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The Mighty Airship
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Since becoming directly involved with airship operations, I have become an enthusiast for these mighty, but delicate workhorses of the sky. The potential for using airships again with new modern technology is amazing. What can be cooler than something that can blot out the entire sun as it passes overhead.

So this list is dedicated to games that utilize airships as key to their theme.

Definition: airship = a lighter than air vehicle that utilizes its own power to control its flight on the horizontal plane (unlike a balloon which can only control its flight on the vertical).

There are essentially 3 types of airships: rigid (aka dirigibles), semi-rigid, and non-rigid (blimps, the gas filling the envelope maintains the shape).
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1. Board Game: Above the Clouds [Average Rating:3.00 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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This game has a very low rating, but I love the cover... Here's is what its all about.
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2. Board Game: A Voyage Through the Clouds [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Here's another old one...
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3. Board Game: Zeppelin Battles of the Great War [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Looks rather boring by the images and with zero ratings on a recent game...
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4. Board Game: Zeppelin [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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self-published expansion to fight in the skies...
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5. Board Game: Zeppelin [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Another WWI game...
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6. Board Game: Zeppelin [Average Rating:5.27 Overall Rank:9411]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Another game of Zeppelins against England...
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7. Board Game: ZRCV: Flying Flat-Top [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Here's what I am talking about...
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8. Board Game: Cloudbusters [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
 
Paul Boos
United States
Falls Church
Virginia
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Here's one with a Victorian fantasy theme...
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9. Board Game: Luftschiff [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:4619]
Paul Boos
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Falls Church
Virginia
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Another game based on airships... So have I missed any?
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10. Board Game: Moderne Zeiten [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2644]
Steve Kearon
United Kingdom
Cardiff
Wales
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A stock holding game centered around the hi-tech world of the 1920s. The game pieces are airship models.
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11. Board Game: Ace of Aces: Balloon Buster [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4754]
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Nebraska
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Here's an Ace of Aces game that focused on fighting with lighter than air craft in WWI.
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12. Board Game: Riesenflugzeugabteilungen [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.22 Unranked]
Antonio Chavez
Mexico
Monterrey
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This is actually the expansion to Luftshiff. But look at that name... how could I not post this?
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13. Board Game: Wings of War: Burning Drachens [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:687] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
Dave Heberer
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Redmond
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In this expansion of the WoW series, you get to attack and defend your airships from the enemy.
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14. Board Game: Ironclads and Ether Flyers [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
William Hostman
United States
Eagle River
Alaska
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Gaming in Greater Anchorage area, Alaska since 1978. Looking for Indy-willing RPG players in Eagle River (or willing to drive to Eagle River). Geekmail me if interested.
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This one includes zepplins as well as liftwood aeronavals. Such units can also be used in the companion games in the line, Sky Galleons of Mars, Soldier's Companion, and the Space 1889 RPG.
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15. Board Game: Aeroduel [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.43 Unranked]
William Hostman
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Eagle River
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This Car Wars Compendium standalone supplement (All needed rules included, but can be intermixed with the rest of the car wars line) includes Airships (dirigibles and blimps) in the rules, with counters for them being at the 1"=60' scale, and gondola counters for the 1"=15' scale.
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16. Board Game: Crimson Skies [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1953]
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Las Vegas
Nevada
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I can't believe Crimson Skies has not been added yet. Commercial airships, combat zeppelins and pulp-style, aerial combat.

Go for the gas bags!!
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17. Board Game: Chrononauts [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:1532] [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
Frank Cunliffe
United States
Lansdowne
Pennsylvania
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If you change 1937 history so that instead of "Hindenburg Explodes" what happens is "Bomb Found on Hindenburg", then airship technology advances so that in 1950 Truman doesn't bring home the troops, a "Zeppelin Factory Opened in Seoul", and the Korean War is prevented!
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18. Board Game: Girl Genius: The Works [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3191]
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Longmont
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This game isn't really centered on dirigibles, but they do add a different victory condition to the game (you can win by having a certain number of dirigibles when you pop a submarine, or vice versa). And a dirigible appears right on the box front, which helps. They, of course, figure prominently in the comic as well, but that is left as an exercise for the reader...
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19. Board Game: Great War at Sea: Zeppelins [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
Hiroyuki Nishimura
Japan
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Great War at Sea series from Avalanche now have a supplement dedicated to airships.
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20. Board Game: Airships [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1199]
THE MAVERICK
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Herald
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Giants of the Air, new for 2007.
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21. Board Game: Thebes [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:258]
Paul Boos
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I wanted to show a fringe entry in another way. In this case, the airship is a component of teh game, but not teh focus of the game. Collecting a Zeppelin ticket can be used to travel across the board faster. I once used this to go from London to Mesoptamia for exploring the region for a while and then later in another year used one to get back from Palenstine to London after exploring to be able to make an exhibit.
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22. Board Game: Great War at Sea: U.S. Navy Plan Orange [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:4559]
Michael Vinarcik
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Includes rules for the Akron and Macon.
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23. Board Game: Isla Dorada [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:859]
Andrea Angiolino
Italy
Rome
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Explorers crash with their Zeppelin on a savage island. The Zeppelin is also the most powerful movement card.
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24. Board Game: Zippy Zepps [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Andrea Angiolino
Italy
Rome
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A game about Zeppelins released during their golden age.
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25. Board Game: Gnemo [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Dave Dubin
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Champaign
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Sadly, this one never made it into production, and the publisher's website is offline. soblue But maybe one of these years Mr. Ryberg or Mr. Kidd will find a way to make it happen.



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