Core Rules

From 30 Minute Missions: Wargame


The 30 Minute Missions: Wargame is an Attacker and Defender style of wargame and can have, at least, 2 players. The game can be played by any number of different players but must remain in the Attacker and Defender style unless otherwise stated. This means that if 4 people were to play, two would be on one side and 2 on the other, or 3 on one side and 1 on the other.

You can play alone similar to how one would play themselves in chess, but it is not recommended.



In order to fight the enemy you will need Dice. An Eight-Sided Dice (D8) to be exact. D8 dice are used for everything in this game. You will want to have multiple (recommended to have at least 6) so you can roll all of your attacks at once instead of one at a time.

If a rule requires a D8 roll 3 or higher, this is often abbreviated as 3+.

Objective Markers


While playing the game, you may need various tokens to identify a status effect or elevation. a Printable sheet will be available soon.

Unit Information


Engagement Size Deployment Cost Limit
Scouting 600
Skirmish 1200
Operation 1800
Conflagration 2500

Each player controls a squad of 30MM Models. The number of models you can have in your squad during a battle is determined by the Deployment Cost Limit of the Mission.


Individual models are called Units and are divided into the following Types:

A unit that meets any of the following guidelines:

  • Uses legs as its main form of transportation
  • Has or relies on arms to perform its primary functions
  • Is distinctly bipedal or has a clear and obvious torso

This is the Standard battlefield weapon.

Any unit that relies on jet propulsion, wheels, tracks, or rotors as its primary source of movement and doesn't have any form of manipulators (arms). Vehicles are represented by the Core Types below. Each vehicle Core Type comes with a set of rules.

All vehicle types gain the following changes to gameplay:

  • When checking LoS, the reference point is as close as possible to where the pilot is located.
  • Does not have manipulators. Therefore, cannot physically pick up or interact with any objects.
  • Cannot change elevation [+/-] without the proper abilities.
  • Cannot obtain the Jump ability.
  • Each Vehicle Core Type will have a minimum set of Core Sections determined by the stock model.

EXA Tank

  • Field of View is the entire 6 hexes around the vehicle instead of the 3 hexes in direct front.
  • Costs twice as many movement points to cross green hexes.

EXA Air Fighter

  • Must use all of its movement points (standard or thruster) in a single turn.

EXA Attack Sub

  • When attacking with Missile Pods or Rocket Launchers, no Field of View is needed.
  • Can only move over Light Blue or Dark Blue hexes.

EXA Space Craft

Drones are smaller Units that must be attached to a Main Unit at the start of the battle. When they are needed, the Main Unit can deploy them VIA Command Action. The Main Unit may deploy them anywhere within 1 hex radius. Multiple Drones may occupy the same hex provided they do no collide with each other.

Each drone needs some form of movement on the model for it to be able move. If the Drone model does not move, it can still function but will not move outside of where it was initially placed. If it flies or swims, it needs at least one thruster on the model. If it walks, it needs legs or treads.

Drones are considered equipment for the Main Unit and must be added to the Main Units Equipment List on its Datasheet. Max of 3 active drones on the battlefield per Unit. There are two types of Drones:

With Artificial Intelligence

Can move freely around the battlefield. Once deployed, they are considered their own Unit and follow the same guidelines. Because of this, they also need their own Datasheet. A.I. Drones move during their Main Units Movement Phase and receive their own AP Roll of 1D8. If you have multiple of the same drone only one datasheet is needed. A.I. Drones are the only Unit that can be on structures. If the structure is destroyed the drone falls, takes (2 x structure floors) damage, and is immobile for 1 turn.

In the datasheet, under "Core Type", there is a option called RoyRoy. All AI Drones use this and it is what gives A.I. Drones their stats. Also in the Datasheet is a section called "Pilot Rank / A.I. Processor". Since drones are unmanned and do not have pilots, they have A.I. Processors instead. Each one is similar to a pilots rank but modified for AI Drones. Below is a table called "A.I. Advancement" and shows how each processor effects the drones stats differently.

AI Advencement
Processor DC Stats Mods
Simple 0 0 0
Intermediate 25 -1 1
Advanced 50 -2 2
  • The Simple Processor offers no changes to either stats or mods, there is no additional Deployment Cost when using it. This processor is great for A.I. Drones whos primary function is for scouting or reconnaissance.
  • The Intermediate Processor is just that, in the middle. Offers a single change to the drones stats and a single mod to be equipped at a moderate cost. Best used for scouting drones with a single weapon or equipment.
  • The Advanced Processor offers the most changes but at a higher cost. Best used for drones who have multiple weapons and can take a few hits.
Without Artificial Intelligence

Can only move when commanded to VIA Command Action. When deployed, place them anywhere around the Main Unit in a 2 Hex radius facing any direction. The direction that they face after deployment is the direction they will stay until commanded to change.

