Core Space – An Overview

What exactly is Core Space, and is it the game for me? If you’ve been asking that question, read on. Here’s what the rulebook says:

Core Space is a science fiction miniatures board game set on the border of the Barrens – the desolate region of space around our galaxy’s supermassive black hole. The Barrens have become the base of a malevolent artificial species intent on the harvesting of all living matter in the galaxy, for ends unknown.

In this game of survival each player takes control of a small band of Traders trying to make a living in a dangerous galaxy. You need to contend with criminal factions, an overzealous police force, a deteriorating ship, rival Traders and a relentless alien species that wants your biomass.

You must complete missions, explore space derelicts and frontier worlds, salvage, trade, upgrade your crew and fight to live another day…

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Sounds exciting doesn’t it? But how to tell if it’s your sort of game? There’s a whole spectrum of game categories these days, from family board games to narrative role-playing games to hobbyist wargames. More recently a new hybrid category has appeared, falling somewhere in between – the ‘miniatures game’. What exactly defines a miniatures game can vary, so where exactly on the spectrum does Core Space fit?

The Sci-fi Miniatures Game

Core Space is spreading, like the Purge, across the whole gaming spectrum. It’s the perfect balance between a characterful RPG and a fast-playing board game. It uses the miniatures and terrain to bridge the gap in between – practically they form your playing pieces and your board, but aesthetically they bring wonderful immersion and create the world.

Here are some examples of how Core Space has pulled typical elements from each category and unified them into one game:

Miniature Skirmish Games: Everything that happens on the ‘board’ itself will be familiar to a skirmish gamer. Your characters will move, shoot and fight using straightforward dice-rolling mechanics, with victory often determined by taking an objective or defeating the enemy.

The basic rules for Core Space are available to download for free HERE.

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It’s off the board where things become a little different.

Board Games: Core Space comes with some nifty extra components to surround the basic mechanics. You won’t need to track wounds with dice or refer to a roster sheet for your special rules and equipment. No, Core Space has bespoke character dashboards for that. These are used to track your character’s health, ammo, equipment, skills and more, and we cover them in depth HERE.

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The second plastic tracker records the rising hostility. This gives the game a soft time limit, with your enemies, the Purge, becoming increasingly more dangerous as the game progresses. This is backed up with the Event Deck throwing curveballs into the game each round to keep you on your toes.

Components aside, the other board game element of Core Space is the way in which you play against the game itself. The deadly Purge are entirely AI controlled with a concise set of rules to govern how and where they will attack. This does of course mean that most Core Space missions can be played solo or co-op – more on that later.

RPGs: Core Space gives you the freedom to do anything, especially with the advanced section of the Deluxe Rulebook. Your characters can dive through windows, throw equipment to each other, use the terrain as a weapon or makeshift cover – it’s really up to the players how they want the narrative to progress. The game can also accommodate a GM who can take over the AI from the Purge and steer the story as they see fit, designing custom missions for their gaming groups.

Campaigns are where your choices really make a difference as the game becomes about more than just the task at hand. You need to think ahead to what you can salvage and trade to keep your malfunctioning ship in the sky and keep your crew alive. We’ve done a whole post on Campaigns HERE.

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In Summary

Round after round the game will present you with opportunities, but you won’t have the resources to take them all – not enough crew, not enough actions, not enough ammo, the wrong equipment. You will need to make difficult choices, echoing the choices made by your crew as they struggle to survive. The right choices will keep you alive; the wrong ones will cost you dearly.

Co-operative or Competitive?

Do you prefer to crush your friends into the ground, or work with them towards a joint victory? Core Space offers both. Ultimately this is mission-based, with some missions having a shared goal and others where victory can only be taken by a single crew. However, just because a goal is shared that doesn’t mean you can’t settle some grudges along the way and snag some loot to repair your ship. Furthermore, even when only one can take the objective there’s no harm in joining forces against the Purge. If your docking bay has become overrun, maybe your opponent will let you use theirs, for a price… You can form alliances and make deals with other players as you wish.

