Posted on October 3, 2012
Wings of War Fest!!The long wait was finally over and we eagerly decended onto a rather too picturesque cottage (for 7 geeks) in the rural Scottish Borders for our latest gaming weekend! A LONG night of good food, boozing and plenty of laughs was inevitable, but we were all still up early and ready to get going as between us we had brought well over 20 new or favourite games. I had been battering (seriously I really had) on about Wings of War for months… so everyone was to keen give it first blast. That was great but I suddenly felt serious pressure for it to be good… even just ‘OK’! Cue a lot of ‘first time used in anger’ fretting and careful fiddling as I took well over an hour to set everything up.
But eventually we were ready and I was ready to unveil my ‘attempt’ at a handpainted game mat!
Well nearly ready, as it would have been damn bad form to hop into your kite without the correct facial decoration for the gentleman aces of the Great War…! …and a good number of laughs later that got us right into the mood to give each other a damn good hiding! …and soon there were casualties!!! In a word this game is BRILLIANT!!!
We played it all Saturday afternoon, again on Saturday night, all Sunday afternoon, and all Sunday night!
FACT: We played nothing else all weekend. It is really easy to learn and play. You just select and secretly lay out 3 manoeuvre cards, placed face down, then everyone plays their first card in turn moving their plane(s). Then you can fire if in range, randomly select from the damage deck if hit and apply the damage effects. Everybody then then plays the next card and so on! It is amazingly addictive trying to get into a position to shoot and second guess both ‘friends’ and other ‘enemies’. As you can imagine the great sledging and slanging is worth it alone! We slowly added additional more advanced rules on fire damage, smoke, pilot injury and weather and tried missions such as to destroy / protect the blimp! We never had time to add altitude rules, but that really will make it a great challenge. The miniatures are great to look at, gameplay is really easy to pick up, you can make it as complex or simple as you like, and there is no limit on the numbers who can play all you need is enough planes and space!! You can even pimp (re-paint) your own aircraft! Since the weekend DS and JR-S have invested in the WWII version and ID is preparing to purchase of his own squadron of spitfires… …watch this space I too may yet (ok I will) be tempted!