Core Space is our science fiction miniatures board game. Each player controls a band of Traders trying to make a living in a dangerous galaxy, all the while hunted by the Purge, a semi-sentient race of humanoid machines whose sole task is to harvest worlds. In 2022 the universe was expanded to include the First Born, a fanatical alien species protecting their asteroid homes from intruders with deadly force! Download the core rules for free here.
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All our sets use colour-coded plastic so are playable without painting, but if you like playing with painted miniatures we’ve created some guides to getting your crew and Purge opponents painted up for the tabletop.
Dangerous Days added an optional set of campaign rules designed to challenge more experienced crews and to reflect the increasing chaos of the galaxy as the Purge rampage through it.
This download contains common special rules and additional rules for using terrain first published in the Dangerous Days book. This includes rules to teleport using a Particle Transmitter, to use machinery from the Engineering Sector set as objectives, to heal yourself using an Auto-Doc, or even do a spot of shopping while on a mission by using Shop Counters. This download also includes rules on moving objects, using computers, Infestation terrain, and guidance on designing rewards for missions that aren’t just more credits.
Stealthy Approach is an optional game style where the main Hostiles start the mission unaware of your Traders. Depending on the mission that you are playing, the Hostiles could be Purge, Gangers, First Born, or Galactic Corps.
A quick reference guide to skills, abilities, item attributes, and essential rules. Version 1.1 updated 7 August 2023.
A handy reference guide to Core Space rules by the good people at the Esoteric Order of Gamers.
This handy, searchable app provides easy reference for equipment statistics, special rules and icons during play, and is also available as a mobile app!
A quick reference guide to skills, abilities, and item attributes from the Core Space Dangerous Days expansion book.
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A guide to what equipment is available to buy at which stores and expansions. Version 1.3
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Core Space First Born is a standalone starter set for Core Space. It’s perfect for new players but it also functions as an expansion to the original game, and both starter sets can be used alongside each other. These rules build on the solid core that we laid down originally with some ‘plug and play’ additions to integrate the fearsome new First Born race into the game.
Rogue Purge is discontinued, but the components are available for you to download and print. These can be used alongside regular Purge miniatures, perhaps converted or painted in an alternative scheme, to make your own Rogue Purge crew!
Profit in Danger is an epic three-act mini campaign that uses all the First Born expansions. The First Born have set their entire star system in motion, can you stop it before the threat reaches civilised space?
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Download the missions from the discontinued Shift Charge at MegaCorp expansion.
Dangerous Days campaign is an eight-mission campaign that sees you tangle with a shady megacorp, a militant Galactic Corps, ruthless Gangers, and finishes with an epic double map mission to save the galaxy
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The notorious gang leader Salvor Kartain, has vowed to punish your crew for their actions on Big Iron. Your ship is surrounded, and Gangers are pouring aboard through breaches they have cut in your hull. Can you repel boarders, put out the fires that they have caused, and stop them from sabotaging your ship so that you can escape?
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An old colleague has crossed the notorious gang leader Salvor Kartain and they need your help to fix things. They have asked you to meet them at an abandoned refuelling rig called Big Iron, but when you arrive you realise that it was a trap. The place is crawling with Gangers and your friend is now their prisoner. Fortunately, the Gangers have poor discipline and you’ve been able to sneak up on them. Time to mount a rescue mission!
Can you recover the lost secrets of the fabled craftsman Matori Hanza from a planet deep within Purge-held space? If the rumours are correct, the last of his legendary swords might also be in his abandoned workshop. A brave crew could make a fortune…
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A Black Star scientist is on the run from their employer. Can you save him and recover the vital intel they have? This mission requires the Shootout at Zed’s, Black Star Rising expansions and the Medical Research Lab terrain to play.
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A new Trading Post is being attacked by the First Born and one of the workers, Qiog, has gone missing. Can you save the post and rescue Qiog? Expansions needed: Trading Post 5.
In this free mission, you’ve hard rumour of a large stash of Raw Blue in a MegaCorp facility, but the only way in is via a secure teleporter. It’ll be risky – can you get in and out before the Purge overrun the base? This mission requires the Purge Outbreak and Shift Change at MegaCorp expansions and the Medical Research Lab terrain pack to play.
This free download sees you browsing the GCC’s Most Wanted list and spotting an opportunity! Zed and his lieutenants are on the run, and if you can aid the Galactic Corps in their apprehension there’ll be nobody left to guard Zed’s stash! This mission requires the Shootout at Zed’s and Galactic Corps expansions to play.
This free download takes inspiration from the latest season of the Expanse. It requires the Shift Change at MegaCorp expansion to play, and if you are successful you’ll earn yourself a Shuttle! If you’ve got an experienced crew, we recommend adding the Galactic Corps and the Gangers to the game too for more of a challenge. After all, you’re not going to be the only ones after this prize!
This week’s free download is a solo mission and this mission is playable using just the starter set. The Purge have pierced a hole in the hull of a school based on a space station. Your job is to board the station and rescue the students before they get sucked into space, or suffer an even worse fate at the hands of the Purge!
Your Traders enter a shipping depot on the outskirts of the Barrens to retrieve some valuable cargo. The place has recently been ‘purged’, and the employees are starting to return to work, unaware of the incoming Purge ‘clean-up crew’ that often follow an attack. This mission won’t be as easy as it looks… This mission requires the Purge Outbreak expansion to play.
