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 Firestorm Red Thunder
 Firestorm Red Thunder

Persian Gulf War Heats Up
Associated Press news story
16 July 1985:

Escalation of the Persian Gulf War continued today when Iranian aircraft attacked two oil tankers just outside the territorial waters of Bahrain. A ship of Dutch registry was reported sunk early this morning shortly after leaving port.

At this time there is no report of survivors. The second ship, registered in Panama, was inbound to Bahrain when it was attacked by two Iranian war planes. Casualties are reported to be high.

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Firestorm: Red Thunder
Firestorm: Red Thunder was the first installment in an on-going campaign for Team Yankee that sees NATO and Warsaw Pact players fighting out the opening days of the Battle for Germany in August 1985. The Campaign was played out in stores and on Beasts of War in Sept/Oct 2017.

The Soviet and supporting Warsaw Pact forces launch a surprise offensive into Germany, seeking to push the NATO defenders back to and across the Rhine River. Meanwhile, the NATO forces attempt to stem the initial Soviet thrust and counterattack to regain lost ground and possibly liberate parts of East Germany.

The campaign can be played in a single intense day of gaming, or spread out over several weeks.

Right: The Firestorm: Red Thunder Campaign Map

Scroll down to the bottom to find out how the Firestorm Campaign went.

 Firestorm Red Thunder

Soviet Generals, do you attack across a broad front, trying to grind down the NATO defenders, or do you risk a series of attacks on a narrow front trying to drive towards Bonn?

NATO Generals, can you hold back the tide, or are you prepared to give ground whilst you muster your troops, counterattacking in key areas to slow down the enemy juggernaut?

Firestorm Campaign System
The campaign consists of a series of Team Yankee games in which players attempt to capture areas from the enemy or recover those lost in earlier games.

Each time a player wins a game they receive a Victory pin. Once all the Victory pins have been won, the campaign is over and the side holding cities of the greatest value wins.

When a pair of players want to play a game, they Grab a Victory Pin, Place a Battle Arrow, Play a Game, Award the Victory Pin, and then Capture Areas.

 Firestorm Red Thunder

At the end of the campaign, add up the Victory Points (VP) for each city held by each side. The side with the greater Victory Point total wins the campaign. Will it be a Strategic Victory for the Red Armies where the cause of International Communism has been significantly advanced by the rapid liberation of West Germany from the yoke of Capitalism. Or will NATO forces scrape together a Tactical Victory, holding their positions and attempting to seek peace through diplomatic means? 

Only you can determine who wins Firestorm: Red Thunder, the first installment of our Firestorm: Team Yankee series. Influence the history of Team Yankee as the Firestorm campaign evolves. Where will the front lines be when the NATO counterattack happens in our next campaign?

How Do I Get Involved?

  • In Store Gaming: tell your local store to order their Firestorm: Red Thunder kit today. Each kit has enough Battle Arrows and Victory Pins for 15 games and additional packs can be purchased.
  • Beasts Of War: in conjunction with the team at Beasts Of War we will be running an online version of the campaign where you can log results and watch as the battle lines shift in response to each side's Victories.
  • Social Media: Keep an eye on the Team Yankee Facebook Group, Instagram and Twitter accounts for the latest news and information.

Left: The Battle Board with Victory Pins, and Battle Arrows.

Limited Edition Prizes Available
Whilst participating in the Firestorm: Red Thunder Campaign and crushing your foes beneath your tracks is probably reward enough, a few lucky stores and clubs around the world will receive prizes for participating and entering their results into the Global Campaign hosted by the team at Beasts Of War.

These limited edition custom tokens, templates and objectives will only be available as prizes in this competition so stay tuned for more information.

Find out more about Firestorm: Red Thunder Prizes here...

Firestorm Red Thunder

Firestorm Red Thunder Running A Campaign At Your Club
In a club? Want to run a Firestorm: Red Thunder event? Unsure how to get a copy of the Firestorm Campaign kit? Don't worry because we have you covered. Firestorm Campaign kits will be available for you to purchase direct from Battlefront. All you need to is contact your local office and we will be able to get your squared away.

North American Clubs click here...
UK and European Clubs click here...
Australian and New Zealand Clubs click here...
Rest of the World Clubs click here...

Firestorm Campaign kits will cost USD$30, Euro€20, GBP£15 or AUD$30 (prices include Free Shipping) depending on your region. Each kit includes the rules, map, victory pins and battle arrows you need to play the campaign.

Running A Firestorm Event With Phil
Running a Firestorm event is easy and themed events like this make a nice change from the usual pick-up or tournament games. In this video Phil takes a closer look at what you will get in the Campaign Kit, as well as how the campaign works and the cool swag that you can win for participating.

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Plan Your Invasion Of Western Europe
Looking to plan out your invasion of Western Europe and need a map then check out these:

Firestorm: Red Thunder Printed Campaign Map (PDF, 2.8MB)...
This is a version of the map included in the Firestorm Campaign Pack and includes all the various areas that you can fight over.

Firestorm: Red Thunder Beasts of War Global Campaign Map (PDF, 2.4MB)...
This version is a simplifed map with less theatres for the Beasts of War Global Campaign.


Firestorm: Red Thunder on Beasts Of War

Firestorm: Red Thunder is now live over at Beasts of War's campaign site. Head there now to register and influence the history of World War III - or just gain bragging rights over your friends and gaming buddies for doing better than them!


BOW Red Thunder

Useful Downloads:
How to create an account (PDF download)...
How to create your club (PDF download)...
How to enter a Battle Report (PDF download)...


Firestorm Campaign Map

Firestorm: Red Thunder - What Happened?
Watching the Firestorm: Red Thunder campaign develop was a blast for all of us here at Battlefront. Phil has put together a recap of what happened and drawn some conclusions on how each of the Nations performed over the course of this first phase.

Firestorm: Red Thunder - What Happened?

Firestorm: Red Thunder Behind The Scenes
A lot of players were very curious as to how things were run behind the scenes. ‘What are the rules?’ was a common question. So we made Phil stay behind last night and write up a second article about how things worked behind the curtain.

Firestorm: Red Thunder Behind The Scenes...

Firestorm Behind The Scenes

Last Updated On Thursday, April 19, 2018