LIFTOFF RULE CLARIFICATIONS, ERRATA, AND OPTIONAL RULES
Alan R. Arvold
The following rule clarifications, errata, and optional rules are
for the game LIFTOFF which was published by Task Force Games.
Although the game is out of print, it can still be found in some
hobby stores. Although TFG has not bothered to release any errata
or rule clarificaations for the game, the rule clarifications and
errata presented here should still be considered to be
Budget Order: The budget order is determined during the "Collect
Budget" step of the turn and stays in effect for the duration of
the game turn regardless of changes in individual budgets brought
on by event cards, successful missions, and mission failures.
Event Cards: Both the event and the budget table sections of an
Event Card effect the amount of money you will collect in the
"Collect Budget" step of the next turn. However there are a few
Event Cards that effect your cash on hand during the Event Card
step in which they are drawn.
Astronaut Saving Rolls: If using the Advanced Failure Charts when
resolving a mission step failure, a player may make an Astronaut
Saving Roll before checking the Advanced Failure Chart. Player
must still check the Simple Failure Chart to see if a saving roll
can be made for the failed mission event in question.
Modifying Safety Factors: The safety factor of each program used
on a mission is improved regardless of whether the mission was a
success or a failure. The only exception is when a mission is a
catastrophic failure where only the program that caused the
catastrophe is penalized, all other programs in the mission still
Budget Effects from Mission Results:
1. If a mission is a failure because of a failed mission step,
the player only recieves a failed mission penalty to his budget,
even if all other steps were successfully completed. However only
the largest applicable penalty is assessed. (Examples: 1. An
orbital manned mission fails the Orbital Activities Step causing
the mission to be scrubbed, a penalty of -10 is applied to the
budget. 2. An orbital manned mission fails a Space Walk in an
otherwise perfect mission, a penalty of -2 is applied to the
2. A player may earn multiple successive mission bonuses no
matter how many times the mission was performed. (Example: A
player who completes his fifth manned orbital mission with a one
man capsule and the mission included his second space walk and
his second docking attempt would earn a total mission budget
bonus of +6. This includes +2 for a manned space mission, +2 for
a manned orbital mission, +1 for a space walk, and +1 for manned
3. When a player launches unmanned missions for the purpose of
raising the safety factors of the programs used in the mission,
he may only earn a mission budget bonus of +2 for subsequent
orbital missions regardless of the programs used in the mission.
4. While a declared mission that is scrubbed before it is
launched is a failure in terms of budget penalties, the player
still retains all equipment that was to be used in the mission.
5. The Second and Third Nation Bonuses may not be used in a two
player game. The Third Nation bonus may not be used in a three
1. A calender year in the game now comprises two game turns. In
the first game turn of the year steps 1 thru 10 are performed, in
the second game turn of the year steps 2 thru 10 are performed.
The budget order established in Step 1 of the first game turn of
the year remains in effect in both game turns of the year.
2. Event Cards which have an event which last the whole year,
only last six months when playing with semi-annual turns.
3. Interplanetary satellite fly-by missions which are launched on
certain turn have their last two steps resolved on the following
turn. The launch order from the turn they were launched is used
to determine the order in which multiple interplanetary missions
are resolved on the next turn.
4. Launch declaration markers numbered 1, 2, and 3 are used for
launches in the first turn of the year and launch declaration
markers numbered 4, 5, and 6 are used for launches in the second
turn of the year.
Rule Book: Page 5, First Example - Reggie pays 60 MB's for the
two-stage rocket program and buy additional two-stage rockets at
a cost of 12 MB's per unit.
Research and Development Worksheet: Docking Module Program has a
Max Safety Factor of 98%. EVA Suit Program has an initial cost of
Improving Lunar Module Safety Factors: The normal rules state
that lunar modules may only be used on lunar landing missions.
This does not coincide with history as the United States tested
its lunar module in space missions prior to the lunar landing
mission. It also does not allow a player to improve his lunar
module's safety factor to the max prior to an actual landing. The
following rules are design to accommodate players who want to
improve their lunar module's safety factor.
1. Lunar modules may be taken along on earth orbital and lunar
2. In order to actually improve the lunar module use the
following procedure: During the orbital activities step of a
mission a docking maneuver must be done between the capsule and
the module. Upon successful completion of this the player rolls
for the orbital activities step for the module alone. After
successful completion of this another docking maneuver must be
done. After successful completion of this the lunar module can be
3. Any failed safety rolls use the appropriate section of the
failure charts. Remember that if the module goes into a reentry
mode, it is automatically destroyed with all on board astronauts
being killed and the mission is a catastrophic failure.
Scrubbing Missions: A player who suffers a catastrophic failure
on a manned mission and has declared manned missions following
the catastrophic one may use the following options on his manned
1. He may scrub the missions in order to save the equipment he
has already bought for these missions. However he will have to
take a budget penalty of -10 for each mission scrubbed.
2. He may launch the missions unmanned in order to improve the
safety factors of the equipment used in the mission. The budget
is still penalized but only for missions steps which required an
astronaut to be on the mission (i.e. space walks, manned
docking). Only the largest budget penalty will be applied to the
3. He may use any combination of the above two options.