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Rob Derrick
United States
Los Alamos
New Mexico
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2015-07-29
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Michael Knapp
United States
Valrico
Florida
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9
Jun 2015
A great economic "war game" which is easy to learn and fun to play. Only reason it gets a 9 and not a 10 is because in rare instances a player can be hit hard economically early and be marginalized in game play.
2015-06-07
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Tom Lehmann
United States
Palo Alto
California
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9.5
Nov 2009*
A very good game for 4-5 that balances steady economic growth versus risky expansion and "fare wars" to clip your competitors' wings. Some players may find this game too chaotic, but you actually have a lot of tools (loans, jumbos, foreigns, fare wars, etc.) to help you manage the luck of the chit pulls. Use the tools, Luke!

Avoid the basic rules. We play a minor house rule -- strikes never last more than one turn -- to decrease player frustration (you can occasionally get trapped in strike hell when you have loans outstanding).
2015-05-26
Eric Brosius
United States
Needham Heights
Massachusetts
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Jan 2015
A risk taking, "push your luck" game.
2015-05-24
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Beat Liechti
Switzerland
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6/96,
2015-05-24
Canada
Calgary
AB
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May 2015
The theme of Air Baron is to create a modern day airline. It reminded me of a game called Aerobiz for the Sega Genesis that I my friends and I use to play. It was a great video game, so I was immediately attracted to AB.

Although AB has an economic theme, game play is akin to a war game, because game play largely revolves around aggressively taking control of your neighbour's routes, which is done through rolling dice with modifiers. Game play can bog down when a player loses due to some bad dice rolls.

Profit is earned from holding routes, but the routes which earn are determined by random draws. However, careful planning can minimize the luck involved.

I like AB, but I enjoy games with random chance and luck. AB is an old school Ameritrash game where many of the mechanics of the game is determined by random chance. Although there are ways to minimize the effect of luck, AB has a Risk like feel to the game.
2015-05-14
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Bob Archer
United States
Tampa
Florida
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Apr 2015
There's just too much randomness in this game. You have very little control over what happens. It feels like an activity.
2015-04-07
7
Mar 2015
Quintessential Ameritrash ... but still tons of cutthroat fun.
2015-03-29
Kevin Shaud
United States
Landisville
Pennsylvania
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Brand new; in shrink.
2015-03-21
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Larry Lavin
United States
Cambridge
Illinois
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Very good condition.
2015-02-10
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Big Willy's Taxidermy
United States
Clearwater
Florida
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Forgettable...
2014-12-21
Martin DeOlden
United States
Chino
California
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Part of my Avalon Hill collection.
2014-12-18
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Paul Shabatowski
Canada
Stittsville
Ontario
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7.5
Oct 2010
I like playing this game on a regular basis and marvel at the fact that it is not in print any longer. OMFG! Secret Santa delivered my Grail game!
2014-12-01
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Stephen Rochelle
United States
Huntsville
Alabama
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Jun 2011
I usually pitch this as "Monopoly, but good" or "Monopoly with an ending". It usually holds to that, but a series of defender-heavy dice rolls can occasionally just drag a game to a ponderous halt.

Also, I recommend using most of the edge case rules (Jumbos, SSTs, etc) as optional rules; the game works just fine stripped down to basic airport purchasing and takeovers. Loans, however, need to be kept in. They're critical to mitigating lopsided chit draws early.
2014-11-01
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stephen stover
United States
lake dallas
Texas
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7.3
Oct 2014
This is a war game hidden in an economic game. The random elements ..... die rolling for gate take overs and the pull of profits from the cup will put off some players. The possibility of a player being eliminated does show the age of the game design but a multi player war game always has that result as a possibility. In all is was an enjoyable time spent with lots of the suspense built up in surprise elements. This one is a game I would play again
2014-10-12
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Mark Jimenez
United States
San Francisco
California
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2014-09-27
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Bryan Doughty
United States
California
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5.4
Feb 2015
Played once in a pick-up game with some guys at a game shop. I had fun, but I'm not sure that this game is worth revisiting. There are ways to improve one's chances, but the out come feels a bit to influenced by luck. It also feels like it could generally run longer than I will usually prefer.
2014-07-04
Alex Tran
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Brand new in shrink wrap. Looking to sell. The box is damaged and has a puncture rip on the top cover.
2014-04-12
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Scott Peters
Canada
Steinbach
Manitoba
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6
Nov 2014
Thrift store find.
2014-02-25
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Glen Jackson
United States
Madison
Tennessee
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4
Jan 2014
First game was a 5-player 3 hour luckfest - mostly bad luck for everyone which was admittedly humorous. Had a good time, but would be unlikely to play again.
2014-01-31
Pete Grey
United States
Portland
Oregon
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I really want to play this, at least once.
2014-01-08
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Dan Abraham

