Lead your wolf pack as you claim territory, search for food, and hunt prey. After a successful hunt, you may enter a conflict with another pack. If that happens, you will have to decide whether you want to risk injury by fighting to keep the food for your own pack, or risk giving up all the food found in the region by sharing with the other pack.
In The Alpha, players control a wolf pack, leading wolves on a search for food. The Near Forest includes easier to catch, but lower value prey. The Far Forest has larger prey that are more difficult to attack, but if successful can result in great reward.
You will lead your wolves through four stages of the hunt:
- STALK – Send your wolves to hunt in various regions of the forest and outnumber rival packs to become dominant in the area.
- CHASE – Roll the dice for the region to determine the success of the hunt.
- RESOLVE – Enter conflict and decide whether to fight or share food with other packs in the region.
- ADVANCE – Move your wolf on the food track to indicate the amount of food secured during the hunt.
At the end of 5 weeks (rounds), the wolf pack with the most food will be declared The Alpha.
The Alpha is a light strategy game in which players lead wolf packs to claim territory, search for food, and hunt prey. Packs will gain food throughout the game by hunting various prey in the near and far woods as well as occasionally scavenging for leftover scraps. Packs will first need to stalk their prey by placing their wolves into the regions in which they plan to hunt. Packs will have to decide if they want to fight for their food or share it. If the packs share the food it is split evenly. If only one pack chooses to fight, they get away with all of the food. If more than one pack chooses to fight, they’ll each end up injuring one of the wolves in their pack and they’ll gain no food.
A great game for board game enthusiasts, families, and those new to board gaming. Easy to learn and teach, be playing in just a few short minutes. The Alpha features original art, painted by a park ranger who painted the animals to be authentic in every way. The Alpha has a blend of strategy and chance, and is highly replayable.