Fantasy Flight Announces Operation Hades for Dust Tactics

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When invading Axis forces descended into the sewers of Stalingrad to move about the city unimpeded, the Soviets sent their own troops underground to stop them. The bitter fighting that took place there marked the beginning of the RattenKrieg, or “Rats’ War.” The confined spaces and narrow sewer tunnels became a hellish battlefield, unlike any before seen in the history of warfare. The claustrophobic environment was perfect for traps and ambushes, and every squad knew that death could be waiting for them around the next corner. The Rats’ War may have come to life in Stalingrad, but it plays an even larger and deadlier role beneath the city of Zverograd.

Operation Hades for Dust Tactics

Scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2012, Operation “Hades” introduces new rules for subterranean warfare, superhuman soldiers, new skills, and richly detailed information about the city and battleground of Zverograd. It also brings you thirty-one tiles, a Zverograd city poster, a map of the Zverograd metro, six new scenarios, and over two dozen objectives to serve as the basis of your own scenarios. Finally, Operation “Hades” marks the arrival of Winter Child, the game’s first superhuman soldier.

War in the Underground

Operation “Hades” introduces new rules for underground fighting, as well as rules more specifically designated for scenarios fought in Zverograd’s sewers and metro.

During underground combat, troops must cope with dim lighting and confined quarters. There is very little light beneath the city of Zverograd. Units can hear enemies coming,
but they are hard to make out in the darkness. As a result, it’s not uncommon for soldiers in such tense conditions to fire blindly into the shadows ahead of them when they hear enemies approaching. The darkness of the underground grants a unit increasing levels of cover the farther it is from an attacking unit, and units cannot target foes with four or more spaces between them.

Additionally, there’s not much headroom underground. In caves or in the sewers, the ceilings are very low. It’s only slightly better in the metro. The stress and darkness may cause troops to waste ammo, firing blindly into the dark, but troops are also limited in their movements. Units cannot use the Jump skill while fighting underground.

With these rules (which we’ll explore in greater detail later), players can experience entire scenarios set in Zverograd’s sewers and metro, or they can join two or more boards together and designate locations where units can exit one map and enter the other. Altogether, the subterranean combat of Operation “Hades” opens up exciting new dimensions for the battles of Dust Tactics!

The fifth campaign expansion for Dust Tactics, Operation “Hades” is scheduled to arrive in the fourth quarter of 2012.

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