I just got Red Menace by White Dog Games in the mail. It's not a bad looking game for a Print on Demand affair. Economy is key.
One thing I can say is the counters are big and juicy. By big and juicy I mean they are 3/4" counters and they are about double the thickness of regular game counters. The counter are is nice and they are easy to read. Just a little nit pick would be to have all the aircraft either represented by an overhead view or a 3/4 view. A mixture of each isn't a bad thing just a personal preference.
Russia is very well represented with a range of bombers and interceptors. The US has the second largest aircraft inventory including a couple of B-58s. Pretty cool if you ask me.
Other countries represented are Canada, the UK and Cuba.
There is one game map. It's an 11x14 thick paper map. The printing is pretty nice. It's a flat finish and not glossy like some other paper maps. Again, economy is key. The Playing area represents the USSR ca. 1965, THe arctic circle and Canada down through the US to Cuba. The hexes are nice and big to accomodate the the ginormous 3/4" in counters. THe map is marked with the various cities that are targets for the OPFOR and a line of detection stations through Canada.
The game charts are nicely printed on card stock and are easy to read. There isn't a lot of flair in the artwork due to the fact that this game was originally designed as a print and play.
The rules are printed on basic white paper. They are nicely laid out and easy to read.
You can order the game in one of three versions: Print and Play where you get to do all the assembly work, A Folio edition that comes in a zip lock bag or a boxed version. I ordered the folio version but wish I had opted for the boxed version. Even though it was shipped in a padded envelope some of the counters came loose and the counter tree was broken in two in a few places. No big deal. I just punched and trayed the counters and everything is waiting a magazine sized ziplock for storage as soon as I can get to my local game store.
Me likey! I think it's a fine offering from White Dog Games and I'm looking forward to getting it set up and defending the US form the Russian onslaught. I don't know how much it would have added to the cost but I think it would have been cool to have the game map and all the charts and everything on one folded map.
R. Brent Ward
Thanks for taking the time to post an unboxing review. The AEW and FUEL aircraft were originally an overhead view but after some playtesting they were changed to a 3/4 view so they stand out from the pile.
When you start a new game those counters are placed aside for later (when a random event is drawn). The playtesters felt the overview of the AEW/FUEL aircraft were too similar to the bombers which made them difficult to locate quickly during setup.
Also, we probably could put the Reference sheet on the map but the Soviet Flights and Status Display player aids require writing during each play. Be sure to make a copy of the originals or download the electronic versions which are in another thread here on BGG. You can also download them from the Red Menace page at http://www.WhiteDogGames.com website. I laminate mine and use a wet erase.
Thanks again for your feedback.
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