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Year Published
2014
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2 − 6
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Best with 2, 4, 6 players
Recommended with 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 players
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Mfg Suggested Ages
12 and up
Playing Time
90 minutes
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10 and up
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Blue Max: World War I Air Combat
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Blue Max
Blue Max: Combate Aéreo en la 1a Guerra Mundial
Blue Max: Combats Aériens Pendant la Grande Guerre
Blue Max: Luftkampf im I Weltkrieg
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In the midst of a tragic war, WWI fighter pilots fought bravely in a modern version of the medieval joust, much like the gallant knights that preceded them. Their survival depended greatly upon not only their skills, but also the quality of their aircraft. Blue Max, the famous game of World War I aerial combat, is back with new graphics and updated rules! In Blue Max, two to six players take the roles of pilots belonging to one of two teams, either the Allies or the Central Powers and aim to shoot down as many enemy planes as possible. With rules that account for altitude, fuel reserves and the maneuverability of your plane, Blue Max places you squarely in the cockpit and you'll need to both master your machine and outwit your foes in order to win. Much like the gallant knights in jousting tournaments of yore, World War I fighter pilots engaged in a modern version of the medieval joust. Each aviator's survival depended greatly on both his skill and the quality of his aircraft. World War I aviators were brave men who fought heroically in a tragic war. Blue Max is a World War I aerial combat game for 2-6 players. Players divide into two teams and take on the role of pilots trying to shoot down the greatest number of enemy planes. The famous Philip Hall aerial combat game is back with new graphics and updated rules. Components: 1 rule-book, 1 game board (with a map on each side), 6 player screens (3 per team), 18 maneuver charts, 18 plane cards, 144 small size cards, 3 punch boards with 168 cardboard pieces, 60 tracking sheets, 6 custom dice.

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Box contains:

- Rulebook
- Double sided game board (1 side plain blue, 1 side historical landscape)
- 6 Player Screens (3 per faction), brown/grey outside, rule summery inside
- 18 Maneuver Charts - (for 6 different aircraft: 6x3 Maneuver Charts: Fokker Dr.1, Albatros DIII, Halberstadt CLII, Nieuport 24, Sopwith Triplane, Bristol F2B.)
- 18 Airplane Cards (for the 6 different types; 3x3 per faction), 1 side airplane info, 1 side airplane details
- 144 Small game cards (136 damage cards, 8 trace cards)
- 18 Airplane tiles (6 different types; 3x3 per faction), 1 side top view, 1 side flank view
- 6 Ready marker tiles / direction tiles
- 12 Special damage marker tiles (6 fire/smoke, 6 observer killed)
- 15 Ammunition marker tiles
- 30 Altitude marker tiles (1/2/3/4/5 each 6)
- 24 Altitude maneuver tiles (up/down/constant/landing each 6)
- 60 Fuel marker tiles
- 1 Block with 60 playing sheets
- 6 Special dice

Airplanes and Pilots:

Entente:
- Bristol F.2B: Arthur Peck (pilot) with John Lloyd-Williams (Observer), 2x unnamed pilot with unnamed observers
- Nieuport 24: Edward Rickenbacker (plot), William Louis Max Herisson (pilot), William A. Wellman (pilot)
- Sopwith Triplane: Raymond Collishaw (pilot), Robert Alexander Little (pilot), 1x unnamed pilot

Middleforce:
- Halberstadt CL.II: Oscar Bechtle (pilot) with unnamed observer, 2x unnamed pilot with unnamed observer
- Fokker Dr.I: Manfred von Richthofen (pilot), Lothar von Richthofen (pilot), Josef Jacobs (pilot)
- Albatross D.III: Ernst Udet (pilot), Karl Emil Schäfer (pilot), 1x unnamed pilot

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Blue Max: Combats Aériens Pendant la Grande Guerre
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Edge French edition 2014
Publisher: Edge Entertainment, Stratelibri
Artist: Alan D'Amico, Kurt Miller
Year: 2014
Product Code: UBIBM01
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
French
Release Date: Mar 10, 2014
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Blue Max: Combate Aéreo en la 1a Guerra Mundial
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Edge Spanish edition 2014
Publisher: Edge Entertainment, Stratelibri
Artist: Alan D'Amico, Kurt Miller
Year: 2014
Product Code: EDGBM01
Size: Medium Square (e.g. Ticket to Ride)
Spanish
Release Date: Feb 24, 2014
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Blue Max: World War I Air Combat
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Giochi Uniti English edition 2014
Publisher: Giochi Uniti, Stratelibri
Artist: Alan D'Amico, Kurt Miller
Year: 2014
Product Code: ST09
Size: 11.63 x 11.63 x 2.75 inches
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Release Date: Feb 2014
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Blue Max: World War I Air Combat
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Hobby Japan Japanese edition 2014
Publisher: Hobby Japan, Stratelibri
Artist: Alan D'Amico, Kurt Miller
Year: 2014
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Release Date: 2014
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Blue Max: World War I Air Combat
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Stratelibri multilingual edition 2014
Publisher: Stratelibri
Artist: Alan D'Amico, Kurt Miller
Year: 2014
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Release Date: Feb 7, 2014
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5 Blue Max Game Phases Play aid
This contains the phases along with information related on when to check for jams, unjams, spinning, etc. This is meant to be printed on a single page, double-sided. Please advise of any errors or additions to the file that might be helpful.
English
2014-11-07
7 Blue Max Tracking Sheet
Replacement tracking sheet for Blue Max, in case you run out of what is in the box. Two planes per sheet; trim on the dashed line. Letter-sized. Includes space for tracking fuel.
English
2014-05-28
0 Italian Reference Sheet
Version 1.1 (some minor corrections)
Italian
2014-04-12
5 Manöver Flowchart
Flowchart zur Bestimmung eines legalen Manövers. Für die Blue Max second edition 2013/14.
German
2014-02-19
12 Maneuver flowchart
A flowchart to help the players make sure their chosen maneuver is legal. It's for the Blue Max second edition from 2013/14.
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2014-02-19
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