I have been preparing for an all-day wargame on 27th December with a group of chums. We have a table about 16ft x 7ft to play with and almost invariably our games concentrate in about a quarter of the table.
So I have planned a game which will force the players to cover the whole length of the table. It is based on Len Deighton’s novel “Bomber”. Players will have to fly one or more Lancaster bombers from their base in England to bomb a German town and return home safely. The twist is that each player also has the possibility of deploying a night fighter to attack the other players.
I have finished my draft of the rules ready for the playtest next Thursday. This is an evening game so I am using a shorter table to rduce flying time. On Thursday we will be bombing dams. The rules are necessarily quite simple to speed up the game.
The concept is similar to an adventure game in that each aircraft has a crew with different ability levels which they need to roll against for success in shooting, flying, navigating, etc.
The unusual game mechanism is the bombing run, which is done with tiddlywinks to intruduce a bit of skill and fun. In the main game points will be awarded for hitting factories, railway yards, etc. and deducted for such things as churches and hospitals.
Report on the playtest with some pictures to follow later.