Drones that are capable of movement, orbit the Main Unit in tandem with when conducting its Movement Phase. If the Main Unit moves to a location and the drone is unable to occupy the Hex, it may move to the next available Hex (+/- 1 hex of elevation). If not, then they may dock with the Main Unit. Drones that are not capable of movement are placed on the battlefield and left as a sentry or turret. They can still function but only when the Main Unit commands.

All drones share the AP of the Main Unit.

Non-AI Drones, sometimes referred to as "funnels", all have the same Attack, Range, and AP Cost per drone. Durability is still based on the parts its made of.

  • Flat Damage: 3
  • Range: 4
  • AP Cost: 2


Classification Total Defense Base Movement Base Action points
Class 1 0 - 75 5 1d8 + 2
Class 2 76 - 150 4 1d8 + 2
Class 3 151 - 225 3 1d8 + 3
Class 4 226 - 300 2 1d8 + 4
Class 5 301+ 1 1d8 + 4

There are 5 different classifications that provide different starting bonuses and limitations based on the size of your Unit. This is determined by the Total Defense value of all of Core Parts.

Datasheets & Pilot IDs

These are used in tandem and show detailed stats and abilities for each Unit. You will need to create a Datasheet and Pilot ID for every Unit in your Squad. These can be found in the Datasheets / ID's page along with premade stock kit sheets.

Below is more information you will need to know in order to better understand Datasheets.

Parts List

This is a catalogued spreadsheet of, almost, all of the current released 30MM kits. Player will use this to add the parts of the model they have created onto their datasheets. The list does not include things like joint parts on the OJ1 runner or any part included on the J1 runner. Images will be added to every part in the future. It is preferred to download the spreadsheet to your Google Drive so you may input your own information. Click on the image to view.

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The spreadsheet also includes a few other things you will need to fill out a Datasheet. This includes:

  • The full list of Systems, Mods, and Traits.
  • Weapon/Equipment Calculator
  • Core Section Calculator

The Systems, Mods, & Traits (SMT) list is for the player to determine the best abilities/bonuses that will pair with their Unit. The number of SMTs is based on Pilot/ A.I. Rank.

The Weapon/Equipment Calculator is used to determine the stats of a weapons/equipment used by the Unit. The Core Section Calculator is similar to Weapons/Equipment Calculator but it deals with the determining the Max Defense of a Core Section.

A detailed guide will be compiled on how to use the calculators as well as filling out the Unit Datasheet.

Systems, Mods, & Traits

These are abilities that every Unit gains when specific requirements are met.

  • Systems: Abilities gained when various pieces are attached to a Unit.
  • Mods: Abilities gained from upgrades and tuning of the Unit's internal components and are not immediately visible on the model.
  • Traits: Abilities gained through the pilot creation process.


Once you have created your Unit and its Datasheet, you will then need to make a Pilot Identification Card.

Pilots are vital to diversifying a Units playstyle. They grant the Unit they pilot special abilities. These are called "Traits". These differ from Systems and Mods by offering playstyle changes instead of different attacks or utility abilities.

Below you will see a chart showing the differences between ranks and the benefits they grant the Unit they pilot.

Rank Advancement Rank Names
Rank Stat Reduction Modifiers Mods Traits Deployment Cost Earth Alliance Byron Army Maxion Army
1 0 0 1 0 Private Petty Officer -
2 1 1 1 20 Corporal Chief -
3 2 2 1 60 Sergeant Master Chief -
4 3 2 1 120 Lieutenant Ensign -
5 4 3 2 200 Captain Lt. Commander -

Pilot Identification Cards and how to fill them out can be found in the Datasheets / IDs page.

Modified Stats & Rolls

If an effect states " (+/- number) to (stat)" then you apply that number to the Stat on your Units Datasheet.

  • Units modified Assault stat is 6. "+1 to Assault". The new Assault stat 5.
  • Units modified Accuracy stat is 5. "-2 to Accuracy". The new Accuracy stat 7.

If an effect states " (+/- number) to (stat) Roll" then you apply that number to the relevant roll.

