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AirWar: 1940

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AirWar 1940 is the latest in our series of fun, fast play air warfare rules that cover the spirit of air combat whilst being a set that would be good for a newcomer to aerial wargaming, or for a more experienced “old hand” who wants a simple yet enjoyable set of rules to introduce new players.

After a couple of games reference to the rule book will become occasional with players concentrating on shooting down their opponents rather than ploughing through the sub-minutiae of clauses and appendices. The requirement for our rules is to provide a game that met the “5 minute rule” for explanation and the “45 minute rule” for game play. 

The 41 page rulebook includes rules for aircraft characteristics, movement, special manoeuvres, dog fighting, ground attack, AA fire and even “auto-pilot” bomber formations so you can concentrate on the more fun aspect of shooting them down! There are also ratings for 254 aircraft era aircraft from thirteen nations, from the last bi-planes of the 1930’s though to the first jets of the late 1940's and early ’50's.

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Carl P May 11, 2022 12:50 pm UTC
Have you considered adding rules for the P-38 being able to differentially throttle its engines in a turn. Supposedly it could keep up with an A6M when it did this
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Carl P May 09, 2022 5:10 pm UTC
Just download, looks great like previous games. Had a question about the A6M maneuver rating of HBT - does it turn at two greater rating when performing a break turn? Also wondering about the J acceleration: Is 1/3 or less mean than the jet is flying at less than 1/3 of max speed? Thanks !!
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Jim C October 15, 2021 11:38 am UTC
Hello David&Matthew, thank you for the rules. Question on Armament: The designations RP, RS, WP, DP, DT, NP, RT, etc. are not explained.
Also the designation p and s after ex. 90p, 90s. I assume port/starboard. These do not have a picture on the Arc Definition Diagram.
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David M November 04, 2021 7:20 pm UTC
RS – Rocket Salvo
RP – Rear Pintle
WP – Waist Pintle
DP – Dorsal Pintle
DT – Dorsal Turret
NP – Nose Pintle
RT – Rear Turret
NT – Nose Turret
VT – Ventral Turret
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David M November 04, 2021 7:21 pm UTC
The "p" and "s" definitions are on page 4, which describes the various firing arcs. Based on your feedback I will probably create an improved or additional diagram to visually explain the text.
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