Battle Beyond Space Out Now, You Should Buy It

Some six or seven years ago, my good friend (and Christ look-a-like) Frank Branham showed me a prototype for a board game that he designed called Battle Beyond Space. It was inspired by The Last Starfighter and Starcrash, and it had bits salvaged from the old TSR Buck Rogers game as well as lava rock asteroids. The game was awesome, a fun space shoot ‘em up with a cool squadron movement mechanic and plenty of total mayhem. We’ve played it off and on over the years, and now it’s finally been released to the general public by none other than Z-Man Games.  I tell ya, that Zev Shlasinger is a man of impeccable taste. Looks like the discounters are selling it for about $32.

It’s a great beer-and-pretzels style dogfight game and the production looks outstanding- the illustrations are right on the money in terms of capturing the tone and atmosphere of it. Also, my name is in the thanks section…printed in Comic Sans. It’s the only Comic Sans in the whole game. I really should demand a complementary copy as reparations.

Anyway, I am totally shilling for this game and for my pal.  Don’t be like old Bill Abner, who failed to buy a copy at Gen Con. Right after meeting Frank. How rude!

5 Responses to “Battle Beyond Space Out Now, You Should Buy It”

  1. Bill Abner September 17, 2012 at 1:23 pm #

    It’s true. The shame is still with me.

  2. Dan Spezzano September 17, 2012 at 1:57 pm #

    Why Bill have your feeling changed? I sat in on a demo and pretty much I got what we thought it was after glancing at the rules. Not saying it is a bad game just not enough meat for me.

    • Bill Abner September 17, 2012 at 2:10 pm #

      It’s the kind of game my family would like a lot. *Any* game where Ashley gets to kill dad in ANy way — is a hit. Claustrophobia, King of Tokyo, Dracula…

      I almost bought it for that reason and wish I had.

  3. Jeff Talor September 17, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    I would have bought it for the box art alone.

    It’s just terrible enough to be awesome.

  4. nicthaninja September 17, 2012 at 4:57 pm #

    I will check it out. Beer and pretzel games make for some of the best nights of “fun”.

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