"It is the man, not the machine." -Chuck Yeager
is an exciting and popular set of WWII air combat rules
featuring 6 supporting scenario books.
was released in July 2007
and quickly won the Origins Award for Miniature Wargaming Rules. The rules are a joint effort between author Scott Fisher
(ARC of FIRE, SkirmishCampaigns) and the dauntless
Chris Pringle (TAC-WWII), Mark Fastoso (Colonial Campaigns),
Buck Surdu (BAPS, Gaslight), CB Stevens, Alvin Gunkel, Jerry Frazee,
Nick Murray, former U.S.M.C pilot Sandy Botond, and former U.S.A.F. Thunderbird pilot Rob
scenario books have been released along the
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The key design goal for
was to maximize pilot influence and historical accuracy
while keeping the game relatively easy to play. Since
players plot moves simultaneously, the game can easily
accommodate large numbers of aircraft by increasing the
number of players. All of the key game charts are on two
sides of one 8x11" chart.
are plotted in advance (similar to the old Blue Max system),
so large games are possible; at Cold Wars 2006, one game
with 12 players and completed it in less than 2 hours.
has four pilot skills, +0 (Green), +1 (Skilled), +2
(Veteran) and +3 (Ace). Pilot skill is
critical to success. In
players will quickly find out
that if one is inexperienced one should avoid enemy aces at
is the most important aspect in the game (a factor lacking
in a surprising number of air games).
truly reflects the words of Chuck Yeager, "It is the man,
not the machine."
Any scale models may be used.
was playtested with 1/600, 1/144, 1/300 and 1/72 aircraft.
Weapons types are: LMG/MMG, HMG, Low-Velocity Cannon, Modern
Cannon, Low-Velocity Heavy Cannon and Heavy Cannon. Heavy
Cannon may be modified by Low, Very Low and Extremely Low
rate of fire.
Aircraft have two sets of attributes, one for low-med
altitude and one for high (20,000ft +) altitude. Attributes
are: Maneuver, Max Speed, Agility, Climb/Dive, Acceleration
is handled via hexes and maneuver charts illustrating
possible maneuvers for each speed level. The game features
3D maneuvers and has several Operational Altitude Bands
(CABs); within each is six Tactical Altitude Levels (TAL).
rules will cover aircraft combat from 1925-1947 and will
include rules for early jet aircraft (Korean War supplement
will be released at a later date). All statistics for key
aircraft of the Axis and Allied powers will be included with
scenario books will be released with the
rules. The first scenario book will focus on the Battle of
Britain; later books will focus on the air battles over
North Africa and Sicily, and Guadalcanal.
a CY6! Mini-Campaign
Tigers: The Defense of Rangoon
historical scenarios linked by paragraph decisions; player
choices can change scenario setup based on historical
photograph by R.T. Smith used by permission of Brad Smith.
More information about this excellent photo is available at:
Ease of Play
6! was designed to reflect
the realities of air combat with the simplest
wargame mechanics possible. Instead of endless die
utilizes multiple die types and
innovative mechanics to enable players to think
about the air fight instead of what chart to look
6! rulebook will be released with over 20
scenarios but will soon be followed by several Campaign
Books in a
SkirmishCampaigns-like format. See
this webpage for more details in the next few months and
see Example Scenario above.
was designed to closely reflect the realities of
WWII air combat while allowing for a playable game.
Combat is reflected in 3D and the game is the result
of two years of research into Air-to-Air weapons,
combat maneuvers, aircraft statistics and the
influence of pilot skill on combat. Statistical
analysis was extensively used to find the most
efficient game systems. In addition, former US Air
Force and US Marine Corps pilots were a part of the
design team from the start, greatly influencing the
design and playtesting.
Flight Stands &
6! Flight Stands and campaign packs with
available from these and other leading vendors:
Last Square/Regal Distributors
On Military Matters
North Star Miniatures (UK)
Dom's Decals (UK)
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