Gilbert
Arizona
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Sep 2013
Avalon Hill. Decent abstracted modern passenger airlines game of market share domination through control of airports and the gates at those airports. This multi-player game can be fun to play with the right crowd. It is a gamer's game with dice. Air Baron is playable in an evening.
2013-10-06
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Tim Moore
United States
Wesley Chapel
FL
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7.5
Nov 2004*
Another classic game we take off the shelf occasionally. Lots of fun to play with interesting theme and game mechanics. Perhaps a bit long, but once everyone has played it, it moves more quickly.
2013-08-28
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Neil Henning
United States
Nutley
New Jersey
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May 2013
A relatively straight forward game. It seems like there is quite a bit of luck involved between the chit pulls and the die rolling. I would play it again but not a game that I found very interesting.
2013-05-27
Brian Moore
United Kingdom
Bolton
Lancashire
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2013-05-24
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Wesley Williams
United States
Melrose (Rensselaer County)
New York
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7.75
Apr 2013
Really nice economic game with a splash of conflict - not too dicey or capricious. In our most recent play, 5 experienced gamers continually ganged up on the leader to create what seemed like to be perpetual parity. We did not consider the value of income and using cash on hand to supplement our market share. This also effected our build strategy and game actions, so the game went on too long and we called it after 3.5 hours.
2013-04-24
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Alan Clift
United States
Eaton
Unspecified
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Aug 2008*
Has been a 6 player favorite for years. Plays fast, and interesting to watch even when it's not your turn. Of course receiving income on others turns helps hold the interest.
2013-02-12
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Shane
Canada
Calgary
Alberta
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2012-12-28
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Quinn Munnerlyn
United States
Carrollton
Texas
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5.7
Dec 2012
Interesting game even though you're more or less at the mercy of the dice. I'm hoping for more of an economic game than an area control game when playing something about airlines though. This game can run long especially with larger number of players due to leader bashing.
2012-12-12
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Kurt R
United States
Philadelphia
Pennsylvania
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Dec 2012
I don't get the love for Air Baron. I understand there's strategy among the copious amounts of luck and that smart play will put you in position to possibly win, but the people who like this one seem to love it, including a friend of mine who has four copies(!) between him and his father, and I can't see why. I just don't see what attracts people here; I found the ratio of interesting decisions to time spent to be unacceptable. My friend was explaining that he doesn't like Twilight Struggle b/c the strategy is undermined by too many dice rolls. Well, that's precisely how I categorize a game like this. The few interesting choices present in the game are undone by dice rolls and chit pulls. At some point, a leader will emerge and the table will have to stop what they're doing and take their shots to reign him in. This means they can't use their turns to improve their positions. That decision point is probably the most interesting one you'll encounter in this game, but if you don't stop the leader, you'll all lose.

I can't see how people find a game like this worth their time considering the choices we have in this hobby these days. This is like getting together for a meal and choosing Arby's when you have a kitchen full of great food going to waste. Just don't get it.
2012-11-11
Mike Aubuchon
United States
State College
Pennsylvania
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Oct 2012
Pretty sure most of the reason I like this at all is nostalgia.
2012-10-17
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James Torr
United States
Torrance
California
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Mar 2012
My first and only play of this lasted nearly 4 hours. The other players, for whom the game is a long-time favorite, assured me that this was a fluke, but knowing that the possibility is there makes me wary of playing again. Still, I enjoyed the game -- lots of old-school charm, direct confrontation, and a heavy push-your-luck element.
2012-10-05
H-B-G
United Kingdom
Halesowen
West Midlands
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Oct 2010
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2012-08-24
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Brian Bankler
United States
San Antonio
Texas
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8
Mar 2013
High luck, but quick. I've been playing this quite a bit with my 9yo son (mainly 2-4 players), and it's good. He's not quite at the level to play well enough to win often, but he wins sometimes.

