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The red star, a symbol commonly used by Communist parties, was said to stand either for the five social groups (workers, youth, peasants, military, and academics), the five known continents, or the five fingers of the worker's hand.
Originally posted by Benarius
We played this for hours and hours...the whole night through. Another good one is Axis & Allies. The only backlash was the randomness through dice. The best ever war game is Diplomacy. These are all board games we grew up with.
Originally posted by Sanctum1972
Nice post OP!
I used to have this game years ago along with Axis and Allies. Both had beautiful layout designs and the rules took a while to get used to, especially Fortress USA. What struck me on this edition I had was the use of SDI satellites that one could control to zap out the opposition but it had to be re-energized and used once each round (I think).
The professional creative in me appreciated the hovertank designs and the miniature armies in the box. I truly think that the game was released right before the Tom Clancy 'craze' happened and shared similar intellectual sentiments of plausible scenarios.
I know for a fact there is an online Axis and Allies but I'm not sure about Fortress USA though. Although I'm an old school RPG-er myself though .
Try some WarHammer tabletop games. I've seen them and they're way more hardcore
I believe that the character pictured on the cover is actually supposed to be a cuban.
These three powers have launched a surprise assault on the now-conventionally-weak United States: Asian invaders on the Pacific coast, Central American invaders along the Southwestern border with Mexico, and the Euro-Soviet invaders along the eastern seaboard. The United States Navy is brushed aside. The land and air forces, still capable of resistance, are nevertheless insufficient to halt the invasions.
1) The Asian Peoples Alliance (yellow player)
2) The Central American Federation (blue player)
3) The Euro-Socialist Pact (red player)
A film depicting the invasion of the United States from the north and south by communist forces from Cuba and Russia in the beginning of WWIII and the efforts of partisans from a small mid-western town to turn back the invasion.
Originally posted by CrowServo
I own this game. I'm not sure if I still have the box top with the art, however. I did think the artwork was interesting, as I acquired the game in 2003, after 9/11 and the Iraq invasion had begun. I remember a friend gave it to me along with Axis & Allies. I'm not sure if I had all the pieces, however.
As to any underlying significance, I think it is probably just a result of the game designers looking at Reagan's America and projecting possible future scenarios based on the challenges the country seemed to be facing at the time. They just hit on some stuff that would eventually have relevance.
Originally posted by mattifikation
The red, five-point star is a generic symbol often affiliated with socialism or communism.
Or, if you want to be creepier about it, it is also part of the Flag of California:
Originally posted by ManWithGrace89
anyone notice the V-22 Osprey in the center? kinda strange... full scale developent on it didnt even begin until 1986... sure it was on paper before then, but was it open information before '86? anyone know more about this?
I just looked around a bit and found a page that says it was declassified in 1988... same year the first prototype came out
[edit on 23-1-2009 by ManWithGrace89]
Originally posted by mf_luder
reply to post by MikeboydUS
Your name is Mike Boyd, you were in the 4th ID - My name is Gammage - I was with the 4ID - we were over there in 03. I wouldn't happen to know you, would I?
I'm a SSG now in Korea - what unit were you with, if you don't mind me asking? I was HHD, 1BCT under COL. Hickey out at FOB Raider in 03.