The Wargamer

23 July 2017

Board Game Preview: Nexus Ops

Nexus Ops is Avalon Hill's new sci-fi board game about alien invasions. Learn more about this new title from The Wargamer in this special feature.

Published on 20 JUL 2005 12:00am by Scott Parrino
  1. science fiction, turn-based, strategic

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Interstellar Corporations Wage War on a Distant Moon

Released this June, Nexus Ops is a board game of competing corporate mercenaries battling for control of a resource-rich world far from mother Earth. Players explore the alien landscape, mine the precious rubium ore, and recruit native creatures into their armies to gain control of the richest find this side of the Crab Nebula. In the 24th century, war is business carried out by different means.

Here's what comes in your Nexus Ops box:

  • 16 hex tiles that generate a unique map for each game:
    • 6 single-hex tiles
    • 6 double-hex tiles
    • 1 monolith tile and 3D monolith
    • 4 triple-hex, home base tiles
  • 164 plastic military units in four colors:
    • 48 Humans
    • 32 Fungoids
    • 32 Crystallines
    • 24 Rock Striders
    • 16 Lava Leapers
    • 12 Rubium Dragons
  • 18 exploration tiles
  • 4 Large Mine markers and 8 Small Mine markers
  • 90 cards:
    • 22 Mission cards
    • 36 Secret Mission cards
    • 32 Energize cards
  • 4 reference charts
  • 12-page rulebook
  • 8 dice

The Board

The board for Nexus Ops is assembled from individual hex tiles so that it's different every game. The tiles portray five types of alien terrain: Liquifungus Forest, home to the Fungoids; Magma Pool, home to the Lava Leapers; Crystal Spires, home to the Crystallines; Rock Plains, home to the Rock Striders; and the Monolith, the domain of the mighty Rubium Dragons.

Each type of terrain has its own effects on different units. In general, units that are native to a terrain receive a bonus of some type when fighting in it or moving through it. Humans are prohibited from entering Magma Pools and the enigmatic Monolith.

Excluding home base tiles, the board is only 19 hexes big. That may not sound like much, and that's the idea. It's a small moon, and the corporations are going to get into conflict over resources sooner rather than later.

The Aliens

Rather than ship human mercenaries from a colony world to fight in a strange environment, the corporations realize that the best and most cost-effective fighters are those that are native to the contested world. This particular moon is rich with unusual alien lifeforms.

Try It and Buy It

To learn more about Nexus Ops, we recommend trying out the online demo.  Nexus Ops carries an MSRP of $39.99 and is available through online retailers such as and through neighborhood game retailers.

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