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Firebirds: Gunship


Firebirds: Gunship is a tactical-level, narrative-style solitaire/2-player co-op wargame using a tables-based game engine.

As the pilot of either a US Army UH-1C Huey gunship helicopter, a US Army OH-6A Cayuse scout helicopter, or a US Army AH-1G Cobra gunship helicopter, your ultimate goal is to survive a 1-year Vietnam tour of duty during the year 1968 or 1969, while at the same time trying to destroy as many enemy Viet Cong as possible. 

The game includes the following components:

- 2 Tables Book (30 pages total)

- 9 Game Mats (A4 / 8.5 x 11)

- 221 5/8 inch counters

- 1 Crewmen Status Sheet

- 2 Tour of Duty Sheets

- 1 Quick-Start Guide (2 pages)

- 1 Counter Guide (5 pages)

- 1 Game Components Preparation Instructions Sheet

- 5 Game Mat Setup Example Images

* The following dice are required to play: One D20, one D6, and two D10s.

* A medium size table is recommended for game setup.

* 5 minute game setup and breakdown times.

* Total play time to complete a full 1-year tour of duty takes approximately 3-10 hours (depending on game length chosen).

* Adjustable starting difficulty based on player's skill level.

* While originally designed as solitaire, the game can easily be played as 2-player co-op, with player 1 flying helo 1, and player 2  flying helo 2.

* Please visit the Firebirds FaceBook group. As the designer, I am active there and can provide game support:

With most of the rules integrated into the tables, there is practically no learning curve or rules memorization. And with 3 flyable helicopter types, numerous crewmen skills, mission types, detailed damage modeling, weather effects, terrain types, random events, and a multitude of table modifiers, Firebirds: Gunship offers high replay value. Are you up to the challenge of suriving a 1-year tour of duty in Vietnam?






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V. R July 13, 2022 7:45 am UTC
Problems here. I'm have version 1.8 of the tables book, the Cayuse/Cobra book. Your video has version 1.2, which seems more complete.
1) Table B-2 tells me to Skip to Table B-7 or B-8 if no Engine hits; however, there's no table B-7 or B-8.
2) In table B-1/step 3, if I run out of fuel, I'm told to Go to Table B-3 notes A and B; however, table B-3 has no notes. Now there are 2 notes labeled A and B on the left of the page under table B-2. I don't know when to use note B.
3) I take it that I don't do the tree check while travelling? The only tables for trees are in tables C and D, the combat tables.
4) Has Viet Cong random ground fire been removed in version 1.8? There's no mention of it.
5) Going slow or medium speed (the word "slow" is only used 4 time in the entire document according to , "medium" is 6) makes no difference in travelling.

Hopefully that's the entire list. Can you fix these, please?
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V. R August 12, 2022 1:52 am UTC
There is an update that resolves #'s the latter part of #2, and #'s 3-5. The game is now playable - the erroneous references in #1 are easily worked around.
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Rick V May 17, 2022 5:43 pm UTC
Game components are looking good and professional. Have laminated the game mats, counters printed and mounted.

Let's Play!!!
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FERNANDO C May 11, 2022 12:54 pm UTC
Great game and incredible customer service via facebook group. Thanks a lot Joe
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