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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
J.L. Robert
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Poll: The 2016 AH Cup
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  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
32 B-17: Queen of the Skies (Leeds United)
49.5% 45
36 Storm over Arnhem (Blackburn Rovers)
50.5% 46
Voters 91
This poll is now closed.   91 answers
Poll created by J.L.Robert
Closes: Mon Apr 4, 2016 6:00 am
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
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Poll: The 2016 AH Cup
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  Your Answer   Vote Percent Vote Count
32 B-17: Queen of the Skies (Leeds United)
64.8% 79
52 The Korean War (Sheffield United)
35.2% 43
Voters 122
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Poll created by J.L.Robert
Closes: Mon Mar 21, 2016 6:00 am
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Tony Ackroyd
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One Player Games - Very Short

Best with One

270 Friday 25 mins
791 Onirim 15 mins
1011 B-17: Queen of the Skies 20 mins
1065 Hostage Negotiator 20 mins
1264 Zulus on the Ramparts! 25 mins
1914 Zombie in my Pocket 5 mins
2426 Space Infantry 20 mins
2661 D-Day Dice: Free Trial Version 20 mins
2837 Delve: The Dice Game 20 mins
2962 Extra! 10 mins
3004 Maquis 20 mins
4360 The d6 Shooters 25 mins
4511 Israeli Independence 15 mins
5279 Micro Space Empire 10 mins
5710 Escape of the Dead Minigame 15 mins
5971 Infection Express 20 mins
5981 Scrabble Flash 0 mins

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292 Escape: The Curse of the Temple 10 mins
1143 Take it Easy! 20 mins
1212 Big Boggle 10 mins
1540 Rory's Story Cubes 20 mins
1630 Dungeon Roll 15 mins
1997 Doodle Quest 15 mins
2049 Mosaix 20 mins
2216 Black Box 20 mins
2474 Robot Turtles 15 mins
2537 Ebbe & Flut 20 mins
2570 Skyline 20 mins
2714 A Fistful of Penguins 15 mins
2970 Max 20 mins
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Kevin Whitmore
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Hi, first time poster to this list. I guess I am late, I didn't think to list the game until the end of the month.

I have owned B-17 for years, but this was the first time I've played it. I did four missions. Our success rate was rather bad. But at least we had no massive failures. Of my original crew, two have been paroled, going home with injuries. We've bombed to marginal effect so far.

The early missions have all had me going t France or Belgium. We will no doubt start going further in future missions. The thought of the lack of fighter cover as we go further into Europe spikes my anxiety.


On a personal level, it took an extended sickness to get me to formally play this solitaire game. Now that I have, I am wanting to continue. So perhaps solitaire table top gaming will become more of a mode for me.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Eric Brosius
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My best new game this month is B-17: Queen of the Skies, which is an experience game for the most part. My son plays this solitaire game at WBC in a room with 50+ people; my wife and I played at TotalCon with only 9. But we had a lot of fun. My bombardier was killed and my bombing controls were damaged, so we basically kicked the bombs out and they landed on some crops in the general vicinity of Lorient, France, but not on the sub pens.

However, we did shoot down two FW-190s, a Me110 and a pair of Me109s, and we returned to England in flyable condition and landed safely with all but one crewmember.

This is a chance for me to link in the lovely video that

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ONJ parody (now with video!)

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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
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 8   Race for the Galaxy: Xeno Invasion x2 -- I brought this out to my weekly gaming group, having played two games with Claire the previous week using only the cards. This time we played once with just the cards and a second time with the Xeno Invasion rules. It worked fine with the cards, and the Xeno Invasion version is far more streamlined than the Orb from the Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts expansion. Bill and I did well in the military game, while Dan struggled to get any Xeno defense going. He collected quite a few +2 tokens for beating the weakest Xeno attack off, but that didn't really help as he finished far behind me as Bill finished far ahead of me. Dan wondered about balance, but we trust Tom and Wei-Hwa.

