The U. N. A. pushed back the Therians during the Trauma. 43 years later, humans launch a counterattack under the codename ‘Operation Damocles’.
The French company Rackham introduced their new pre-painted sci-fi miniatures game AT-43 with the starter set Operation Damocles, and produced some amazing figures before, sadly, going bust in 2010. Designer and illustrator Paolo Parente originally pitched his weird war Dust universe to Rackham, but they wanted a scifi game to compete with Warhammer 40,000, so the hard sci-fi of AT-43 was born with the help of some very talented writers. I still think the main ‘twist’ of the storyline (I won’t give it away) is one of the most clever inventions in gaming sci-fi.
I made a big investment in this game and it’s my sci-fi miniatures game of choice, and while it’s very sad that there’s little chance of a revival, with the rights stuck somewhere in corporate land and the original figure moulds destroyed, it’s probably a good thing for my wallet that they’ll be no more releases!
I didn’t find the original unit cards as useful as they could have been, so I made new ones myself. Here you’ll find all the cards redesigned into a much more readable and comprehensive format, plus custom-designed unit activation tokens. If you still play this excellent game, these summaries and references are a must. And with the help of proxies you can still enjoy a system that was definitely ahead of its time.
Finally, I’ve gathered together all the content for AT-43 that I can find before it disappears forever from the internet.
All these unit cards were updated in February 2020.
Curious to learn more about the history of the creation and production of AT-43? Check out this interesting interview with Paolo Parente.