Tuesday, April 15, 2014

What is Broken Contract?


Broken Contract is a science fiction miniature strategy game filled with action and adventure. It is set in a dystopian future where humanity has begun colonizing the stars. Most folks live in indentured servitude to draconian mega-corporations. Though most accept their lot in life, there are those who yearn to be free of their masters. They break free from their mining colonies, agri-domes, and factory cities in the hope of starting a new life on the frontiers of backwater planets like Hathor. These once contracted laborers are called Breakers for short. Not surprisingly, these corporations hire overseers from shadowy security firms like Black Squadron Security, and keep them on site to prevent work stoppage and labor revolt. Two or more players take on the roles of Breakers and the Black Squadron trying to either make their great escape or stop it from happening.

Ferrumsky Mine. Art by Filip Dudek,

Game play in Broken Contract combines elements of traditional board games, tabletop wargames, and RPGs. The mechanics are meant for fast and exciting play with the ability to leap over obstacles and dive roll under closing doors. To facilitate these ends the Characters have a multitude of stats to help determine how well they can do things from fighting in hand-to-hand to patching up an injured comrade. Each Character can perform multiple actions per turn so that they can jog to a better firing position and shoot a gun, or they could jump over a mining cart and hit that officer they’ve been mean-mugging all day with a shovel. To keep everyone engaged in the game, characters who haven't used all of their actions can interrupt attackers by dodging, defending themselves or fleeing; among other things. Everything is resolved by performing Stat Checks with a roll of a 6 sided die to keep the game simple and flowing. Finally, order of play is determined by a numbered deck of cards that is shuffled and dealt each turn so that the order of action changes every turn swinging the advantage of going first from Character to Character instead of from Player to Player.


Currently there are Broken Contract Black Squadron and Breaker miniature sets to help get you on the road to collecting and playing the game. They are available through the Breaker Press Games webstore.

The Broken Contract Rule Book gives all the rules for game play, equipment, character creation, a mini campaign to play through, and a Crew Roster sheet that you can photocopy.

The Broken Contract Initiative and Equipment Deck provides all the cards you need to play the game including Initiative Cards and cards for all of the equipment from the rule book, including multiples of the most common items.



Broken Contract is an engaging fusion of gaming genres meant to focus on action and adventure rather than simply pummeling the enemy, and that provides the greatest depth when shared among a group of people, rather than two head-to-head strategizing minds. So gather your team of rabble hell bent on escape, or put on your mean mugs and fire up your shock batons to put down the coming uprising. Broken Contract is almost here.

Thanks for reading!
-Nick

Learn more about Breakers and Black Squadron.
Learn about the planet Hathor.
Learn how to make your own Broken Contract Mine: Part I, Part II, Part III, Part IV, Part V.
Learn more about What is a Miniature Adventure Game? 

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