 8   Coloretto -- Steph (the famous blogger and photographer) arrived after our set of fillers, and we needed to rearrange. Steph was dying to play Tichu (her fondness for this game is one of her few flaws,) but there were actually 6 people dying to play Tichu, and as the relationship Bridge:Sextet::Tichu:?? has no correct answer as yet, 2 people were going to be unhappy. They cut for places, with the 4 lowest draws getting to play, and Steph drew the Dragon, so she was consigned to the Salt Mines of playing with me and Dan.



But there are plenty of games that Steph and I both love, and Dan isn't very fussy, as you will see by investigating the games he owns. So we played a game of Coloretto. It was a weird game. Steph had eight +2 cards, but finished with only 24 behind Dan and me, who were tied at 26. There is no tie-breaker, so we rejoiced in our shared victory. Here's a picture of Steph's almost-final card set (I'm taking these from Steph's blog):



 7   Cities x2 -- Steph remembered that I had made a comment on one of her blogs saying that I'd play this with her any time (it's a favorite of hers.) I'm not crazy about it, but I'm more than happy to play and it's cheerful and quick. We played two games. The first game Dan won, with Steph in 2nd and me last, but there were only about 4 VPs between Dan and me. The second game returned to normal, with Steph killing us. I don't win this game much, but I still like it.

 7   Imperium (from Neue Spiele im alten Rom) -- Neue Spiele im alten Rom is a collection of games in a single box, all designed by Knizia and sharing many components. I had played this game (Imperium) before, but before I started recording plays. It's an area majority game with simultaneous influence placement and a bit of a liquidity issue (you can't just put all your influence in the areas that score last because you'll run out of tokens.) It's a pretty good game, though there's a lot of chaos due to the simultaneous selection. I came in dead last (here's another image of the final scores; you'll have to look carefully to find my green scoring pawn.):



 10   Saint Petersburg -- Bill and Marsha were thinking about heading home, but I lured them back to the table with this favorite of us all. It was an odd game. Early on I had poor card draws and would have been well behind except for one blue upgrade that was keeping me in it. Bill and Marsha were ahead on the noble race. But in the second half of the game, my draws were ideal and I managed to shut Bill out of the noble upgrades for the most part, allowing me to finish with 9 distinct nobles vs. 7 for Bill and 6 for Marsha, and that together with decent blue scoring made the difference.

 10   Empire Builder x4 -- Thursday through Saturday I attended TotalCon, a local convention in Mansfield MA that celebrated its 30th (or XXX, as it said on the promotional material) anniversary this year. There are many activities, including RPGs and miniatures, but I focus on three things:

(1) Crayon Rails games,
(2) 18xx,
(3) Euros.

Oddly enough I get many more chances to play 18xx games than I do to play multi-player crayon rails games (e.g., with people other than just Claire and me,) so I prioritize crayon rails ahead of 18xx at this con. I managed to play 4 games of Empire Builder, which is a great start to the year. I won 2 of my 3 heats, but came in 5th out of 5 in the finals, which Joe Rushanan won. He is an excellent crayon rails player.

 10   Eurorails x3 -- I got just two heats of this title in, winning one and losing the other to Joe. In the finals, I had a great Iberian line while Joe was working the Chunnel. As we approached the end, we knew it'd be close. Joe didn't have a winning load on board, but he did have a Machinery delivery and the "Tooling Needed" event was still in the deck, which would add $10 million to his income and put him at $255 million. I had a load of Chocolate to Porto that would put me at $259 million, but I'd arrive a turn after Joe. Sure enough, "Tooling Needed" showed up before Joe delivered, and I spent $7 million to shorten the route to Porto. I ended with $252 million, just $3 million behind Joe (who won both crayon rails titles!)

