Fighting Wings is a series of games on the topic of World War 2 Air Combat. The first game, Over the Reich, is focused on the European Theatre of Operations in 1943-1945. Rules cover air-to-air and air-to-ground missions, and scenarios vary in scale from one-on-one aerial combat to cross-Europe strategic bombing missions. The second game, Achtung-Spitfire!, uses the same ruleset, but includes aircraft, scenarios and missions for the European theatre in the years 1940-1943.|
The third game in the series, Whistling Death, covers the entire Pacific War and primarily features aircraft from the USN and IJN, with a few USAAF and JAAF planes for variety. It includes updated and expanded flight rules, and new rules covering Air-Naval actions and night-fighting. With this rules set, the player can recreate any type of aerial action, whether air-to-air, air-to-ground, or air-to-sea, by day or by night.
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In support of JD's efforts, I have produced a small booklet of scenarios for the two aircraft types he has included with the Quick Start Rules, the F4F-4 Wildcat and the A6M2 Zero. At the back of the scenario booklet is an Example of Play to help new players learn the system (Note: this example was written for the first version of the Quick Start rules and has not been updated yet. As a result, there are some errors in rules application within it, but it is still a useful guide for the game flow. I hope to update and expand this in the near future). I have also produced a file with a small mapsheet and aircraft counters, giving you everything you need to play except a 10-sided die. Even if you don't like my scenarios, you can always use the map and counters for your own combats!
I have made all these files available as a single zipped download, the "Quick Start Pack", including the current Quick Start rules, the Aircraft Data Cards for the F4F-4 Wildcat and the A6M2 Zero (from the original version 1 Quick Start file), my scenario book, and my map and counter file. Alternatively, you may download another zipped file which has just the Quick Start rules on their own.
|Download the complete Quick Start pack (zipped PDF files, 1,257 KB), including the current Quick Start Rules (version 2.1, June 2006), Aircraft Data Cards for the F4F-4 Wildcat and A6M2 Zero, a scenario booklet with an example of play, and a map and counter file.|
|Download the current version of the Quick Start Rules (version 2.1, June 2006; zipped PDF, 649 KB).|
Copies are available here in A4 Size and US Letter Size.
"Well, as we all know, no game is ever free of errata. Whistling Death has been out in public now for about 10 months and the following is what we've spotted so far. This is the first official errata issue for the game. The good news is that none of it is a game breaker and that, for a game of this magnitude, there is surprisingly little errata."
The current complete Version 1.1 errata file can be downloaded here. (Zip file, 428 KB).
Note: the above file was updated in April 2005 although it has a January 2005 date. It also includes a corrected version of the A6M5c Zero ADC that was included with the original errata file.