Co-operative missions can of course be played solo by taking just a single crew, or controlling multiple crews. They can also be played in teams with players taking one or two characters each. Core Space can be adapted to the size of your gaming group with ease.

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Would You Like to Know More?

That’s it for now, but we’ve got lots more Core Space coverage below:

Keep following the blog to stay up to date.

In the meantime, you can pick up Core Space HERE. Shipping begins next week!

Happy Gaming!


Core Space – The Unboxing

Want to know what’s in the box?

Whether you’ve already ordered a copy of Core Space or you just need a little persuasion, we’re here to reveal all of the awesomeness contained inside. Without further ado, click below to start the video and let us know what you think in the comments.

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We’ve taken so much care over getting this product right, and that’s obvious through the quality of the components and the depth of the gameplay. It’s not just that though. We’ve also thought about boring practical stuff like storage, and where you’ll put everything once you finish a game. In the latter half of the video, after we’ve taken everything out of the box, and punched all of the terrain and tokens out of their sheets, we put it all back in again. There’s room inside in the various compartments to store the core set and all of the expansions we have planned too!

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We’ll be back over the coming weeks with some more in-depth articles about the game, from the components to the mechanics to the background of the universe. Make sure you’re signed up to our newsletter (CLICK HERE) to keep up to date.

Until next time, happy gaming!

Colin, Wayne and Stew

The Battle Systems Team

Battle Systems 2019

Welcome to the Battle Systems Blog. We haven’t posted in a while but that’s going to change. Whether you’re new to us or a veteran Battle Systems fan, make sure you’re following the blog this year. And don’t worry, they won’t all be as long as this one!

2019 is an exciting year for Battle Systems, so we’re going to take this opportunity to tell you about all the awesome stuff we’re working on. Read on to find out what’s in store (literally… 😉).

Core Space

Core Space is our first game, and it’s turning out to be a good one even if I do say so myself. If you haven’t heard of it, it’s a sci-fi miniatures game and was on Kickstarter back in 2017 ( It can be played co-operatively or competitively and has accessible mechanics with a detailed campaign system. The game also includes a complete 3D 2 foot x 2 foot board built from our award-winning terrain.

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Fast-forward to now and the game is finished and on its way. The miniature and print quality is second-to-none and we’ve designed a nifty way to get it all back in the box again after the terrain is punched out. I’ll let the pictures speak thousands of words so I don’t have to:

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Check HERE for a full unboxing video.

The rulebook is pretty fancy too. The retail edition of the game comes with a 104-page softback book that doesn’t short-change you on content – you’ll get the full rules, campaign system, 10 missions to play and all the reference you need to dive in quickly.

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If that’s not enough you can also pick up the hardback Deluxe Rulebook with even more content. You’ll get advanced rules to customise your games, character creation, rules for lots more NPCs, and a peek behind the curtain at our early concept sketches. Kickstarter backers will get this book as standard in their pledges.

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You get two complete trader crews in the core game, but we’ve got a total of six available that can all be mixed and matched together.

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All of this is available to pre-order now to be released at the end of March. You can order direct from us HERE. Alternatively, as of this year you can now head down to your FLGS and see us there too. That leads me nicely into my next topic.

Retail Stores

We’ve been selling high-quality gaming terrain since 2013, but we’ve only ever sold it direct to our customers. What we’ve been missing out on is the immense value that local gaming stores bring to the community. With the launch of Core Space Battle Systems will start arriving in retail stores all around the world, so more people than ever will have a chance to see it in the flesh. Been meaning to pick up one of our add-on products but wanted to avoid international postage rates? Been thinking about our terrain but wanted to see it first-hand? Now you can!

We’ve been in touch with lots of stores already but we certainly haven’t gotten around to all of them yet. If you want your local store to stock our products, please ask them to get in touch with us at, and we’ll take it from there 😊.