 9   Power Grid -- On Thursday morning my schedule indicated that I should play one heat of this favorite of mine. If TotalCon had no train games I'd play Euros the whole time, but this was the only Euro I played. It was a very close game, with high resource prices and resource shortages in Coal and Trash (some of the efficient plants were removed from the deck, including the #39 nuclear plant.) I finished with 16 cities powered and $14 (after building to 17 cities to end the game) as my two closest opponents finished with 16 cities powered and $6 and $2, respectively. The person with only 15 cities of capacity had a lot of money left over, but just couldn't get the plants she needed.

 7   B-17: Queen of the Skies NEW! -- My son has been playing this "experience game" at WBC for several years now, but my wife and I have schedules that are too busy to play it there. We were delighted to learn that a one-mission large-group game was planned for TotalCon on Friday afternoon, run by John Haskell, who runs similar games at his local con in CT. We came early for the teach and in total there were 9 players. (If it seems odd to have 9 players for a solo game, think about WBC where there were 65!) With 9 players we had high, medium and low squadrons, with a nose, a middle and a tail plane in each squadron. As it turns out, I was the middle of the medium height squadron, so in theory the least exposed to enemy fighters. There's a ton of die-rolling in the game, and a ton of luck, so don't play this unless you're looking for an experience. I've read a lot about WWII, so it was interesting to me.

My plane, the "Lucky Ducky", had its bombardier killed in action early, which meant that the main purpose of my attack (bombing the submarine pens in Lorient, France) would likely fail. Later, the automatic bombing controls were shot out, meaning we'd be bombing by kicking the bombs out the bomb hatch. And, sure enough, I didn't hit anything (other than some crops, perhaps.) But on the good side, with my bomb load gone, the plane lightened enough that we could stay in formation despite my #3 engine being shut down by an oil fire. At about this point, Tom, who was flying right behind me, had his plane damaged enough that he had to land in France and try to avoid becoming prisoners of war, making me the tail and adding to the fighter count directed against me.

The good news, if there was any, is that my crew shot down five German fighters, including two FW-190s, and returned to France with all but one crewmember and a fundamentally intact plane. So I was in a 3-way tie for 2nd place among the 9 players who took part. The winner had 75% bombing accuracy and returned safely (my bombing accuracy was 0%, as you'd expect.) One of our 9 planes was shot down, one landed intact in France, and the other 7 made it back to England in better or worse shape.

My son is going to volunteer to run a game at our next house con.

And I suppose I should link in this video. I wrote the words and Ambie recorded the song:

ONJ parody (now with video!)



 10   1846 -- Joe Rushanan had been contacted by Bryan Dade, who together with his brother Kevin wanted to play a teaching game of 1846. We agreed to meet at 9am for the teach, and we started not too long after that, finishing the teach at about 10:15. Kevin had never played an 18xx game, but Bryan had played a few times in the past (though never 1846.) We conducted the draft, and came away with

Kevin: Michigan Central, Mail, $280
Eric: Michigan Southern, C&WI, $200
Joe: Big 4, Meat, $240
Brian: Steamboat, O&I, $320

Kevin opened the GT at $70. I wanted the IC, given my low starting cash, but had to decide what price to start at. I chose $100, even though this would in theory allow Brian to take it, figuring that Brian would probably want the B&O. I would try to operate in such a way that the IC kept shares in treasury for a long time. Joe started the PRR at $60 (planning to teleport to Fort Wayne and hit Meat in Chicago multiple times) and Brian started the B&O, as expected, at $80.

I was happy to get the first green train at the end of OR1.1, but I wasn't the big earner. Both Brian and Kevin were outearning me, and Joe's PRR had a very attractive stock value, so I succeeded in keeping many shares in treasury while staying just a small distance behind the other corporations in earnings. My handicap was that I owned two shares fewer than Joe for most of the game, though my shares were clearly better long-term bets. Joe had to start half-capping early, which sooner or later cut into his share price appreciation. Oddly, each of the four of us was dividend leader for at least one pair of ORs, with me only doing so in the fourth pair as my opponents had to half-cap.

