“Wrong Turn, Alexei.”

A ZONA ALFA Battle Report. Help! This is convoy S37. Can anyone hear me? We’re holed up in an old industrial facility by a swamp and these huge rats and ghoul things are swarming us. The drivers are dead. So are the scientists. Now there’s only two of us left. Anyone, come quick. We’re running […]

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ZONA ALFA Terrain Contest

Held the first ever ZONA ALFA contest over at the Book of Faces S7 group, a small terrain piece for a 3″ x 5″ base. (or thereabouts) Received 11 solid entries, lots of support and encouragement, then had an incredibly difficult time selecting winners. At the end of the deliberations, 3rd place went to Kieran […]

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Zone Hostiles

Zona Alfa is a competitive, multi-player game where you and your opponent fight to accomplish mission objectives and acquire valuable salvage. However, other players aren’t the only enemies you need to be worried about in the Exclusion Zone. Each game feature a central Mission Objective, as well as a number of Hot Spots. These are […]

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In the Zone

*the following is an edited version of my recent interview in Miniature Wargames magazine. It offers an overview on ZONA ALFA development and game play. Can you introduce Zone Alfa? Zona Alfa: Salvage and Survival in the Exclusion Zone leans heavily into the fictional STALKER/METRO 2033 settings. If you’re not familiar, think Post-Apocalypse Soviet-style, in […]

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Two new STALKERS

A couple new crew members for Zone runs, one a head swap on a Mongrel Miniatures Russian, the other on a fig from The Assault Group. Here are several shots from today’s game. An experienced STALKER crew happened to be in the neighborhood when a recon UAV went down in the town of Yoshkav-Ola. A […]

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Footage from the Zone

The real Exclusion Zone around Chernobyl, that is. Perhaps I’ll take a tour there one day, but the place already seems strangely familiar because the game developers were faithful to reproduce not only the tone and aesthetic of the area, but actual buildings and locations. I’ll certainly reference this for inspiration for more Zona Alfa […]

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Coming soon: Strange Treasure

The adventures of Zone Guide, Yuri Bonyev, continue. In finishing and editing, it became apparent ‘Strange Treasure’ was a far more appropriate title. And with that came the need for a more relevant, engaging cover. So… To finish what I started, I’ll post the final chapter here this weekend. However, the full and polished story […]

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FROM FIRE TO FLAME

‘The Vladivostok Kind’ continues. Apologies for the lateness. I’ve been chipping away at this between jobs. Enjoy. 6. FROM FIRE TO FLAME Yuri kept Sasha trained on the front door.   It’s a trick, he told himself. The dogs will return – knowing even as he said it they wouldn’t. But why? His shoulder ached […]

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The Vladivostok Kind – Ch 5

5. LIKE A REAL ACTION HERO Yuri went to the roof early the next morning. It had been a long night and he needed ballast for the day ahead.  He had developed his pre-run rituals in Syria, hunting SDF militia in the hills outside Aleppo and Deir-ez-Zor. That was where he’d learned to savor daybreak; […]

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