A pirate gang have sent you on a rescue mission – their captain has been apprehended by the Galactic Corps and you’ll need to break them out! There is a very rare and powerful weapon up for grabs if you can manage it. This mission requires the Shootout and Zed’s and Galactic Corps expansions to play.
A rival corporation has tipped you off that MegaCorp is working on some dangerous new technology, and your job is to infiltrate their research facility and destroy it. If nothing else it sounds like a perfect opportunity for some looting! This mission requires the Black Star Rising and Galactic Corps expansions to play.
It’s a one-off mission representing the latest VR fad – a video game called “Raid VR!” which pits two teams of users against each other in a race to steal their opponent’s objective and bring it back in capture-the-flag-style mayhem. Imagine it as something your Traders could be playing in an arcade while at a Trading Post.
This mission sees your crew break into a Raw Blue processing facility to liberate some high-end ship parts and other equipment. Of course the Raw Blue will attract the Purge, and they’ve brought an Annihilator! To play this mission you will need the Dangerous Days book, Purge Outbreak Expansion, Purge Reinforcements Booster, and the Black Star Rising expansion.
In this free download, your crew will infiltrate a processing plant for one of the biggest conglomerates in the galaxy. You’re not there for factory work though – you have reason to believe they are smuggling contraband in their goods and you want in!
Your crew were hoping for a leisurely weekend on board a pleasure ship. Unfortunately, like everywhere else in the galaxy these days, the Purge had other ideas! The impact of the Purge attack has set the ship spinning on its axis. Your ship’s airlock has become disconnected and the artificial gravity is intermittent. You’d better get out quick!
This mission focuses on the Rogue Purge. Your task is to break into a high security prison and rescue a crimelord, but he’s not the only one behind bars… To break him out you’ll need to get past the ‘experiments’ roaming the board, but if you’re lucky you may be able to grab some unique Purge tech on your escape!
You’ve found yourselves in a bar in the middle of a terrorist attack, and you need to fight your way back to the ship. The Gangers have other ideas though, and will be locking doors in your face and even disengaging your ship’s airlock! This mission requires the Shootout at Zed's expansion.
Instead of the Trade Phase after the game where you can buy and sell items, this mission IS the Trade Phase! One of your contacts has given you a shopping list, and you’ll need to grab everything and get it back to them for a priceless reward.
In this mission you will have to break into a Galactic Prison to liberate your crewmate, but it won’t be easy. You’ll need to team up with other crews and all sorts of criminal scum if you want to make it out alive!
To complete this mission, you will need to infiltrate a Purge base and rescue a Galactic Corps director who has been inexplicably abducted by the Purge. To play this mission you will need the Purge: Outbreak Expansion, a Medical Research Lab, and a Purge Reinforcements Booster.
This mission has your Traders break into a Galactic Corps facility. It sounds dangerous, but the rewards are well worth the risk. If you can salvage some parts from their top-of-the-range Particle Transmitter you can upgrade your ship’s teleporter. This mission requires the Galactic Corps expansion.
You may think gangers are squishier than the Purge so it doesn’t sound like much of a challenge, but there’s a catch. You’re in their territory, and you’re heavily outnumbered from the start. You’ll need to stay cool and try to avoid detection as you search the area for some important documents. This mission requires the Shootout at Zed’s expansion.
This mission involves the Traders taking control of the cargo-bot to repair the damaged engine core of a space station by retrieving parts from industrial equipment scattered around the board. Of course it won’t be that simple – the Purge will be bearing down on you from the start! This mission requires the Engineering Sector terrain set.
In this mission, the Traders have been hired to board the Daedalus, a derelict space ship, and find a data-chip left on board. When they arrive they find that the chip’s owner, a diplomat named Butler, is still alive, and they take advantage of the chance to rescue him and reap the rewards!
In this mission, the Traders have turned bounty hunters, commissioned by the GCC to track down a rogue trader selling defective weaponry on the black market. Civilian injuries are being reported, but more importantly these defects are bad PR for the arms manufacturers…
In this mission, the Traders arrive after the Purge have wiped out a planet in order to salvage what’s left. They know that Purge Gatherers will be in the area assimilating everything that’s left, but that’s what they are here for – the Mother’s core can be used to create a powerful weapon. If the Traders can defeat her that is
In this mission the Traders must infiltrate an office building belonging to one of the biggest tech corporations in the sector. There are rumours that the CEO has been dabbling in new AI technology, but not all is above board. This double-size map requires the Cyberpunk Core Set terrain.
Theta Station is under attack by the Purge and Captain Teelac the only one close enough to save its inhabitants. The more people he can save with his thrilling heroics, the more people can go on to tell his story as the Hero of Theta!
This mission uses a double-sized map and incorporates the Medical Research Lab, Shootout at Zed's, Purge Outbreaks expansions.
It’s a seasonal affair this time. Giger’s Emporium are hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt and there are big prizes up for grabs. Send a couple of your Traders into the store to grab whatever they can, but be warned that they won’t be the only ones on the hunt…
On this occasion you’ve come across a derelict ship floating through space and you venture on-board, but find yourself trapped and surrounded by the Purge! With the air running out this mission will be tough going, but if you can secure the wreckage it will be a great source of parts for a long time to come.
Create your own characters, civilians, and classes with our online tool.
Photoshop (.PSD) files for designing characters, civilians, enemies, and equipment for Core Space.
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