Of course, just being in stores is only part of the story – we want to build thriving in-store communities of Core Space players, and of all the other games played on our terrain. As such, we want to work with retailers on campaigns, events, displays, demos and prize support. Here’s an event we ran recently at Board in Brum in the midlands:

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If you want help with an event, get in touch and we’ll see what we can do.


With the retail launch we are repackaging our terrain to give it extra on-shelf impact, and to make sure we’ve included the barcodes, small print, and other technical paraphernalia that stores need. The terrain itself won’t change, it’s just in a shiny new box 😊. Here’s what the Galactic set will look like going forward:

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We are also reworking our contents photos to make it clearer exactly what you get in each set. I think this looks pretty cool:

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The one part of our products that will change is the plastic clips. While they fulfilled their role admirably, the old clips are a bit fiddly to punch out of the sheets and we wanted to add some extra stability for larger terrain projects. So, Core Space and all newly packaged terrain going forward will ship with our new improved clips. These have been moulded in ABS with a new 3D profile that will make them stronger and more durable. They are fully compatible with the old clips so nobody needs to replace anything. Of course, if you’re working on a particularly ambitious project and you wanted to pick some up, the new manufacturing method has also allowed us to drop the price! The new clips will be available separately a little later in the year, in a pack of 80 clips for just £6.99.

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So that’s where things stand for our existing ranges, but after a few years and many, many games we’ve taken in a lot of feedback about what people want to see next. If you’re running out of ideas for how to configure your Frontier settlement or Shanty Town, then we’ve got exciting news for you! As each of our ranges hits retail stores this year, they will be complemented by some brand new sets. These new sets were not funded by Kickstarter and can take your games in a brand-new direction. These are very much work in progress but here are a couple of previews:

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We’ve got some cool ideas for those with our urban apocalypse sets too. Let’s just say we’re hoping to take advice from Robin Sparkles…

Beyond that, we want to step outside and scale up to fill some larger tables. We’ve got the skirmish game world fairly well covered already, but what about all the wargamers out there? It’s totally possible as seen with our Outlands January sale deal, but we want more.

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I won’t say too much just yet, but if you’re after some new wargames terrain, whether sci-fi, fantasy or historical, subscribe to this blog and all will be revealed.

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So, with all of this going on, you’re going to want to keep up to date with it all, and chat about it with your fellow gamers. With that in mind we’re going to be sharing information in a few ways this year.

  • Firstly, this blog. We will be posting regularly throughout the year with product features, assembly tutorials, new Core Space missions, hobby content, event coverage, and plenty more. Our next post will be the Core Space unboxing coming very soon!
  • Secondly, the newsletter. Instead of coming to us, we can send the information to you! The newsletter will deliver the highlights of our blog content and new releases direct to your email inbox, so you won’t miss a thing. These will kick-off in March using our new secure mail client. Click HERE to sign up. When the new window opens, just press send.
  • Lastly, Facebook. Follow our Facebook page to stay right up to date. As well as showing off our new ideas in bitesize chunks, we will also be using Facebook to share some of the fantastic work being done by Battle Systems fans around the world, such as this mighty Star-Wars-themed construction from Laurent Loubet:

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What Else?

What? That’s not enough? Oh alright then, I’ll spill a few more beans about the future.

You may have noticed that parts of our Fantasy Dungeon range are running out of stock. It’s now been nearly five years since we ran the Kickstarter for our Dungeon, and since then we’ve used our experience to make improvements to our engineering and our artwork. With the current print run nearly sold out, we’re looking at revitalising the Dungeon and bringing it in line with our newer sets. There’s a long way to go yet and plenty to do in the meantime, but we’ll update you on our progress later in the year.

In the meantime, our remaining stock of Dungeon add-ons is available at 20% off, so if you’ve been meaning to pick something up, now’s your chance. While stocks last.

In between the constant work on our own new products, we are also working on a few more collaborations with other companies. Watch this space for more info.

Finally, there’s this:

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Signing Off, for Now

Right, I’m sure you’ve had enough of my rambling. The next one won’t be an essay, I promise!

Let us know your thoughts about Battle Systems’ future, or tell us what you want to see, in the comments below. We’re excited to hear what you think!

