from core rules]. Also it gives very smooth passage from demo to full version.

Akalabeth Supporting Member of TMP28 Mar 2018 10:10 a.m. PST

Yeah for sure if it worked before, the same audience would probably enjoy the format again.

Marcin from Assault Publishing Sponsoring Member of TMP28 Mar 2018 10:55 a.m. PST

I like playing open cards. I could do either longer demo which shown the game or cut version which is not accurate and misleading or even not playable.

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