Fireteam Zero

Squad tactics and horror boardgame

Back in December 2014 I supported a Kickstarter campaign called Fireteam Zero on a whim, and I’m happy to report that not only is the core game finally here, but the expansions are on their way soon. It’s taken a little while, but newcomer Emergent Games has delivered an attractive package of alternate-WWII/horror, with some suitably scary (if a little bit soft on detail) figures and nice design. Oh, and a CD – a CD? … never mind, digital downloads are available from the website – which narrates the mini-campaign beautifully and adds evocative background music, which is a nice touch.

There’s nothing particularly revolutionary here, but the elements come together with gusto, evoking games such as Doom: The Boardgame and Gears of War (the game uses the latter’s ‘cards are your hit points’ idea). Your squad members have separate decks of cards with different specialised tactics, which adds a fun layer to the proceedings.

Be prepared for a rough ride though; the beasties spawn at the end of every turn and their AI generally consists of charging at you and eating your face, so the combat is relentless. While you’re fighting them off, you’ll be searching areas in an attempt to achieve a sequence of objectives. I look forward to checking out the expansions to see if a bit more variety has been introduced to the core concepts, but if not, there’s still a lot here to enjoy for fans of the genre.

Update Log

Date Version Changelog
Jun 2017 1.1 Added terrain icons
Mar 2016 1 Original release


  • CK Lai says:

    @UH: Many thanks for doing these summaries, as usual. I just received Wave 2 so decided to re-start my FTZ games using the bonus minis.

    A suggestion: for terrain (both for movement and attacks) can you put the terrain symbols next to the explanation? (eg. [impassible terrain symbol] “Impassable terrain may not be entered, even by monsters.”)

    It would help tremendously as I don’t play the game often enough to be conversant with all these, so any little bit helps.

  • CK Lai says:

    Many thanks for the updated version. Makes such a difference when actually playing the game. I no longer have to refer to that flimsy, floppy rulebook

  • The8thPagan says:

    Fireteam Zero back on kickstarter for a second printing and I missed it first time around. Is it worth throwing some money at?

    • I’ve enjoyed it a lot the few times I’ve played it, though I have enough to go on for a long time (the core game and two expansions) and won’t be backing the extras this time around. It’s fast, thematic, kill-the-monsters fun, with some enjoyable card management and, since you can play cards to help your teammates, a lot of player interaction. The figures aren’t absolutely top quality, but they do the job. It won’t be adding a new genre to your collection or anything, but it’s worth having in my opinion.

  • The8thPagan says:

    I can pick it up in UK for around £60 for core set. It’s minus the stretch goals, but I could always go for addons option in the new KS.

What do you think?