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Foo-Figther at Six O'clock: Weird WWII in the air
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Jet engines. Foo Fighters. Nazi Flying Saucers. Technology advanced rapidly throughout the Second World War, and no where faster than in the air. The cloth kites of the Great War were replaced by a new generation of steel fighters, which in turn were to be made obsolete by jets. To many, it seemed like the real world was catching up to the wonders found in Buck Rodgers and Flash Gordon comics.

Maybe that was why pilots started reporting strange phenomenons like Gremlins and Foo Fighters, which always got associated with the enemy (mystical saboteurs or newfangled technology? ). New designs, sleeker and more powerful, filled the design boards, and inventors blazed many paths searching for the perfect craft.

After the war, many of these designs were unveiled to the public, while strange crafts started to be spotted in the skies moving "like saucers skipping across the water." Were they connected to the war? Were they from another world? Had they come to design our crafts? It didn't take long to find stories bringing all this together in comic books, pulp novels and B movies, which all leads to games on the theme.

Follow-up to the WWII Mecha geeklist: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/32458
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1. Board Game: Hard Vacuum [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:3644]
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What if the Space Race had started during WWII? What if Germany had founded a moon colony as its troops in Stalingrad were surrendering?* What if dogfighting moved to the stars? That's Hard Vacuum in a nutshell.

*Ok, so I don't know if Stalingrad happened in Hard Vacuum, but it's a powerful image.
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2. Board Game: Hard Vacuum: Science Gone Mad [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
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Expansion for Hard Vacuum. Includes plenty of pulpy inventions and British space fighters.
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3. Board Game: Hard Vacuum: War's End [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
John Bell
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Expansion for Hard Vacuum. Includes Russian and Japanese space fighters.
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4. Board Game: Luft Krieg [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
John Bell
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Luft Krieg is set in the Gear Krieg universe, and as the name implies, covers the war in the air.
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5. Board Game: NATO, Nukes & Nazis [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:4583]
John Bell
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What if the Germans won WWII, mastered the Atom, and remained goose-steppers until 1992? Not as pulpish as other games on the list, but Nazi-made ICBMs do fall into the category.
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6. Board Game: Cthulhu: Tora! Tora! Tora! [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Fighter planes against the Sleeper of R'lyeh!

What else do you need to know?
 
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7. Board Game: Luftwaffe 1946 [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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Based on the Antarctic Press comic by Ted Nomura and containing to many What Ifs to count, it's about the war in the skies in 1946 with all those new toys that were on the drafting board...
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8. Board Game: Amerika Bomber [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Expansion for Luftwaffe 1946.
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9. Board Game: Luftsturm: Defence of the Reich [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Expansion for Luftwaffe 1946.
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10. Board Game: Space Nazis from Hell [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Before Hard Vacuum, there was...
 
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11. Board Game: Dust [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1391]
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The Nazis find a crashed UFO in Antarctica, causing a virulent arms race. This allows everyone to develop walking tanks and saucer-like jets.
 
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12. Board Game: Iron Warriors [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
 
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It has flying bells!

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13. Board Game: UFO Interception: Rhineland 1945 Boxed Set [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
John Bell
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P-61A Black Widows versus Foo Fighters!

And I'm sure there are rules for that Adamski-type UFO on the cover...
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14. Board Game: Escape from Dinosaur Island [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
John Bell
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Based on those Weird War D.C. Comics. Beware of the pteranodons!
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15. Board Game: Luftwaffe 46 [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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Not to be confused with Luftwaffe 1946, this one is from the same people who make Iron Warriors
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16. Board Game: Panzer Grenadier: Secret Weapons [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Lots and lots of Gyros and helicopters in this one. And jets, of course.
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17. Board Game: 4th Reich [Average Rating:4.51 Overall Rank:10350]
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Based on Norman Spinrad's novel The Iron Dream, it's about a bunch of xenophobic fanatics who ape Nazi Germany and wage war on mutants.

Spoiler from the novel:
Spoiler (click to reveal)
They build rockets at the end.
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18. Board Game: Iron Sky: The Board Game [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:4750]
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The game isn't out yet, and looks a bit Risk-like (or Dust-like). But given that the Nazis are based on the Moon and use flying saucers to get around, hopefully the latter will feature prominently in the game.
 
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19. Board Game: Sopwith [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:4261]
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An old game from 1978. The 1985 version adds some robots. I assume that they fly just like the ones in that Fleischer Bros. Superman cartoon...
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20. Board Game: Secret Weapons of the Third Reich [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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From the game-box:

"The date: March 1938. The vast majority of Austrians cheer the Anschluss of their country by the German Reich. Central Europe is falling into Nazi hands and all the best European scientists will soon compete under the aegis of Heinrich Himmler, for whom no scheme is too wild or too improbable. But which team has the imagination, the courage and the drive to most successfully accomplish their goals?

Secret Weapons of the Third Reich is a game for two to four players simulating the arms race of World War II from the German perspective. From secret submarine bases in Greenland to the mysterious Base 211 in Neuschwabenland, Antarctica, this game recreates the incredible tales of Nazi technology, from the famous V-1 buzz bombs and V-2 rockets to the unlikely flying saucers derived from the work of Nikola Tesla. Will players be able to deliver the Haunebu project to completion? Will Hans Kammler escape with his last battalion of flying saucers to the dark side of the moon? Will the secret submarine fleet sail to Antarctica to pursue the war after the war? Or could German scientists produce an atomic bomb to be dropped on New York by an electro-gravitational flying saucer or within the warhead of a futuristic intercontinental V-3? Would it even be possible to build a huge solar satellite gun to strike America?

Discover the answers to all these questions in Secret Weapons of the Third Reich, the weirdly addictive semi-cooperative, semi-competitive worker placement game for all fans of science fiction and alternate history.
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