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This award-winning game has been out of print for 20 years. I have been asked many times to reprint it, and with your help I can.
This award-winning game has been out of print for 20 years. I have been asked many times to reprint it, and with your help I can.
Note: there are still some copies available.
This award-winning game has been out of print for 20 years. I have been asked many times to reprint it, and with your help I can. Note: there are still some copies available.
395 backers pledged $34,284 to help bring this project to life.

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Ace of Aces rotary series limited edition reprint.

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This is what the original books looked like
This is what the original books looked like

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.

This is a sample of one of the pages.
This is a sample of one of the pages.

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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  • If you want the game and some additional goodies, add the amounts together. You can pledge more than the specified amount. For instance if you want the game ($60) and the tshirt ($25) you pledge $85 and select the game. If the project is successful, at the end I will email you and ask what you wanted for your extra $25. At that time you can tell me you wanted a tshirt, and the size. Sorry if that was not clear.

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  • These are metal coins specifically made for a group (usually a military unit) which designate membership. Supposedly if you go to a bar frequented by your fellow unit members, and slap your coin on the table, everyone from the unit who is there is "challenged" to produce his. Anyone who does not, buys a round of drinks. If everyone else produces a coin, then the "challenger" must buy a round. As soon as my artist finishes the artwork for the coins, I will post the art here.

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    Your name permanently inscribed on our website (AceOfAces.com) as a supporter of Ace of Aces.This reward automatically included in all the below rewards unless you ask us not to!

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    One limited edition pin proclaiming you are an "ace".

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    Add $15 to your pledge, get a signed and numbered bookplate which you can attach to the inside of one of the books, denoting that this is copy #11 to 200 of a limited edition. Your number will be first come-lowest number.

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    Add $25 to your pledge and you will get one limited edition special "Ace of Aces" tshirt. We will only print enough of these to fulfill kickstarter pledges.

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    This is the game! One copy of the limited edition reprint, mailed to any address in the USA. Outside the USA supporters - we can mail up to 4 copies of the game in a priority mail medium flat rate box. Email us to find out how much extra you need to add to your pledge. Canadian supporters: add $6 to your pledge for first class postage.

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    One copy of the game delivered to you at the Spiel Game convention in Essen Germany October 18-21, 2012. NO SHIPPING CHARGES. I will have a booth in hall 6 and I will deliver it to you there. If for some reason we fail to get it printed in time for Spiel 2012, I will deliver it to you at Spiel 2013.

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    One copy of the game, personally autographed to you by Alfred, at the Gencon Game Convention in Indianapolis, IN in August of 2013. (I don't think we will have it printed in time for Gencon 2012, but if we do, you can pick this up a year early!)

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    One copy of the game, personally autographed to you by Alfred , at the Origins Game Convention in Columbus, Ohio in June of 2013

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    One copy of the game, personally autographed and numbered by Alfred, numbered 13-100. Mailed anywhere in the USA. Foreign customers add extra for postage.

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    Add $100 to your pledge and Alfred will personally autograph your copy, denoting it as one of the first ten copies of a limited edition. (Your number will be determined by first come - lowest number).

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    TWO copies of the game, and the pin mentioned in the $10 reward.

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    One copy of the game, the tshirt, and both challenge coins!

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    RETAILER REWARD: If you have a retail store, (we will check!) you can order 5 (or 10 or 15 etc) copies. $165 gets you five copies for resale.

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    DISTRIBUTOR REWARD: We don't want to leave out our faithful distributors. But we will probably only print enough copies to fulfill what is ordered through kickstarter. So if you want some to resell, you need to order them here. Note: You must be a legitimate distributor to select this. For $525 you get 20 copies of the game for resale.

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    For this amount, Alfred himself will fly to your event (convention, trade show, birthday, etc) and bring 10 copies of the game, which he will personally autograph for you and your friends. He will show you and your friends how to play the game, and then he will run one of his famous tournaments. (Prizes will be awarded!) Note: this reward is conditional upon you and Alfred being able to agree on a date. If only one date will do, contact us first. Another note: This is for an event in the USA. If you want Alfred to come to an event outside the USA, contact us first and we will figure out a price.

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