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1999
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Alien: Invasion Risk
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Alien Invasion, A Solitaire Risk Variant
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YOU are the top-ranked military leader of a strange and warlike alien race - one that could have come straight out of a 1950's sci-fi movie. For reasons better explained in the movie, you have been ordered to conquer the people of the planet Earth. As Supreme Commander of the Terrestrial Invasion Forces, CAN YOU CONQUER THE CAPITALS OF EARTH AND RETURN TO YOUR HOMEWORLD IN VICTORY?

Alien: Invasion Risk (AIR) is a print-and-play solitaire game that began as a set of "variant" rules designed to be used with components from the board game Risk. AIR now has its own set of custom print-and-play components and fully-revised rules, transforming it from a variant to a stand-alone game.

Excerpt from the PDF rulebook:

Be warned – this is "thematic" solo gaming. Expect to plot your strategy, roll lots of dice and ride the wave of your luck only to be ripped from the jaws of victory in the most sudden, arbitrary and unexpected way – all in furtherance of the epic unfolding story of an oddball alien race.

If you enjoy a game that focuses on the narrative and takes you on an interesting ride, then AIR is for you. On the other hand, if you prefer a solo game that will always reward your perfect "armchair general" strategy - you’ll just have to cheat!

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Designer's Notes: (From the 2010 rules update.)

"I can't even remember what inspired me to throw this Risk variant together a little over twelve years ago (uh - boredom?) It was posted on my old website for the rec.games.board crowd to try out and I guess a few people actually gave it a spin before I took the website down."

"In response to a recent [May 2010] request from a BGG user looking for the variant, I was able to locate the original ugly 'old-school' HTML file that I posted back in 1999. I reformatted the HTML file to create this PDF edition, cleaning up the wording in several places, but unfortunately retaining the awkward numbering. The gameplay itself remains unchanged from the original prototype 0.1 version."

"I look forward to hearing about your attempts to conquer the Earth!"

Additional comments from the designer:

As you will gather from reading the rules, Alien Invasion is not won by using the same strategies as you would use in Risk - in other words, the variant was not designed to be some sort of solitaire Risk simulator.

Indeed, Alien Invasion might be more accurately described as "a solitaire game played using Risk components" rather than a "Risk variant", even though some basic elements of the Risk rules are retained. In retrospect, I think one of the ideas I had in mind when I was working on the design was to come up with a new game that could be played using the components of a commonly available game. While I did some playtesting of the rules myself, I don't believe I received any outside input regarding the variant after it was released "into the wild" (with little fanfare) back in '98 or '99. I'll be interested to see what flaws are flushed out by the BGG crew!

Alien Invasion was influenced by my experience with more complex solitaire games such as B-17: Queen of the Skies, Mosby's Raiders and Ambush!, as well as a number of solo sci-fi games. Although nowhere near as complex (or meritorious!) as such titles, general concepts that I found enjoyable in those sorts of games worked their way into Alien Invasion. These influences also explain why the rulebook is longer than the Risk rules - that's just the gaming background I come from. Prepare for possible culture shock if you are a "new age" gamer!

The game system you are "playing against" in Alien Invasion relies heavily on elements intended to create uncertainty and increasing difficulty. These elements of the game system are "explained" with some thin background paragraphs. This is where the player should step in and apply some writer's embellishment in keeping with the broad 50's sci-fi theme -- mentally creating a narrative of what is unfolding as the game deals out surprises stemming from the fog of war, inter-service rivalries, or the plain-old cunning strategy and resourcefulness of the Earthlings (and you didn't think they had it in them, at least not until it was too late...)

I think players who approach the game in such a manner will get the most enjoyment out of Alien Invasion, but I also look forward to hearing back from the number crunchers regarding what they think of the game.

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6 Alien: Invasion Risk PnP - Rules v0.99
The latest (version 0.99) PDF rulebook for Alien: Invasion Risk. These rules mark the first stand-alone print and play version of the game (although AIR may also still be played using some components from the board game Risk - see my forum post under Variants for more information). The v0.99 rulebook includes all rules needed for play, you do not need to download any of the earlier versions of the rules. Distributed free-of-charge on www.boardgamegeek.com for personal, non-profit use. Please feel free to geekmail me directly with any errata reports, rules questions or comments.
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2012-11-25
4 Alien: Invasion Risk PnP - Reference Cards
The reference cards for the stand-alone print and play version of Alien: Invasion Risk. PDF format. These cards contain a summary of the turn sequence and combat resolution procedures. It is recommended that this four page document be printed out as two double-sided cards. Distributed free-of-charge on www.boardgamegeek.com for personal, non-profit use. Please send me a geekmail regarding any errors or other problems.
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2012-11-25
6 Alien: Invasion Risk PnP - Cards and Counters
The cards and counters for the stand-alone print and play version of Alien: Invasion Risk. PDF format. Distributed free-of-charge on www.boardgamegeek.com for personal, non-profit use. Please send me a geekmail regarding any errors or other problems.
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5 Alien: Invasion Risk PnP - Mapboard
The PDF mapboard for the stand-alone print and play version of Alien: Invasion Risk. The map will fit on a 17x22 sheet or can be printed out on four letter-size pages. Note that the graphics reflect both my appreciation for low-budget small press games of the 70s and 80s and my lack of graphic design skills. (Hopefully more of the former than the latter!) Distributed free-of-charge on www.boardgamegeek.com for personal, non-profit use. Please send me a geekmail regarding any errors or other problems.
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33 Alien Invasion, A Solitaire Risk Variant, PDF version
[PLEASE NOTE: New revised rules for this game have been added to the files section. This is the original rules set designed to be used with the components from the board game Risk. This file is being left here for reference but it is not needed to play the updated v0.99 PnP version of AIR.] This is the official version 0.2 PDF release of my solitaire Risk variant "Alien Invasion" Distributed free-of-charge on www.boardgamegeek.com for personal, non-profit use. RISK is a trademarked product of Hasbro and Parker Brothers. This variant is not endorsed by Hasbro or Parker Brothers and no such association is implied or claimed.
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