Last weekend, Dave S & Adam J ran two Blue Max games using the new board game rules. I got in two games with the group at Adam J's table. It probably has been close or just over 20 years ago since I played Blue Max last. The basics are similar from what I remember, but you use cards instead of chips for damage now. Back in the day, I played Blue Max in St Louis and in Memphis when I lived there. I use to really hate Blue Max, not for the mechanics, but just about 75% or better of the games I played I always drew a "Pilot Killed" or "Fuel Explosion" during the game. Also, I rarely ever got any kills because someone else would put the final hit on an the plane that I had been shooting up all game...I even threaten one of my allied players that the next time he did that I was going to shoot at him instead...(he had a nasty habit of cutting between me and cripple target so I couldn't shoot and he could, and yes, I did finally had to shoot him to realize that was starting to get me PO'ed.) Anyways, I like the system. I still like Wings of Glory too, so I play both.
So the first game was a two on two engagement. The Germans were Ray R & Ravi R flying Fokker Dr I's. The British were myself and Bob S flying Royal Navy Sopwith Triplanes. We had attitude advantage and were determine to keep it. Bob & Ray started to traded shots as I made a hard left blank away and started to turn back into the fight to trade shots with Ray. Ravi's Fokker got between me and Bob's Sopwith's coming in at Bob's 10 o'clock and I was coming in Ravi's 6 o'clock high. I did a long burst and rolled really well ripping Ravi's tail off and sent him spinning into the earth. Unfortunately, I jammed my gun and never got it cleared again to tangle with Ray before he fled from getting heavy handed by Bob. Bob was also in bad shape, but I was totally unscratched and Ray decided running away was a wiser move.
|I am trading shots with Ray (Green Fokker) and Ravi (Red Fokker) is just about to fly right into the front of my gun (Sopwith with the red stripe|
|History books need to be changed! I shot down the Red Baron! But I didn't shoot no deputy!|
|Opening attack! Johan is the white tail Albatross, Ray is the one in the middle, and Adam is in the red one. Ravi is in the most top Neiuport, Bob is in the green one, and I am in the bottom right corner.|
|Double Collision! Bob runs into Ray and Ravi runs into Johan! I just lost my gun the turn before and starting to run away while Adam is too far back to catch me.|
|Bob is at it again! Bob collides with Ravi.|
As a side note, I picked up a book on Ebay that I am still waiting on, but I am really looking forward to reading (mostly likely right after I finish Ridgeway!). It is Strange Soldiering: Major Lawson's own dramatic story of his experiences with the Third Nigerian Brigade by Sir Richard Lawson while he was a Major seconded to the Nigerian Army with the UN forces in the Congo during 1961-62. The Congo in the 1960s is one of my favorite periods to study. To find any accounts in English that is not on the Mercenaries, the Irish UN troops, or about Operation Dragon Rouge are hard finds in my opinion. So I am looking forward to reading about the Nigerian UN troops.
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