Zona Alfa is a tabletop miniature skirmish game in which you have a party going into “The Zone” to look for loot to sell, complete mission objectives, etc., all while fighting off other Stalkers, raiders, mutants, wild beasts, and other Zone Hostiles. The Zona Alfa rule book by Patrick Todoroff has come out just this month. I think it actually releases on the 31st of January, but some pre-orders shipped early. I was one of the lucky few and found mine in the mail box a couple of weeks ago!
I stumbled across Mr. Todoroff’s blog Stalker7.com, while looking for wargaming blogs on WordPress and I was instantly hooked. I then saw that his ruleset was going to be published soon. I almost immediately pre-ordered it, bought S.T.A.L.K.E.R. for PC on GOG.com and have been somewhat obsessed with the Zone for the last couple of months. The game is heavily inspired by the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. and Metro 2033 pc games.
There are a few reviews out there on some blogs and a few flip-throughs on YouTube. I highly recommend checking out this game. It is a very solid ruleset.
With that, I had to take a break from finishing my German Grenadiers for Bolt Action to whip up this terrain piece for the Zona Alpha/Stalker7 Facebook Group’s terrain contest. Lastly, although I told myself I wasn’t going to paint any other minis until the Germans were finished, I thought the terrain piece needed a suitable mini to pose with it, so I painted up a Soviet in and NBC suit by Eureka Miniatures.
That’s all for now. Please check out Stalker7.com and the Facebook group as well if you have any questions. Patrick Todoroff has been very courteous and accessible for questions on the rules, where to get suitable minis, etc.
Also, if you’re looking for more inspiration for the genre, check out Roadside Picnic, the novel that really started it all, and Stalker the movie, directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.
Stay alive comrades. Good hunting, Stalkers.