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Shoot People in Space

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I am excited (and nervous!) to introduce Shoot People in Space!

Shoot People in Space (from here on, SPEIS) is 94 pages of wargaming goodness, offering rules for building and fighting with science fiction miniatures.

The game is intended for head-to-head play and perfectly suited to multi-player chaos but can also be played solo or with two players teaming up against the bad guys.

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The typical gaming army size is from 8 to maybe 15 figures, making the game easy to collect and build for. If you already have armies for games like Renegade Scout or enemy squads painted up for Five Parsecs you can probably sit down and play right away.

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Gameplay is heavily inspired by early sci-fi games like Laserburn, Combat 3000 and Spacefarers in spirit, though not in exact mechanics.

Battles are fought in phases with alternating activations: In the action phase your figures take turns carrying out one action (moving, firing, doing something else) while in the firefight phase most figures can fire (potentially shooting a second time).

Combat uses a simple 2D6 table with several unexpected factors built in: Firers can fumble or inflict critical hits and the use of a separate Threat die can cause surprise reactions such as the targets diving for cover or firing back. Gun battles plays out quickly and chaotically. 

The rules also provide an additional element of liveliness by troops occasionally going out of control: As a result of combat, they may be running away, holding a position or rushing at the enemy and will continue to do so until they are brought under control.

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The usual slew of extra options are included including things like blowing up terrain and blasting through doors.

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Troop types include 3 figure teams of infantry, single characters and bikes (including “drifter” hover bikes) with additional rules included for combat robots, random giant monsters and more. You can select from 11 species taken from the Unified Space game setting and preconfigured load-outs are available to make army building time be as fast as possible. A points system is included to allow pick-up games.

The game can be played with any single-mounted scifi figures you have and works in both 15mm and 28mm.

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SPEIS is intended for head-to-head play with 10 scenario objectives to pick from, but we also offer tools for non player forces and a random unit generator. These are great for solo play or to have a third party force show up mid battle if you like. 

Options are provided for persistent play: This allows you to build a roster of units and when you use them in battle, they will be able to level up (or die). This allows you to experience a degree of progression even if you are primarily playing pick up games against random forces or in a club setting with multiple players. The “Mercenary mode” focuses things by restricting players to a single force that they have to use over multiple games while trying to achieve bounties. 

Finally 5 pages of Game Mastering advice is provided for players who want to experience sci-fi miniatures gaming the way it was back in the day.

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SPEIS is a perfect middle ground between the man-to-man campaigns of Five Parsecs and the much larger battlefields of Renegade Scout / Clash on the Fringe and is adaptable to almost any style of gameplay from pick-up games with prebuilt armies to Game-mastered campaigns to solo action.

 
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Nicola B June 20, 2022 8:14 pm UTC
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I have a pretty serious doubt and can't seem to find a clear answer in the rules.

It is said that squaddies each activate individually during the action phase, but then later under "group shooting" it appears that only one figure actually gets to shoot, with potential "to hit" bonuses from the other two.

How does it work exactly? Does each squaddie get to shoot or is it always only one of them that does the actual firing?
What about the Firefight phase?

Thank you very much for any clarification.
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Ivan S June 20, 2022 8:16 pm UTC
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Cheers!

Squaddies must take the same action (p.11 under Action Phase). When moving, they all move individually and move in different speeds (p.16). When shooting, select one figure to "take the shot" and get a bonus for the rest (p.20)

I hope that helps?
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Nicola B June 21, 2022 2:07 pm UTC
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I think I got it now, thanks!
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Darrin W June 13, 2022 12:06 am UTC
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I think I've finally found the perfect small scale squad combat game for myself. I'm just playing solo nowadays , I find the painting and modeling aspect of the hobby to be therapeutic, and am looking for rules that aren't to deep but still strategic enough to make them fun. This game feels just right. Really like the cover and the commodore 64 style font too. Looking forward to many more games.




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Ivan S June 13, 2022 12:37 am UTC
PUBLISHER
I am so glad to hear it :)
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Mads J June 08, 2022 12:56 pm UTC
Gawddanggit Ivan -your output is just insane! Here I am, currently looking for a head-to-head skirmish game to supplement your excellent 5 Parsecs From Home and was just sifting through your prolific catalogue, and then you go and drop another one!
I think it's about time you help us out here and put up some sort of matrix of how all the different games compare -I'm thinking model count, board size, complexity, modes (co-op, solo, head-to-head), setting and such. As of now I got analysis/paralysis trying to wrap my head around all the options☺
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Robert S June 05, 2022 7:12 pm UTC
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Love the cover...pretty sure it's most of the reason I bought it.
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Ivan S June 05, 2022 10:01 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Jason absolutely nailed that but I hope you enjoy the game too :)
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Robert S June 06, 2022 1:42 am UTC
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Oh yeah.
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David M June 04, 2022 11:46 pm UTC
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Will this book follow a hard limit of 94 pages, or could future updates possibly increase the page count?
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Ivan S June 04, 2022 11:48 pm UTC
PUBLISHER
Cheers!
There was one section I just could not get to work and I cut, so if I can get that done later I might add it in.
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This title was added to our catalog on June 04, 2022.