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Table Air Combat is a fast, simple air combat game that can be played on any flat surface.  All you need are some six-sided dice and some coins to provide weight for the aircraft counters.  Everything else can be printed from this ruleset. 

Download a free set of the complete rules here: Flight Operations Manual

Watch how to play Here

A6M2 ZeroEach player has a flight of four fighters, represented by two counters.  Aircraft counters move by means of curved “performance rulers” that represent the aircraft’s historical cornering ability and maximum speed.

Each performance ruler is unique to each aircraft, and contains all the speed, cornering, and weapon information needed.

TAC is designed for portability;  The entire game can fit in a plastic bag.  Even the largest battles can take place on a fast-food restaurant table.

Each aircraft is sold separately.  Only pay for the ones you want, and print out as many copies as you need to create your own epic WWII air battle.

The A6M2 is the early-war version of the Zero, present at Pearl Harbor, Midway, and the Solomon Islands before replaced by the A6M3 and A6M5.  It has an extremely tight cornering radius, but its lack of armour or self-sealing fuel tanks means an inability to take damage.  The Zero has the advantage of speed early in the war. Very few aircraft can turn as tight as a Zero.

This set is a self-contained rulebook that includes miniatures for the A6M2 Zero and includes two scenarios that reference other aircraft:

Training: A duel between two flights of A6M2 Zeroes.

Dogfight: A6M2 Zeroes engage US Navy F4F-4 Wildcats in a head-on attack.

Pacific Furball: A6M2 Zeroes attempt to break through a patrol of F4F-4 Wildcats.

Chance Encounter:  A6M2 Zeroes escorting G4M Betty bombers class with P-38 Lightnings escorting B-17 bombers.

Bomber Escort:  A6M2 Zeroes escort  G4M Betty bombers.  US Navy F4F-4 Wildcats defend.

Rufe Overhead:  A6M2 Rufe floatplanes attack B-25J Mitchell bombers.  The bombers are defended by P-40 Kittyhawks

This set contains only the A6M2 Zero. Other aircraft referenced in the scenarios are sold separately.

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December 3rd, 2016
I haven't tried out the system in game play yet, but I like the philosophy. I especially like the reasonable price and the ability to purchase just the aircraft you need. I want to try it out using 1/700th scale naval aircraft and ship models in place [...]
September 7th, 2016
the Zero is a great addition to the TAC rules set offering maneuverabilty and firepower in exchange for vunerability. This package includes a handful of scenarios that can serve as a starting point for creating your own setups. One thing I ran [...]
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This title was added to our catalog on June 26, 2015.