Another oddity about this game was the wall of tokens cutting off the Detroit-Chicago route from the outside world. GT tokens were in Port Huron, Detroit and Toledo. We pointed out to Kevin that someone could token Chicago and cut him off, but he correctly judged that he needed Toledo to compete and would have to take the chance. Both Fort Wayne and Indianapolis were tokened by PRR and IC, and as it turned out, no outside railroad could make it into Chicago (PRR tokened Chicago (SW) and my IC had the C&WI token in Chicago (SE).)

At the end, I won by about $400 (due entirely to the IC stock value,) Kevin was second by $6 over Joe, thanks to his prodigious runs with a 7/8 train running Windsor-Chicago-Toledo-Cleveland-Dayton-Cincy-Centralia-St. Louis with the Mail contract. He earned $89/share in the final OR. And Brian was less than $200 behind Joe. It was my 158th game of 1846 and I've never played a game anything like it.

We finished at about 2:00, for a total elapsed time of 3:45, but that included breaks for a business call and the TotalCon auction, so it was probably about 3:20 in playing time.

 6   Rolling America NEW! -- On Monday night we played a 6-player game using the new verson of Rolling Japan. We had remarkably friendly die rolls and Dan won the tie-breaker with just 6 points.

 8   Les Poilus -- I brought the French edition, and we played a 4-player game. We are still playing without the traps, and we lost, not by a huge margin, but it was clear before the end that we wouldn't make it. I love the theme and setting. Joe Huber pointed out that if you are going to play a game in which you have no chance to win, playing in French is somewhat evocative if you think about the writings of authors like Jean-Paul Sartre. Joe also got the idea of designing a co-op game that is impossible to win.

 10   Outpost -- For our final game of the evening, we played this favorite of mine and ours. There sure was a lot of saving of cards toward the end, and Joe almost emptied the Research card deck before buying two Moonbases and a Planetary Cruiser to win with 88. I had 78, which felt like a moral victory.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Benny Grootjans
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This out of print solo game has always peeked my interest.
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This one was fairly straight forward once I knew which files I needed. I printed them out on my inkjet and some received a lamination treatment. I purchased a case of blank game boxes from someone on BGG selling their extras and made a box for it as well.

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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
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Hi, all. Long time no post. Went to a local used bookstore that was having a relocation sale, and they had a pile of games. So, I picked up a few. First was this - bit musty, but complete, unpunched, and unused. $5.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
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20 minutes. 1 - 2 players. Designed by Glen Frank and Bruce Shelley.

This is a strategy game that re-creates the early bombing missions and aerial combat of the B-17 bombers over Europe during WWII.

"B-17 is designed to be primarily a solitaire game. The player controls a B-17F Flying Fortress bomber, trying to survive German fighter attacks and drop its load of bombs on the selected target, then return home safely. Optionally, a second player can control the German fighters (to some degree; their appearance is determined randomly, but successive attacks are under the control of the German player). If each player has their own copy of B-17, then they can fly their bomber while playing the German fighters in their partner's game." -- from the BGG description --

SOLO PLAYTHROUGH VIDEO:

Hands-on Games with Al Wilson

 
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
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I decided to start a new campaign of B-17: Queen of the Skies last month, to try to get at least one original crew member through 25 missions.

So far, so good, since I have played 2 games (missions) already this year, and haven't lost any crew members or the plane itself yet!

I kept meaning to play this game, but it has been over 4 years, I believe, since I previously sent a Flying Fortress on a mission.

I have named my bomber "Ride of the Valkyries" and anyone who is interested can read my game reports, here:


http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/200075/item/4296207#item42...



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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
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This might be the first official solo game I have ever played and it is still a winner. A lot of the elements in this game have been redone over the years, but at the time I had really seen nothing else like it. It still holds as one of the best campaigns that makes you really understand what it was like to be a part of a bomber crew. When a crew member died (especially on his first mission), I really felt it and made me reflect on the fact that this actually happened.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
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I will be trying to get at least one original crew member through 25 missions of B-17: Queen of the Skies. This will be nearly impossible, of course. But I will track how many missions pass until I fail.








