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Subject: What about racing with WoW, Schneider Trophy style? rss

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Martin Prosser
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I bought this game and a few miniatures for me and the young kids. They really loved the little planes and the initial idea of trying to shoot down each other. Although now the novelty has worn off. I also play other strategy games with some serious gamers who probably wouldn't be keen on WoW per se.

However, the serious gamers do like racing games (Detroit-Cleveland, Ave Caesar, etc) and I think the kids would like the racing idea too. So I was wondering, what if the WoW planes and rules are used in a race setup:

Two markers either end of the board (or as many as you like).
An agreed number of laps (e.g. 3)
All planes start together just as in a race (but in a row - mind you, being last on a grid could be fun)
First to complete the laps wins
If anyone who gets in front of you, you can shoot them
Anyone shot down lands where they are, spends 1 round repairing and then starts flying again (fully repaired)

I'm not sure whether all planes should have the same stats and abilities (e.g. the wide turning, fast planes) or allow the different planes with their proper abilities. The slower planes lose in the straights but might catch up with their tight cornering capability.

The strategy would be about whether to risk going flat-out and straight or to zig-zag alot and try to stay out of the way.
For those who are too good, a handicapping system could be introduced where their planes either take damage+1 each time or start the race with an amount of damage.

I'm interested if any-one else has tried something like this, or have some ideas to add

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Steven Packard
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This strikes me as an interesting idea. I'd like to hear from people who have tried it out. (Yes, I know that I can try it out, too, but based on my schedule right now, I think it will be awhile before I can give it a whirl.)

The landing and repair rules might need a little tweaking. On the other hand, you wouldn't want to get too bogged down with details, so maybe quick and easy is the way to go with it.

One last thing: Perhaps a slalom course would be good in which the planes have to fly between a series of pylons. This way the race would go to whoever's the fastest and can manuever well.
 
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Andreas Krüger
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Look at this:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/33105
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Steven Packard
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Thamos von Nostria wrote:


Yeah, like that!

Thanks; I didn't notice this before. It looks fun.
 
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Andrea Angiolino
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Great idea indeed! Please keep us updated about experiments and tests.

To variate since novelty faded, anyway, consider also recon and bombing scenarios too (for example without buying anything more try the Raid over Istrana scenario, using the Ufag promo card with the B deck without Immelmann and SA damage cards havling damages to use instead than B ones, a Dr.I of escort and a Camel & a SPAD to intercept).
 
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