The Marauder Strikes!

The Marauder Strikes!


The B-26 has arrived in the European Theater of Operations. It has now joined the B-17, B-24 and the Lancaster over the skies of war torn Europe...


Martin B-26 Marauder: The Wingless Wonder was the name of a variant of Avalon Hill's B-17: Queen of the Skies solitaire boardgame. A draft of B-26 was available for play testing which used the B-17: Queen of the Skies rules and B-17 was needed to play. Everything has changed since then, and B-26: The Marauder Strikes! has completly new mechanics and is a stand alone game. It is a solitaire game set on board a Martin B-26 Marauder medium bomber during World War Two in the European Theater of Opearations from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945.

B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is a big game in that there are many target lists, rules, mission maps and details which are not found in B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan. For example, the Damage Tables are more detailed than the earlier games and the combat system is similar, but completely new. The Target Lists include a large selection of targets attacked by B-26s from July 1943 until the end of the war in May 1945 and are placed on 13 maps (movement boards) which are different depending on where your base is located, from England to the Netherlands. Different models of the B-26 is also included from the early B-26 in 1941 until the B-26G which entered combat in October 1944. The earlier models are not used in the European Theater of Operations (the ETO) in which B-26: The Marauder Strikes! is set, but will be used in 22nd Bomb Group: Marauders from Australia, an add-on variant set in the Pacific in the war against Japan in New Guinea.

The rules in this Flight Manual try to reflect the twin engined B-26 Marauder and situations and events which the crews saw on their missions and historical accuracy has been an important guideline during the development of this game.

Players familiar with B-17: Queen of the Skies or B-29 Superfortress: Bombers over Japan recognize the mechanics used in B-26. One or more 6-sided dice are rolled on tables to plan the mission, to determine if enemy fighters appear, to hit with machine gun fire and to determine damage and wounds and much more. B-26 is as easy to play as B-17 with its basic system which is similar to the mechanics in B-17: Queen of the Skies. Players who have flown missions in B-17 may find that B-26 is similar, but more detailed and there are ideas included in B-26 which can be found in the B-17: Queen of the Skies community. If you add the advanced and optional guidelines you will find B-26 to become deep, detailed and complex, but still does not stray far from the simple mechanics of the basic system. You will also find yourself in situations where you have to make a decision.

The Core Game Flight Manual will be used to play the A-20 Havoc, A-26 Invader and B-25 Mitchell add-ons.

You can begin your campaign flying missions from bases in England or jump in later in the war when the B-26 groups had moved to the continent and you will find Mission Maps with your station either in England, France, Belgium or the Netherlands depending on when you fly your missions. Put together a crew, name your B-26 and fly missions over France, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxemburg, Germany, Austria and Chechoslovakia!

Good News.

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-12-29 13:34:05

B-26 is moving forward. It is now flying into a development stage with Bob Best as the developer. As you know, Bob worked with Steve Dixon on Target for Today.


B-26 HQ.

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Zone Width... Distance...

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-09-26 09:53:47
Oh no... I have just found out that my zone width is off in the MTO... It is less than aprox 50 miles.. I have to check the ETO maps now. I base the bombers range on and fuel consumption on the map on the zone width. I will not change it on the maps, only on the fuel consumption add-on chart.

The zone width is wrong on all maps. It is less than 50 miles... it is perhaps aprox 40 miles... but lets say it is 40-50 miles..

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Mission Map - MTO - Nov 43 to Jan 44

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-08-10 11:39:44

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Need a new computer?

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-06-05 09:25:46
Maybe YES. This is so slow now and requires a-whole-lota-patience and it takes forever to do the simplest of things.

B-26 has been standing still because of that and the MTO expansion is getting nowhere. I started the computer today to do some work on MTO before work, to see if my computer is co-operative today.

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Why no progress on B-26 and MTO?

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-03-26 09:49:54
I am sorry, due to personal reasons I have been very inactive lately, but I am coming back, infact doing some work on the Core Game today, not so much though, there is not so much to change or add, just working on details and today especially on MP-7, Formation Position. I will also catch up on your emails this coming week, and I hope I will be able to do so.

Why does the MTO Expansion stand still? It is because I have not been able to come up with a good rule to use small formations, 3-12 bombers and in the PTO you will also see a mighty strike force of 2 bombers. I think I found a way today which I must explore. The answer could already be on MP-7.

And the P-61? Still trying to figure out how to simulate Ground Control Intercept, the SCR-520 and 720 and Nightfighting... It must be simple, exciting, more historically correct than not... it must be fun. Don't forget that you will also see the P-70 in this game. Maybe also the P-38M and... and... there are so many German nightfighters we can add...

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Target locations maps vs gazetteers

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-02-03 15:53:34
I noticed today that I have either forgotten to change in the gazetteer or missed a few locations when I changed the maps to have circles instead of hexes. When I did that many targets changed zone and I had to adjust the gazetteers.

The maps are correct. The gazetteer is not always correct.

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MTO Expansion - Target Lists & Maps

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2018-01-17 21:57:15
Target Lists and Maps are done from Nov 1942 through October 1943, including emergency routes to Malta/Sicily and Sardinia.

Your stations are in North Africa:

* BISKRA (B-26 detachment)

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A Work in Progress: B-26 Cover.

B-26: The Marauder Strikes!Posted by Magnus Kimura 2017-09-13 12:52:54
A sneak peak at the new B-26 cover (a work in progress as this is the first draft from the artist):

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