News for December 2011
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Announcing FORTRESS AMERICA, a board game of strategy and survival
Fortress America | Published 16 December 2011

In the 21st century, the United States unveiled a military defense system that completely changed global politics. Through a series of satellites and powerful lasers, the U.S. gained a flawless defense against intercontinental missile attacks. The rest of the world feared that this defensive network might be used to launch an attack, and they united to demand that the U.S. dismantle it. A lengthy diplomatic stalemate gripped the globe. With the world at a crossroads, coalitions of nations were formed unlike any that had ever existed before. A plan was devised to destroy this perceived technological threat through military action. It involved attacking from three directions at once, for the nations of the world knew that every army dreads fighting a war on two fronts... and America was about to face three.

 

Fantasy Flight Games is proud to announce the upcoming release of Fortress America, a board game of strategy and survival for two to four players! This updated version of Michael Gray's 1986 classic pits one player, in control of the beleaguered American forces, against up to three others, who team up to assault the U.S. on three fronts. Featuring beautifully crafted components (including over 300 detailed plastic figures), Fortress America thrusts players into a frightening geopolitical scenario in which diplomacy has failed, and World War III has begun.

When diplomacy fails

In Fortress America, the United States must defend itself from three deadly invading armies: the Asian People’s Alliance from the West, the Central American Federation from the South, and the Euro-Socialist Pact from the East. Players take on either the role of the United States, struggling to protect itself from foreign threats, or the role of one or more of the invading armies, fighting battle after battle to acquire important territories.

Fans of the 1986 Milton Bradley release will find designer Michael Gray's core experience essentially unchanged, while offering welcome enhancements over the original. For more information, including an overview of game play and a look at the changes we’ve introduced, visit our detailed description page. Then keep checking back in the coming weeks as we unveil an in-depth series of previews, and prepare for WWIII to begin in the first quarter of 2012!

Important note: Our initial announcement of Fortress America included flavor text that was interpreted by readers (quite justifiably) as politically inflammatory. That text has been since altered to correctly reflect our game's backstory. Our marketing department misread certain key thematic elements of the game, and took unauthorized dramatic liberties with the text. We apologize for any offense this may have caused.

Fortress America is a board game of strategy and survival for two to four players. This updated version of the 1986 classic pits the United States against three invading coalitions in a desperate siege. Featuring beautifully crafted components, Fortress America thrusts players into a frightening geopolitical scenario in which diplomacy has failed and another World War has started.

FORTRESS AMERICA is a trademark of HASBRO, Inc. in the U.S.A. and other countries. Game images © 2012 HASBRO.

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gonrhade
Published: 12/22/2011 2:52:57 AM
#97

from that point they could name the game fortress afghanistan.

that land was under seige by  a number of nation.the game in 1986 was a coldwar game after the movie the red flood, or today homefronst, freedom fighters.

 

but as a remake today wie need a fiction story.  that explan wie the asians are angry , the soth americans are angry and why the russians come from the west.modern warefare was the same story and has not been  banned  for that story .

LETE
Published: 12/21/2011 9:42:30 AM
#96

Heyyy, where's Saddam Hussein, as a soviet flunky, pray tell?

I was looking forward to seeing Saddam's face in all it's glory, on the cover, again!  The original 1st printing game (which I have) had Saddam w/a Soviet style berett... seems that was too controversial in it's time - it was replaced by a Saddam with blond hair & big Elvis-style glasses... Fooling no one... "Saddam Incognito."

 

Hmmm.  There seems to be controversy all around this game, since the beginning.

Alexca1
Published: 12/20/2011 8:50:45 PM
#95

@McClaud: This was my post on the Fortress: America forums:

 

I loved this:

 

It is the early 21st century. Having suffered a series of devastating terrorist attacks, the U.S. wields a newly developed and horrifyingly destructive weapon technology with desperate fury, lashing out mercilessly at any government suspected of harboring its hidden enemies. Entire nations are erased from the map. The world is stunned by the brutal display. Facing few options, an unlikely coalition of nations joins forces to attempt one final plan: the invasion of America.

Then they changed it to this:

In the 21st century, the United States unveiled a military defense system that completely changed global politics. Through a series of satellites and powerful lasers, the U.S. gained a flawless defense against intercontinental missile attacks. The rest of the world feared that this defensive network might be used to launch an attack, and they united to demand that the U.S. dismantle it. A lengthy diplomatic stalemate gripped the globe. With the world at a crossroads, coalitions of nations were formed unlike any that had ever existed before. A plan was devised to destroy this perceived technological threat through military action. It involved attacking from three directions at once, for the nations of the world knew that every army dreads fighting a war on two fronts... and America was about to face three.