  • Unit rolls a 4 for Assault roll. "-2 to Assault Rolls". The new Assault roll is 2.
  • Unit rolls a 8 for Accuracy roll. "-3 to Accuracy Rolls" The new Accuracy roll is 5.


Tags are a simple way to identify a parts specific usage/restrictions. You can check if a part has a tag by viewing the "Tag" column in the Parts List. Not all parts have tags and some parts may have multiple tags. Multiple tags are more common with Core Sections or built weapons. If you a have a Section or weapon with a tag, the abbreviation will be placed in brackets next to the name.

Tag usage/restrictions are not applied to Mounted Weapons.

Types of Tags

Equipment [EQ]
Identifies this part as one that would need to go into the Equipment Section on the Datasheet.
Core Thruster [CT]
Identifies a Core Part as a thruster but does not need to be placed into the Equipment Section on the Datasheet.
Two Handed [2H]
Requires the weapon to be used with two hands. This means that a Unit cannot have another weapon in its offhand. However, they can use the weapon in a single hand but with an additional AP cost of 3 per shot.
Gun Blade [GB]
Identifies a Ranged Weapon that can also be used as a Melee Weapon. When a player wants to use it as a melee weapon, they reduce its range to 1 and add however many points they reduced from the range to the flat damage. Melee rules still apply. This does not count towards weapons that are designed to be Melee weapons that can also fire projectiles.
Proxy [PR]
Identifies a Weapon/Equipment/Core Section as a proxy on the physical model. This means that the physical part could be a 30MM part or non 30MM part representing something else.


It is possible to use other model kits and/or non 30MM parts to play. These are called Proxies. You will still need to properly annotate what they are representing as 30MM parts/weapons on the datasheet. It is advised that you still familiarize yourself with the parts list if you choose to use proxies.


Board Setup

All Missions take place on a battlefield comprised of Hexagon tiles. One hexagon tile is the same size as an action base 4 / 5. A full-sized battlefield measures 16x13 hexagonal tiles, or 202 total Hex', with the flat side facing each player. Both sides need to be identical to the other so it doesn't create any unfair advantages.

Turn Order

16x13 hex board with the basic Deployment Area highlighted

Each player moves a single Unit during their turn. Units can only move once per Round. If a player has no Units left to move, they skip their turn. Once all players have completed their turns, that round is over. When the round is over the turns circle back to the player who initially began in a chess-like fashion. This continues until the Mission is completed or a player surrenders.

  • Turn: Chess-like back and forth between players.
  • Round: After all Units have been moved.


All distances are measured in Hexes starting from the hex directly in front of a Unit. When attacking, you will need the target within the range of Hexes set by your Datasheet. You will also need the target to be within your Units Field of View and Line-Of-Sight.

FoV is determined by the first 3 hexes in front of your Unit. LoS is determined by looking over the shoulder (closest to the head) of your Unit directly to the target imagining a 3mm rod as a guide. The Units weapon must also have a clear LoS. If you can clearly see the part you want to attack you may do so. If the Units weapon AND head do not have a clear LoS, the Unit cannot fire.

Combat uses 3 Stats. These are: Accuracy, Assault, and Evasion. Accuracy is used in Ranged Combat and determines a Units chances of ranged weapons hitting their targets. Assault is used in Close Combat and determines a Units chances of melee weapons striking their targets. Evasion is used throughout combat and determines the chances a Unit has of dodging incoming attacks.

Phases of Combat
Phases of Combat move linearly

When the player chooses a Unit to move first, that Unit must move through each phase sequentially. They are allowed to skip over phases but they cannot go back to a phase prior to the one they started with.

Movement Phase
Left image shows a Top-Down aspect while the right shows a Side-View aspect with an elevation higher and lower than the Unit. Arrow indicates directional movement. Also indicates Units Field of View (Green) and Blind Spots (Red)

Once you have chosen a Unit to move, they begin their Movement Phase. First, roll a D8 to see how many Action Points get added to that unit's Base AP. These can be used throughout that unit's turn. Next, move to the desired hex using the Standard Movement or Thruster Movement options.

Standard Movement:
Moving a Unit normally based on its Classification.
Thruster Movement:
Doubles the Units Standard Movement at the cost of forfeiting its Combat Phases. Direction of travel is linear and must move the full amount. If Unit cannot move the full amount, the player must choose another route or end Units turn. Only available to use when Unit has thrusters attached.

