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    Default Fire in the Skies 2020: Battle of Britain Campaign Officers Mess

    This is the new officers mess for the Battle of Britain campaign.

    I'm working through a simplified set of rules taken from the old Fire in the Skies rules.

    Neil (The insomniac)
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    Time for bed said Zebedee, otherwise Steve (Guntruck) might get scared again. He might agree I need my beauty sleep.

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    PS: Scenarios to follow.
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    OK the following have been given access to the BoB 2020 spreadsheet.

    Tikkifriend...............................British 56 and 64 SQN ...............................Access granted
    F.O. Kyte.................................British 303 SQN (PL)..................................Access granted
    Stumptonian........................... British 54 Sqn. and 242 SQN.......................Access Granted
    Future Pilot..............................German JG 52...........................................Access granted
    Teaticket..................................German JG 26...........................................Access granted
    Skafloc....................................British (fictional) 666 SQN...........................Access granted
    Skafloc....................................German JG 51............................................Access granted
    Flyboy Nate............................ British 85 Sqn ...........................................Access Granted
    MARECHALLANNES.................. British 152 SQN..........................................Access granted
    LINDINHO.............................. British 213 SQN..........................................Access granted
    gutland.................................. British 310 (CZ) SQN...................................Access granted
    Dan Sam.................................British 312 (CZ) SQN..................................Access granted
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    Just remember folks there is no rush to complete any missions.

    You fly them at your leisure.

    You may fly as many or as few as you like.

    I would like to use this campaign as a vehicle to promote the WW2 side of Wings and not as a hard and fast competition style campaign.

    Please if you design a scenario not from the original list could you do the following:

    1. Put it into 1 of the 5 distinct phases, it does not have to be date defined just within the dates for that specific phase.
    2. Publish the scenario in the scenario thread. I will then move it into 1 of the 5 phase threads for players to access.

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    I've started transfering the scenarios already done into the relevant sticky. They are not cast in stone scenarios, they can be played as they are or amended to suit or as a basis for whatever you fly.

    Remember, enjoy, have fun, fly them at your leisure.

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    Managed to pull your squadrons off a sheet I'd copied and kept on the computer Paul
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    Interested - but have to check if Christian would play with me...

    Cant‘t promise 100% epic AARs. Thinking about short ones (4-5 pictures & the result of course)
    Voilà le soleil d'Austerlitz!

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    Sven, the game is whatever you can do in the time you have to do it. There are no time constraints. Play when you can for as long as you can. Writing up an AAR can be as short as a combat report. With a couple of 'fun camera' pictures of the action. Or a long winded 'story' linking in various aspects of your campaign.

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    Interested - but have to check if Christian would play with me...

    Cant‘t promise 100% epic AARs. Thinking about short ones (4-5 pictures & the result of course)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Marechallannes View Post
    Interested - but have to check if Christian would play with me...

    Cant‘t promise 100% epic AARs. Thinking about short ones (4-5 pictures & the result of course)
    Yes! I am very interested. Let's join the campaign Sven.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    Managed to pull your squadrons off a sheet I'd copied and kept on the computer Paul
    So I see after I sent them to you a couple of mins ago. Internet had not caught up with the data.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    Sven, the game is whatever you can do in the time you have to do it. There are no time constraints. Play when you can for as long as you can. Writing up an AAR can be as short as a combat report. With a couple of 'fun camera' pictures of the action. Or a long winded 'story' linking in various aspects of your campaign.

    Neil
    You get a chance to bomb the toilets again It was a scenario I wrote for the old campaign that we played in Prague that year


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    Next steps, for those I haven't got squadron details for please send me the following:

    1. Nation.
    2. Aircraft type. Fighters or 2 seaters used in the Battle of Britain only. (If flying 2-seaters reduce pilots to 6 with 6 observers)
    3. 12 pilots, of which:

    1 Ace with any Ace ability +evasion
    3 Veterans
    6 Standard pilots
    2 Rookies with Rookie disadvantage

    Any 3 pilots to have evasion skill.

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    Details now posted for the following players on the spreadsheet:

    Skafloc
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    I am interested in doing this campaign.

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    Hi NAthan, no problems there, just read and follow post 12 above. PM your email address and I'll link you into the spreadsheet for the campaign.

