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Raise Shields is a ultra-lite micro wargame that emulates space themed ship-to-ship battles as made famous in science fiction television shows, books, and movies.

At its core, the rules for Raise Shields are based upon the previously released Micro Wargame Pirate Sails. However, this rendition of the rules includes options for customizing your own spaceship for use in play as well as some simple options for campaign play.

A micro wargame is an easy to learn, fast to play, and inexpensive game for fans of wargaming who may not have enough time for a full-blown kitchen table spanning battle. A micro wargame can be played over a lunch break, on a train, on a plane, or just in the comfort of your own home when you have a free minute. All the micro wargames I put out will consist of 5-20 printed sheets of paper: Including rules, 1-2 playing maps, and one sheet of counters.

 
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Kenneth N April 12, 2019 10:21 pm UTC
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Noah, I'm confused on the movement speed vs stress, (4.4) move 5-6 and accumulate -1 stress, 2-4 no stress, 1 gets -1 and 0 gets -2 stress modifiers, shouldn't a movement of 1 and zero get + stress modifier instead of - stress modifier?
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Noah P April 19, 2019 3:09 pm UTC
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Kenneth, thanks for the question. The stress modifiers listed are correct. In outer space, because there is no air resistance, your ship would be moving indefinitely and infinitely through space in whichever direction it had moved last. Trying to speed up and go faster causes stress, but also slowing down and trying to stop causes stress as well. The 2-4 movement represents simply following the momentum the ship already has, so, therefore, no stress. Hope that clears things up.
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Kenneth N April 21, 2019 10:21 pm UTC
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Noah, OK, I guess I understand the concept, but I'm going to play with a house rule that the FIRST movement begins at 0, and after that, it follows your rules. That makes the most sense to me, once you are moving, stopping results in stress, but at the start of the game, the ship is not moving.
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Noah P April 24, 2019 2:54 pm UTC
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Sounds great!
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Joe M March 21, 2019 4:05 am UTC
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a nice game
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Noah P March 28, 2019 8:12 pm UTC
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Thank you, Joe.
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Jim A February 21, 2019 12:14 am UTC
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Hi Noah! Just to confirm how I have been playing it, the counters are two hexes by one hex in size. If either “half” of the ship is in the firing arc of the opponent’s weapons, it can be hit, correct? In other words, is it necessary that both hexes of the target ship or just one of the hexes be within the opponent’s firing arc in order to be hit? Thanks!
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Noah P March 01, 2019 9:52 pm UTC
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Hi, Jim! Just one part of the ship needs to be in the firing arc to be eligible as a target! Thanks for the question!
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Adam K February 15, 2019 10:33 pm UTC
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Few question about system:
-can I use models for this game?
-how big can be fleet to play?
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Noah P February 18, 2019 5:29 pm UTC
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Hi, Adam. Thanks for the questions. I'd say, yes, you can use models for the game so long as they fit on the hex grid map. I'd say micromachine size minis would fit. The minis from the board game "Battle Beyond Space" are great ones for this game, I think. If you have larger minis, you could always blow up the map and print it off larger to fit the minis. The only thing that matters is that you know what is the front and what is the back of your ship. As far as a fleet, this game is mostly designed to have one ship on each team for simplicity sake. However, as with the sister game to this (Pirate Sails) you can agree to have up to four ships per side. You'd just need to have a method for keeping track of which ship on the map matches which ship roster. Thanks again!
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Jim A January 26, 2019 1:24 am UTC
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This is a fun little game! One question I have is what is the starting number of crew on a ship? I assumed it was 10 because everything else (hull, shield, and cannons) starts at 10.
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Noah P January 27, 2019 12:32 am UTC
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Jim, yes. That is correct. I'll need to go back and correct that. Thanks for the input!
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