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Pyroclastic Flow


Shiros was a volcanic planetary hell. It was also a key production center that the Theocrat rebels had to capture.

Pyroclastic Flow is a modern reimagining of the vintage Metagaming Microgame titled Hot Spot. It is a quick playing, beer and pretzels, tactical wargame about the Theocrat raid on Shiros. The Soros Corporation maintains fragile, floating platforms called Crustals that can move through molten lava. The Crustals are defended by Infantry and Hovercraft.

The Theocrat attackers are strong, but they must capture Crustals quickly, before their Attack Platforms break up and their units melt into the planet’s surface. It's the wargame version of "The Floor is Lava."

Pyroclastic Flow uses an entirely revamped conflict resolution system inspired by the Panic Engine used by the ttrpg Mothership. Instead of using a standard combat results table, this game uses a pair of opposed rolls of d100 dice and a combat matrix to determine the combat results. Every single attack can result in a negative outcome and is super easy to resolve. The most difficult math in the game is adding up multiples of 10 to a maximum of 100. This game eliminates calculating odds ratios in favor of rolling directly against a stack of units stats. You can read more about this design and how it compares to other vintage Microgames here.

This game is designed as a friendly entry into hex and counters wargames, which is a pretty daunting genre to enter into.

Pyroclastic Flow comes with everything that you need to play, you just need to provide 2 sets of d100 dice and two pencils:

  • 72 Counters

  • 11"x17" Map

  • 8"x16" Rules Pamphlet

  • 2 Player Trackers

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October 18, 2023
This title was added to our catalog on October 17, 2023.
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