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Fortress America (1986)

Average Rating: 6.72/10
Board Game Rank: 940
War Game Rank: 327
Thematic Rank: 200
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Year Published
1986
# of Players
2 − 4
User Suggested # of Players
Best with 2, 4 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
180 minutes
User Suggested Ages
12 and up
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Some necessary text - easily memorized or small crib sheet
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Fortress America, originally part of Milton Bradley's Gamemaster series, depicts an alternate near-future in which all of the world attacks and invades the continental United States. From the west arrives hordes of Asian foes; from the south arrives a union of South American countries through Mexico, and from the east lands come legions of Soviets who have taken over all of Europe. America besieged has to rely on the remaining ground and air forces left in the country along with partisan uprisings to defend mom's apple pie.

Up to four players can play Fortress America, one player being the U.S. and up to three others controlling the invading units from a particular direction. Being a near future scenario, the units in the game include conventional infantry, APCs, hovertanks, helicopters, bombers, US partisan units, and special "Star Wars" laser relay systems that fire from space.

The game emphasizes combined arms in that players receive a bonus if infantry, mechanized, and air power are all used in a conflict. For the invading countries, all the units they receive for the game are given at the start so they must manage them wisely. The U.S., however, starts with a skeleton defense and builds up throughout the game through a random deck of cards. Further, the U.S. slowly builds up its Star Wars system, so the longer the invaders are delayed, the more powerful the U.S. becomes both conventionally and through its defense system.

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More Information Edit | History

Magazine References:

BattlePlan Index Article List:

Strategy & Tactics

  • Strategy & Tactics No.109 Sep-Oct 1986
    • "Berg's Review of Games - Fortress America", Richard Berg

Wargamer

  • Wargamer Vol.2 Nos.13 June 1989
    • "Fortress America - The United States under attack", Doug Atkinson

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You can download the rules for this game from the Hasbro website. It's located at
http://www.hasbro.com/common/instruct/Fortress_America.pdf.


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Milton Bradley English Second Edition
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Year: 1987
Product Code: 4624-X1; 4624-L1
Size: 12.00 x 20.00 x 4.00 inches
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Year: 1986
Product Code: 4624
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5 Fortress America Variants by Perrin D. Tong
Variants for Fortress America from Battleplan #7 by Perrin D. Tong. Posted with permission from author.
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2012-05-21
3 Fortress America Variants #2 from Usenet 01/15/98
My old gaming group variants, a response to the first usenet variant post.
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2011-12-24
3 Fortress America Variants from Usenet 01/15/98
A post from January 1998 on usenet with some interesting FA variants.
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2011-12-24
3 City Score Sheet
A city score sheet for invaders.
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2011-12-21
15 Battleplan #8 - Quick and Dirty Fortress America Variants
From Battleplan,No.8 January-February 1989
English
2011-02-16
63 Comprehensive Contents Checklist
Visual checklist of Fortress America game contents. Includes area to note your actual counts. Second page is a checklist of the 30 partisan cards. Third page is a copy of the Last Minute Orders sheet. This version corrects the transposed counts for the Western Invader Battle/Control markers (35) and the Eastern Invader (25) Control/Battle markers. Now includes an image of the game board with size noted. Also note Me 262 Schwalbe's post below listing the totals with extra pieces that came with a new game. [imageID=566443]
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2009-09-22
12 Rules in MS Word format
This file contains the original FA rules in MS Word format. Perfect for adding your own house rules.
2009-01-18
4 Isaac's tuckbox for sleeved cards - Fortress America
Isaac’s Tuckboxes for Sleeved Cards Fortress America (BGG GameID=99) v.1.0 A single tuckbox for sleeved cards. Complete details and instructions are in my article, [url=http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/316305]How to Make a Tuckbox[/url].
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2008-06-25
7 Fortress America Probability
This spreadsheet calculates the probability that one of your units will be hit. It answers the question, "Should I destroy a powerful unit, or destroy a weaker unit and disable my opponent's Combined Arms?"
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2008-03-08
4 ACW2.1.doc
Fortress America: The Second Civil War (Revised) - loved the original ACW2, but couldn't resist "tinkering".
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War Game Rank: 327
Thematic Rank: 200
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