As of March 28th, 2014: Red Menace is no longer available from White Dog Games. A Print-N-Play (PNP) version of Red Menace is available at Wargame Vault
A VASSAL module is also included.
Discuss the game on Boardgamegeek.com here
If you have a boxed or folio edition from White Dog Games, you may download copies of the Player Aids here
Red Menace is a solitaire wargame pitting the strategic nuclear and defensive forces of the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom against those of the Soviet Union and its client state, Cuba, in 1959. The game focuses primarily on the role of strategic bombers, but other types of supporting aircraft such as Interceptors, Airborne Early Warning planes, and Aerial Refueling Tankers are also represented. The player takes control of the United States, Canada and United Kingdom. Decisions for the Soviet units are made by the game system using random events and dice.
The term "Red Menace" was used during the Cold War by the U.S. because it was believed that thousands of Soviet bombers could be unleashed at a moment's notice. This turned out not to be true (the Soviets had several hundred bombers at best, and many had significant range limitations). The game is not meant to be an accurate simulation of the actual capabilities of the strategic forces involved, but rather reflects what the governments and citizens of the U.S., Canada and the U.K. believed could happen.
"A 10! ...Simply one of the best games and most fun I have had in some time. It is nicely set at a simple level for the period as the two sides imagined it might be - this is pre- ICBM period. If the US sub survives to get off 3 missiles, the Soviets are in trouble. Just enough strategy to not make it feel like you're just moving stuff - but not so much that it degrades the joyful aspect of this game...The negatives - gee, I didn't really see any. The designers intent was met as they designed a game around what the perceptions were - and not the reality per se of the era. As such one can only but conclude this is an overwhelming success in terms of game design, playability and fun. The Verdict on RED MENACE is WOWSER!"
Robert Smith, Panzer Digest
"...can provide an interesting narrative...a game (play) to remember."
Scot Krol, Grogheads
"Good times. I love this game- it's simple, which usually isn't my thing, but it's light and I love classic aviation hardware."
Jeff Dougherty, Designer of Persian Incursion
* 1 x 11 x 17 Map (two 8.5" x 11" sections and full-size 11" x 17" images included)
* 1 x 12-page Rulebook (10 pages of rules - PDF format)
* 1 x Reference Sheet (Turn Phases, Random Events and Soviet Target Assignment)
* 1 x Soviet Flight player's aid (Aircraft in each Flight plus Assigned Targets)
* 1 x Status Sheet (Submarine, Interceptor and Other Aircraft player's aid)
154 x 3/4" Counters (85 Aircraft):
** US Bombers: B-47, B-52 & B-58
** UK Bomber: Vulcan
** Soviet Bombers: M-4, Tu-16, M-50 & Tu-95 with Kh-20 Missile
** Cuba Bomber: IL-28
** US/Canada/UK Interceptors: F-102, CF-100, Arrow & Lightning
** Soviet Interceptors: Mig-19 & Su-9
** Cuba Interceptors: Mig-19
** Airborne Early Warning: EC-121 & Tu-126
** Refueling Tankers: KC-135 & Tu-16E
** 1 x U.S. Submarine: USS George Washington
** 3 x Soviet Submarine Attacks
** 1 x Missile marker
** 1 x US Nike Defenses
** 2 x Soviet Air Defenses
** 14 x Random Events
** 25 x Nukes
** 10 x Soviet Flights
** 1 x Cuba Flight
** 11 x Soviet Cities