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Eamon Bloomfield
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In the field of naval and aerial games, one pair of designers stand out, Craig Taylor and Steve Peek. They have made an enormous contribution to the hobby, when working previously with Battleline and now with Yaquinto. Between them, they have produced so many fine games, I can but mention a few.

Their games are all leaders in their field and often cover subjects rarely used by other wargames. Airforce, for instance, concerns itself with tactical air warfare in Europe during WWII. Its sister game, Dauntless, does the same for the Pacific theatre. An expansion kit for both games is promised and will increase the aircraft types available to over 100, including French and Italian models. The designers' latest game, Wings, is almost the definitive game of WWI flying and is obviously descended from Airforce/Dauntless.

Submarine is a very effective game on WWII submarine warfare. This tactical game gives factors for all the submarines used by seven nations, and also a large selection of escort vessels to combat them.

The Flat Top/C.V. system deals with the great carrier battles of the Second World War. With counters for each ship and masses of aircraft, the games are large and can take a long, long time to play. Players need to take into account a fair amount of forward planning. For example, it is very unpleasant to find that the aircraft that just sunk an enemy carrier, cannot make it back to the airfields. Flat Top allows you to refight the battles of Coral Sea, Eastern Solomons and Santa Cruz. C.V. covers the Battle of Midway in exactly the same way.

Ironclads is a game on a very unusual subject, American Civil War naval warfare, which is a surprisingly fascinating period of naval development. This is a very intricate and involved game for 1 to 8 players. Individual cards are provided giving details of 90 different classes of ship, from small tugs to steam frigates. There is an expansion available adding a further 88 classes of ship and expanding the area covered to include Europe and South America up to the 1870's. There are over 40 scenarios between the two boxes including five from the Peru-Chile war of 1879!

The quality of Craig Taylor and Steve Peek's work is shown by the way nearly all their games have been developed to cover a different theatre, or expansions have been produced to increase the game's appeal. Also, it is worthy of note that Avalon Hill have considered several of these games to be so good that they have bought them from other companies to add to their own range.
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Paul Breslin
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Good review. Very sad to hear that Craig Taylor passed away a few days ago but good that his work is recognised and will endure.

//Paul
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Roger McKay
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I am sorry that he is gone.

He designed two of my greatest loved games - Air Force and Flat Top.
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