The Marauder Strikes!

The Marauder Strikes!

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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...


PRE-ORDER B-26 HERE AT LEGION WARGAMES: http://www.legionwargames.com/legion_B26.html

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!

22nd Bomb Group?

22nd Bomb GroupPosted by Magnus Kimura 2013-10-27 12:49:45
Question: When will 22nd Bomb Group be available?
Answer: I am testing it now and it seems to be working, but will have to do some more work to it before I send it to you. There is still a little more to do on the Target Lists and Gazetteers and I would like to create maps, but that is a much too large project for me at the time so I think that 22nd Bomb Group: Marauders from Australia will only use a simplified movement board.

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Posted by Magnus Kimura 2013-11-12 23:03:04

I have worked on this variant now that I have had two days off, but there was no time to finish anything of it so that I could send it to you. I need to do some more work on it before I do that. I had hopes of finishing at least April 1942 for you before Tuesday night, did not reach that goal.

The 22nd flew the first B-26 missions of the war in April. On the 6th they went to Rabaul and that target was bombed several times before the end of the month. "A very deadly target indeed." Lae on New Guinea was also bombed and Gasmata as an alternate target when Rabaul could not be reached due to weather. Military installations (airfield?) SW of Rabaul at Stockholm was also bombed.

Posted by Magnus Kimura 2013-11-11 17:57:45

Yes, doing some work on it now, at this moment. smiley

Posted by Rick Morey 2013-11-11 16:27:18

Any progress?