The play area is the defined area on a flat surface in which the ships are placed and maneuvered. If any part of a ship's base is outside the play area, that ship has fled the battlefield.
The recommended play area is 3' x 3' (0.9144 m) for a standard 100-point dogfight. If playing with squads greater or less than 100 squad points, the players can expand or contract the play area in one or both dimensions to create a suitable space for the game.
- The play area for all missions is 3' x 3' unless the mission specifies otherwise.