Monia - Albatros D.Va of Vizefeldwebel Kurt Jentsch, Jasta 61, German Luftstreitskräfte
Andrea - Fokker Dr.I of Leutnant Fritz Kempf, Jasta 2 "Boelcke", German Luftstreitskräfte
Costanza - Sopwith Camel of Oberleutnant Otto Kissenberth, Jasta 23, German Luftstreitskräfte
Roberto "Bobborobbo" - SPAD XIII of Maggiore Francesco Baracca, 91^ Squadriglia, Italian Regio Esercito
Tommaso - Sopwith Camel del Lieutenant Jan Olieslagers, 9me Escadrille de Chasse, Belgian Aviation Militaire
Pier Giorgio - Sopwith Triplane of Lieutenant Colonel Raymond Collishaw, 10 Naval, British Royal Naval Air Service
The two patrols start one in front of the other, scattered along the long sides of the table. Allied have Baracca on the left, Olieslagers at the center and Collishaw on the right. In front of them, respectively Kempf, Jentsch and Kissenberth, at about 70/80 cm from the enemy.
From the very beginning Jentsch and Olieslagers engage a furious frontal duel, with Collishaw and Kissenberth joining very soon (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/43634). Baracca and Kempf maneuver at distance getting far from the hearth of the battle: when Kempf turns against Baracca the latter takes advantage of his higher speed (222 km/h of the SPAD against the 165 of the Dr.I) to leave him at his back and join the core of the dogfight.
Jentsch hits the enemy several times but jams his guns (the same will later happen to Olieslagers and Baracca too). While Kempf gives full throttle but is still far away, Kissenberth come back to Jentsch's rescue with an agile Immelmann turn: he bravely engages the enemy but he is under the fiore of all the three Allied pilots (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/43633) and is downed. Jentsch is back into the dogfight, joined by Kempf (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/43632): while the jammed Baracca SPAD flees away for a while, they damage the other enemy aircrafts several times but Jentsch falls under their shoots. Olieslagers explodes under the fire of Kempf. In a last frontal engagement at very short distance, the battered triplanes of Collishaw and Kempf destroy each other with the fierce fire of their twin guns. The Allied conquer the field and the SPAD of Baracca is the only plane survived from that epic and ferocious air battle.
Even if all the players were at their first game of WoW (except for Pier Giorgio), all the optional rules have been used with a half exception for the so-called "Tournament rule" (see below).
Two game boxes have been used (everyone is enough for up to 4 players). The two A damage decks have been mixed together. The s.c. "Tournament Rule" advice to elimitate the "Explosion" to reduce luck in the game: in this case, one has been kept in the deck and the other put back in the box.
The match took something less than one hour, including rule explanation.
First match in the world played on grass... even if the synthetic one of a nice wargame table. Somebody feared for the stability of the cards, but all went well. Besides, the color perfectly matched the cards' background...