Wings of War: The Dawn of World War II
formerly known as Wings of War: Dawn of War
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World War I was the age of the "knights of the air". Aircraft were new, and their role as a weapon of war just being invented. By World War II, the machines were much more sophisticated, and more critical to the plans of an army general than ever before. World War II was a new age of aviation and a new age of warfare -- and now, Wings of War goes to the beginning of this new epoch. This is the Dawn of War.
Wings of War expands to include the flying machines and battles of World War II with Wings of War: Dawn of War! The WWII series of Wings of War is an easy, fun to play, fast and furious system which fans of Famous Aces and the rest of the Wings of War games will be able to start playing minutes after opening the box! Dawn of War includes fighter planes from the first years (1939-1941) of the war -- pilot a Spitfire, a Messerschmitt, a Hurricane. Outfight, outthink, and outfly your opponents with the innovative and viscerally satisfying Wings of War maneuver system. Up to 4 planes can fly with the contents of this set.
We played our first game after only a few minutes and it was fun! I highly recommend this game.
The basic rules of the game are only a few pages (including the color illustrations and examples). So, the game is simple and easy to learn, but it is also very tactical and interesting to play. If you like a game where luck is not the key factor, this is a great game for you.
The game also has optional rules that allow you to add as much (or as little) complexity as you like. You can choose which of these optional rules you want to play to tailor the game to the individual tastes of the players. So, although the basic mechanics of the game are simple, you can add quite a bit of depth to it if you like. Likewise you can play a simple 1 on 1 dogfight, or add more planes for a big "furball", or play prepared scenarios with specific objectives for each player, or create your own scenarios, or even create an ongoing campaign with special rules for your veteran "aces". Whether you play the simplest rules or add your desired complexity, the game will be different each time you play. You actually get quite a bit out of the one box!
Note: There is both a WWI and WWII version of this game for players who appreciate either genre.
The Wings of War series has become fairly popular in recent years with multiple versions and expansions, adding to the World War I aerial combat game. I was initially skeptical when I first heard of the game, because it was only utilizing cards. Of course, time has since persuaded me that a variety of excellent games can be produced with only cards, and Wings of War was no exception. At the same time, I never really picked it up, because the World War I theme really didn’t interest me. Wings of War: Dawn of War (Fantasy Flight, 2007 – Andrea Angiolino and Pier Giorgio Paglia) was a different story – being based on World War II.
There are some differences between this game and the former games (the planes are a little easier to maneuver), but Dawn of War retains the same fun and simplicity of the previous games. I find it fascinating how the game can be adjusted in complexity; the rules allow a LOT of variants and additions, but it seems to be one of the few games I’ve played that is best when it’s simplest. I personally prefer a few of the options – such as special damage, but Wings of War works best when it’s fast, keeping the fun level high.
Players are split up into two teams, each player choosing an airplane card and placing it on the playing area, representing the field of battle. Players also take an airplane console and four speed markers (two “high” and two “low”), as well as a deck of maneuver cards that matches the letter on their plane “A”, “B”, “C”, or “D”. Each player chooses a card from this deck and places it on the first space (of two) on their consol as well as a speed marker on top of it. Three piles of damage counters, marked “A”, “B”, and “C” are shuffled and placed near the playing area. The first turn is ready to begin.
The first round of each turn is the planning phase, in which players pick the maneuver card that their plane will do the following turn, placing it in the second slot, along with a speed token. A few of the maneuvers are marked with a diamond symbol, showing a “steep” maneuver; two of these maneuvers cannot be played in a road. Another maneuver, the Immelmann turn, can only be played after a straight maneuver.
Once all players have planned, they reveal the card that they played the previous turn. These cards are placed in front of the plane, which moves along the course shown on the maneuver card, stopping at one of the two arrows on the card. The arrow stopped at is determined by the speed of the plane. After all planes have moved, the cards are put back into the players’ decks, and the second maneuver card is moved into the first slot. If, at any time, a plane leaves the playing area, it is eliminated.
Each plane has a front firing cone and a red dot in the center. If, after planes have moved, a ruler (included with the game) can be placed from that dot, through the cone, and touch a plane card from the other team, it can shoot it. If the plane is as close as half the ruler or less, it is a short-range shot; otherwise, it is a long-range shot. Each plane shows the amount of damage that they deal out for each range, and the player draws chips from the appropriate piles. For example, the Supermarine Seafire MK IIC deals one “B” and two “C” damage at short range, and one “A” and one “C” at long range. Each plane has a certain amount of hit points; and when that number is reached, the plane is destroyed. There is also an explosion symbol, which immediately destroys the plane if drawn. The game continues with the next round, until all the planes on one side are eliminated – at which point the other team wins!
Optional rules include: (with notation to how much I use them in my games)
The book also has eight different scenarios, each of which use some of the optional rules above.
Some comments on the game…
Wings of War: Dawn of War is a neat game in that it allows players to scale their level of complexity without sacrificing much fun in the process. Most people will be completely satisfied with the basic game, as it is entertaining, intuitive and quick. Others will enjoy adding some more of the advanced rules to add a touch of “realism” to the game, but I foresee most people enjoying the game. Even those who are normally not “war game” enthusiasts have fun just flying their plane around the table. And if it gives you the chance to shoot down your hubby at the same time, what’s not to like? A good, fast family game – Wings of War: Dawn of War is an excellent introduction to this franchise and may perhaps be the best of the series.
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