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2010
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Aliens: This Time It's War
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The Company has colonised the planet LV-426. Contact with the "Shake and bake" colony is lost. The Company sends a team of Colonial Marines, with Ripley as "Advisor", to find out what has happened at Hadley's Hope.

Aliens: This Time it's War is an unauthorised, non-profit and non-collectable card game set within the boundaries of the hugely influential 1986 sci-fi film, Aliens.

Consisting of two balanced 60-card decks, the game pits two players against each other in a life or death struggle. One player takes the role of the Colonial Marines, and his opponent assumes control of the hordes of deadly xenomorphs.

At their disposal, the Colonial Marines - very tough hombres - have a roster of high-tech, state-of-the-art weaponry.

The Alien player's objective is to eliminate all the Marines, before they escape the planet and "Nuke the entire site from orbit."

The game has an asymmetrical design, with both decks featuring different cards and abilities. Aliens: This Time it's War is played using a 5-column system, representing consecutive melees. Gameplay is quick and bloodthirsty with Marines butchered frequently, and aliens destroyed by the well-placed use of cards.

Numerous tricky decisions must be made throughout. For instance, the Colonial Marine player could choose to deploy the Powerloader during the Reactor Chamber battle, but the resources that this would require make it a very risky, but rewarding, play. Similarly, the Alien player can deploy the Alien Queen at any time during the conflict - she's free to play aboard the Sulaco, but hugely expensive if used during the APC Withdrawal, for instance.

Primarily a combat-driven card game, each player must manage his deck of cards effectively to win. In addition to simple, unique abilities, each card also has two values: power and cost. No icons are used.

Aliens: This Time it's War can trace its parentage back to San Juan, Magic: The Gathering, Battle Line, BattleTech CCG, and Iliad.

Victory Conditions:

  • The Colonial Marine player wins if she manages to "Nuke the entire site from orbit".
  • The Colonial Marine player wins if she reaches and survives the Sulaco Loading Bay battle.
  • The Alien player wins if Ripley and all the Colonial Marines are either killed or cocooned.
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Components:

  • Two decks of cards: 61-card Aliens deck, and a 62-card Marine deck.
  • Five Battlefield cards: Reactor Chamber, APC Withdrawal, Ops Centre, Dropship Evac, and Sulaco Loading Bay.
  • 15 beads, pennies or counters.
  • One Airlock card.
  • One "Nuke the entire site from orbit" card.
  • One Ripley card.
  • One Newt card.
  • One Sgt. Apone card.
  • One Cpl. Hicks card.
  • One Pvt. Hudson card.
  • One Lt. Gorman card.
  • One Pvt. Vasquez card.
  • One Pvt. Drake card.
  • One Pvt. Frost card.
  • One Cpl. Ferro card.
  • One Pvt. Spunkmeyer card.
  • One Cpl. Dietrich card.
  • One Pvt. Crowe card.
  • One Pvt. Wierzbowski card.
  • One Bishop card.
  • One Burke card.

(Other than being double-sided - with the flip-side featuring the manner of the Marine's unfortunate demise - each character card has a Survival Rating, indicating the likelihood of them surviving to the end of the game. For example, Frost and Dietrich have a low chance of survival, whereas Hicks has a high Survival Rating. Also, certain character's deaths have hugely detrimental effects on the game, such as having to discard a card, or in Cpl. Ferro's case: the Colonial Marines having to fight an extra two turns on the Dropship Evac Battlefield, while Bishop remote pilots down another UD-4L Cheyenne Utility Dropship to Hadley's Hope - unless Bishop is also dead, and then it really is "Game over, man. Game over").

Please note: This game is strictly for adults - with profanity on many of the cards.

You can explore the card list here: Card Compendium

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3 Aliens - Lines´ Redesign - Portuguese Version
This is the portuguese version of Lines´ re-design, inlcuding portuguese rulebook. Translation and text layout by Marcelo Marques (Marael). Thank you Marcelo!
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2014-01-30
7 Aliens: This Time it's War! blank cards pt 2.
Blank aliens cards for language variations.
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2013-11-27
8 Aliens: This Time it's War! blank cards pt 1.
Blanks of marines and locations for language variations.
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2013-11-27
19 Rules (CapAp version)
This is a rule book I made for CapAp's redesign (thanks to CapAp for taking the time to make such a good redesign). I intended just to use it myself if I ever needed a refresher on the rules, but thought others might find it useful too. I've never done anything like this before and just made it with MS Word, so don't expect too much. If anyone would like to use any part of it to make a better version please feel free.
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2013-11-19
8 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Heroes in a Half Shell
Variant for Aliens : This Time it's War featuring the Turtles.
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2013-08-08
16 Player Aid for CapAp edition
This is a card manifest and turn order summary (featuring images from my version).
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2013-05-30
17 Rules in minibook form
A version of the rules but in an 8 page minibook format with a front cover and back cover using graphics taken from the images section of BGG. The rules are the v1 rules uploaded by Mark Chaplin with the additional errata uploaded by Robert F-C.
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44 Aliens: This Time It's War - CapAp's Redesign Parts 1-6
Part 1 of my (English*) revision of Mark Chaplin's "Aliens: This Time It's War". Contains 4 pages of Aliens cards. (See http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/926128/capap-redesign-fourth... for details).
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15 Aliens - Lines´ re-design sticker
Sticker for the tokens used in the game, to be glued on 1" wooden discs.
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4 Aliens - Lines´ re-design in French
Translation by Powerwis. Part 3 of 3.
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