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Michael McFall
United States
Manhattan
Kansas
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10
Mar 2013
Very good varient of the "Ace of aces" game system. As the German you will be wondering "when will this plane go down"? As the Allied pilot your wondering "when will this damned balloon blow up before my plane is shot to pieces"? The game captures this rather well.
2013-09-08
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Robert Ridgeway
United States
Greenville
South Carolina
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10
Aug 2010
Perfection.
2010-10-10
Jim Wyman
United States
Keene
New Hampshire
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8
Dec 2006*
Haven't played Ace of Aces in far too long.
2006-12-20*
Carlos A. L. de Miranda
Brazil
Rio de Janeiro
RJ
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8
Mar 2010
Combate aéreo na primeira guerra mundial. Usa um sistema de combate/movimento por livros, sem tabuleiro. Ataque a balões. Muito bom.
2010-03-12
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Kevin Lees
United Kingdom
Channel Islands
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7
Jan 2005*
Like this game, but the interaction can be fiddly at first to get used to, with the swapping between pages, and if it goes wrong, can be frustrating
2005-01-09*
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Jan Willem
Netherlands
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7
Feb 2005*
Easy to learn in solo mode. Best with 2 players. Not much action for the "Flak" player
2005-02-05*
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Art DeFilippo
United States
Herndon
Virginia
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7
Oct 2012
Good series of games. Lead to the development of Wings fo War.
2005-03-14*
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Frank Eisenhauer
United States
Atlanta
Georgia
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7
Dec 2007*
Not as much fun as playing plane vs plane but a very interesting alternative / change-up to the base game.
2007-12-13*
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Seth Owen
United States
Norwich
Connecticut
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7
Sep 2008*
Picture Book
2008-04-21*
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Richard Pomeroy
United States
Chester Springs
Pennsylvania
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7
Jun 2008*
SEQUEL TO WWI AVIATION CLASSIC
I purchased this one "back in the day" as I was a huge fan of the series. I recall it being a little less engaging than the plane to plane combat but a fun variation on the system. A must have for the Ace of Aces enthusiast, avoidable otherwise. I haven't run this one past the kids yet.
[CS circa 1985]
2013-12-26
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Allan Goodall
United States
West Monroe
Louisiana
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7
Nov 2010
Players: 2
2010-12-19
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Gary Averett
United States
Salt Lake City
Utah
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6.5
Jan 2006*
Probably my least favorite in the series.
2006-01-03*
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E Talley
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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6.5
Feb 2013
Thanks to BGG. I had long ago lost my firing copies for the AA gun and somebody had a scanned copy.

Thanks again BGG
2011-09-22
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Christian Link
United States
Aurora
Colorado
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Mar 2003*
The mechanics of this version make game play rather ridgid.
2003-03-19*
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Doug Adams
Australia
Oakleigh
Victoria
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Jun 2014
Clever WWI dogfight game. Each player owns a book of illustrations of a pilot's view from the cockpit, spotting an enemy fighter. Players fly their plane and their choice of direction dictates what page of the book players go off to. It could result in one fighter getting a shot opportunity at their enemy.
2003-07-20*
Daniel "Cahwyguy" Faigin
United States
Northridge
California
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6
Jan 2004*
Although I love all the other Ace of Aces games, I was never able to get into Balloon Buster much.
2004-01-20*
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Andrew Hung
United States
San Francisco
California
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6
Jul 2004*
Fun game using the booklet system to simulate 3D combat. You can see how you end up after both of you call out your move via the page associated with the maneuver.
2004-07-15*
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THE MAVERICK
United States
Herald
California
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6
Oct 2004*
Another addition to the series that sounded like a great idea but turned out to not have the same fun factor for me as the plane to plane books. Definitely unique!
2004-10-27*
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Michael Weber
Germany
Wendeburg
Germany
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6
Mar 2005*
Aces of Aces is a blast, but Ballon Buster is nothing like it - the illustrations of the soldiers on the ground are fun, but somehow this game not work and does not nearly have the same fun factor as a proper dogfight
2005-03-25*
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castiglione
United States
Sunnyvale
California
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6
Sep 2005*
With the "Drachen Slayer" solitaire rules, the game may actually get played (let's face it - who in his right mind would want to "fly" as the anti-artillary gunner?).

I think, however, that a more "fun" scenario would involve scout planes trying to destroy a balloon that's protected by anti-air-craft guns AND a scout.

However, using the book system, that may get a bit cumbersome...
2005-09-28*
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Eric Johnson
United States
Rohnert Park
California
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6
Nov 2008*
Always fun. Easily portable, short playing time, easy to store mid game: perfect for play at school between classes or during your lunch break at work.
2005-09-29*
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Jim Pulles
Canada
Regina
Saskatchewan
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6
Oct 2005*
Not as much fun as the original Ace of Aces dogfight books, but it does add a complete set of new problems (and strategies).

The balloon player has to just outguess the other player to score well... not the best way to plan in advance. Still a solid 6.
2005-10-25*
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Sean Swart
United States
Moscow
Ohio
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6
Nov 2005*
Clever little flip book game, that can even be play solitare. Once you get the hang of it though, the solo version loses it's charm.
2005-11-01*
James G.
United States
Unspecified
Pennsylvania
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6
Dec 2005*
Pretty much my least favorite of the Ace of Aces WW1 series. I don't play it as often as the others, but it is still fun.
2005-12-18*
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Tom
United States
Seattle
Washington
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6
Feb 2006*
I feel that this is the weakest of the WWI Ace of Aces series. It is kind of clunky, and the gun player gets very few options per turn.
2006-02-24*
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