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Rare is the Era in which so much power has been concentrated into so few hands.

This is the Chronicle of such an Era.

In the Orion and Perseus Arms of the present day Milky Way Galaxy, the Vobian Hegemony, once undisputed masters of the known universe, struggle against the machinations of its former subjugates, the Meraxillan Sovereignty and Altai Realms, all against the backdrop of an extra-galactic invasion. Within this epic dynamic, the abducted colonies of Earth have coalesced into a Confederacy of States that for the first time suggests that Mankind itself will become ascendant.


Powered by the Universal Skirmish System™, Defiance: Vital Ground™ is a squad-level game of modern and science-fiction battles for use with 15mm or 25mm miniatures. Within this volume, you will find:

  • Fast-paced rules for fluid, tactical combat. With each attack resolved by just a few die rolls, players will find that how they use their troops is as important as which troops they choose to field.
  • The complete Army Customizer™ force-building tool. A varied, consistent, comprehensive and balanced construction system, the Customizer allows for step-by-step creation of just about any modern or science-fiction army that players can imagine.
  • Four complete army lists, pitched against the backdrop of an engaging and original star-spanning background with strategic and political depth. Each list was constructed using the Army Customizer—no cutting corners or fudging point values.
  • Professional artwork, fiction and graphic design to stimulate the imagination, all in one complete and ready-to-play package.

Welcome to the Defiance Universal Skirmish System™, the game of near future and science fiction tactical combat that lets you modify or even create the strategic setting in which your battles will take place. With force sizes varying from one unit to several platoons, each trooper matters, and the correct combination of mobility, firepower, command and control is crucial to your success.

The U.S.S. Army Customizer is a comprehensive and statistically based force construction tool that literally allows you to design any weapon, any trooper and any army that you can imagine, all the while being assured that your creation will be balanced for play against any other U.S.S. force list. A lot of work and testing went into the Customizer, and we feel that you will not find a more versatile or more balanced universal force construction tool on the market today.

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April 26th, 2008
A really good job of creating rules that allow for the use of different miniature sets in tabletop sci-fi play, even using a setting that shows the use of Victorian style miniatures in a sci-fi setting. One of the groups is, in effect, a cyberneticical [...]
October 30th, 2007
This is a great rule set from MJ12Games!!! I have to say this was the best reading rule book I have read in my 25 years of TTG, and RPG. So if you want a great set of Sci-Fi miniature rules I would say these are for you. Wes [...]
January 0th, 2005
Defiance: Vital Ground (DVG) is a very well designed and solid generic science fiction miniature game for 28mm or 15mm miniatures. The mechanics of the game are based around troop morale and training quality, and are aimed for staging somewhat bigger [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on March 17, 2005.