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Air Wars


To keep the game simple, much of the fine detail of air combat technology has been left out. Modern air combat is highly technical, but there is insufficient hard evidence to suggest the precise relative position of technology and pilot skill. Most writers on the subject are at pains to point out that the pilot's skill is still a significant factor, and it the skill of the player, rather than the technology that I have tried to emphasis here. Obviously, technology cannot be ignored, and in most cases I have tried to reflect the main differences in generic types of weapons and aircraft. Feel free to tinker if such detail that is available is insufficient for you.

The rules have designed with the wars of the 1960s and 1970s specifically in mind. They therefore exclude some of the more spectacular weapons developments of recent years.

The game is mainly 2-dimensional, although there is a simplified height-band system to represent general operating heights. A fully implemented 3-D system would be much more complex to operate, and a lot slower in play, and for that reason has not been provided here.

Air Wars introduction


Designer
Jim Wallman
Year Published
1989
Status
In Print
Contents
Available online (18-page PDF)

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Air Wars

Simple Air To Air Combat in the Late 20th Century

Editions

Last revised 2008.

Supplements

MIGCAP - The Air Wars Campaign Game

MIGCAP
This campaign game is loosely based on the air war over North Vietnam during 1965-68. It is simplified (as are the rules) but offers some slight flavour of the air to air battles.

The campaign uses the Air Wars rules but in an unconventional 'back to back' setup. It requires at least two umpires, one North Vietnamese Air Force (NVAF) player and 3 or more US players.

MIGCAP introduction

11-page PDF