|Mobile Frame Zero Book
(you can download it for free)
Mobile Frame Zero 001:
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!
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!
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, Gundam models, or 25mm miniatures!
You sell kits, right?
We’re leaving that to others. To find anyone building commissions or assembling kits, you’ll want to ask around at the Mobile Frame Zero Discord For players who already have a big pile of LEGO® bricks, there are instructions in the rulebook, and you can get help and inspiration from the amazing mecha designers at the Mobile Frame Zero Flickr group, the blog No B.S., Just ABS, and the Mobile Frame Forge.
Wait, I can download it for free?
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. Creative Commons is the best way I can think to do that. If you like the game, tell your friends! The more players who know about the game, the more will pay for it, and the more games I’ll be able to publish.
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 when I wavered.
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) and Vincent Baker (author of Dogs in the Vineyard and Apocalypse World). Vincent’s son Sebastian is our apprentice game designer.
I want to know more!
Download the game and play it with your friends! If you like it, come back and shoot me a few bucks because making games is my living and you want me to survive to make more and better games. You might want to chat with the MoFØs at the Mobile Frame Hangar and the Mobile Frame Zero Discord to share ideas, ask questions, and learn about building and strategy!