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Edward Docherty
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What are the differences between this edition and the 1990 TSR edition?

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Okay, it's been a while so this is a bit of a memory test, but I believe these are the key differences:

1. Radar Detection: In the original version, when a German flight moved into the detection area of a radar installation, it had to stop. In the new version, when a detection zone is reached, the British player is given the option to intercept. If they decline, the German flight can keep moving.

2. Intercept Combat: This is a new concept not in the original where, if the British player chooses to intercept, all combat dice are rolled and applied.

3. Unit health: In the original, all units had effectively 2 health. In the new version, health varies: roughly 2 for fighters, 4 for bombers.

4. Dogfighting: In the original, after dice were rolled, any 2 hits destroyed a unit. All hits were applied. In the new version only the hits of the majority type (rondels or crosses) are applied. If the hits are equal to, or higher than the unit's strength, it is destroyed.

(I cannot tell you how this improves the game as applying all hits in the original, along with the chance of damaging your own units made it overly punishing on the British player and imo borderline unplayable).

5. Ace Squadrons: Another addition to the new version whereby a unit that scores 2 kills earns 'Ace' status and rolls an extra dice in combat.

There are some changes to the German fuel rules and how they impact fighter escorts but I am uncertain exactly what they are.

The new rules are all for the better (although the radar rule has introduced some rare edge cases)and the game really delivers a fast and fun Battle of Britain experience.

Enjoy!
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Edward Docherty
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Great information - thanks! Are the components all the same?
 
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Yep, components are pretty much the same. There are a few extra markers for intercepts and Aces in the new edition and the quality is far superior.
 
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Edward Docherty
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Thanks again!
 
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So, you could use the 1990 game with the new rules?
 
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rlfix wrote:
So, you could use the 1990 game with the new rules?


Almost- you would need to note in some way Ace squadrons and interceptions as the original does not have these tokens.

In addition you would need to find a list of the health for each unit in the new edition as in the original all units has the same health value (2).
 
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rlfix wrote:
So, you could use the 1990 game with the new rules?


There are a LOT of differences to the rules as mentioned previously but using the old game components with the new rules should be possible but note the physical things below.

There are map changes.
The radar coverage of three south west radars; Drytree, West Prawlee and Worth has changed.
Belfast has moved to a different square.
Check the images of the board on here to see.

There are 50 mission cards as opposed to 35.
The German mission assignment has changed quite considerably; Turn 1, German player draws 10 cards and assigns a mission to each FLIGHT not just Luftlotte, so there will be 7 missions assigned with 3 kept as pending missions.

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