Rating -- Suggest
2012-06-05
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Jeffrey D Myers
United States
Los Ranchos
New Mexico
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2012-05-29
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Kevin Whitmore
United States
Albuquerque
New Mexico
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7.3
Jun 2014
Before the invasion of European games, we used to play a fair bit of this. I finally played this again since being introduced to Eurogaming and still really enjoyed it.

I've decided to add this to my library - May 2012. (You can't rush into every purchase!)
2012-05-28
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Anthony Simons
United Kingdom
Royal Wootton Bassett
Wiltshire
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Aug 2008*
Duration:- Plays a touch too long for a game of this type; but doesn't really outstay its welcome.
Engagement:- Downtime can be an issue when continual aggressive takeovers take place during "fare wars"; however, other players are usually involved.
Experience:- Opening turns are often fruitless, resulting in a slow development for most players.
Presentation:- Colourful print, well-indexed, well-written rules and eye-candy in the form of jets. Marred by the use of flimsy chits for hub and spoke control which cover all the relevant information on the board!

I like this game more with every play, but there is always something we miss or forget due to the classic AH ruleset. They're not as bad as the norm, so I am partially to blame for this; but some are open to interpretation.

UPDATE 14AUG08: After a couple more plays I find more and more people feel disgruntled by the chance aspect; not so much because there is one, more because it makes this the kind of game you need to find your way around before you can ascertain the risk of each investment. I have lowered the rating to a 7, but only because after some thought an 8 does not belong.
2012-05-05
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Paul Powell
United States
Portland
Oregon
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Jan 2012
I always love playing Air Baron. I don't normally win, but I always have a great time!
2012-01-31
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Stephan Valkyser
Germany
Wesseling
NRW
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8.3
Nov 2011
Great game. Unfortunately, games in my group have deteriorated into "waiting games", where nobody is risking fare wars anymore and everybody is racing to buy jumbos as soon as possible. When everybody is trying the same (apparently best) strategy, the game gets a little boring.
2012-01-09
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Forest Cole
United States
Houston
Texas
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Apr 2008*
This is a great blend of war and economic game. I think the theme is well worked here. This should be good for getting family and friends to play.
2012-01-01
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7.25
Dec 2011
I liked it ok, but my friends didn't so much.
Probably should have kept it in the shrink.
2011-12-11
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Steve Rogers
United States
Hoboken
New Jersey
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Apr 2015
far too much randomness for my current tastes (11/11) and the ever increasing number of chits in the cup make the game seem to drag as luck comes home to roost...strategy died along with my interest as 3 of 5 players were passivly watching the other 2 get endless draws while we starved.

Blech.
2011-11-27
Rodney Sheldon
United States
Springfield
Vermont
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Nov 2011
An excellent war/economics game. I was extremely happy to find a copy in great condition. Played pre BGG.
2011-11-11
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kSwingrÜber
United States
Ridgefield
Washington
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2011-09-16
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Joe Saul-Sehy
United States
Texarkana
Texas
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8
Jan 2011
An older game with maybe too much chrome and an endgame that wears on you like Monopoly. All that said, the chrome is so cool and we love the theme so much it's easy to get to the table once a year.
2011-08-27
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Christopher Halbower
United States
Muskegon
Michigan
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Jan 2014
This is a fun game. But there is sooooo much randomness that two players could (and typically do) have identical strategies...one player is highly successful whereas the other is completely unsuccessful. Thus, the game plays out to its conclusion despite the strategy you employ, not because of it.
2011-08-11
Mattias Elfström
Sweden
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Jul 2011
Nice, but fairly luck dependent.
2011-07-13
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J. Alan Hatcher
United States
Hendersonville
Tennessee
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Jun 2011
I've only played it once, but it was a lot of fun. Most of us were new players so we weren't very cut-throat and one aggressive player built up a base that was almost impossible to dislodge.
2011-06-02
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United States
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2011-05-12
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Brian Sielski
United States
Pequannock
New Jersey
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Jan 2010
Lowly rated because I never played it, yet owned it for years, and never opened it. I eventually sold it. The topic just never peaked my interest.
2011-05-03
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