I noticed this Tweet today:


***************** 5/13/19 UPDATE *****************

News on a release date has been hard to find but here’s a recent post from the Gale Force Nine Facebook page indicating that the Aliens board game will debut at Gen Con in August:

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***************** 4/24/19 UPDATE *****************

Here is a short interview with Gale Force Nine.  The Aliens discussion starts at 4:15.

Here are some takeaways that I noticed:

  • Scenario driven survival game
  • First Expansion: adds +5 marines and Burke with more sections (scenarios I assume?))
  • Second Expansion: adds the Alien Queen and more sections
  • The Expansions should be available almost immediately after the base game is released
  • No official release date 😦

***************** 2/6/19 UPDATE *****************

This is a pretty nice example of the game board that was just released.  I’m trying to decipher some of the cards but it’s been challenging.

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***************** 12/20/18 UPDATE *****************

Gale Force Nine just released a 2019 teaser video.  Unfortunately, there’s not much information on the Aliens board game.  At the beginning of the video, you can see some game components in the background they’re not discussed at all.  However, you can recognize familiar characters (Hudson, Ripley & Hicks) and cards with familiar lines (In The Pipe Five By Five, Bypass, Game Over Man & M41A Pulse Rifle).

If you watch the video at about 2:05, this is the only comment made about Aliens: “Aliens, a brand new game, will hit the market in the second quarter.”  This falls in line with the estimated May release date in my previous post (see below).

I will continue to post updates as I find them and thanks for reading!


***************** 11/16/18 UPDATE *****************

As one of the world’s leading authorities on the upcoming Aliens board game from Gale Force Nine, I am tentatively reporting a release date of May 31, 2019.  This date is purely speculative based on this Amazon listing which appears to be controlled by Gale Force Nine:

Aliens Amazon

I looked for corroborating evidence on the Gale Force Nine website and social media pages but couldn’t find any announcements about a release; so take that as you will.  I welcome Gale Force Nine to contact OiO and clear up any misconceptions.

***************** 11/11/18 UPDATE *****************

News on this game continues to be hard to come by but I found this post on the Gale Force Nine Facebook page:

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Bummer, I was hoping to be playing this by Christmas.  I think Hudson can best articulate my feelings:

On the bright side, I also found a couple of new pics on their Facebook page:

colonial marines

aliens

***************** 7/24/18 UPDATE *****************

Miniature Market is taking pre-orders for $35.50 here.

Other than that, new information on this game has been hard to find but I came across some images of what are most certainly character cards and what appear to be event cards:

ripley

hicks

vasquez

they're in the ceiling

they are coming

Feel free to make assumptions based on these images… Or you can let me make assumptions for you:

  • This has all of the makings of a dice-chucking extravaganza as many of the character abilities refer to re-rolling dice.  That’s fine by me but will be a negative for some.  I think it’s safe to assume that the characters’ stats listed above are probably the number of dice they’ll be rolling when attempting various actions.
  • Around the edges of the character cards are areas designated for WEAPONS and EQUIPMENT.  No surprises there, really.  I expect to see various weapons from the Aliens movie as well as equipment like body armor, motion trackers, etc.
  • I assume that the event cards ‘THEY’RE IN THE CEILING’ and ‘THEY ARE COMING’ are used to control the aliens’ actions.
  • It appears that ‘tunnels’ can open up virtually anywhere and start spawning aliens which is quite deadly and thematic.
  • ‘THEY’RE IN THE CEILING’ indicates that ‘blips’ and ‘aliens’ are two different things.  I would guess that ‘blips’ are simply ‘aliens’ that are not within the characters’ LOF but maybe there’s more to it than that.
  • I’m trying to wrap my head around how RANK will be used in the game.  I assume it refers to chain of command but I can’t think of how it will translate to gameplay.

That’s all I’ve got at the moment.  Feel free to add your comments or theories below.


***************** 6/19/18 UPDATE *****************

I’ve found a few new pictures of the minis.  They look good and it’s cool to see the Pulse Rifle, Smart Gun, Flamethrower, etc.  Hopefully the game is just as cool!

gf9 Aliens

GaleForce9 aliens


***************** 4/12/18 UPDATE *****************

There still isn’t much info about this game but John-Paul from Gale Force 9 discusses it briefly here at about 30:45.

If you don’t want to watch the video, here are some important notes:

  • There will be 16 Xenomorphs in the base game (with 8 different sculpts)
  • There will be 5 Marines AND Ripley in the base game
  • There is an expansion planned (+5 Marines, Newt, Bishop, Burke)
  • The game will be scenario based
  • The content of the game can’t be shown until the end of June

I’ll try to keep updating this page as new information is discovered.  Now back to my initial preview…


***************** ORIGINAL POST *****************

As my loyal readers know, I’m a huge fan of the Alien franchise so this is pretty exciting news. At the moment, there isn’t much information available about the game other than it’s a co-op miniatures game, it’s scheduled for release in September of this year, and it’s being released by Gale Force Nine.

That doesn’t provide me with much incite.  I would’ve preferred a ‘one vs many’ game because I always prefer direct conflict to co-op games, but I’ll make an exception for Aliens.  I’ve also never played a game from Gale Force Nine so I have no experience with the quality of their work.

That being said, I’ll probably buy it no matter what as the Alien universe is sorely lacking when it comes to board games.  To my knowledge, there only some dated 80’s games, a deck-building game, and an AVP collectible miniatures game.

None of those are what I want from an Alien game.  Based on the limited news so far, what I’d like to see is a dice-chucking, campaign-style, dungeon-crawl with lots of missions and modern board game mechanics… and of course face-huggers, chest-bursters, Alien queens, acid blood, overwhelmed marines, turret guns, motion trackers, and plenty of opportunities to yell my favorite Aliens quotes:

“They’re coming out of the goddamn walls!”

“Why don’t you put her in charge!”

“They mostly come out at night… mostly.”

“Game over man, game over!”

What would you like to see from Aliens the Board Game?

Until Next Time,

Rogue Hippo

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