Units can only move forward to the 3 closest hexes directly in front of them (represented by the green hexes). Units may also rotate around on the same hex (represented by the red hexes) at the cost of 1 standard movement point. Once per movement phase, a Unit can rotate freely around on the same hex without having to use a standard movement point.

Movement Within a Hex

Depending on the size of each Unit and terrain you are on, you may find that you have a fair bit of room inside the Hex your Unit resides on. Your Unit may move around freely inside the hex as long as 80% of the Unit is inside and is facing the direction it stopped in. You may use this to set up ambushes/ firing positions/ or take better cover.

Two friendly Units may occupy the same hex as long as they do not collide with one another. Two Units on opposing sides cannot occupy the same hex unless stated otherwise or one is on another elevation from the other.

Ranged Combat Phase

Using your Units datasheet: determine which ranged weapon(s) you want to attack with and if the enemy is within its range. Next, determine which area(s) you want to attack. Be sure to have proper Line of Sight and the area is within your Field of View If you don't have both, you cannot attack that area. Once you determined your weapon, that the enemy is within range, the area you want to attack, and you have proper Line of Sight: subtract the AP it takes to fire that weapon from the AP Pool that Unit currently has. If the Unit does not have enough AP they cannot perform an attack. The Weapon AP cost on the datasheet is for a single attack. If a player has excess AP in there pool, they may attack more than once. After the Weapon AP cost has been subtracted from the Units current AP, the player may conduct an Accuracy Roll.

  • On the Units Datasheet there is a value that represents its Accuracy. Using a D8, the player will roll to see if their shot is accurate. This means the player needs to roll equal-to or higher than the value that is shown on their datasheet. If the roll does not meet the aforementioned requirement then the shot misses and that phase is over. If the roll does meet the requirement, then the enemy has a chance to evade. If the roll is an unmodified 8 (no external factors assisting the value), this is called a Perfect Roll. Perfect Rolls cannot be evaded by enemies so they do not need to roll for evasion.
  • Using a D8 again, the enemy player will conduct an Evasion Roll. Back to the datasheet, there is a value that represents a Units Evasion. If the enemy player's roll meets that requirement, then they successfully evade the incoming shot and the phase is over. If the enemy failed to meet the requirement, then the shot hits its intended area.
  • Finally, there is one last roll the player conducts before the enemy subtracts the total weapon damage to the intended area and ending the ranged combat phase: the Critical Roll. With this roll, the player simply rolls a D8. If it lands on an 8, then half of the Flat Weapon Damage used to attack is added as a bonus onto the weapons flat damage. If it doesn't, then only the attacking weapons flat damage is subtracted from the intended areas defense.
Order of operations for Accuracy Rolls
Close Combat Phase

The close combat phase is similar to the ranged combat phase with the major difference being that instead of using ranged weapons to attack, the unit uses melee weapons. This time instead of conducting an Accuracy Roll, you will conduct an Assault Roll. All of the above applies to this phase as well.

Order of operations for the Assault Rolls

Every Unit that has hands can grapple. The range to engage in a grapple is 1 hex. Grappling can only be performed during the Close Combat Phase.

Both Units roll for Assault and complete one of the following based on if they passed or failed:
Attacker Pass / Defender Fail Success Attacker can Hold or Throw the Defender.
Attacker Pass / Defender Pass Re-Roll Attacker can attempt another grapple without having to use AP.
Attacker Fail / Defender Fail Disengage Attacker can engage in another grapple by spending AP.
Attacker Fail / Defender Pass Fail Attacker cannot attempt another grapple.

When a Unit successfully engages a grapple, they are able to do one of two things:

Options Attacker Defender
Throw Throw enemy Unit a max of (Attack Class + 1D4*) Hexes within FoV and deal (Throw Distance x 2 - Defend Class) Damage to Units Chest. Lands on their back facing the Unit that threw them.
Hold Holds enemy Unit in place. May attack with a single handed weapon during the next turn. Cannot perform or evade incoming attacks. Grapple continues over to the next turn.

The grapple is only over if;

  1. The Attacker fails the Assault Roll.
  2. The Defender is Thrown.
  3. The Defender uses the "Break Contact" Command Action after being held.
Whether a Defending Unit is thrown or held, the Attacking Unit now occupies the hex that they were on.
If Thrown, the Defending Unit moves to the specified hex.
If held, both Units occupy the same hex until the attacking/defending Unit Breaks Grapple. In which case, the defender moves to the hex directly behind where it was being held.

