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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
Christopher Ebert
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• Mission 159 for the PBF Tour 7. 14th Mission for B-17G The Squirrel's Nut. Bombs dropped on target with 30% accuracy. Four planes shot down and some superficial damage to the B-17.
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Still one of the best solitaire games I've ever played, even if it's just rolling a bunch of dice and checking charts.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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Condition: This is in very good condition see below
Language: English -
Edition/Publisher: Avalon Hill edition (1983)
Attending: Full Weekend Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Missing 3 counters. The cover has some blistering I do not know if it is from humidity or age. Otherwise the game is in very good shape.

Edit: When I compare the counters to the illustration

the three missing counters are the three blanks in the bottom right corner.
 
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
ian morris
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It's been a while, but at long last the 281st Heavy Bombardment Group flies again ! Mission 158 sees us flying into Germany to bomb an airfield, and the usual bloody carnage has ensued. Not for my boys in "Winterfell", however : they had a milk run and claimed four kills on enemy fighters. For anyone interested, we can be found in the Play By Forum section of the B-17 game entry here on BGG.

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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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As mentioned above the play by forum, the 158th bomber group has restarted after being on hold for a year. It's been rough on the planes, out of the sessions reported so far 5 planes have been shot down.

Fortunately for me it was a milk run. Poor weather helped limit visibility and fighter escorts took care of what little German resistance showed up. My plane "Nobody's business" made it out and back without a scratch. The downside is that even with a pathfinder leading the group, I still managed to drop my bombs off target.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
Christopher Ebert
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June 17
B-17 Play By Forum is back on after a little over a year break. Glad to be back in the skies

• Mission 158 for the PBF Tour 7. 13th Mission for B-17G The Squirrel's Nut. Bombs dropped on target with 75% accuracy. Five planes shot down and some minimal damage to the B-17.
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
Kevin Whitmore
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After a 3 month hiatus, I resumed my first-ever campaign. I completed my fifth mission, with some aplomb, scoring 40% on the bomb run over the Amiens Rail Yard, and avoiding any meaningful damage.

The next mission will be the sixth mission. This represents a swap to tougher and further afield targets, and the possibility of a less favorable squadron position.

Onward!
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Type: Session Report
Title: B-17 Crew Presentation
Posted: 1/28/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Short Video on Optional Rules & Components
Posted: 2/5/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 1: "Maiden Mission"
Posted: 2/14/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 2: "First Blood"
Posted: 2/17/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 3: "Angels on our Shoulders"
Posted: 2/20/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 4: "Living on the Edge"
Posted: 2/23/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 5: "So Close, So Far"
Posted: 2/27/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 6: "Highwire"
Posted: 3/2/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 7: "Checkmate"
Posted: 3/7/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Crew Presentation 2
Posted: 3/11/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 9: "Tailbomber"
Posted: 3/31/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 10: "Green Graves of Rouen"
Posted: 4/12/2014

Type: Session Report
Title: Video Log / Episode 11: "The Long Way Home"
Posted: 5/10/2014
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
Erik Anderson Sundén
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
Andrew Borgelin
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I have some games that have made their twenty five anniversary year in my collection this year and as a way to recognise this milestone I like to give them some special attention in that year. One of the games from this years batch is B-17 Queen of The Skies. My goal for this special year was:


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?

Twenty Five Anniversary Campaign 2016

Mission #1 Silver Lady: Rennes Railyards France
Mission #2 Silver Lady: St Nazaire U-boat Pens France
Mission #3 Silver Lady: Paris Industrial Target France
Mission #4 Silver Lady: Bremen Aircraft Production Germany
Mission #5 Silver Lady: Meaulte Airfield France
Mission #6 Silver Lady: Wilhelmshaven U-boat Pens Germany
Mission #7 Silver Lady: Brest U-boat Pens France
Mission #8 Silver Lady: Wilhelmshaven U-boat Pens Germany

Well that was my goal. I aimed to play a couple of times each month throughout the year. It didn't pan out that way and so in May I picked the game up and got back into the cockpit and off we went once more.

Last night The Silver Lady was on another long mission to Wilhelmshaven....she had only recently flown out on a raid there and barely made it back with 50% casualties both KIA or Medically discharged due to wounds. It was sheer good fortune that she had made it back at all, having to fly out of formation and below 10k feet due to oxygen issues in a couple of places. She made it though and I started to believe that this could be the one plane that might just get me into a full campaign twenty five result!

Tonight the boys were heading back to Wilhelmshaven. I settled down for a long flight this target took multiple play sessions last time I did it and chances were it would do the same today.

On the outbound section we entered zone 2 the channel, were jumped by a group and engine #1 took damage and had to be feathered. Due to this I had a decision to make...continue on with the mission with only three engines...Wilhelmshaven is in zone 7 so a long, long way off and a long way back. Also with only three engines I have to jettison the bomb load to stay in formation. It is often said that this game is a game of few decisions and people bemoan this aspect of the game...but sometimes that one key decision will make all the difference. I decided to turn for home, I was only just in the channel and didn't relish the thought of a long haul with no chance of bombing the target so I took the decision to abort and head back. The next decision was jettison the bombs or not..well I only had a troublesome engine so why would I want to ditch the bombs...can't imagine the war office congratualating me for coming back early and chucking our munitions away! So we decided to keep the bombs on board and return to base.

