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Wings of War: Famous Aces
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Fantasy Flight Games

Wings of War is a game series that merges card and board game mechanics to recreate aerial combat. The first series of Wings of War games focus on the "knights of the air" age, World War I, portraying the abilities of the fighting planes of this period.

Wings of War: Famous Aces is the first set of the WWI collection. It includes five types of planes: the Spad XIII, Albatros D Va, Sopwith Camel, Fokker Dr1 and the Sopwith Triplane. Each one was flown by an ace: Baracca, von Richtofen, Rickenbecker, Fonck, Olieslagers and Baker.

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Killer wargame for introducing the kids to head-to
Wings of War's rule book provides a very basic option, and then a set of rules that you can mix and match as your players are ready to step up in complexity. This is a perfect option for when kids are in the mix.

My oldest boy enjoyed play at age seven with the most basic rule set. We've since added in special damage rules, tailing, and altitude is coming into the picture now. We started with just Famous Aces but now include miniatures.

I've played with my non-wargaming buddies and they enjoyed it well enough, but it's been really rewarding with my boy. My daughter gets in now and again too!

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Fun introductory level game
Your plane is a card, you've got manouver cards as well as damage cards. Hell yes, everything is played with cards which I enjoy over a fine map of Star Wars Battleships miniatures games, just for kicks.
That would be great, if they'd provided or sell a map for playing this fine game.
Anyway, onto the game, it's fun, 30 min tops, easy to grasp but hard to master like any good arcade game.
It's a great 2 players game or 2 vs. 2 game and the fun comes from trying to foresee where the enemy will be to attack him. Sometimes the range seems too short and also with a little skill it can be a very hard to get the last 2 planes aligned. Maybe, some scenarios could fix this by providing a possible destination.
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Fun game, but currently collecting dust
Wings of War is a fun, little, WWI, dog fighting (airplanes, not canines) game. It's quick, chaotic and explosive! I like the open table mechanic and planning out your maneuvers in secret and executing them in three phases. It's got tons of planes, with real pilots/nationalities for you history buffs and a couple of different maneuver decks that give each type of plane it's own feel. You have faster, less maneuverable planes and slower planes that can turn on a dime.

The game is expandable but each of the box sets plays own its own. I haven't bought any of the miniatures yet as Famous Aces is currently collecting dust on my shelf. But I think the minis would be an BIG improvement over the card versions of the planes. If you're not playing on a card table the cards tend to slide around quite a bit.
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