BTW, I am writing my gameplay reports here:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/200075/item/4296207#item42...
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
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So here we go with the...
2016 Boardgame Association Cup!

For Round 1, the 25 brackets of 16 games will each have one winner and a runner up who will qualify for the next round. So each bracket simulates three "real world" rounds (16 -> 8 -> 4 -> 2).

The 400 games here are from rank 709-1000, minus some duplicates, plus 146 wild card entries from rank 1000+. They have been randomly allocated to the brackets. In each bracket select the game you like most.

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B-17: Queen of the Skies
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Gord Cowie
Canada
Flin Flon
Manitoba
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Edition/Publisher: Avalon Hill Edition, English (1983)

Condition: Played half a campaign (11 missions). Box and contents in excellent condition. From a smoke-free, but pet-friendly home.
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Wauwatosa
Wisconsin
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Starting Bid: $100

BIN: $125

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Christine Bentz
United States
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I live my life in growing orbits, which move out over the things of the world. Perhaps I can never achieve the last, but that will be my attempt.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Royce Reiss
United States
Brookeville
Maryland
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A classic solo wargame


Campaign with multiple B-17s. A game is 1 B-17 for 25 missions or if lost sooner.
1st B-17 Bad Clown lost on mission 6 - crew POW except for Nav and Bombardier who successfully evaded capture.

current status
end of Jan: 3 B-17s on 7th mission and 1 on its first
 
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Judy Krauss
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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This game is part of my Hardcore 10x 10 Challenge:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/200075/judes-10-games-10-t...

B-17: Queen of the Skies is a solitaire World War II wargame and an old favorite of mine. The object is to get a bomber plane and crew to the target and safely back, and I plan to play in campaign mode, where what happens in the previous game will have an effect on the crew for future games.

I hope to keep my plane and crew from being destroyed before I finish these 10 games!

And if I do have at least one original crew member left at the end of 10 missions, I will continue on to try to accomplish 25 missions for the The 2016 Solo and Coop Unpossible Challenge:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/203852/item/4403984#item44...


My B-17 plane is named Ride of the Valkyries, and each of my crew is named after a legendary Valkyrie. (Yes, I know that they were all female -- deal with it.)

Bombardier: Ortlinde
Navigator: Schwertleite
Pilot: Brunnhilde
Co-Pilot: Waltraute
Engineer: Helmwige
Radio Operator: Siegrune
Ball Turret: Grimgerde
Port Waist Gunner: Rossweisse
Starboard Waist Gunner: Gerhilde
Tail Gunner: Róta




January 20, 2016

d10-1 Ride of the Valkyries - Mission 1 - Amiens - Railroad
Position: middle of the formation in the middle squadron.
Weather: good out and back.

The plane encountered heavy FLAK outbound and some resistance from enemy aircraft, but most of the more serious damage happened after the bombs were already dropped and the plane was homeward bound (which was not helped by poor to fair fighter cover). Unfortunately, the bomb drop was off-target and only a small number of the bombs actually hit the intended target.

Port Waist Gunner Rossweisse was lucky to bring down a FW190, but was later seriously wounded. Again, she was lucky, though, because she recovered quickly and will be able to join the next mission.

Result: Safe landing, all crew fit for next mission. But only scored a 5% bomb run.


d10-2 Ride of the Valkyries - Mission 2 - Abbeville - Airfield
Position: middle of the formation in the low squadron.
Weather: good out and back.

Bad Luftwaffe communication helped reduce the enemy aircraft resistance this mission and there was only light FLAK. Still, it was a rough flight with many attacks resulting in the loss of radio communication, the port aileron, and engine #3! The Pilot, Brunnhilde, the Starboard Waist Gunner, Gerhilde, and the Engineer, Helwige, were all wounded, the first two seriously. Despite the plane damage, the bomb run was on target!

Luckliy, all three wounded crew members recovered well enough to be ready for the next mission.