Zone 2 hadn't finished with the Silver Lady though. In the channel homebound and The silver Lady was jumped by a mixed Schwarm of Me109's and Fw190's. We had no fighter cover available but the boys put up some resistance and shot down an Me109. The rest of the Schwarm broke off following poor attack angles on the B-17 all except two an Me109 and an Fw190. Second attack came in and we did no damage to the attackers. The Me109 missed his shot and the Fw190 who was at 3 o'clock low dodged our response to his attack. The Fw190 got in one lucky shot which ended up as being walking hits fuselage...all areas took some damage but when I got to the bomb bay result the unlucky 3 was rolled which meant the bombs had been hit. I sweated this one but thought it's ok only a 5 or 6 would be bad...I might just get through this. I haven't had a plane lost to detonating bombs for quite a long while so let's just go with the roll.....I duly rolled a 6 and KABOOM! The Silver Lady and all crew lost in an instant!

Epic if short game but it just goes to show those few decisions can and do really come home to roost sometimes!

Best bit was as it was such a short play I thought I would kit up a new B-17 and get the next mission started with a new plane and crew. This time we were off to Bremen zone 5, bomb bay hit, bombs blew again! This time though I had gained a rabbit's foot in zone 3 when a random result had happened. Expended it to re-roll this result...still a chance I might be blown out of the sky for the second time this night....rolled a 1 and so dodged that fate this time. If only we had, had that rabbit's foot for the poor old Silver Lady and her crew!
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
Andrew Borgelin
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I have some games that have made their twenty five anniversary year in my collection this year and as a way to recognise this milestone I like to give them some special attention in that year. One of the games from this years batch is B-17 Queen of The Sky's. My goal for this special year was:


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?

Twenty Five Anniversary Campaign 2016

Mission #1 Silver Lady: Rennes Railyards France
Mission #2 Silver Lady: St Nazaire U-boat Pens France
Mission #3 Silver Lady: Paris Industrial Target France
Mission #4 Silver Lady: Bremen Aircraft Production Germany
Mission #5 Silver Lady: Meaulte Airfield France
Mission #6 Silver Lady: Wilhelmshaven U-boat Pens Germany
Mission #7 Silver Lady: Brest U-boat Pens France
Mission #8 Silver Lady: Wilhelmshaven U-boat Pens Germany

Well that was my goal. I aimed to play a couple of times each month throughout the year. It didn't pan out that way and so in May I picked the game up and got back into the cockpit and off we went once more.

Last night The Silver Lady was on another long mission to Wilhelmshaven....she had only recently flown out on a raid there and barely made it back with 50% casualties both KIA or Medically discharged due to wounds. It was sheer good fortune that she had made it back at all, having to fly out of formation and below 10k feet due to oxygen issues in a couple of places. She made it though and I started to believe that this could be the one plane that might just get me into a full campaign twenty five result!

Tonight the boys were heading back to Wilhelmshaven. I settled down for a long flight this target took multiple play sessions last time I did it and chances were it would do the same today.

On the outbound section we entered zone 2 the channel, were jumped by a group and engine #1 took damage and had to be feathered. Due to this I had a decision to make...continue on with the mission with only three engines...Wilhelmshaven is in zone 7 so a long, long way off and a long way back. Also with only three engines I have to jettison the bomb load to stay in formation. It is often said that this game is a game of few decisions and people bemoan this aspect of the game...but sometimes that one key decision will make all the difference. I decided to turn for home, I was only just in the channel and didn't relish the thought of a long haul with no chance of bombing the target so I took the decision to abort and head back. The next decision was jettison the bombs or not..well I only had a troublesome engine so why would I want to ditch the bombs...can't imagine the war office congratualating me for coming back early and chucking our munitions away! So we decided to keep the bombs on board and return to base.

Zone 2 hadn't finished with the Silver Lady though. In the channel homebound and The silver Lady was jumped by a mixed Schwarm of Me109's and Fw190's. We had no fighter cover available but the boys put up some resistance and shot down an Me109. The rest of the Schwarm broke off following poor attack angles on the B-17 all except two an Me109 and an Fw190. Second attack came in and we did no damage to the attackers. The Me109 missed his shot and the Fw190 who was at 3 o'clock low dodged our response to his attack. The Fw190 got in one lucky shot which ended up as being walking hits fuselage...all areas took some damage but when I got to the bomb bay result the unlucky 3 was rolled which meant the bombs had been hit. I sweated this one but thought it's ok only a 5 or 6 would be bad...I might just get through this. I haven't had a plane lost to detonating bombs for quite a long while so let's just go with the roll.....I duly rolled a 6 and KABOOM! The Silver Lady and all crew lost in an instant!

Epic if short game but it just goes to show those few decisions can and do really come home to roost sometimes!

Best bit was as it was such a short play I thought I would kit up a new B-17 and get the next mission started with a new plane and crew. This time we were off to Bremen zone 5, bomb bay hit, bombs blew again! This time though I had gained a rabbit's foot in zone 3 when a random result had happened. Expended it to re-roll this result...still a chance I might be blown out of the sky for the second time this night....rolled a 1 and so dodged that fate this time. If only we had, had that rabbit's foot for the poor old Silver Lady and her crew!
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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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:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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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
This poll is now closed.   122 answers
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:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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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:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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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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Board Game: B-17: Queen of the Skies [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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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:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
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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:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
Mark Morrise
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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:6.91 Overall Rank:1031]
Judy Krauss
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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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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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