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Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Wings of War and Check Your 6!

Over the weekend, I picked up a copy of Wings of War: Burning Drachens from Beyond Books in DE as their FOW tournament prize support. I've heard nothing but great things about this game and couldn't wait to get home and try it out. So I waited until Jaime and Dallas came over for one of our monthly or so gaming nights (The last time we played Midevil). So we settled in with some pizza, beer, and Wings of War.

What is there to say about WoW? It's very light weight. After two games, I don't think I much care for it for any matter of remotely serious gaming, but I think it would really shine if played in large groups (where you WANT things to move quickly) or with younger children who can wrap their head around it.

The rules just weren't "crunchy" enough and we all decided to move on. We quickly rolled out Check Your 6! and showed Jaime the ropes. CY6! is far more engaging. It's still a relatively simple system to learn, but it feels so much more "real". The scenario we set up saw Dallas piloting 2 SBD Dauntless coming in on an isolated Japanese destroyer. I flew two Zeros on an intercept course, and Jaime piloted 2 F4F Wildcats providing cover for Dallas.

Compare these two very brief AARs:
In Wings of War two planes slowly flew around the board, dealing damage cards to each other until one of them accumulated enough damage to be shot down.

In our game of Check Your 6! Two zeros came screaming in, cannons blazing on the Dauntlesses. One zero swung around behind only to take engine damage from a lucky shot from a Dauntless' rear LMG! Shortly thereafter a low velocity cannon tore through the American steel of the Dauntless, exploding the bomber's payload while in close proximity to his wingman! The shrapnel from the explosion knocked out the American pilot's oxygen line, and the concussion saw the pilot black out at low altitude. The Zero also took shrapnel damage, with the plane barely holding together!

The American pilot woke up seconds before his plane slammed into the water, pulling out of his stall at the last possible second before being ripped to shreds by the flaming zero behind him. In retribution, the Wildcats (having split up) ripped the wounded zero apart with HMGs blazing. The remaining Zero, having no bombers left and not liking the odds of going up against 2 Wildcats, started high tailing it for home. Just as he drew into the range of the Destroyer who was putting up a wall of flak, the Wildcats caught up with him and sprayed his canvas plane with lead, plunging him into the ocean.

In all 2 Dauntlesses and 2 zeros went down. And the game was a blast.

So, back to Wings of War. I'm interested to hear you guys' opinions- I am not ready to write the game off just yet, and the minis look great, but I was really unimpressed with it out of the box.

13 comments:

Andy Cowell said...

I played a few games of WoW at Historicon '09. There were lots of people playing casual games of it on open tables and I hopped in. I think that's where it excels, just a quick, easy, beer and pretzels game. Not that I find CY6 that complex, but it does have more options than WoW. I'd rather play CY6, but I'd rather set up WoW. ;-)

indierockclimber said...

Agreed. I guess coming from Flames of War, even Check Your 6! seems like an absolute breeze to setup. Still, Wings of War just felt one step above chutes and ladders to me. I can see the appeal for large groups though, or those not particularly into wargaming.

pudson said...

I guess it depends on the people you know. It's much easier for me to get a game of WoW in than Flames of War. I would never suggest it as a replacement for a "real" game, but unless you're really fortunate the majority of people you know probably have no desire to play a "real" game.
I can include the little cousins and my parents in WoW games at Christmas; but they run when they see 250 page rule books with supplemental charts, 4x6 tables, and measuring tools that look like protractors.
If you're looking for something portable, accessible, and pretty on the table, I don't think WoW can be beat. Will it leave you satisfied like a good, eight hour epic strategy game? Nope. Try it next time you're with the group that normally is only willing to play Apples to Apples and you might convert a few people to our nerdy banner.

jmezz382 said...

I have played CY6 and would safely say it would be hard to compare. I like the CY6 rule set too much to give WOW a fair chance.

BTW .... Andy, are you going to Cold Wars in March ? Maybe we can get a game of Zombies going ...

Beccas said...

Wings of War is such a good game. Biggest game I have played in is 6 people. 3 a side. It was great. We used hand signals to let each other know our intentions. Great fun. I bought the WWII version. I don't like it that much. Never played Check you 6.

Al said...

WoW as mentioned earlier is not a game to get excited about nor one that can keep you engaged for very long. However where it excells is if you have young children or want a portable, quick and not too serious game then WoW is ideal.

it sits proudly next to more complex games on my shelf such as Conflict of Heroes and Ambush and the highly detailed miniatures look great (If you wish to use them)although they are vey expensive for what they actually bring to the game.

indierockclimber said...

Thanks for your thoughts everyone- I guess WoW had just been very built up for me over the last few months and so I was a little disappointed when it wasn't the greatest thing since sliced bread.

But I think you guys all hit the nail on the head- it can't stand up to any "proper" miniatures games, but comparing the two is unfair. It's essentially a board game that's easily accessible and quick. Thanks!

Brandon Pennington said...

Use the FoW minis to play Canvas Eagles, which is similar to CY6 I believe, but WWI. It is fantastic, I haven't played WoW since, but I still use the mini's.

available for free here eaglesmax.com

indierockclimber said...

You are like the 100th person to recommend Canvas Eagles (along with Blue Max). I'll have to check them out!

Andy Cowell said...

jmezz, probably not on Cold Wars. It's a bit of a haul and leaving 3 kids with the wife while I go have fun and spend money means I tend to only go once a year. I'm aiming for Historicon, though!

jmezz382 said...

I totally understand Andy. Maybe Historicon ... I will have to check the dates !

Christopher said...

Would the Wings of War minis work with CY6? I have the Wings of War WWII deluxe set and don't like the mechanics very much. After reading your AARs I decided to order the CY6 rulebook. I'm hoping I can use the WoW planes with different bases but I'm unsure if the scale works.

indierockclimber said...

Yes, The WoW minis should work just fine- Cy6 is hex based so as long as they fit in the hexes you're good to go!

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