on 24 December 2013
If you have been looking at Wings of War/Glory, and been rather confused by the proliferation of sets/planes/extensions.. this is undoubtedly the true 'starter' kit. You can play ths straight out of the box. Using the simple rules, you will be up and playing within minutes.
You get your two opposing planes with all the decks of cards you need, plus a simplified But not too simplified - they just leave out the really complicated stuff for balloons, multi engines and loads of 'voluntary' complications for aces, lucky pilots etc etc).
There is nothing else you need at all for two players, nothing else at all.
(Just to be utterly clear..The rules and accessories box needs either cards or miniature planes)
At LESS cost than buying two miniatures, you get quite a bit extra on top of your two planes.
The only very minor 'con' is that the box is not designed to pack things in and out easily as you expect from a game. So what - transfer to one of those cheap 'clip together' boxes you buy from the cheap shops.. then buy the other starter pack to expand.
Oh.. as beginners, before we got used to the way of playing, we could never get the Fokker triplane to win, no matter which of us played. This was inexperience in how to use its better maneuverability against it's slower speed.If you read about the actual plane, it tells you that it was a plane for expert flyers.. "in the hands of novices, it could be deadly to the pilot"..
Go on, try it.. if you don't like it, the resell value on Ebay for a good condition used one is very high, at the worst you will lose only a couple of pounds.
on 24 December 2013
I took the plunge and bought the game after reading a lot of reviews across the wwww in general. This pack is a great way to get two plane models, cards etc as the two planes on their own would cost the same. A lot of the extra rules are available as downloads however the damage cards look to be hard to get hold of separately. I have played a few test solo games just to get an ides of the mechanics which are very easy to pick up and am now waiting for the xmas holiday to catch up with friends for a proper game
on 20 March 2013
I was already familiar with this game system, but didn't have it available to me after a move. This pairing of the Fokker Dr.1 with the Sopwith Camel is the classic match-up, (remember Snoopy?) and works well for two: better than other pairings in the system. Even if you never get into the larger game, it is enough, Very nicely detailed plane miniatures, and easy to play.