Battle for Alabaster pits the heroic Vanguard against the twisted Strain.
Figure sculptor Mike McVey had one of the early big Kickstarter hits with his campaign to release this miniatures combat boardgame, and you can feel the hard work in the final product, though inexperience resulted in dark map tiles and the poorly written original rules. The miniatures are stunning however, and the evolution/infection mechanic brings a tense and exciting twist to the usual shoot and fight framework.
In addition to the rules summary and reference sheets, this file incudes redesigned tactical unit cards for the miniatures. I found it difficult to read the original tiny all-caps text, and I also didn’t want to flip the cards over in play, so these cards are larger and single-sided. In play, I use little 5mm red dice to track wounds.
Version 1 covers the original release of the game. Version 4 updates the rules and cards with the changes in the Second Edition version of the rules and the latest errata, and also includes cards for the ‘wave 2’ extra models. It’s probably the most comprehensive and accurate version of the rules for this game available.