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Space Cadets: Away Missions

Adventures in the Rocket Patrol


In this cooperative game players are members of the Rocket Patrol, explore UFOs, acquire Alien technology and fight hostile extraterrestrials; all opponents of the Rocket Patrol are provided by the game itself.

In the rounds of the game each player has a turn for his character - the turn order is chosen by players together comprising taking of an order/scan marker, scan a face-down map hex by turning it over and triggering effects of Alien or Alert markers. If there is no hex to scan, the Red Alert Stage begins. Next in a turn are actions for action points and free actions like trade, take items or use gear. Once in a turn you can spend O2 for an additional action. After player turns come Alien turns with simple movement and attack rules, Aliens act in order of their state of sentience.

The success of actions is determined by dice roll results of 1, 2 or 3 bring success, any other result has no effect, 0 means 10. Modifications from effects relate to the number of dice to roll, not to their result. If several dice are rolled one success result guarantees the success of the action, additional success results are Overkills and can be used as respective options for a character, the weapon or the Alien.

All scenarios follow those basic rules, but each one has individual mission goals that must be met in order for the Rocket Patrol to win; if one Rocketeer dies, all players lose together.

Standard SciFi flair from the time of All-American heroes, but featuring marvelous details like the Overkill mechanism and the choice of turn order. Good solid fun without any fussy embellishments, quick to play and offering high replay value.


Players: 1-6

Age: 14+

Time: 120+

Designer: Dan Raspler, Al Rose

Artist: William Bricker

Price: ca. 45 Euro

Publisher: Stronghold Games 2015


Genre: SciFi adventure

Users: With friends

Special: 1 player

Version: en

Rules: en

In-game text: yes



Flair of classic SciFi

Solid mechanisms with sophisticated details

Lots of fun and replay value

Stand-alone, NOT an expansion for Space Cadets


Compares to:

SciFi games with scenario mode


Other editions:

Currently none


Chance (pink): 2

Tactic (turquoise): 2

Strategy (blue): 2

Creativity (dark blue): 0

Knowledge (yellow): 0

Memory (orange): 0

Communication (red): 0

Interaction (brown): 3

Dexterity (green): 0

Action (dark green): 0