Against the odds


Newly arrived are a couple of magazine plus game packages from Against the Odds.

The back issue is Buffalo Wings, a game about air to air combat during WW2 over Finland. It’s a cut down version of J D Webster’s earlier WW2 air combat system, the attraction being that it is simpler, more accessible and compatible with the older games. (The earlier games are near the top of my ‘Wish I could play these with a live opponent’ List.) I am keen to at least work through the training scenarios to see if I can handle the system. A long, long, time ago, I played his Air Superiority game with David Hughes, several times. It was great fun, though I venture to suggest neither of us would have made real life ace pilots.

The current issue is Guns of the Askari, about von Lettow-Vorbeck’s guerrilla campaign in East Africa during WW1. It’s a campaign I know nothing about, so there will be a steep learning curve. The game is by John Gorkowski, who has made some interesting designs on WW1 topics, and seems to have avoided too much complexity. This probably means it’s more likely I will, eventually, play it. Unfortunately, there are so many games ahead in the queue.