Kevin L. KitchensUnited States
It seems like 2017 has become the year of WW2 Bomber simulation game, with new releases like B-17 Flying Fortress Leader (Dan Verssen Games (DVG)), Target for Today (Legion Wargames LLC) and A Wing and a Prayer: Bombing the Reich from Lock 'n Load Publishing, LLC. all vying to bring new life to the genre created by the legendary B-17: Queen of the Skies.
(NOTE: Watch my unboxing videos for Target for Today [link] and Wing and a Prayer [link])
I've been playing with A Wing and a Prayer lately and finding that I'm really enjoying its procedural and thematic take on the genre. However, as good as the new productions and printings have been from Lock 'n Load, sometimes bigger is not better. While I appreciate their desire to provide materials with larger print for those with weaker eyesight, the resulting charts and tables can be a bit unwieldy to be functional.
To that end I present a few modified game elements to hopefully make your experience a little more enjoyable.
First the Squadron Card I've created is the same size (8.5x11") as the one provided in the game. But I laid it out to be landscape in format and this has two definite advantages. First there is more room for the Ready/Not Ready plane sections (you can easily fit 12 or more planes in each box). Secondly the VP trackers are in a single line of 10 boxes vs two columns of five each.
The bigger reduction of game footprint comes from my reduced size Formation Card. The original is an 11x17 beast that wastes a lot of space and with the map already large and impressive, keeping your planes in flight closer at hand is a huge plus. I made this one 8.5x11" as well and provided all the same spots as the game provided board, only more compact.
My reduced and revised versions of the cards. The Formation Card has been improved since this photo for more room for Interceptors
These two boards fit easily on the same side of the board (on the right as I show in the photo, but left is fine too).
Another inconvenience is the use of oversized tables and charts throughout the game. Wing and a Prayer does a great job of keeping chart lookups to a minimum, but those charts can certainly get in the way. I've scanned all the reference charts for single player, including the rule summaries for Air Combat and resized them to fit on letter sized paper or cardstock.
I chose to print pairs of charts double sided, trimmed, then laminated them, so now I have three normal sized reference cards to use rather than a mixture of sizes and shapes.
Publisher David Heath has graciously granted me permission to share these files with the gaming community and I hope you find them of value as you are "Bombing the Reich"!!!
Formation & Squadron Cards: Revised Formation and Squadron Cards by Ones Upon a Game
Charts & Tables: Reduced Charts and Tables by Ones Upon a Game
There will also be patterns (soon) for this box to sort and organize 1" counters.
I am almost exclusively a solo gamer and look at the gaming scene seen through those eyes. I also literally like alliteration. TWITTER: @onesuponagame
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