32 years ago, a phenomenon hit the adventure game convention circuit. Alfred Leonardi had invented a game about World War I planes dogfighting, a subject that should have had limited appeal. But it used a unique (and patented) system - each player had a book of pictures of his plane and his opponent, in various combat positions, and the game was played by calling out numbers representing various air combat moves. It was like a two-player computer game, without a computer. It became hugely popular and spawned several follow-up games using other aircraft. In 1993 it was added to the Origins Awards Hall of Fame. www.gama.org You can play this game anywhere with just the two books - no dice (or batteries) required. But eventually the novelty wore off, the publishing company closed up shop, and Alfred retired from the game business.
Now, three decades later, Alfred has given me permission to reprint his creation. Over the last couple years I have been asked many times when it was going to be reprinted, by nostalgic gamers who played it in their youth, and now want to show this unique game to their children. Unfortunately it is going to cost $25,000 to print a limited number of copies, and I don't know if I can borrow this much money, or if there is really enough demand to pay it back. This is where YOU come in. If you support this kickstarter project, you will not only get your copy of the game before everyone else, you will get some cool stuff that Alfred and I have prepared. But if we don't make our goal, the game will probably never be reprinted. So not only do we need your support, we need you to tell all your friends to support us also. If we make our goal, we will reprint the Ace of Aces Rotary Series. If we make our stretch goals, we will reprint some of the other books.
One of the reasons this book is so expensive to print, is because it is over 200 pages long, and will be heavily used. Thus the binding needs to be sewn, not glued. Also I intend to use the original leatherette style covers, and put the books in a slipcase, similar to the original. Another reason is that I will be printing this in the USA - not sending it out to China or India to be printed.
If you are not one of the people already familiar with this game, it consists of two 200+ page books, which are all you need to play the game. The game simulates a WWI dogfight between a Sopwith Camel (hi, Snoopy!) and a Fokker Dr I triplane. I am only going to print 1000 copies, unless this kickstarter is hugely oversuccessful.
If we double our goal, I'll reprint the Powerhouse Series - Fokker DVII vs Spad XIII. If we triple our goal, I'll reprint the Flying Machines - Airco D.H.2 vs Fokker E. III. If we don't make even our first goal -- Alfred and I will hoist a drink in honor of all the fans, and we will assume that the "groundswell of support" that we have received over the last few years was just the same seven guys contacting us over and over!
This project is fully supported by the inventor of the game, Alfred Leonardi. He gets a percentage of everything pledged!
I've added a few new reward levels. I will post pictures of the "challenge coins" as soon as my artist finishes them.
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