StarForce ‘Alpha Centauri’, boxed war game
Interstellar Conflict in the 25th Century
“The game is a simulation of events within a conjectural future history in which telekinesis is used to move ships through space. It is played on a map which displays 74 star systems in a three-dimensional “sphere” of space measuring roughly 40 light years in diameter, with Earth’s home system at the centre. A grid of hexagons printed over the map is used to regulate movement and position of pieces. Pieces’ exact locations are not known until they “meet” in the same three-dimensional “hex space”.
The pieces in the game represent groups of four interstellar spaceships (StarForces) and space stations (StarGates). Each Player manoeuvres his pieces (via Stellar Shifting) to engage those of the enemy. Movement is plotted and executed simultaneously. The game proceeds this way (for a specified number of turns) as the players try to achieve the objectives set forth in the rules. No prior knowledge is required to play the game – just a little ingenuity and common sense.
Battles take place when units are in the same three-dimensional location. In the Basic Game, the attacking Player compares the total variable strengths of the involved units and consults a simple probability table to determine the outcome of each battle. In the Advanced Game, a small tactical manoeuvre map is used. When enemy forces engage on the main map, they are transferred to the tactical display. Here they move (in three dimensions), attack and defend using a fixed number of action points per tactical turn.
Combat outcomes result in pieces not being destroyed but being “randomised”; usually to a location far from all the action.”
- Playing map (NEAR MINT)
- 200 die-cut counters (MINT and UNPUNCHED)
- Rules booklet (NEAR MINT)
- Die (NOT PRESENT)
- Pad of Simultaneous Movement Plotting Charts (MINT)
- Counter tray (MINT)
The box is in VERY GOOD condition.
Really odd piece of trivia: 80s band ‘The Human League’ (remember ‘Don’t You Want Me Baby?’?) took their name from this game!
“‘With a new line-up, sound, and vocalist, Ware decided that the band needed a new name. It would also allow them to approach record companies again from a different angle. Ware suggested a quote derived from Starforce: Alpha Centauri, a science-fiction wargame. In the game, “The Human League” arose in 2415 A.D, and were a frontier-oriented society that desired more independence from Earth. Ware suggested that the Future rename themselves after the game, and in early 1978 the Future became “The Human League.”‘