I picked up Red Alert: Space Fleet Warfare, which is Richard Borg’s latest. It’s for people who like his WW2 game Memoir 44 but at some point thought, “This would be cool if it was, y’know, IN SPACE.”
It’s a bit of a monster. The minis in the game are pretty big, so the hexes on the map are much bigger than in M44, so the game takes up waaaay more space. To play this on my home table, I have to put the cards and other player aids on a separate table or on the physical board itself. The board is actually a table cloth, as a rigid board at this size wouldn’t work.
Otherwise the game is Command & Colours as usual: pick a card, give orders to a particular sector of units, roll different dice depending on unit strength and so on. There are some nice variances, like “Red Alerts” instead of retreating and some heavy ships having fighters escorting them which can add firepower (and also take hits meant for the big ship). Looking forward to my first proper play on Saturday.