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B-17: Queen of the Skies is a strategy game which re-creates the early bombing missions and aerial combat of the B-17 (F Model) bombers of the US Eighth Air Force over Europe between October 1942 and May 1943. Movement to targets is through zones. Die rolls and game tables determine appearance, type, and position of enemy fighters. Charts are used to determine if hits are made, where the damage is located, and how serious the damage is. Game tables and die rolls also determine everything from the bomber's target and formation position to weather, flak, and German fighter opposition as the B-17 makes its way over land and sea to its target.

The game has a low complexity and typically, the playing time is generally less than one hour after your first few games.

B-17 is designed to be primarily a solitaire game. The player controls a B-17F Flying Fortress bomber, trying to survive German fighter attacks and drop its load of bombs on the selected target, then return home safely. Optionally, a second player can control the German fighters (to some degree; their appearance is determined randomly, but successive attacks are under the control of the German player). If each player has their own copy of B-17, then they can fly their bomber while playing the German fighters in their partner's game.

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  • Gameboard
  • Strategic Movement board
  • Crew Placement board
  • 5 Game Tables & Charts cards
  • 88 Counters/Markers
  • 16 German Fighter cards
  • Mission chart pad
  • 2 Dice
  • Rules booklet

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The GENERAL Index Article List:

  • The GENERAL Vol.20,No.2
  • The GENERAL Vol.20,No.6
    • The Lonely Numbers: Playing the Odds in B-17 (Rex A. Martin) – Analysis of many of the odds in the game.
    • The Saga of the Memphis Belle: Simulating a Survivor (Bruce C. Shelley) – Shows the 25 missions of the Memphis Belle, along with the historical results.
    • Raid On Detroit: The 1983 Origins B-17 Tournament (Bruce C. Shelley) – Description of a B-17 tournament held at the 1983 Origins convention.
    • The Rest of the Royal Family: Variant Models for B-17 (James E. Meldrum) – Description of variant models of the B-17, including the B-17C, B-17E and the B-17G.
    • “B-17 Defensive Fire Chart” (Insert) Neal Schlaffer
    • Question Box: B-17 Errata – 27 more pieces of B-17 rules errata (pg 46).
  • The GENERAL Vol.23,No.1
    • 15th Air Force: A Variant for B-17 (Lawrence Cirelli) – A variant using the 15th air force based in Italy.
    • Filling The Skies: The Woes of B-17 Addiction (Rex A. Martin) – An article detailing the experiences of many prolific B-17 players.
  • The GENERAL Vol.23,No.5
    • The Queen in Germany: More Targets for B-17 (Doug Bleyaert) – Adds more mission targets, especially in Germany, to the original game.
  • The GENERAL Vol.23,No.5
    • Question Box: B-17 – Eight B-17 questions and answers.
  • The GENERAL Vol.24,No.6
    • Theater Modifications: More Expansions for B-17 (John E. Ockelmann) – Some additional variations including group formations, evasive action, formation defensive gunnery, crew experience and weather.
  • The GENERAL Vol.26,No.5
    • Operation Porcupine: A “Killer” Variant for B-17 (Craig Posey and Gilbert DeMichele) – A variant using the YB-40 escort bomber.
  • The GENERAL Vol.28,No.2
    • The Target For Today Is…: Reminiscences and a B-17 Tournament Scenario (Don Hawthorne) – Don recounts two B-17 convention experiences and adds another scenario, the raid on Schweinfurt.
  • The GENERAL Vol.28,No.4
    • The Battle of Berlin: A Variant for B-17 (Larry Cirelli) – Variant for British night raids on Germany using the Lancaster heavy bomber.

BattlePlan Index Article List:

The Boardgamer Article List:

  • The Boardgamer Special Issue – The Boardgamer's Special B-17 Issue – This 72-page issue is devoted entirely to B-17:QotS; it includes a variety of variants and strategy articles
  • The Boardgamer Vol.7,No.4 – A Bomber's Moon: And Other Sundry Items, A B-17 Variant– Tom Cundiff (Variant)
  • The Boardgamer Vol.8,No.4 – The 'Liberator' of Europe!: The B24J Joins the Queen of the Skies– Tom Cundiff (Variant)
  • The Boardgamer Vol.9,No.2 – Down with the Queen!: Evening the Odds in B-17:QotS – Chris Bradley (Strategy)

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B-17: Queen of the Skies
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Publisher: Avalon Hill
Artist: Joe DeMarco, Dale Sheaffer
Year: 1983
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Publisher: On Target Games
Year: 1981
Size: 11.00 x 12.00 x 7.00 inches
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5 B-17 Composite Mission Record Prints to 11" X 17"
This a simple re-sizing of the "B-17 Composite Mission Record". I was having trouble fitting names in the "Letter" size version. So i Just re-sized everything to fit on 11" x 17". Just fold in half and it takes up the same space! Enjoy!
8 Fuel Leak Counters
Was looking for "Fuel Leak" counters thought i was something missing, till i remembered Americans call "Fuel" "Gas" So some counters for British players and a "Bailout" counter to put on the map to remind you where the fuel runs out.
6 Crew Positions
Crew placement board with the extra spaces as stated in the collected errata notes. Heat & Oxygen spaces; 1 Pilots Compartment 1 Radio Room Spaces for dead crew; as above and 2 Waist Section 2 Bomb Bay (If no bombs)
34 Beery's Historical B-17 Module
(New 9-05-15 Standard Version) An expansion for the game that reduces the casualty rate to more historically accurate levels. Also included are rules to give the player more control over the action and tables that add more roleplaying options. Players may choose from the files and charts (all of which may be used as standalone files) to get the level of detail they prefer. Included in this latest version are all the tables in instrument panel format. I've removed the Tactical Mapboard because of space considerations - it is now available as a separate download.
8 New Mission Chart
Added +1 Flak check box for targets with a asterix. Added -1 Flak Hit check box ,to note that your B-17 was hit by flak.
4 Mission Background
Adds a bit more background to the mission has no effect on game but adds the the story. Do the debrief section at the end of the mission ,even the bomb run it,s self. You would not know how effective the drop was the instance you did it. I know it is not historical accurate before I get told.
17 Gameplay Aid Flowchart
Flowchart (Page 1) and rules summary (Page 2) for B-17: Queen of the Skies.
21 GAF Placement Variant V1.0
GAF: Placement Variants - B-5 Tables (German Fire Hit Locations) for use with the GAF Placement Variant. EDIT: M-5 Table V1.1, Corrects the transposing of VD & VC's To Hit Die Roll requirements.
15 B-17:QotS 15th Air Force (Italy) Dramatic Map V1
A dramatic map for B-17 15th Air Force variant.
22 B-17:QotS Dramatic Map V1
I've recently started playing this game but the colors of the original map was reminding me of Shire. So i made this. If there will be enough requests I could add more cities, more versions and even work on the Italy Campaign's original map. Cheers.
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