Result: Safe landing, all crew fit for next mission. 40% success on the bomb run.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Mike Heine
United States
Waconia
Minnesota
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Was really excited to find this huge Flying Fortress flyable balsa model NIS at Goodwill for $2.49
Also found another flying balsa model of a cesna for $1.49.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Royce Reiss
United States
Brookeville
Maryland
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A classic that I decided to revisit. Missions are underway and will take a few weeks to complete (if the plane and crew survive).
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Judy Krauss
United States
Pittsburgh
Pennsylvania
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This game is part of my Hardcore 10x 10 Challenge:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/200075/judes-10-games-10-t...

B-17: Queen of the Skies is a solitaire World War II wargame and an old favorite of mine. The object is to get a bomber plane and crew to the target and safely back, and I plan to play in campaign mode, where what happens in the previous game will have an effect on the crew for future games.

I hope to keep my plane and crew from being destroyed before I finish these 10 games!

And if I do have at least one original crew member left at the end of 10 missions, I will continue on to try to accomplish 25 missions for the The 2016 Solo and Coop Unpossible Challenge:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/203852/item/4403984#item44...


My B-17 plane is named Ride of the Valkyries, and each of my crew is named after a legendary Valkyrie. (Yes, I know that they were all female -- deal with it.)

Bombardier: Ortlinde
Navigator: Schwertleite
Pilot: Brunnhilde
Co-Pilot: Waltraute
Engineer: Helmwige
Radio Operator: Siegrune
Ball Turret: Grimgerde
Port Waist Gunner: Rossweisse
Starboard Waist Gunner: Gerhilde
Tail Gunner: Róta




January 20, 2016

d10-1 Ride of the Valkyries - Mission 1 - Amiens - Railroad
Position: middle of the formation in the middle squadron.
Weather: good out and back.

The plane encountered heavy FLAK outbound and some resistance from enemy aircraft, but most of the more serious damage happened after the bombs were already dropped and the plane was homeward bound (which was not helped by poor to fair fighter cover). Unfortunately, the bomb drop was off-target and only a small number of the bombs actually hit the intended target.

Port Waist Gunner Rossweisse was lucky to bring down a FW190, but was later seriously wounded. Again, she was lucky, though, because she recovered quickly and will be able to join the next mission.

Result: Safe landing, all crew fit for next mission. But only scored a 5% bomb run.


d10-2 Ride of the Valkyries - Mission 2 - Abbeville - Airfield
Position: middle of the formation in the low squadron.
Weather: good out and back.

Bad Luftwaffe communication helped reduce the enemy aircraft resistance this mission and there was only light FLAK. Still, it was a rough flight with many attacks resulting in the loss of radio communication, the port aileron, and engine #3! The Pilot, Brunnhilde, the Starboard Waist Gunner, Gerhilde, and the Engineer, Helwige, were all wounded, the first two seriously. Despite the plane damage, the bomb run was on target!

Luckliy, all three wounded crew members recovered well enough to be ready for the next mission.

Result: Safe landing, all crew fit for next mission. 40% success on the bomb run.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1020]
Andrew Borgelin
United Kingdom
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This is the twenty five year that I have owned and played this game and it is a one I really love. Yes there might not be many decisions to be made but the game pays back in spades when it comes to playing a long campaign with the narrative and drama it returns. Great stuff! As it is an important milestone in this game and my history it deserves some extra attention this year. This is what I plan to do and am doing.

First I will try and fly a 'twenty five' mission where I will see just how many B17's and crew are required to meet a campaign of twenty five missions. Ideally one plane, one crew but we all know that just isn't going to happen!

Second I will attempt to play a single special mission where I will use twenty five B17's all independently controlled to fly the mission. How many will survive this special mission?

First mission of Silver Lady. Target Rennes Railyards. Pretty uneventful flight to target and excellent bombing result one of the highest I have had at 94%. Again fairly uneventful journey home and a successful landing with no crew injuries and no major damage to The Silver Lady! A good start to my special campaign.
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Wauwatosa
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