Rise of the Luftwaffe is the first in Down in Flames series of card games that simulate WW2 air combat. Each player has a hand of maneuver cards which he uses to improve his position relative to an enemy plane or fire on the enemy. The opponent is allowed to counter the maneuver by playing cards of his own, to which original player can counter back, etc. The last player to play a card determines whether the original action occurs or not.
Each plane is rated with horsepower (which indicates how many card you can draw), performance (how many cards to be held), burst (the values of fire cards that can be played), etc. The number of cards in your hand abstractly represents the momentum of each aircraft.
A dogfight lasts a mere 6 turns and take about 15 minutes to play. There are also campaign games which represent a number of interconnected missions and various operations the players can take. A campaign can take about 2-3 hours.
Malta under siege 1940-1942 is a new Air Campaign Module introducing rules for Air Transport missions, Torpedo Bombing and new color aircraft cards for the CR42 Falco, Hurricane II, Gladiator II, Swordfish I, Wellington III, MC200 Saetta, SM79 Sparviero and the Ju52 "Tante Ju". Click here to download the extra material - C3i Magazine, Issue #3.
Flying Tigers is a new Air Campaign Module including new color aircraft cards for the P-40B Tomahawk, Ki-21 Sally, Ki-27 Nate, Ki-43 Oscar, and Ki-30 Ann. Also introduced is a new type of Morale Target, The Village. Click here to download the extra material - C3i Magazine, Issue #10