I have been thinking about this game for the past 6 months since I got it for $15 on craigslist. Anyway the game is almost perfectly balanced and you can tell it was play tested very well. It almost always plays out that the Americans are sweating up until the very end. And I love the cards, specifically the text. "N.R.A. member come from the hills..." Anyway, the more I thought about the game the more I (naturally) wanted to add to it. The first thing that came to my mind was adding a 5th player. But how? Canada attacking America isn't fun or very different that what is presented.
So then I had this brilliant idea of adding the Middle east. It updates the game a little bit due to the current situation over there. So what I was thinking is something along the lines of this. (Bare with me since this is all just pure speculation.)
Fortress America: W/ Middle east expansion Saudi Arabia and Iran combine forces and decide to take advantage of the recent socialist revolution and attack on America by attacking America's foreign interest and oil supply in the newest American territory, Iraq. Israel (on behalf of America) quickly neutralizes Syria, Jordan and Lebanon. Turkey remains neutral . Now that the tide of red socialists are knocking on Americas front doorstep protecting the lifeblood of war , oil, is a must.
-In addition to the normal game. A new smaller board is places next to the main board. The smaller board is just the country of Iraq. Obviously There would need to be a new color and some extra units for America. -Baghdad is a city and acts like a city for laser placement and victory conditions. -The Global Liberation Army or GLA (Shamelessly stolen from Command & Conquer ) represents Saudi Arabia and Iran. These countries have no hover tanks or jets to place. But their infantry always act like partisans (if alone they role a d8). -The GLA takes their turn after the Americans. (Making them go last) -Americans can use their Partisans cards normally or place the troops in Baghdad. -The GLA has a limited number of forces like the other attacking players. Except that every turn they can put 2 infantry back into their reinforcements. -I want to add some kind of bonus for keeping the oil fields in Iraq that really helps the American player. One Idea: For every 3 oil field held in Iraq, the Americans get an extra partisan card per turn. -As expected if the GLA can take and hold Baghdad, the attacking player gets a bonus. Some idea I had was that if the GLA controls Baghdad, Americans cannot use their lasers.
Some additional ideas and thoughts. -If the GLA defeats all of the forces in Iraq, then they may place their units in any invasion zone on the main board. -Any of the invading players may place pieces in the GLA's invasion zones. -Obviously the GLA would be at a huge disadvantage against the other attacking players since there is only one city in Iraq.Im not sure what to do bout this.