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B-17 Queen of the Skies is a fantastic solitaire game that can also easily be played with a friend or spouse in several ways. Also, this game still has a strong following, and many are making their own PnP version simply because they can't easily get an original copy. So I have to ask, why is this game not in reprint?
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Because Avalon Hill is defunct. Hasbro owns the name and rights to most titles, is unwilling to release them, and uninterested in reprinting them. There are a number of old AH games that deserve reprinting, but sadly, it will never happen.
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RayGuns wrote:
B-17 Queen of the Skies is a fantastic solitaire game that can also easily be played with a friend or spouse in several ways. Also, this game still has a strong following, and many are making their own PnP version simply because they can't easily get an original copy. So I have to ask, why is this game not in reprint?


Steve Dixion, of B-29 Superfortress fame, is doing a remake called Bombs Away. It will probably be a cross between his B-29 & TAHGC's B-17. Let's hope it is as good as the orignal!!

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jasta6 wrote:
RayGuns wrote:
B-17 Queen of the Skies is a fantastic solitaire game that can also easily be played with a friend or spouse in several ways. Also, this game still has a strong following, and many are making their own PnP version simply because they can't easily get an original copy. So I have to ask, why is this game not in reprint?


Steve Dixion, of B-29 Superfortress fame, is doing a remake called Bombs Away. I will probably be a cross between his B-29 & TAHGC's B-17. Let's hope it is as good as the orignal!!

Jim cool


Gents - work is progressing nicely on the remake. A player will be able to fly either the B-17 or the B-24, from 1942 to 1945, with either the 8th or 15th Air Force.

German fighters will be represented on cards, with their attack tables printed on them. US escorts that will be available will be Spitfire, Lightning, Thunderbolt, and Mustang.

A forum has been started on Consimworld with some rough graphic examples, including both maps. Yes, there will be two!

You can also hook up with the Bombs Away group on consimworld social if any of you are members.

And one more quick item, squadron rules will be included as an option, with player aids for gamemasters.

The game will be published by Legion Wargames.

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Never forget the day I picked up this game in a small gaming store in my town. That was 1990. There were about 5 sitting on the shelf and I finally decided to buy it since it had a very high solitaire play rating. Seeing the asking price on E-Bay now makes me wish I had bought all they had.

(I would have sold 1 and kept the rest for me to wear out!!)
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Gyrene251 wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
RayGuns wrote:
B-17 Queen of the Skies is a fantastic solitaire game that can also easily be played with a friend or spouse in several ways. Also, this game still has a strong following, and many are making their own PnP version simply because they can't easily get an original copy. So I have to ask, why is this game not in reprint?


Steve Dixion, of B-29 Superfortress fame, is doing a remake called Bombs Away. I will probably be a cross between his B-29 & TAHGC's B-17. Let's hope it is as good as the orignal!!

Jim cool


Gents - work is progressing nicely on the remake. A player will be able to fly either the B-17 or the B-24, from 1942 to 1945, with either the 8th or 15th Air Force.

German fighters will be represented on cards, with their attack tables printed on them. US escorts that will be available will be Spitfire, Lightning, Thunderbolt, and Mustang.

A forum has been started on Consimworld with some rough graphic examples, including both maps. Yes, there will be two!

You can also hook up with the Bombs Away group on consimworld social if any of you are members.

And one more quick item, squadron rules will be included as an option, with player aids for gamemasters.

The game will be published by Legion Wargames.

Steve Dixon


Awesome!
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Gyrene251 wrote:
jasta6 wrote:
RayGuns wrote:
B-17 Queen of the Skies is a fantastic solitaire game that can also easily be played with a friend or spouse in several ways. Also, this game still has a strong following, and many are making their own PnP version simply because they can't easily get an original copy. So I have to ask, why is this game not in reprint?


Steve Dixion, of B-29 Superfortress fame, is doing a remake called Bombs Away. I will probably be a cross between his B-29 & TAHGC's B-17. Let's hope it is as good as the orignal!!

Jim cool


Gents - work is progressing nicely on the remake. A player will be able to fly either the B-17 or the B-24, from 1942 to 1945, with either the 8th or 15th Air Force.

German fighters will be represented on cards, with their attack tables printed on them. US escorts that will be available will be Spitfire, Lightning, Thunderbolt, and Mustang.

A forum has been started on Consimworld with some rough graphic examples, including both maps. Yes, there will be two!

You can also hook up with the Bombs Away group on consimworld social if any of you are members.

And one more quick item, squadron rules will be included as an option, with player aids for gamemasters.

The game will be published by Legion Wargames.

Steve Dixon


Fantastic! However, I'm not holding my breath. Why? Simply because the problem with remakes (games, movies, stories, music, art, or whatever it is.) is that sometimes they loose sight of the basic idea and/or concept; they tend to overdue it or make it to complex; they alter or change it to much; they think they are improving it and make it much worse, or they simply just mess it up.

Now that doesn't apply to all remakes, just most it seems. Sometimes, just sometimes, a remake is equal, or in rare cases, better than the original. That being said, let us hope that Steve's remake will be better than the original, though that will be a very tough task to do.

From the description, I already fear it will be overly done, but we will see. I use to like complex and games that were overly done, but I discovered years ago that a game doesn't have to be vastly complex and overly detailed to capture the flavor of the period or topic being gamed, but most importantly I think a game has to be enjoyable when being played, and simple enough that the player or players don't have to keep referring the the rule book every turn to figure something out.



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Since I have been updating the B-17 Vassal module I, too, am curious to see how this fairs. I agree that lost sight of what 'once was' can really hurt the legacy.

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