Bomber Stream

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Brief Description Fast-playing rules with an emphasis on large-scale fighters vs. bombers encounters. The game is played in two dimensions (no altitudes). Each turn consists of four tactical phases (move/shoot), followed by a navigational phase (declare new speeds). A Damage Location system determines the results of combat hits. Stats are provided for 175+ aircraft, for all major and many minor combatants in WWII. No rules are provided for bombing and other ground attacks (but see Supplements, below). Optional rules cover night, sun, clouds, deflection shots, parachutes, pilot quality, wounds, etc. Twelve scenarios are included, plus a "politically incorrect" 13th (joke) scenario.
Period Second World War, all theatres
Scale Tactical. Each turn represents 1-2 minutes of actual combat. No "ground scale" is stated. Each figure represents an individual aircraft. Designed for use with 1/285 scale planes.
Basing Individual (no altitude marking is necessary)
Contents Deluxe Edition binder contains:
  • 18 pages of rules (in plastic sheet protectors)
  • turn track (in sheet protector)
  • flight log sheet
  • 50 bomber display sheets
  • 37 fighter (small aircraft) display sheets
  • plastic ziploc pencil holder
  • china marker
  • calculator (used to calculate fractional speeds per tactical phase)
  • protractor (for use with optional deflection shot rule)
  • 6 additional sheet protectors (for use with aircraft display sheets)
Designer Robert A. Yarr
Publisher First edition published 1997 by Armchair Generals

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Supplements Available

Bomber Stream Expansion Set

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The original game provides stats for more planes than it provides display sheets. This binder contains display sheets for 24 additional Allied fighters, 40 additional Axis fighters, and 1 additional Axis bomber. Includes 20 plastic sheet protectors.

The publisher reminds us: "Remember, if you are using miniatures (and not the charts as pieces), you can use any similar chart to keep track of aircraft damage. Example: Any single-engined Allied fighter could use a particular Allied chart - that's why there is a space for "Type" on each chart. Or, any Ju 88 could use the "A-4" chart included, by adding or crossing out armaments pictured on the chart from the Data Tables or any military type publication with statistics for field modifications. Actually, a good example are the B-25Js used in my Surrender Flight scenario - they are field-modified Js with extra machine guns added in the nose (345th Bomb Group "Air Apaches"). (Look for some close-up pix of the cool nose art they had at our webpage.)"

First Watch

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Bomber Stream is designed to be compatible with the publisher's microarmor rules, First Watch. The air-to-ground combat rules from that game can be used with this game. In addition, the rules can be merged to allow for games in which tanks and planes are in simultaneous combat.

Online Resources

Bomber Stream Deluxe Updates and Errata
The publisher's website for rules updates and changes.

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Last Updates
19 May 1997added display note from publisher
13 May 1997page first published
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