You may remember that back at the UK Games Expo I had a chat with Will Townshend of Plastic Soldier Company about about the forthcoming Battle of Britain boardgame?
The Kickstarter for the new version of this classic game launched today (13th July 2016), just about coinciding with the 76th Anniversary of the start of the battle.
The ‘vanilla’ games comes with models of Spitfires and Heinkel 111s, but stretch goals will amend the models to include different aircraft.
Early bird price for the game is £50 + Shipping (limited to 400), with ‘standard’ pledge price being £55 + Shipping (RRP is £60). Estimated delivery date is February 2017.
The project is running until the 12th August 2016
There are other bundles available, which give discounts on other games that PSC have been involved in, such as Quartermaster General Victory or Death, The Great War and Hold the Line.
This is the full press release from PSC Games:
We are very proud and excited to announce our newest boardgame – The Battle of Britain by Richard Borg, a remastering and upgrading of the classic, much loved old TSR classic.
Designed by Richard Borg, the highly acclaimed designer of Memoir 44, Battle Cry and The Great War (amongst others!), this upgraded version takes all the brilliant mechanics and features of the original game and adds new features to give an even more exciting and satisfying gaming experience, including new streamlined dogfighting and fuel rules, ace fighter squadrons and the ability to play shorter scenarios in 1-2 hours or the full campaign game in 3-4 hours.
Take command of RAF Fighter Command, marshalling your too few fighter squadrons to protect your homeland’s cities, industrial resources, airfields and vital radar chain against the waves of Luftwaffe bombers intent on destroying them and the swarms of fighters intent on shooting the RAF out of the sky. Is that bomber attack a feint or is it the main effort? Are they heading for London or Tangmere airfield? Can you thwart the Luftwaffe’s bombing missions, tear the heart out of their bomber and fighter squadrons and survive long enough to win the game?
Take command of Luftflotte 2 and 3 in Northern France and Luftlotte 5 in Norway and use your numerous bomber squadrons, protected by your numerous fighter squadrons, to complete a number of specific bombing missions to win the game. But don’t be fooled by your starting strength! Your losses will not be replaced as the Spitfires and Hurricanes carve holes in your ranks. Your medium bombers are not really suited to mass strategic bombing and will struggle to complete their missions. Your fighter squadrons, although mainly composed of the excellent Messerschmidt 109, will struggle with fuel, not having the range and endurance to protect your bombers properly.
In addition, the Plastic Soldier Company has added its plastic miniature expertise to create some fantastic little 1/300th scale plastic airplane models. The base game will have 12 Spitfire fighter models and 7 Heinkel 111 bomber models but we are hoping all you lovely Kickstarter backers will propel us past an exciting ladder of stretch goals to add Hurricanes, Dornier 17s, Junkers 88s, Stukas, Bf 109s, Bf 110s and even Blenheims and Defiants! Some of these will replace Heinkels and Spitfires to give more variety whilst others will be additions to the respective air fleets, and some (Stukas, Blenheims, Defiants and even the venerable Gloster Gladiator) will be Kickstarter exclusives.