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Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France
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Bloody April is a standalone game using a similar format to Elusive Victory/Downtown, modified to cover the unique aspects of air combat during World War 1. The game covers the pivotal air combat over the Arras sector, France from March until the end of May 1917. Players take on the roles of Royal Flying Corps commander or German Imperial Air Service commander for their respective sides and will have a multitude of taskings available to accomplish and complete their objectives. Bloody April will include both single mission scenarios and multi-mission/multi-day campaigns to allow players to play out large scale battles in a manageable timeframe.

Bloody April recreates entire air raids in detail. Each player will have many unique tactical challenges to overcome. Both players will have numerous taskings available such as Bombing, Recon, Artillery Cooperation, Contact Patrols, Balloon Busting, Offensive Patrols, Line Patrols and Trench Strafing. Players will also have Anti-Aircraft systems available such as different caliber "Archie", AA guns and "Flaming Onions" incendiary weapons to hinder their opponent’s movements. The map covers a significant portion of the Arras sector from Bethune and Lens in the North to Cambrai in the South. All the major aerodromes in this theatre of operations are displayed on map with a scale of 1nm per hex and 2 minutes per game turn. Each detailed aircraft counter will represent anywhere from 1 to 5 aircraft.

The Royal Flying Corps (RFC) player will be on the offensive during this timeframe and have a plethora of diverse aircraft types ranging from obsolete but workhorse B.E.2 2-seaters to brand new aircraft that would become legendary as the war went on such as the SE-5 scout and Bristol F.2a 2-seater. In all the RFC player will have over 15 different types of scout and 2-seater aircraft at their disposal. Pusher type F.E.2b/d and D.H.2 aircraft and the Sopwith Triplane will help fill your arsenal. Sopwith Pups and 1 ½ Strutters, Nieuport 17s and SPAD VIIs are some of the other types available. R.E.8s and F.K.8s will help augment your 2-seater fleet and will begin to replace the heavily attrited B.E.2 fleet.

The German Imperial Air Service player takes on the role of Jagdstaffeln (Jasta) commander utilizing Ace pilots such as the legendary "Red Baron", Manfred von Richthofen and his Jasta 11 comrades flying Halberstadt and Albatros scout aircraft that terrorized the British 2-seaters during this period. The German player will also have his own 2-seater aircraft such as the Rumpler and Albatros C-class 2-seaters to provide Recon, Bombing and Artillery Cooperation. The battle for the skies over Arras in France 1917 is under your control. Will it be another Bloody April ?

DESIGNER: Terry Simo
MAP, CHARTS & COUNTER ART: Ian Wedge

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6 Clarification to Living Rules 2 June 2014
This clarification document contains rules clarifications and additions that are not found in the living rules. If a new living rules document is produced or a 2nd printing of game occurs these will be incorporated.
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2014-06-02
24 Revised Log for Bloody April - Room for More Info
I had enough requests to add space for air data information that I thought it was worth a shot. I scaled back the notes section and added a section to record a flight's Speed, MR, TtC, Dive at each altitude. Should make it less necessary to reference the Air Data Cards all the time. Feedback appreciated if you find yourself using it. I'll be giving it a real run in a new game shortly.
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2012-12-09
6 Expanded Logsheet
Updated to v1 1. I mistakenly had multiple Damage Factor lines, fixed this to have only one DF per flight 2. Added a second FF gun line, in the case of multiple FF guns like the SE5a 3. Added a Scenario block at the top of the sheet 4. Added an Abort line to mark flight status if aborted 5. Made some other minor formating moves Enjoy, Don
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2012-12-07
5 New Logsheet
New sheet with log for 14 Sqns/Js.
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2012-10-20
34 Expanded Sequence of Play
The Expanded Sequence of Play is updated to Version 1.2. This update includes all amendments to the rules now included in the Living Rules. Amendments to Ver 1.1 are indicated in blue text. Enjoy!
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2012-10-04
7 Halb DII J30 Counter Reverse Side
Halb DII Jasta 30 Printable counter reverse side
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2012-10-03
8 Halb DII J30 Counter Front
Printable Halb DII Jasta 30 Counter Front
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2012-10-03
21 Bloody April Planning Map
Printable copy of Planning Map contained in the game.
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2012-09-22
13 Bloody April Play Aid
This is a real simple sheet to remove some of the clutter of the counters on the game map when playing. Print as many as you need for each scenario, but one for each player should handle most of the smaller scenarios.
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2012-09-06
19 BA Errata and FAQ CAO 14 Oct 2012
BA Errata and FAQ 14 Oct version
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2012-08-24
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