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Here's a photo of the contents of the Standard edition ($75) of Birds of Prey: Air Combat in the Jet Age.



Shown, counterclockwise from upper left, are:

Rulebook (48 pp.), Scenario book (24 pp.), and Tutorial book (48 pp.). The last is printed in color in the Deluxe edition. Scenario book includes a historical essay, nine generic scenario set-ups, and 14 historical/hypothetical scenarios ranging from 1 v. 1 to 2 v. 4, and from Korea to Ethiopia-Eritrea in the late '90s.

Laminated play aids (total of four double-sided color sheets in the standard edition, suitable for two players flying two jets each, a couple more in the expanded/deluxe editions).

3 10-sided dice. (BoP only uses two dice, I assume the extra one is there because Ad Astra's space combat games use three.)

Tilt blocks and altitude stacking tiles for the aircraft box miniatures. Used to show aircraft pitch and roll in 30-degree increments. (I assume the upgraded editions come with more.)

24 aircraft data cards, color on the front, b&w on the back. Front includes a nice color 3-view, roundels of every air force that used the type operationally (the MiG-17 has the most), and the data used to fly the plane in the game. Back includes weights and stores info for scenario creation, list of user air forces with numbers and dates of service, and a 3-4 paragraph historical essay on the type.

24 missile data cards (4 per sheet, 1-sided, b&w).

2 maps, backprinted with bigger hexes on one side and smaller ones on the other (the latter is normally used in BoP).

6 2-sided play aid sheets, some with color, containing formulas and modifiers for initiative, sighting, combat, sensors, departure, etc.

4 sheets of die-cut and pre-scored cardstock box miniatures, including 2 of each of the 24 aircraft, plus fold-up tents with missiles on them and some flat informational counters (twice as many sheets in the expanded/deluxe editions, providing four of each aircraft). This is the game component that has impressed people the most (second is the aircraft data cards), as the detail on the 6-view aircraft art on the minis is remarkable. The aircraft are shown in 1:950 scale, with extra-big boxes for planes like the F-15 and extra-small ones for MiG-15s/-17s and F-5Es. (There are also three flat counters for B-29s, used in a solitaire scenario where they get attacked by a MiG-15.)

Total weight is 3.5 pounds.
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