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Aaron Gelb
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I know there are many geeklists regarding this topic. However, looking through those long lists can be tedious, and some are out dated.

1) Please list your favorite aerial combat game. It can be WWI, WWII, Modern or Sci-Fi. As long as its got flying fighters/bombers its kosher, but games like Axis and Allies, where planes are just one of the many pieces, doesn't count. It must be an air combat game, though not strictly a "dog-fighting" game.

2) Please also list your most anticipated aerial combat game which has yet to be released.


ALSO: To make it easy for people to see and link to, please enter your game choice with the "Game" entry button on top, so the entry is linkable and blue..like this:

favorite: Wings of War: Famous Aces (love the whole series)

most anticipated: Duel in the Dark
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1) I'm a big fan of Wings of War: Famous Aces, Blue Max, B-17: Queen of the Skies and the Rise of the Luftwaffe series, but I would have to say that my favorite aerial combat game is Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series and most of the others in that series. It is fun and quick and it puts you in the game nicely. Sometimes, when playing, we put ourselves in the middle of a room (possible even with chairs) and reposition based on the positions of the planes.

2) As for most anticipated, I think I would have to agree about Duel in the Dark. It looks very cool.
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I have a tough time getting myself to play aerial combat board games. I simply can't justify it when I have a PC that can render that era in exacting, immersive detail. For the very same reason, the board game Frag makes me go "Waahhhhh?". Why would you play Frag when you can load up Unreal Tournament?

That being said, I *do* own the Wings of War series, though I haven't really been able to play it due to a lack of opponents. The new minis have me itching to give it another shot.

And the Down In Flames series interests me a bit. Abstract aerial combat as a card game interests me, though I have no experience with those games.
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I always enjoyed Crimson Skies. The old WizKids (cough, cough, gag...can't type their name without getting ill) game. The minis were well done, the gameplay wasn't that bad. Always had fun playing it with the kids.

That, and Wings of War: Burning Drachens. Can't really go wrong with Wings of War
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My favs would be Dawn Patrol and Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series. I've played some jet era games that always leave me cold. It's hard to model dogfighting at that speed and at those distances on a reasonable board that has enough realism to suspend disbelief enough to enjoy the game.

I am toying with the idea of learning Canvas Eagles and introducing it to my group. It's not a high priority right now though.
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Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Series.

The original first person shooter.
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Crimson Skies FASA and Crimson Skies WizKids are fun, although the two incarnations are truly different games made for different gaming populations. I'm not one for the ultra-realistic flying games. Too much detail ruins the feel of flying "by the seat of your pants", IMHO.

Wings of War: Famous Aces is fun (light weight game), and so is Canvas Eagles (light-middle weight game).
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Ace of Aces, and Whistling Death. I play and lose both, regularly.
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canvas eagles handsdown, aerodrome is also decent. if you want grand scale then it is burning blue...
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Ace of Aces (rotary) - my first & ONLY choice!
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Air Superiority Is my favorite. Modern air war. Though I have not played in awhile.
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Aerodromeand Aerodrome IIseem good also, though I have not played them.
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So to sum it up thus far, the choices for peoples favorites in number of entries currently are:

1) Ace of Aces: Handy Rotary Deluxe Edition series

2) Wings of War: Famous Aces series

3) Crimson Skies/Crimson Skies

4) Canvas Eagles

5) Aerodrome

6) The Burning Blue

7) Dawn Patrol

8) Whistling Death

9) Air Superiority

10) Rise of the Luftwaffe/Zero!//Down in Flames: WWI

11) B-17: Queen of the Skies

12) Blue Max

13) Wings

Most anticipated:

1) Duel in the Dark

2) Wings of War: The Dawn of World War II

3) Aerodrome II
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favorite: RAF

One of the best treatments of the Battle of Britain, and one of the best solitaire games ever designed.

This is an operational-level game, so the aerial combat is more abstracted than in many of the other games mentioned here... but managing your exhausted RAF squadrons is quite a challenge in itself.
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You can probably tell by my badges that I'm a Wings of War: Famous Aces fan, though I'll admit to having played fewer dogfight games than I might like.

I'm of course interested in Wings of War: The Dawn of World War II, but I'm probably even more interested in Duel in the Dark.

ETA: Oh, I should add that, as is also obvious from my avatar area, I'm a Federation Commander fan.
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Richthofen's War
Blue Max
Mustangs
Battle of Britain
B-17: Queen of the Skies
RAF
Rise of the Luftwaffe
Hornet Leader
Star Wars: Star Warriors
Silent Death
Renegade Legion: Interceptor


Oh, my...how can I pick just one? cool
 
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Put me down for anything in the Wings of War: Watch Your Back! Series as well. It's fast and fun and I haven't played a bad game of it yet.

Also, put me down for Air Superiority, Air Strike, Desert Falcons, Eagles of the Gulf!, and The Speed of Heat. Basically anything in that series as well. It is definitely the heavier simulation type of wargame but I enjoy it, too.

I'm not really anticipating much, unless it is the new Wings of War: Miniatures and the WWII version Wings of War: The Dawn of World War II.
 
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I love Mustangs when played as a miniatures game.
 
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Blue Max is my favorite. with the disclaimer that it is the only one I've ever played. Still, if you find something you like, stick with it.
 
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I'm surprised no one's named Air Force with Air Force Dauntless Expansion Kit. it's a classic.
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ninja Ace of Aces--Handy Rotary closely followed by Ace of Aces--Powerhouse. ninja
 
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Dauntless/Air Force...or you can switch the order, I suppose. We started withe Dauntless, and added the planes from Air Force later, is what I recall.

Sure, it's not nearly as fast as a sim...but it's not a twitch game, either. And it's hard to beat when it comes to portaying the different performance capabilities of the different planes.

Next would be Richtofen's War. It does for WWI what Danutless did for WWII for us. We played with the maneuver cards from the General, I think.
 
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Ace of Aces Handy Rotary and Powerhouse series are unbeatable for head-to-head WWI. Too bad it's all in the flip books and multi-player dogfights nigh impossible. And it's OOP.

If you want a 1/144-scale spectacle for multiple players with the eas eof Ace of Aces, Wings of War is unmatched.

I have tried Canvas Eagles and the AirForce/Dauntless systems but find the pace of play unacceptably slow for what is achieved.

Sortie is worth a peek if you are a staunch euro/abstract gamer or a grognard that can dig unorthodox systems.
 
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I love "Bag the Hun" (WWII) and "C21 Airwar" (Modern)....
 
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Since Sci-Fi was allowed...and the requirement was that it needed to be fighter/bomber based, I have to go with Hard Vacuum, as well as its expansions as my favorite.

In terms of an actual terrestrial-style fighter based game, I'd have to go with Air Force/Dauntless, since it seems to model the flight characteristics so well.

Most anticipated: None, really.
 
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