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From DecisionGames.com:

Air War Over the Solomons

The island of Guadalcanal in the South Pacific was the base for American aircraft squadrons that engaged Japanese Navy and Army air forces over the Solomons. Those squadrons became known as the “Cactus Air Force” (from the codename given to the island itself). Cactus Air Force is a two- player wargame covering the air campaign over the Solomon Islands during critical period late in 1942. Both the American and Japanese players move their bombers to attack critical targets while using fighters to struggle for air superiority.

Each player controls units representing air groups. All of the famous aircraft are here: Japanese Zeroes, Bettys and Oscars, and Allied F4F Wildcats, P-40s, and B-17s. Each unit is rated for air superiority, bombing and speed. The game uses a new and unique system that facilitates aerial operations, dispensing with the usual record keeping. The map covers the entire Solomon Island chain centered on Guadalcanal.

Cactus Air Force is part of the Air Wars mini-game series. Each player has a deck of Campaign Cards. They generate a range of events, including major naval battles such as Eastern Solomons, to which players can commit their air units. Certain cards can be played in combination to gain operational advantage, leading to tense decision making. There are special rules for Henderson Field, fighter-bombers, and the Tokyo Express.

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Contents:

  • 11 x 17” map
  • 40 die-cut counters
  • 18 cards
  • Four page rule booklet

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Publisher: Decision Games (I)
Artist: Eric R. Harvey, Lise Patterson, Joe Youst
Year: 2012
Product Code: DCG1706
Size: 6.00 x 9.30 x 0.30 inches
0.20 pounds
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Release Date: Aug 20, 2012
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1 Land Combat and Optional rules
Updated the variant and added some optional rules that can be used to add some historical aspects to the game.
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2 Land Combat Units
Here my land combat units to use with variant
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2014-07-03
3 Variant: Guadalcanal Land Combat
This variant will allow the players to include the land combat on Guadalcanal and the reinforcing of the island by both sides. It is simple and abstract keeping with the nature of the original design.
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2013-10-12
5 Target Roster
Convenient PDF of target roster for printing out.
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