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richarDISNEY Inactive Member09 Aug 2013 8:04 a.m. PST

Is it any good?
I found a copy for $10 USD, is it worth it?

Cincinnatus Inactive Member09 Aug 2013 8:17 a.m. PST

It depends on what you are looking for but many thousands have played it and enjoyed it through the years. It's considered a classic of it's type.

It's a strictly solo game without many decisions. The enjoyment comes from watching the story unfold as you play through each mission hoping to get your plane and crew through 25 missions so you can go home and sell war bonds. Along the way you will see crewmen improve a little and die a lot with many of your planes not making it back to base.

I seem to recall it takes 15-30 minutes per mission so you won't be able to do it all in an evening.

I'd say it's definitely worth the $10. USD

ming31 Inactive Member09 Aug 2013 9:10 a.m. PST

Been a long time but I ehjoyed it …a solo game when no one was around to play . Well worth the 10

jdpintex09 Aug 2013 9:30 a.m. PST

Well worth the $10. USD A fun solo game. Really isn't all that easy to finish 25 missions with the entire crew. Makes one respect those men even more.

kyoteblue Inactive Member09 Aug 2013 9:33 a.m. PST


Personal logo Ooh Rah Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2013 9:57 a.m. PST

Yes, it's worth $10. USD I don't recall any strategy or decision-making to play the game, just a lot of dice rolling, but it was fun nonetheless. The description by Cincinnatus is spot on.

Personal logo Stosstruppen Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2013 10:10 a.m. PST

Dozens of times it is a blast.

Brian Bronson Inactive Member09 Aug 2013 10:25 a.m. PST

By this point in the thread, it's a broken record, but, yes, it's well worth it.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2013 11:47 a.m. PST

Look it up on boardgame geek, there are many free variants. I've used it in a Weird War 2 roleplay game, the players each were a crewmember. It taught the rpg crowd a lot.

Somebody also did a B29 version for WWII and Korea.

PzGeneral09 Aug 2013 12:03 p.m. PST

4 of us would play at the same time….a bomber box of sorts. We'd keep track of the missions and see who could do the best.

Great game, well worth the $10 USD…..

PzGeneral09 Aug 2013 12:04 p.m. PST

Oh…and I actually have an ORIGINAL copy of the game from "On Target Games"…..Really flimsy box, typewriter rules. But the art work is darn near the same…..


Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian09 Aug 2013 12:22 p.m. PST

For many years there was a B-17 mass game at KublaCon. I think one year they had 50+ players, HUGE raid. They did briefings, target photos, the whole nine yards.

Oddball09 Aug 2013 12:34 p.m. PST

Great game. I've played over 70 times.

The campaign is what makes it great. Watching the story of your crew and who will make it.

Ran a series of games that had friends in different positions. When one was killed, they were replaced with another friend.

I would then send out After Action Reports with a bit of fiction thrown in for drama. Seems they were a hit and had conversations going on between the crewmen about missions they were on.

Well worth $10. USD

Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2013 6:11 a.m. PST

Agreed. Still play it. As stated, many varients available. Completing 25 missions with the same crew/aircraft is difficult but rewarding. Check out 2XS Industries for additional products for the game.


J. P. Kelly

Ed Mohrmann Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2013 11:30 a.m. PST

Yes, buy it.

John D Salt Inactive Member24 Aug 2013 2:20 p.m. PST

Cincinnatus wrote:

It's a strictly solo game without many decisions.

Indeed -- practically no decisions at all. It's rather like being dummy in a game of whist.

Since my idea of a good game is one that involves frequent decisions for the player, I consider it a very poor game indeed. But thousands of people seem to like it, and really, for a mere ten dollars, why not try it?

Vastly superior in my opinion is "Patton's Best".

All the best,


Joes Shop Supporting Member of TMP25 Aug 2013 11:29 a.m. PST

John: point taken but how much freedom of action did one have in a squadron in a bomber stream on a mission. Given the context, I think the game provides a good simulation as an overview. Not argumentative, just my opinion.


J. P. Kelly

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