Mobile Frame Zero 001: Rapid Attack is a tense tactical game of giant robot squad battle. Build your mobile frames of LEGO® or other building toys and bring them to the table to fight for control of the tabletop!
How long is a game?
About two and a half hours for three players. I like 3-player games, but 2-player and 4 player games work well, too!
Do you work for LEGO®?
Nope! We’re just big fans. You might even want to build your frames out of other building toys like Mega Bloks or Gundam models!
But you’ll sell kits, right?
Nope! I’m leaving that to others, like Mobilefra.me! The rulebook includes building instructions and you can see the amazing mecha players make from their own collections at the Mobile Frame Zero Flickr group and the blog No B.S., Just ABS.
How does it cost?
I know a lot of wargames cost a ton, but we want to make this accessible like Car Wars, Battletech, and other games were when I was a kid. The rules are $25 in print, PDFs are $10-$20 and Creative Commons, and a company typically cost far less than an army of commercially produced miniatures.
What do you mean, “tense”?
Mobile Frame Zero: Rapid Attack is a game where you never have enough time or material to make your plans easy. When your robots take a hit, they lose vital parts! When you make a decision, you know Doomsday is coming and you can’t take it back! There’s never enough cover to safely get where you need to go!
Can I play with my kids?
I’ve had a great time playing with 10-year olds. One of my favorite opponents is 11. He crushed me last time by being smart and committed.
But it’s fun for adults too?
Anyone who likes tactical wargames and LEGO® will have a great time. It has actual tactical depth and even a little strategic planning of resources. There are reasons to keep your guys together and reasons to split them up, reasons to use artillery, direct fire, hand-to-hand weapons, or even use unarmed scouts. The best players design squads to work together, supporting each other’s weaknesses.
Can I make up my own factions and mecha?
Of course! That’s the point of LEGO®, right? Building what’s on front of the box is fun, but using the parts to make your own stuff is the core of the excellence! We’ll even show you how to make your own setting and house rules.
Who are you?
We’re Joshua A.C. Newman (author of Shock: Social Science Fiction and Shock: Human Contact), Vincent Baker (author of Dogs in the Vineyard and Apocalypse World) and Soren Roberts, one of the Internet’s best-known LEGO® designers. Vincent’s son Sebastian is our apprentice game designer.