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Wings for the Baron in Review
So I'm reading Fortress Ameritrash one day, minding my own business, when reviewer Michael Barnes mentions a new game he's been playing about developing fighter aircraft in World War I. It's heavily historically based he says with an executive theme implementing hyperinflation, morale and the need to constantly compete against Allied aircraft technologies as well as those of your fellow players. As I'm reading I'm thinking, "holy crap, this game was designed for me." Barnes wrote "I’m really digging it, not one for everybody but I think folks that like business games or are interested in the subject matter will really like."
This is really a good game, like, Puerto Rico or Acquire good. I've probably shown it to 10 or 15 people at this point and all of them have signed up for multiple plays. This is the most requested game in my collection.
So here's a game that's in my top 5 that almost no one has heard of or seen in real life. It's out on the table the entire weekend in spite of me only getting in on one game of it (and I was asked to join as they were setting up). Everyone is impressed with it, and none of them are airplane or even history buffs. Really an excellent play, so if you see a copy take the time to pull it out and give it a spin. In spite of the glowing review above, I think I admire the design now more than I did in 2015 when it was still a fresh title for me.
My game of the year for 2015.
Technically VPG still exists. Tabletop Tycoon and Dan Yarrington (of Game Salute fame/infamy) bought VPG from Alan Emrich (who wanted to focus on making games, not the game biz) and then a month ago fired all of the VPG creative team, including Alan. So TT still have the recent big-budget titles in house, like Nemo's War and Dawn Of The Zeds, but the small fish seem to be slowly reverting their rights to the designers (Frank Chadwick took his big box European Theater Of Operations games to GMT.) We will see what happens with the more traditional wargames that were once VPG's bread-and-butter, as it seems Dan is permitting those rights to revert to their creators so they may be pitched elsewhere.
Sagrilarus wrote: For those not keeping track Victory Point Games is closed down.