∗ 1D4 = 1D8 (1or2 = 1, 3or4 = 2, 5or6 = 3, 7or8 = 4)

Throwing Enemies into Structures, Units, or Elevation Changes

Normally, throwing a unit deals (Throw Distance x 2 - Defender Class) in damage to the torso.

If the target is thrown into a structure, that damage is applied to the structure as well as the Unit:

  • If the damage is greater than the current defense of the structure, then the structure falls on the unit dealing 50% of its total defense in damage along with the throw damage.
  • If the damage is less than the current defense of the structure, then that values is subtracted to its current defense and the Unit gains the status effect "stuck".

If the target is thrown into another Unit:

  • Throw damage is calculated normally but this time the Classification of the other unit is added in as bonus damage. The target and the other Unit
Below is an image that depicts the flow of grappling
Grappling Flow.png

Destroying Core Sections

When a limb is destroyed, the effected Unit gains a status effect accordingly:

Core Section Description
Head All Head Sections destroyed, its gains -1 to all Accuracy Rolls.
Arm Unit can no longer pick up objects or attack with weapons. Weapons that were in the hands are now on the ground. If all arms are destroyed, Unit can no longer perform grapples.
Leg 50% loss; Unit gains -1 to Assault rolls and 50% movement points (round up). All legs destroyed; Units gains -2 to Assault Rolls and movement points are reduced to 1.
Destroyed Vs Inoperative

When the Torso Defense Points of a Unit is reduced to 0, the Unit is considered destroyed. If a Units Torso remains intact but is unable to fight or finish the mission, it is considered Inoperative. This is most common when all of the limbs and weapons are destroyed.

If a player refuses to acknowledge that their Unit is inoperative, both players roll a D8 prior to the alleged Units movement phase. If the alleged Units player rolls higher than the accusing player, it may continue per normal. If the accusing player rolls higher, then that alleged Unit is deemed inoperative and the battle is over. This roll-off continues each time the alleged Unit takes a turn.

There are 4 unique areas to a Standard Mech Unit:

  • Head, Torso, Arm, and Leg

For Standard Vehicles:

  • Cockpit, Body, and (wings/wheels/treads/etc).

Destroying each one results is a different penalty to the Unit. These effects do not stack.

Weapons & Equipment

Each weapon created will vary in many different aspects. Ranged weapons will have different attack ranges depending on the parts used whereas Melee weapons will always have a range of 1 unless specifically stated elsewhere. This is obviously an important factor when determining strategic advantages over your enemy. To determining range, you will count the hexes on the battlefield starting with the hex directly in front of the Unit you are attacking with. The enemy must be on or within the specified range of your attacking weapon. When determining the range to/from an elevation, that elevation number must also be included into the distance to the target.

  • If you were on -2 attacking an enemy who was 6 hexes away on +1, the total range would be 9 hexes. So your weapon would need to have a range of at least 9 to attack.

Weapons/Equipment that is destroyed can no longer be used. The Systems/Mods attached to those parts are also lost but only if ALL of the required parts are destroyed.

Mounted Weapons

When mounted weapons are destroyed, the player rolls 1D8. On a 6+, the destroyed weapon deals damage to the area it is directly connected to equal to 50% of its total flat damage (rounded up). If the player fails to roll a 6+, the weapon is still destroyed but does not harm the Unit.


When creating a Unit, you might have multiple of the same weapon attached. This is called Weapon Redundancy or "WR" for short. A weapon with multiple copies reduces its AP cost by 1 for every copy after the first, to a maximum reduction of 4 AP. A weapon cannot be reduced past half of its initial AP cost (rounding up). If the reduction would bring the AP cost to 2 or lower, the weapons AP cost is reduced to 2, and the damage is increased by 1 for every 2 of the same weapon available.

  • 1 Missile Pod = 12Dmg & 6AP per shot | 4 Total Pods = 12Dmg & 3AP per shot
This means that if a player has 4 total missile pods on their Unit, a single attack will do 12Dmg/3AP instead of 12Dmg/6AP.
  • 1 Pistol = 3Dmg & 2AP per shot | 4 Total Pistols = 5Dmg & 2AP per shot
This means if a player has 4 total pistols on their Unit, a single attack will do 5Dmg/2AP instead of 3Dmg/2AP.