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    I have emailed you my selection, Neil.
    54 Squadron RAF Manston

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    Added to sheet, please confirm you have access.

    Neil

    Quote Originally Posted by Stumptonian View Post
    I have emailed you my selection, Neil.
    54 Squadron RAF Manston
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    Just awaiting:

    Marechallanes & Lindho to confirm they are playing and F.O. Kyte and Teaticket to confirm their orbats please?

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    I have transferred over 10, I think, scenarios form the old Fire in the Skies ETO-BoB campaign.

    Players do not have to play these, can design their own but keep them true to the distinct phases of the BoB as you can. If you do publish an AAR that is your own, please publish a BRF first and I will transfer it into the relevant section for other players to fly.

    This is as much your campaign as it is any of the other players playing it.

    11 days to go until the official launch of the campaign. Good luck and have fun.

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    Lost the link to the spreadsheet Neil doh


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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post
    Added to sheet, please confirm you have access.

    Neil
    Confirmed.

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    Sent my Hurricane Squadron - 242 RAF Duxford
    Canajen, eh?


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    No. 152 Squadron RAF
    RAF Airfield Warmwell

    (fighter defence for the important naval facilities at Portland and Portsmouth, as well as working in 10 Group as part of the fighter defences for the south-west of England)

    Gloster Gladiator I & II
    Spitfire Mk.I
    Spitfire Mk.IIA

    Will send you the roster per PM, Neil.
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    Squadron pilots list will be PM'ed ASAP Neil.





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    Thank you Sven, will add as soon as receive. Will give you access tonight when I get home.

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    No. 152 Squadron RAF
    RAF Airfield Warmwell

    (fighter defence for the important naval facilities at Portland and Portsmouth, as well as working in 10 Group as part of the fighter defences for the south-west of England)

    Gloster Gladiator I & II
    Spitfire Mk.I
    Spitfire Mk.IIA

    Will send you the roster per PM, Neil.
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    85 Squadron for me.
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    I think I've got everything done.

    1. Please check you have access to the spreadsheet.
    2. Please check the orbat derails are correct.
    3. Play when you can and post an AAR.
    4. If you want to design your own BRF for a scenario, give it an appropriate title and what section of the Bob it falls into, ie which phase.
    5. Have fun.

    I will be posting a simplified scenario creation section taken from Blackronins original OTT campaign which could be used in any of the phases.

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    213 Squadron
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    PM sent.

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    Hello all, 2 days until the Bob 2020 campaign opens.

    We now have 9 players running 12 Squadrons.

    Enjoy, have fun and remember it's not a competition.

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    Hi Neil.
    I am afraid you will get attatchments at the bottom of all my posts. I have just given up trying to sort this out.
    Rob.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Flying Officer Kyte View Post
    Hi Neil.
    I am afraid you will get attatchments at the bottom of all my posts. I have just given up trying to sort this out.
    Rob.
    Mine, too, unfortunately.
    Odd that some are getting it and others are fine.

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    I'm getting it too. No worries.

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    I was hoping my new computer with Windows ten would have sorted it but no such luck I'm afraid.
    Rob.
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    Gentlemen, can I sign in?
    My boys are on their way from France, so if you let us form 310. sqn, we promise to fight hardClick image for larger version. 

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    Welcome Marek. We need all the pilots we can get to ward off the Hun.


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    Of course Marek, 301 SQN it is.

    Just need your Squadron orbat as per rules.

    1 Ace with sniper and evasion skills
    3 Veterans
    6 Standard
    2 Rookies with Rookie skill

    Any 3 of you pilots, not the ace, may also have the evasion skill.

    Also need your email address, please PM me with that so I can give you access to the spreadsheet.
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    Wrote first AAR. Have a question: Is "Butchers Tally" format purposed for "machine" reading? I have added further info "/ + 3 XP, Hurricane 7 HP" , is it OK?

    Disregard if human reads and process it ..

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    Hopefully tomorrow I will be flying my first mission over France as we regroup near Dunkirk.
    I will just have to live with the problem of having an entailment of attatchments to each AAR.
    If you chaps can put up with it I guess so can I.

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    10 players signed up, 13 squadrons ready for the off.

    Clear skies.
    Watch your six.
    Have fun.

    Neil

    PS: Please add more BRF to the list. Just PM following the format of previously published BRF's so we can extend the list. I can't write them all.
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    The chaps preparations are underway for tomorrow's sortie.