Until next time, happy gaming!

Colin, Wayne and Stew

The Battle Systems Team

Core Space – only 24 hours to go!

We’ve less than 24 hours to go so if you’re going to jump in to our Core Space Kickstarter campaign now would be a good time 🙂

We’ve just unveiled the Shuttle, handy for those short hops to and from your spaceship. At £8 a pop you’d be remiss to skip these!


Shuttle, for all your shuttling needs.

Also amazing value is the Miniature Mega Deal, 12 minis and a load of other stuff for £35!


Lots for not a lot 🙂

We’ve also unlocked a tonne of FREE goodies, check out the banner below:


The Mighty Orange Banner of FREE Stuff 🙂

And not forgetting the bonus minis:




We’ve also just unveiled more Purge super beasties, the Gatherers and the Annihilator! The Gatherers are working Purge with a nasty streak and the Annihilator is an oversized killing machine that its better to run from than fight! Both need to be unlocked in the last 24 hours!


We are here to kick your bottom.

Overall the Kickstarter is a cracking deal, don’t wait until retail! Core Space is live on Kickstarter NOW!


We have an entry on Board Game Geek if you want to check it out 🙂

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Core Space halfway through!

We’re now just over halfway through our Kickstarter campaign and have unlocked a shedload of FREE stretch goals and cool add-ons. The Free stretch goals include two new trader teams, the crews of the Skylark and the Poseidon and a tonne of terrain.


That’s a lot of FREE stuff!


Let’s not forget the bonus minis either!

Add-ons include two mission packs that come with their own terrain and mission log. Outbreak! has the traders mount a rescue mission in the middle of a derelict ship overrun by an alien infestation.


Get to the reactor!

In Shootout at Zed’s the traders get caught in the middle of a firefignt between the Galactic Corps and the criminals known as Zed’s crew.


It’s all go at Zed’s!

Other add-ons include the Metropolitan pack with more civilians and security cops.


More city folk to fill up your streets 🙂


We’ve also opened up a new pledge, the Titan. This is an extra large set and comes with its own mission and terrain, Accord on Titan where the traders form an alliance with each other and the usually hostile Galactic Corps to fight off the Purge! Titan also comes bundled with the other two misson packs.



With less than two weeks to go jump in now and help us unlock more stretch goals 🙂  Core Space is live on Kickstarter NOW!


We now have an entry on Board Game Geek if you’re into that sort of thing 🙂

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Core Space has Funded!

Core space has funded! The game is now official and with luck will be slamming down onto gaming tables this time next year 🙂

Check out what’s in the boxed game:





We’ve got just over 24 days to pump out as many free stretch goals and cool add-ons as we can. First add-on up is the OUTBREAK! mission pack. A self contained mission that can be played as a one-off or as part of a campaign that comes with it’s own terrain.


What’s this creepy alien goo? Eugh! It’s got into my shoe!

Reskinned reactors and cell walls alongside the very popular infestation for a very reasonable 8 Universal Assets (Earth money is also acceptable).

As for stretch goals we’ve already unlocked Director Zool, he’s now FREE to every backer who took a core pledge. A big cheese in the Galactic Corps his job is to make your life as
difficult as possible.



We’ve got several new characters lined up just waiting to be unlocked along with FREE terrain.


He’s a naughty crim!


He’s a tough guy with a heart of gold. Except it’s not.


He’s a thinker, not a fighter. He’ll still kick your butt, though.

Speaking of FREE (the capitals are a running joke if you wondered)  😉 we also have bonus minis for our core backers, minis that aren’t in the retail box but will be FREE to our backers, including two criminal gang members, Hobb and Chunk, two Galactic guards, each in a different pose and four harvester Purge, the foot soldiers of the creepy synthetic species out to get you!


For you, sir? No pounds 🙂

Jump in now and help us unlock more stretch goals 🙂  Core Space is live on Kickstarter NOW!

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Core Space is live!

Core Space is live!  Come and join the fun 🙂

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