FFG posted the first one. Then all the brouhahaha happened, and they changed it to the second one listed just above this one. That's the "original" I was talking about. The sanitized version is the second one.

@Alpha Chaos 13: You're welcome, and no problem. Love that you didn't get your knickers in a twist about all this. Now, if FFG would change it back to the US "erasing" nations off the map, they can get my hard-earned money again.

 

Alpha Chaos 13
Published: 12/20/2011 4:11:52 PM
#94

No one has ever cheered wishes of long life for me before! Thank you. :)

McClaud
Published: 12/20/2011 1:59:58 PM
#93

I'm not sure how they sanitized the original scenario. According to the 1987 rulebook I have in my hands, everyone wanted free solar power, so the US took the opportunity to cheat the Nuclear Weapons Reduction Act by building lasers into their collection satellites. These lasers were created to act as a Star Wars defense system, in which the US lauded it's own brilliance. Enraged at the US's arrogance, the USSR, China and socialist South America had a ten year revolt against this act of obvious aggression and created three giant communist empires to invade the US. The Euro-Socalist Pact, the Asian Peoples Alliance and the Central American Federation all launch a surprise attack on the US at once. The US - while defending itself - proves that their satellites are actually a little more sinister than thought - they can destroy entire units on the board as their control centers come on line.

That's the original scenario. The US started the whole thing by sneaking laser defense weapons into their solar energy collection satellite network, and thought the world would love them for breaking a major treaty and basically gloating that they did so for the greater good. Of course, the communist nations take offense and use it as an excuse to invade their long-time rival. For the greater good.

I love this game, I've played it for years, and I don't think it's changed much at all. Of course, I didn't see the original flavor text, but if you're still complaining about who is the aggressor and what actually happened compared to the old game, I just outlined it for you.

Alexca1
Published: 12/20/2011 4:18:48 AM
#92

I just realized that FFG "sanitized" the original scenario. That's a shame. A real darn shame. I was sold on the first one. I'm not sold on the Fortress America Lite. It's not even even Diet. It's Fortress America minus the 21 secret herbs and spices. Bland and flavourless. FFG, as Homer said, you don't win friends with salad. You win them with a prime rib i.e. the original "The US as aggressors" scenario.

I'm an American and I did not see nothing wrong with the original scenario you made for the reprinting of the game.

Long live Alpha Chaos 13! Long live!

My money goes elsewhere until the cowed becomes uncowed.

Urlock Gaur
Published: 12/19/2011 5:38:51 PM
#91

I'm still trying to figure out why everyone thinks that this makes America the bad guy.  Everything that I'm reading looks like America comes up with the ultimate defense plan and everyone else gets pissy.  It doesn't say that America tries to dominate the world.  It sounds like a cool game to me.  I'd play the American's every time.

 

Can one of the "Ban" babies explain it to me otherwise?

vandimar77
Published: 12/19/2011 1:45:26 PM
#90

@ Alpha Chaos 13: I'm with you on this one. I'm not an American, but I can't really understand why people might be getting worked up over this game. It's fiction people. Looks like it might be pretty good actually.

darwich
Published: 12/19/2011 1:36:37 PM
#89

So happy to see this game being reprinted.

Alexca1
Published: 12/19/2011 1:29:27 PM
#88

Oh, and btw, I love what Alpha Chaos 13 wrote. Bravo!

----applauds while the Secret Masters whisper quietly to each other

Alexca1
Published: 12/19/2011 1:27:29 PM
#87

I have read a lot of these posts and I have three things to say. I can make this long and drawn out, but my sentiments have been expressed by both sides already.

1) Dear FFG fans and consumers, this is just a game. Please keep that in mind.

2) Also, if you don't like it, you don't have to buy it.

3) I thought, as a collective of boardgamers, we would have an open mind. People need to have that to play a warlord, an galactic ruler, a vampire lord, 19th century investigators, fantasy adventurers, dark Chaos gods and what have you. The fact that the game is seemingly anti-American and unpatriotic (whatever the hell that means these days) is not a good reason to go all meshuggah over it. If you don't want the game based on the theme/premise. Keep your money to yourself or go buy Pandemic, a truly awesome game where it demonizes single celled organisms as the cause for the end of the world.

Miah999
Published: 12/19/2011 1:00:40 PM
#86

Hey you right, why doesn't it say "One Nation, Under Seige"?

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