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Kickstarter now live!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1992455033/battle-of-br...

We are very proud and excited to announce our newest boardgame – The Battle of Britain by Richard Borg, a remastering and upgrading of the classic, much loved old TSR classic.

Designed by Richard Borg, the highly acclaimed designer of Memoir 44, Battle Cry and The Great War (amongst others!), this upgraded version takes all the brilliant mechanics and features of the original game and adds new features to give an even more exciting and satisfying gaming experience, including new streamlined dogfighting and fuel rules, ace fighter squadrons and the ability to play shorter scenarios in 1-2 hours or the full campaign game in 3-4 hours.

Take command of RAF Fighter Command, marshalling your too few fighter squadrons to protect your homeland’s cities, industrial resources, airfields and vital radar chain against the waves of Luftwaffe bombers intent on destroying them and the swarms of fighters intent on shooting the RAF out of the sky. Is that bomber attack a feint or is it the main effort? Are they heading for London or Tangmere airfield? Can you thwart the Luftwaffe’s bombing missions, tear the heart out of their bomber and fighter squadrons and survive long enough to win the game?

Take command of Luftflotte 2 and 3 in Northern France and Luftlotte 5 in Norway and use your numerous bomber squadrons, protected by your numerous fighter squadrons, to complete a number of specific bombing missions to win the game. But don’t be fooled by your starting strength! Your losses will not be replaced as the Spitfires and Hurricanes carve holes in your ranks. Your medium bombers are not really suited to mass strategic bombing and will struggle to complete their missions. Your fighter squadrons, although mainly composed of the excellent Messerschmidt 109, will struggle with fuel, not having the range and endurance to protect your bombers properly.

In addition, the Plastic Soldier Company has added its plastic miniature expertise to create some fantastic little 1/300th scale plastic airplane models. The base game will have 12 Spitfire fighter models and 7 Heinkel 111 bomber models but we are hoping all you lovely Kickstarter backers will propel us past an exciting ladder of stretch goals to add Hurricanes, Dornier 17s, Junkers 88s, Stukas, Bf 109s, Bf 110s and even Blenheims and Defiants! Some of these will replace Heinkels and Spitfires to give more variety whilst others will be additions to the respective air fleets, and some (Stukas, Blenheims, Defiants and even the venerable Gloster Gladiator) will be Kickstarter exclusives.

Pledge now on Kickstarter and help bring this fantastic new game to life!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1992455033/battle-of-br...
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Awesome!

Here's hoping for all those stretch goal models!
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Wow - funded in under 5 hours!

Huge thanks to everyone

Now, lets get cracking on those stretch goals.........

Best wishes

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Game looks great. I wish you all the best for the kickstarter.

I don't think I can justify backing this one. 2 player, no solo rules, and game length mean it would sit gathering dust in my collection. Games deserve to be played, and this one would unfortunately not get to the table very often
 
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I thought seriously about backing it.
My lad loves Battle of Britain stuff... in particular Spitfires and his all time favourite plane, the Heinkel 111.
(You should have seen his face when we saw a real 111 at Hendon RAF museum)

Anyway, as more people back it, more of the models he likes best are being removed.
I hate the way stuff is taken and replaced rather than added to. Stopped me bothering. Sorry.
 
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Gimgamgoo wrote:

Anyway, as more people back it, more of the models he likes best are being removed.
I hate the way stuff is taken and replaced rather than added to. Stopped me bothering. Sorry.


Not sure I follow your logic on this. Even with all the KS goals, you still get two He-111s (which is two more than you will have if you do not buy it). Most people, I am sure, would rather have the historically representative variety of German (and RAF) models, vs them all being one monolithic type.

On the other hand, I highly suspect the production cost would be to high to make adding (vs replacing) new types of models viable; and anyway, from the way the game works, you can never have more than 7 German models on the table anyway, (so adding lots of extra bombers would drive up cost to no particular purpose).
 
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NimitsTexan wrote:
Gimgamgoo wrote:

Anyway, as more people back it, more of the models he likes best are being removed.
I hate the way stuff is taken and replaced rather than added to. Stopped me bothering. Sorry.


Not sure I follow your logic on this. Even with all the KS goals, you still get two He-111s (which is two more than you will have if you do not buy it). Most people, I am sure, would rather have the historically representative variety of German (and RAF) models, vs them all being one monolithic type.

Maybe because this has been lodged in my lad's head...
https://youtu.be/E2TS4zzJyAA

Obviously a selection is better. However if all the planes from the box are used every game, it would get a little samey each game. I realise this is a board game not a wargame, but surely if you have too many planes of a bigger variety, you get to use different ones each game.
That was my main line of thinking.

NimitsTexan wrote:

On the other hand, I highly suspect the production cost would be to high to make adding (vs replacing) new types of models viable; and anyway, from the way the game works, you can never have more than 7 German models on the table anyway, (so adding lots of extra bombers would drive up cost to no particular purpose).


Sorry - having never played the original, I don't know the mechanics or how many planes are used. I was just pointing out the reason I hadn't jumped on this kickstarter immediately.
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I backed this project when it first appeared (July 2016?) and was told PSC were "confident of shipping in February 2017" - they are still saying this on the project-proper. However, they are now suggesting in updates that it won't be shipped until June and that they are launching it at that time at UK Games Expo. I shall be interested to see whether the Expo price will be less than I paid through Kickstarter (£50 + shipping).

If readers are wise, they will avoid future PSC Kickstarter projects.
 
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