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10/23/2009

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WOW: Wings Of War - W.W.I aeroplanes
  A spectacular evening for Flight Lieutenant Percy (just call me Biggles) Weneigh. Once again everyone forgot their cameras, so this image comes from one of your humble correspondent's childhood picture books. This water color was accompanied by text explaining to English schoolboys what splendid chaps there were in the Royal Flying Corps.

Those familiar with The Bengal Club will remember that; Weneigh is unusually unfortunate in the results of aircraft games (it's a moral victory if he's not on fire by turn #3), and he refuses to fly the overly complex (i.e. better) aircraft. He repeatedly insists on the worst planes possible. Hence the image of the DH-2 pusher biplane. Now the Wings Of War rule set doesn't have a DH-2, so we had to make do with the worst thing available, a Neiuport-17. The consensus was this model was the one with the misplaced seam on the top wing so that if you dove too fast all the canvas would tear off, and produce a dramatic if not completely unexpected conclusion to the pilot's first flight.

Anyway, on this notable evening Flight Lieutenant Weneigh couldn't do anything wrong. He didn't really do anything right, but there just didn't seem to be any penalties for his usual mistakes. He blundered in front of heavily armed, more maneuverable, and admittedly more skillfully flown, German aircraft and many, many (many) shots were taken at him. Yet somehow he seemed to have selected a biplane with a ring of battleship steel around the cockpit. In a brief aside to explain the game mechanics of these events every plane in WOW has a maximum number of damage points. Weneigh's plane had a depressingly low number at 12. Every time someone shot at him he had to draw one damage card for long range shooting, and two cards for short range shooting. The cards had a variety of damage numbers on them, and when Weneigh's total reached 12 he was shot down. By the end of the game, with Weneigh still airborne, he had close to 18 damage cards. Four of these cards had the value of "1" and the rest appeared to be "0"

It was a remarkable night for Weneigh and the entire membership acknowledged that he had won the game. Statistically he only wins 2 games every 12 months. So he has one more victory pending before New Years.
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