Squadron Forward should be relased this coming week!
As you can see Rich has done a bang up job on the artwork with many international drawings.
There are the usual three parts just like Platoon Forward. Part One is similar actually except your pilots can have additional skills. Part Two consists of 5 basic scenarios which expand to 8 basic situations. Just like Platoon Forward, you don't pick your mission, it is handed to you. Unlike PF, appendix 1 contains mission tables that break the war down by theater, combatant, year and sometimes aircraft. After all, a ME 109s missions were far different in 1940 than they were in 1945!
Part Three contains the in game and post game tables you need to test your men in battle and out. Squadron Forward introduces some minimal resource management as you keep track of the number of pilots you have ready and the number of planes on the line. Finally we have two more appendices. Appendix 2 gives you tables for enemy and friendly fighter aircraft by theater and year for the entire war. If the scenario card says you meet 4 enemy fighters you move to appendix 2 and roll to see what you are gonna face! There are a couple of "theaters" not there like Syria and Norway but the vast majority are included. [Greece is in there for you Chris] If your theater is not in there e-mail me and we can talk about putting together a table. Appendix 3 comes to us courtesy of Brian and adds medals to the Forward system. Your pilot just got his 5th kill and you think he should get a medal? I think the Wing Commander doesn't like him since he caused that ruckus in town last week. The paperwork might get lost...
If you liked Platoon Forward you will like Squadron Forward. If you hated Platoon Forward please don't buy Squadron Forward. If you are a solitaire gamer then Squadron Forward will set up the battle for you. It is not a AI programed opponenet however. If you want to add a campaign element to your air combat games without a lot of fuss then either ask on your favorite forum or e-mail me here, TMP or the Lardies group about Squadron Forward and I will answer any questions you have. Once you are satisfied and only then, buy it.
I really hope you guys enjoy it!