Winging it


Gorgeous package from LBW and GMT, just arrived before Shabbat in time for a weekend’s worth of browsing. On a first read of the rules, the general principles seem clear, and well presented. I need to line up an opponent, for this is screaming out to be played.

What is it about? From BGG:

Wing Leader is an exciting new game system of large scale aerial combat in World War II. Based on a unique side-scrolling view, in which altitude is clearly visible, players can recreate the great air battles of the war.

This first volume focuses on the fighting from 1940 to 1942, with scenarios for the Battle of Britain, Malta, Coral Sea, Midway, North Africa, and Stalingrad. Future games will expand the system to the late war.

Players fly squadrons and flights, attempting to intercept raids or fend off marauding fighters in fast-playing games that take between 90 and 120 minutes.

Wing Leader takes a new look at aerial warfare, incorporating aircraft, altitude, and weather in a way never seen before!

Nitpick: why use ‘squares’ (when they aren’t) instead of ‘boxes’ or ‘spaces’ for example? It’s not material for sure, but I am intrigued by the choice.

Boxcover: one of my favorites. Wonderful. Sign that artist up, now!