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Timothy Smith
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Here´s a quick AAR of our first FTF game of TBB. We played Scanario 1 with Mike (a fellow Battle of Britain enthusiast) as the RAF and myself as the Luftwaffe. Time of day was 4:30pm and chit draw was GG, a raid on the naval base at Portland with one of the largest contingents of units for Scenario 1. Whilst Mike had a quick shufti at the sequence of play and the rules I did my planning. I decided to keep it simple (and probably for the TBB experts here, dreadfully predictable!) with a Freie Jagd raid with the gruppe of 109s which I had forming up bang on 4:30pm followed by the rest of the allocated raid units organised into one big raid with 2 gruppen of 110 (1 close escort, the other top cover) forming 10 minutes later. I had my FJ raid sweeping about 30 - 35 miles east of the target area of Portland as I wanted to draw any response further east from the main raid. I also had the main raid feignting towards the convoy counter I set in 0704 and then bypassing it onto the target. Weather by the way was perfect, no bad weather zones and my two raids made their form up rolls so off we went.

Everything at my end went pretty much according to plan, the FJ raid drew some response, eventually drawing off 152 from Warmwell (the closest squadron to Portland). I was using my dummy raid counter in the Baie de Seine and this seemed to throw Mike´s response off further east with Mike scrambling 601 from Tangmere. Things got pretty hot near the convoy once my big raid appeared and Mike suddenly thought that this was the target after all. But in defence of the real newbie Mike he´d gone tearing off after the FJ raid wanting that "first game" blood. Portland took a real thumping in the end and 238 Sqn was off after the main big raid. My FJ raid (II JG2) and 152 ended up in a dogfight and 601 was trying to make up for buggerising around earlier and were off to try and join the fray with 238 (as they would be out of command Mike ended up issuing an orbit order for them around the convoy hoping they´d tally something).

Unfortunately at this point Mike had to whizz off home so we stopped the game there but admittedly by this stage the damage was done. My raids were working their way back to France (238 had tallyed my main raid but I doubt whether it would´ve been able to do much more than have a crack at the 110 escort), 152 and II JG2 were involved in a dogfight SW of St. Alban´s Head and Portland was a shambles. VP-wise this would´ve ended up being a big Luftwaffe win.

But what fun! Both Mike and I agreed that TBB is a cracker and we´ll be playing this one a lot. Like myself, Mike couldn´t get over how quickly things rolled along for a game of this detail, towards the end of our game, we were getting through the game turns very smoothly. We both loved the "realism" and feeling for the subject that TBB gives and the tension and excitement that builds up. Both sides have their enjoyment, there is also so much subtlety in the LW planning of raids which was a real joy and the RAF problems of how to respond and with what and where, mean there´s always something to scratch your head about.

Scenario 1 though is a nasty bit of work for the RAF, the LW can pretty much get in quick, bomb its target and then bugger off just as quickly before the RAF response is really sufficient to do much damage, especially with the big gunned GG chit draw. Still what a blast! Another game (Scenario 1 again) next weekend as well. Can´t wait!

Tim.
 
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Thanks Timothy,

I have been following this one for a while and will oder it.

Lately there have been excellent games on the market by GMT:
Command 6 colors: Ancients
Combat Cpmmander
Burnng Blue
Roads to Leningrad
Ardennes '44
Here I Stand

Wow will cost me an arm and a leg but hey you only live once!

 
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Timothy Smith
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Harro,

I´m probably slightly biased as the Battle of Britain is one of my biggest interests and passions but I would say to you to "put The Burning Blue" at the top of your purchase list. It is a simply stunning game that not just captures the historical nature of the Battle in all its intricacies but also plays brilliantly. In the short time I´ve owned it, TBB has become not just my favourite game but IMHO the best game I´ve played.

Go on abuse that Visa/MasterCard/Amex and buy it, I reckon you´ll love it!

Cheers and Tally Ho/Pauke-Pauke!

Tim.
 
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