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Alien vs Predator - The Hunt Begins from Prodos Games - Boardgameimage © Fox Entertainment Group

Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins is a boardgame from Prodos Games, set in the universe of Alien & Predator (the setting of the Alien, Predator and Prometheus movies).

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Wargame: Alien vs Predator

Current edition: Alien vs Predator (2015-2016-)

Rules: Alien vs Predator

Previous editions: none

Setting: Alien & Predator

Company: Prodos Games

Designer: Grzegorz Oleksy, Jaroslaw (Jarek) Ewertowski

Players: 1-3, Powers: Various, Different, Units: 

Turn structure:  , Movement: 

Playing time: 60-120 min, depending on the scenario, Play style: Competitive, Theme: Combat, Language dependency: Rulebook, cards, army lists

Features: Competitive, Miniatures, Random effects (dice)

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Alien vs Predator - The Hunt Begins from Prodos Games - Boardgameimage © Prodos Games

Rules

Ed1 v1.1 - Online version

Prodos Games: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins rules v 1.1 in French (PDF) (2015-08-18)

Prodos Games: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins rules v1.1 in German (PDF) (2015-08-19)

Prodos Games: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins rules v1.1 in Italian (PDF) (2016-02-07)

Prodos Games: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins rules v1.1 in Spanish (PDF) (2015-08-18)

Ed1 v1.2 - Published in the boardgame

Ulisses Spiele: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins rules v1.2.1 in German (PDF) (2016-07-26)

Ulisses Spiele: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins cards for v1.2 in German (PDF)

Ed1 v2.0 - Online version

Prodos Games: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins rules v2.0 (PDF) (2016-07-29)

Ulisses Spiele: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins rules v2.0 in German (PDF) (2016-09-28)

 

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Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins - Analysis

 

 

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Players

The player: Abstract player, leading one force.

Player skills required

  • Dexterity: You have to move your miniatures.
  • Planning: Although you don't have to plan your moves ahead, you'll do better if you do.

Number of players: 1-3. Better with 2-3.

Powers: Players can choose a force from a list of three different forces (Aliens, Humans, Predators).

  • Various: The players can choose from three different forces (Aliens, Humans, Predators).
  • Different: Two player cannot take the same force, so they will be different.

Units: In the Basic Game, the scenario dictates the units. in the Advanced Game, players choose units from their force list.

  • Various: The players can choose different forces.
  • Different: As every unit belongs to one force, and two players cannot take the same force, they will be different.

Choosing units: Various.

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Playing area

Playing area: Variable. The Basic Game scenarios has fixed maps. In the Advanced Game, you can set up your own playing area.

Playing area features: Realistic.

Terrain scale: Probably 1:1, but somewhat abstract.

Heights: Doesn't matter in the game.

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Playing pieces

The game uses 1:50 scale (often called 35mm scale) miniatures.

Units: Single miniature groups.

Playing pieces: ?

Playing piece ratio: 1 / 1. Every miniature represents a single actor.

Other pieces

  • Tokens: Activation markers? Health markers.

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Play styles

Abstractness: Realistic approach.

Cooperativeness: Competitive.

Immersion: Non immersive. The Human player can choose to reveal any unit from discovered Ping tokens. Any player can change the game using strategy cards.

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Rules

Randomness of the game: Some / Very.

Random effects: Dice (d10). Multiple dice. Exploding dice?

Randomness type: Linear?

Risk management: None?

Resource management: None

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Turn structure

Player activation: Taking turns

Duration of a turn: ?

Actions by the player: Not based on dexterity.

Taking actions: Taking action with a single miniature.

Time for actions: No time limit.

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Movement: Abstract. Playing pieces move one tile in one movement.

Theme: Combat.

Language dependency: Rulebook, cards.

 

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Sources & tutorials

Prodos Games: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins: Official page.

Prodos Games: Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins boardgame: Official page.

Beasts of War: Alien vs Predator articles: Beyond the Prodos boardgame, these also include news related to the Aliens and Predator universe

 

Reviews - Ed1 v1.1

 

Reviews - Changes between editions - Ed1 v1.1 to v1.2

 

Reviews - Ed1 v1.2

 

Reviews - Changes between editions - Ed1 v1.2 to v2.0

 

Reviews - Ed1 v2.0

 

Tutorials

Brettspiel Alien vs Predator "The Hunt Begins" von Prodos Games (in German): Very good and thorough tutorials in German.

 

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Have you played the Alien vs Predator: The Hunt Begins boardgame from Prodos Games? How do you like it? Would you recommend them to others? Tell your opinion in the comments!

 

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