When a Unit loses one of those weapons in battle, they do not keep the same stats. WR only applies to how many weapon that Unit has that are STILL in play. If we use the above examples:

  • 4 Total Pods = 12Dmg & 3AP/shot | 2 are destroyed | 2 Total Pods = 12Dmg & 5 AP/shot
Since two were destroyed, the AP increases to 5.
  • 4 Total Pistols = 5Dmg & 2 AP | 1 is destroyed | 3 Total Pistols = 4Dmg & 2 AP/shot
Since two were destroyed, the Damage is reduced by 2.

This system is meant to be a simple as possible so you can do changes in the middle of combat.

Command Actions

Any actions that DO NOT deal with movement or active combat. All Command Actions require 2 Action Points to use, can be used multiple times, and can be used at any point during a Units turn. Below are some of the basic Command Actions that can be used:

Command Action Description
Get Up When you get thrown down, you can get back on your feet.
Press On Gain an additional Standard Movement Point.
Break Grapple Perform an Assault Roll: If successful, the Unit breaks free. If unsuccessful, the Unit remains in the grapple.
Swapping A Unit may change a weapon that is equipped to carried and vice-versa. One weapon per action.
Retrieving A Unit may pickup a weapon that has been dropped or disarmed from a friendly Unit. The weapon is placed in an open hand as equipped. If no hands are free, the weapon cannot be retrieved. Must be on the same hex to retrieve.
Deploy Places drones attached to a Unit onto the battlefield. Max of 3 active drones.
Transform Transforms the Unit into its Alt. form. While transformed the Unit loses control of its limbs but gains bonuses determined by the vehicle it transformed into. Weapons with the tag Gun Blade [GB] can also transform into there Alternative form. This must be used again to change it back into its original form.
Kneeling Position A Unit physically gets into the kneeling position. Gain +1 to Accuracy Rolls. Cannot Evade while kneeling. Can only be done once per turn.
Prone Position A Unit physically gets into the prone position. The Units primary facing direction cannot be obstructed by a structure or another Unit. Gain +3 to Accuracy Rolls. Cannot Evade while in the prone. Must kneel before getting into or out of the prone position. Can only be done once per turn.
Offensive Stance A Unit takes aim in a given direction and is able to perform an attack outside of its turn if an enemy moves into range. Detailed information can be found here
Defensive Stance A Unit actively uses a shield or any two handed weapon as cover. All incoming damage is redirected to the shield/weapon. Detailed information can be found here
Recall Docks all active drones, regardless of position or range, back to the Main Unit.
Reposition Moves the active drones on the battlefield 1 hex. Drone range is a 2 hex radius from the Main Unit.

Status Effects



Scenery on the battlefield can be many things. Ranging from tall buildings to small rocks or trees. Terrain features will be dictated by the Mission but are not limited by it. Different terrain features are represented by different colored hexes. Each colored hex give different advantages and disadvantages.

When placing terrain colors on the battlefield, different colors need to be placed atleast 1 hex apart. If a color description states its at a specific elevation, the only elevation that is can be placed is at the Zero Elevation (unless specific rules are applied).


Elevation Description
+3 Exclusively used by Flight Types.
+2 The highest elevation which a non-flying Unit can maneuver to.
+1 The most common elevation for Units that have the ability to Fly/ Hover.
0 Ground Level. All Units can be used at this elevation.
-1 The most common elevation for Units that have the ability to Swim/ Cruise.
-2 The lowest point Units can reach.

Units that can change their elevation will often find doing so to be advantageous and sometimes dangerous. On the table top, elevation up and down is the size of one Hex placed on its side [4.5"].

Units traveling to higher elevations use 2 movement points to do so while Units traveling to lower elevations only use a single movement point. If a Units waist [the area where there legs connect] or vehicle cockpit is above or below the plane to the next elevation, they are considered to be on that elevation. This also applies to structures and natural terrain.

High Ground Bonus
Elevation Difference High Ground Bonus Effect
0 No Bonus
1 +1 to Assault Rolls
2-3 +1 to Accuracy Rolls
4-5 +2 to Accuracy Rolls

When a Unit is on a higher elevation than the Unit they are attacking, that Unit receives a High Ground Bonus (HGB). This bonus is determined by the difference in elevations