    Who will draw the short straw?

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    Hopefully that's the last glitch about access to spreadsheet sorted.

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    Hi Neil.
    I shuffled all those cards and decided from the result who drew the short straw from the Hurricane pilots.
    Flew the mission and am starting the writeup.
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    Great news 2nd AAR in bag me thinks.

    I'll be updating the spreadsheet once a week, which night still to be decided. Probably a Sunday.

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    Gentlemen, I got so motivated that I had sent my czechoslovaks to fight again . Thanks Neil.
    (I wanted to test scenario I am preparing for our Early War campaign. Unescorted Do-17 being attacked by Hurricanes and for further evolvement I would like to have 1 Do-17 downed and others with some damage as a probable result for further evolvment. Do not know whether it should be 2 Hurricanes vs 4 Do-17 or 3 vs 3 as setup. So I have tried 2 vs 2 initially as having only 2 Do-17 in my collection )

    And I am sorry with the sheet troubles reporting. I can see (view) it for couple days. I thought you want us to edit it as well

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    First results are now posted on the spreadsheet. Could players please indicate what scenario they are playing please.

    Marek you indicated D-2 for your first but the kanalkampf scenario with the Dorniers is scenario 4 (as close as I can fit it). If you are going to play scenario D-1, 1, 2 and 3 you cannot use the pilots from your 2nd AAR (Scenario 4) for D-1,1,2, or 3.

    If you want the Dornier scenario to be D-1 could you indicate this please. The scenarios copied across from the original campaign follow specific dates and specific parts of the BoB campaign.
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    I am trying to get my head around the first phase and have a couple of questions:
    (Now that I understand the first couple in the May to 16 July are "D Minus 2" and "D Minus 1" - coffee helps )

    Scenario D-1: First Offensive Air Operations
    800 and 803 squadrons were stationed at RNAS Hatston with multi-role Blackburn Skua fighter/dive-bomber aircraft.
    Allied Forces: Place the ship target in the centre of the mat. (see attached pic).
    1) Since most (if not all) of us are unlikely to have the Blackburn Skua, I assume we are to use our Spitfires or Hurricanes?
    2) I do not see the referenced pic.

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    Hi Pete, that bit is more of the historical pre amble than aircraft to be used.

    Use whatever aircraft you have, unfortunately the original picture has been lost. Just place a suitable ship target card in the middle of the playing area and go from there.

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    Rather than leap around on the spreadsheet, the following will happen.

    Your individual scenarios unless specifically titled from the ones published will simply follow one after the other in numerical order. ie Your first scenario will be 1, 2nd 2 etc. Rather than me just plonking them where I think they should fall on the chart.

    This is your individual campaign, not mine. Makes book keeping easier. All I would ask is you number your scenarios if your not following the scenario numbering of those published. In that way you can fly daily missions, weekly missions, stick to just one part of the BoB Historical campaign bits. For example you may just wish to fly only during the period 13 August – 6 September: Adlerangriff ("Eagle Attack"), have your squadron fly 24 missions, 1 per day, or more than 1 per day. Rather than try and cover the whole BoB period.

    Choice is yours.



    As always have fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Skafloc View Post

    For example you may just wish to fly only during the period 13 August – 6 September: Adlerangriff ("Eagle Attack"), have your squadron fly 24 missions, 1 per day, or more than 1 per day. Rather than try and cover the whole BoB period.
    Ooooh - I think I like that idea.

    That really puts pressure on the aircrews and makes it more realistic (in my view)

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    I'm thunking then of adding in a special rule, which you may use or ignore, for pilots flying multiple missions.

    1. For each consecutive mission flown by a single pilot add 1 exhaustion point.
    2. Start of each new mission role 2d6.
    3. As long as the roll is greater than the exhaustion level then there is no effect on the pilots abilities.
    4. If the roll is greater than the current exhaustion level for every mission flown then:
    1st mission = When firing draw 1 or 2 extra counters when firing and use the lowest totals for causing damage
    2nd mission = As above plus no difficult maneuvers
    3rd mission = As above plus draw an additional A damage counter when this pilot takes any damage
    4th mission = As above but roll for landing with -2 to roll
    5th mission = As 1st to 3rd plus any special damage and the pilot bails out
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