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Red Menace (2nd Edition)

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The 2nd edition includes all new artwork for the map, counters, reference sheets, cards, and new rules, units, and scenarios.  The use of cards for Random Events and Soviet Cities (for Soviet AI Target Assignment) instead of chit-pull is also new for this edition.

Using the rules and scenarios, you may also play on Tabletop Simulator here:

Feb. 10, 2021: written review by No Dice No Glory

Feb. 21, 2021: Added an Italian translation of Red Menace rulebook and scenarios by Enrico Buffo.

April 12, 2021: Added a Spanish translation of Red Menace rulebook and scenarios by Juan Fco. "hammermig" Luzón.

Dec. 17, 2021: video review by The Player's Aid.

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. to describe the Soviet Union.  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. 

Number of Players: One
Playing Time: 60-90 minutes
Age: 12+
Complexity: 5 (out of 10)
Solitaire Suitability: High
Unit Scale: Groups, with some Squadrons; Soviet Air Divisions.
Time Scale: 1 to 1.5 hours per game turn
Map Scale: 500 miles per hex
Designer: R. Brent Ward
Developer: Barry Kendall


  • VASSAL Module
  • Tabletop Simulator Mod (requires rules and scenario book from this edition)
  • One 19-page Rulebook (14 pages of rules)
  • One 7-page Scenario Book
  • One 11" x 17" Color Map (Full and Two Halves)
  • One 11" x 17" B&W; Map (Full and Two Halves)
  • 150 3/4" Counters
  • Two 11" x 17" Reference Sheets (Full and Two Halves)
  • 21 Random Event Cards (2.5” x 2.5”)
  • 12 Soviet City Cards (2.5” x 3.5”)

For more information, see the Publisher's Homepage.

Red Menace 2nd Edition is also available in Print-On-Demand format from The Game Crafter.

Counter Manifest:

3 x CF-100 (INT)
1 x Arrow (INT)
3 x IL-28 (BOMB)
2 x Mig-19 (INT)
1 x Cuba Flight
14 x Tu-16 (BOMB)
13 x M-4 (BOMB)
10 x Soviet Flights (A-J)
9 x SA-2 Air Defenses (SAM)
6 x Mig-19 (INT)
4 x Tu-95/Kh-20 (BOMB)
4 x Tu-95 (BOMB)
2 x SA-2 Air Defense (SAM-Moscow)
2 x Tu-28 (INT-Moscow)
1 x M-50 (BOMB)
1 x Su-9 (INT)
1 x Tu-126 (AEW)
United States:
12 x B-47 (BOMB)
9 x B-52 (BOMB)
6 x F-102 (INT)
3 x B-58 (BOMB)
2 x F-89H (INT)
1 x Nike Air Defense (SAM)
1 x F-106 (INT)
1 x Nike Air Defense (SAM-DC)
1 x KC-135 (FUEL)
1 x EC-121 (AEW)
1 x USS George Washington (SUB)
1 x Polaris Missile
United Kingdom:
2 x Hunter (INT)
1 x Vulcan (BOMB)
1 x Valiant (BOMB)
1 x Victor (BOMB)
1 x Lightning (INT)
1 x Bloodhound Air Defense (SAM)
10 x 5-point Nukes
3 x 1d6-point Nukes
2 x 10-point Nukes
2 x 8-point Nukes
2 x 7-point Nukes
2 x 6-point Nukes
2 x 4-point Nukes
2 x 3-point Nukes
1 x 10+1d6-point Nuke Moscow
1 x 10+1d6-point Nuke Washington D.C.

Map and Reference Sheet Samples:

Red Menace 2nd Edition Map & Reference Sheets

Unit Samples (9 of 30 unique units):

Red Menace 2nd Edition US Counter Sample

Red Menace 2nd Edition Soviet Counter Sample

Red Menace 2nd Edition UK Counter Sample

Random Event Card Sample (1 of 19 unique cards):

Red Menace 2nd Edition Random Event Card Sample

Soviet City Card Sample (1 of 12 cards):

Red Menace 2nd Edition Soviet City Card Sample

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Danni Lee L July 24, 2021 10:10 pm UTC
Is there a VASSAL edition of this game that comes with the download from Wargames Vault?
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Brent W July 24, 2021 10:37 pm UTC
Yes, it's listed as the first item under Contents in the description.
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Danni Lee L July 24, 2021 10:45 pm UTC
Then take my money now, dammit!!
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Don M April 24, 2021 11:26 pm UTC
Have now played this around 10 times, both as a PnP and on Vassal. Thoroughly enjoy this game each time I play. I'm going to try some of the optional rules I have found on BGG to make it a little harder for the Aliies.
One of my current favourite solo games currently.
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RJ R December 03, 2020 4:44 pm UTC
WoW. Avro Arrow. I'm in. Bought the game as a "deal of the day" and can't wait to shoot down those Soviet Migs.
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ANTOINE A December 03, 2020 7:53 pm UTC
Same. Nice graphics. Maybe I'll see some nukes this winter ^^
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Denis L March 20, 2020 10:13 pm UTC
What is meant by "Watermarked" PDF? Does the watermark(s) appear only in the margins, or will it be found everywhere on the cards, board and counters?
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Brent W March 20, 2020 10:48 pm UTC
Hi, I'm not sure why it shows watermark because that feature is disabled. I just confirmed it is still off. It's not a watermark in a traditional sense as the background of each page, like in MS word, but in the footer (name and order number). There is a small "i" icon next to the Watermark PDF on the right column of this site. Click on that icon and it will show you an example. Only the rules, scenarios, counters, and cards are in PDF format. If there is a watermark, it will be below any real content. It won't be on maps or reference sheets. No one has complained about a watermark interfering with their printing of RM2.
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Denis L March 20, 2020 11:47 pm UTC
Thank you for your quick reply Brent. I wanted to be certain I would not see a watermark like the "Sample File" in the full size preview :)

Being relatively new to this site, I had completely missed the INFO button ("i" in the grey bubble icon on the extreme right). That answers my question as it clearly explains what is meant by "watermark" --> your name and order # shows up in the footer of each page.

As the game includes (via a random event) the possibility of seeing an Avro Arrow in action, you've just convinced me to pick it up! Cheers! :D
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Brent W March 21, 2020 1:17 am UTC
Thank you!
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Patrick C March 20, 2019 9:23 pm UTC
It has the Avro Arrow? :)
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Brent W March 20, 2019 9:38 pm UTC
Yes, the Arrow is introduced through a Random Event (drawn once per turn). In the game, the Arrow gives Canada an interceptor with long-range interception capability (and better attack rating than the CF-100). Since most scenarios end before all 21 Random Events are drawn, it's possible the Arrow may not be available as well.
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Peter L January 28, 2019 4:51 pm UTC
Any upgrade path for Red Menace 1st Edition customers?
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Brent W January 28, 2019 5:01 pm UTC
Yes, if you purchased 1st edition PNP at Wargame Vault since 2014. Within minutes of release, an e-mail was sent out to all previous customers of 1st edition with a link containing a discount. If your settings do not allow sellers to contact you, this would be why you didn't receive it. Contact me at with your Wargame Vault order number and date of purchase. The 1st edition at White Dog Games in 2013 does not have an upgrade. This is because it is a different publisher.
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