Hex Colors

Name Represents Status Effect Elevation Description
Grey Hex Default Default N/A The default hex. This hex represents nothing more than a place to stand/ move on.
Red Hex Default Default N/A Indicate a space that cannot be moved to / on. However, movement above or below these is still possible.
Green Hex Wooded/ Forest Area Conceal N/A Provides concealment but not cover. This means that, while they cannot block incoming attacks, they make it harder to land successful hits. If green hexes are between you and the Line-of-sight of an enemy, -2 to Accuracy rolls for every group of hexes fired across. If an attacking Unit is on the hex, then the effect is reduced to -1.
Tan Hex Dry / Desert Area Overheat N/A For every Tan Hex that is crossed, the player will multiply that number by 2 and then roll D8 after the Units Movement Phase but before the Ranged Combat Phase. If the player rolls equal to or less than the number, that Unit gains the status effect Overheat. Overheating puts the Unit into the kneeling position and ends its turn. Not moving still applies the effect.
Black Hex Fallen / Burning Structures Black Smoke N/A Crossing these hexes doubles the movement points required to move. The rubble also emanates large black smoke clouds reducing weapon Accuracy Rolls by 1 when firing though them.
White Hex Snow / Frozen Area Freeze N/A For every White Hex that is crossed, the player will multiply that number by 2 and then roll D8 after the Units Movement Phase but before the Ranged Combat Phase. If the player rolls equal to or more than the number, that Unit gains the status effect Freeze. Freeze ends the Units turn after the Movement Phase and reduces its TOTAL MAX AP for the next unit turn to 5. Not moving still applies the effect.
Light Blue Hex Shoreline / Shallow Ocean Submerged -1 Units on this Hex are underwater. Unless properly outfitted to move in the ocean, Standard Movement is reduced by 2 movement points. Units on this Hex take reduced Kinetic weapon damage.
Dark Blue Hex Deep Ocean Abyss -2 Unless properly outfitted, Units gains the effects from the Light Blue Hex (Shallow Ocean) as well as takes 10 damage per turn to the Torso.

Buildings and Structures

Structure Defense Chart
Elevation 3 32 34 36 38 40
2 24 26 28 30 32
1 16 18 20 22 24
0 8 10 12 14 16
1 2 3 4 5
Hexes Occupied

These are not unique to 30MM:W. The difference is that these can be destroyed to aid/hider player tactics. Buildings/structures do not need to be placed on Black Hexes. However, when they are destroyed the hex/hexes they occupy then becomes a Black Hex. The chart on the right shows how building defense is calculated. Some buildings are tall enough that they reach a higher elevation. You can tell by placing a standard hex on its corner. If its taller then the hex, its on a higher elevation.

When firing at a structure you are guaranteed a successful hit so you do not need to roll for accuracy. Critical Rolls and flat weapon damage are applied as normal. If an attack is make that doesnt completely destroy the building/structure that damage is subtracted from its total defense. If you wish to attack a Unit through a structure, you will first need to destroy it. Overflow damage (left over damage after the building is destroyed) is negated per attack.

  • The building you want to attack through is occupying 1 hex and is in +1 elevation. This mean is has a total defense of 20.
If your total damage is less than 20, the building still stands with its remaining defense left over. If your total damage is more than 20, the building falls and any overflow damage is negated for that attack.
  • NOTE: Since overflow damage is negated on a per-attack basis, it is advised that you make only the necessary amount of shots needed to bring it down so you still have some attacks for the enemy.


Battles are waged by following the sequence below:

1. Selecting a Engagement Size
Players must first choose an engagement size they wish to play: Scouting, Skirmish, Operation, or Conflagration.
2. Choosing a Mission
Players determine which mission will be carried out during the battle; they can choose from the mission in their engagement size. This will determine the Deployment Area the players use as well as specific mission objectives. You can either simply agree with your opponent which you will use, or you can roll to randomly select a mission using one of the following tables:
Scouting Missions
D8 Mission
1-4 Reconnaissance
5-8 Show of Force
Skirmish Missions
D8 Mission
1-2 Winds of War
3-4 Endless Pursuit
5-6 Counterattack!
7-8 The Call of Darkness
Operation Missions
D8 Mission
1-2 The Order to Destroy
3-4 Emissary of Darkness!
5-6 Burning Sandstorm
Conflagration Missions
D8 Mission
Engagement Size Deployment Cost Limit
Scouting 600
Skirmish 1200
Operation 1800
Conflagration 2500
3. Assembling a Squad
Players must then assemble a squad. The Deployment Cost Limit of each engagement size is shown on the right. The Deployment Cost Limit is the Sum of the Squads Deployment Cost. The players Squad must not exceed the limit of the chosen engagement size.
4. Reading Mission Briefing
Each mission has a mission briefing that will detail the primary objectives that award points to the players. Some mission briefings also list one or more mission rules that will apply for the duration of the battle. The players should read and familiarize themselves with these before proceeding.
5. Creating the Battlefield
The players now create the battlefield and set up terrain features. Missions are played on rectangular hex-grid battlefields.
6. Placing Objective Markers
The players now set objective markers up on the battlefield. Each mission’s deployment map will show the players how many to set up, and where each should be placed.
7. Determine who is Attacker and Defender
Players Roll to determine this. Highest value chooses who will be attacker and defender.
8. Choose a Deployment Area
The Defender chooses their deployment area first, followed by the attacker.
9. Determine Turn Order
The Attacker chooses whether they move first or second.
10. Deploy Squads
Squad deployment is done in alternating order. The player who moves first places down one Unit from their squad into the Deployment Area. Then the player who moves second does the same. This repeats until all Units are on the field.
11.Begin the Battle
12.End the Battle
13.Determine the Victor
Each player can score a maximum of 7 points from primary objectives and a maximum of 7 points from secondary objectives, for a total of 14 possible points (any excess victory points awarded are discounted).

