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Subject: dawn patrol and wings of war rss

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Aaron Gelb
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I just got Wings of War, and I was wondering how much more complex Dawn Patrol is, and if its worth getting or trading for if I have WoW already.

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Jim Patterson
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I just bought Dawn Patrol on eBay, and I've only read the basic rules. I also own Wings of War. Someone else could give you a better perspective than I can, probably, but I'll give my impressions.

Dawn Patrol is square-grid-based, which means you're going to have to plot out moves, using the maneuver rules in DP, as a matter of squares. In WoW, of course, you don't need to do that; WoW is also, in some ways, less precise because of its "analog" nature.

DP is, I'd say, aimed more at trying to be a simulation than WoW. For one thing, altitude is a critical component of DP, whereas it's optional in WoW. There are just more rules with DP overall. Does that make it a richer game? I'm not sure, having not played it, but it's definitely heavier. One nice thing about DP is the community. WoW has a nice community, too, but you can play DP online via VASSAL, and there are various groups who've kept DP alive over a quarter-century. (Of course, we're also trying to get a WoW PBeM started at the Yahoo! group for WoW (although I think the registration's closed for the first game), so maybe we'll build up a bit more of a community for WoW, too.

all that said, copies of DP are surprisingly inexpensive still. Mine was $12, and while it was missing a couple of counters, which can be replaced pretty easily, everything else was in real good shape.
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Aaron Gelb
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thanks!
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Well, hopefully, someone who's played both will chime in. I'd like to know that perspective, too.
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well i definitely want a copy, especially if it can be found for under 20!
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