Scouting Missions

Scouting Missions
D8 Mission
1-4 Reconnaissance
5-8 Show of Force


Mission Intel
Mission Rules
Search and Destroy: If you control and objective marker and the end of the round, it remains in your control, even if you have no models within range of it, unless your opponent controls it at the end of any subsequent round.
Primary Objective
Points are awarded for controlling objective markers, as follows: the player whose turn it is scores 1 point for each of the following conditions they satisfy:
  • They control one or more objective markers.
  • They control two or more objective markers.
  • They control more objective markers than their opponent controls.

Primary objective cannot be scored in the first round.

Show of Force

Mission Intel
Mission Rules
Primary Objective

[Image of deployment area + objective markers]

Skirmish Missions

Skirmish Missions
D8 Mission
1-2 Winds of War
3-4 Endless Pursuit
5-6 Counterattack!
7-8 The Call of Darkness


Term Definition
Accuracy Roll Chances of landing a shooting attack with D8.
Assault Roll Chances of landing a melee attack with D8.
Counter Roll Chances of returning fire when evasion rolls are successful. Flat damage of primary weapon. D8
Evasion Roll Chances of Evading incoming attacks. D8
Critical Roll Chances of successful attack being a Critical Hit. D8
Perfect Roll Perfect Accuracy and Assault rolls gives unevadable attacks. Natural 8's only.
Critical Hit Adds 1/2 of the weapons flat damage as bonus damage (round up).
Classification Determined by the Total Defense Points of a Unit.
Line of Sight A straight line to the area being targeted. Observed with an unobstructed view.
Field of View The hexes directly left and right of front center in a Units direction as limits.
Standard Movement Also referred to as Standard Movement Points: is how many hexes you can move in a single turn
Thruster Movement Only available if thrusters are on model. Forfeit Ranged and Close Combat phases if used. Path is linear to the direction you choose. If an obstacle blocks the full travel, the Unit stops one hex prior.
Action Points Also refereed to as AP: are points used to determine how many actions can be performed in a single turn.
Command Actions Also referred to as CA: are any action NOT dealing with active movement or combat. Requires 2 AP to perform.
Equipped Weapons Weapons that are being held in the hands of a Unit.
Mounted Weapons Weapons that cannot be swapped out. Explode when destroyed. Damages ONLY area it was attached to.
Carried Weapons Weapons that are being stored on the Unit. Max of 3 weapons. Can be equipped or retrieved if space is available. Need to be equipped before using.
Flat Damage How much damage a weapon deals.
Fall Damage 3 x elevation height in damage to both legs/ cockpit.
Systems Abilities that directly come from parts on the physical Unit model. Having these parts on the model does not automatically give the Unit the ability.
Mods Abilities that come from upgrades and tuning of the Unit's internal components and are not immediately visible on the model.
Traits Abilities granted to the Unit from the pilot.
Artificial Intelligence RoyRoy heads have their own sentience. Mainly used for giving drones life.
Core Parts Any and all parts that make up the CORE of the unit. EG; head, head armor, chest, knee armor, etc.
Core Stats Core parts that are grouped into individual sections. EG; Head, Arms, Legs, Torso, etc.
Core Type Determines your Units base Stats. Each Core Type is as different as the stats they give.
Deployment Cost The overall Cost of a Unit. This includes Weapons, Equipment, Defense, Systems, Mods, etc.
S.R.M. Stat Reduction Modifiers. Shows how many times a Units base stats can be lowered. Max reduction of 2/2/2.