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The Flight of the Hellcat Agnes (Target for Today)

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The Flight of the Hellcat Agnes (Target for Today)

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Inspired by DBT's purchase of Target for Today, I decided to dust off my copy and fly a single B-17 mission to get to know the game a bit before committing to a full 25 mission campaign. Lucky for me I already sorted the counters so set up was pretty easy. But I need ten brave aviators and crew to man my plane and strike a blow against the Reich!

You will be flying as part of the mighty 8th Air Force based in England. The campaign will take place during the early days of the Allied bombing campaign, Aug 1942-Apr 1943. I will be taking pics as the game goes on and just have to figure out which image sharing program I want to use to post pics (suggestions appreciated). The first mission will be against the U-Boat pens at La Pallice in France. Once I get my 10 brave volunteers I will randomly assign the following roles to them: bombadier, navigator, pilot, co-pilot, engineer/top turret, radio, ball turret, left waist, right waist, tail turret.

Who knows, if all goes well I'll just start the campaign and count this mission as part of it. Then again there is the possibility that we blow up on take off and there's a table to determine that (Table 3-3 Bomber Crashes On Take-Off Result 4-6..."Bomber cleared the runway and crashes beyond the perimeter fence. Bombs explode. Bomber is destroyed and all aboard are KIA") and it will be a rather short game. I won't go into the details of all the other ways this game can wound, maim, or kill you...

Once I have my crew I'll change the thread title and start the mission. Present day life may get in the way at times so posting might be spotty but I'll try my best to keep the thread up.

Oh, description of the game from the developer website and there's a link to the BGG page at the top of this post:
TARGET FOR TODAY is a solitaire game that recreates American's Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign against Nazi Occupied Europe during the Second World War. Considerable research, including review of many oral histories gathered from veterans who flew heavy bombers in the Daylight Strategic Bombing Campaign was done to make Target For Today! function as closely as possible to reality. The game was designed to provide YOU, the player with the ultimate gaming experience depicting the same types of events and decision making processes experienced by our veterans who flew the real-life missions.

Now, YOU are in command of an individual bomber on an individual mission over Hitler’s Third Reich —flying either the B-17F or G Model Flying Fortress or the B24D, or J Model Liberator bomber. A series of individual missions are strung together in the campaign game to form the player's tour of duty. Just as it was in real life, the objective of the game for the player is to survive your tour of duty so you can rotate home.

The US Army Air Forces suffered one of the highest casualty rates of any branch of the military services including the US Marine Corps during World War II. The heavy bomber groups of the 8th Air Force flew a combined total of 10,631 strike missions over Europe during the period of this game. The 8th Air Force lost 4145 bombers on these missions. Surviving your tour of duty could be difficult!

TARGET FOR TODAY is an advanced update of Glen Frank’s classic game B17, QUEEN OF THE SKIES. Some familiarity with that game is assumed, but “TARGET FOR TODAY!” is a completely new game—you do not need to own B-17, QUEEN OF THE SKIES to play it. New tables are included and the rules are organized according to the sequence of play in any typical mission. TARGET FOR TODAY is designed so that each individual mission is fast and easy to play. The campaign game that comprises your tour of duty offers the player a game that is rich in detail, making the game as realistic as possible while still remaining playable.
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In. I tend to get one-shotted in these things. Expect Table 3-3, Result 4-6!
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In, but I'm too big to be a Tail gunner.
My copy came in today and all I've done is open it up to see what's there. A lot. Thing must weigh 5 pounds or more.
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dbt1949 wrote: Wed Sep 25, 2019 8:30 pm In, but I'm too big to be a Tail gunner.
My copy came in today and all I've done is open it up to see what's there. A lot. Thing must weigh 5 pounds or more.
The books are pretty meaty. I strongly recommend downloading from the Target for Today BGG website a flowchart which will make gameplay really easy to follow. Nice step by step breakdown of which rules and tables to reference at each stage of the game.

I don’t know if I’m using this one but here’s one file:

Flowchart for TFT
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In - hope I don't get airsick!

Dear Mom - I've been assigned to a bomber squad today. We'll get some revenge on those bloody krauts for all these years of bombing!

Dear Lorraine - I have been assigned to a bomber squad and will be flying dangerous missions soon. I may get shot down any day. Think of me often. I shall endeavor to entreat with you ever Friday night that I may. Know that you are my one true love!

Dear Marianne - I have been assigned to a bomber squad and will be flying dangerous missions soon. I may get shot down any day. Think of me often. I shall endeavor to entreat with you ever Saturday night that I may. Know that you are my one true love!

Dear Margaret - I have been assigned to a bomber squad and will be flying dangerous missions soon. I may get shot down any day. Think of me often. I shall endeavor to entreat with you ever Sunday night that I may. Know that you are my one true love!

Note to self - I cannot get free time on Monday - Thursday, will have to let the other ladies know that I regretfully, will have no time for my one true love for now.
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Reporting for duty
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I'm just here for the jacket.
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I'm in. I didn't meant to be. I really just wandered in here for nap, and here I am at 10,000 feet, so why the hell not? Black 'Pigeoneye' Hawk, reporting for duty.
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LawBeefaroni wrote:In. I tend to get one-shotted in these things. Expect Table 3-3, Result 4-6!
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In... terested. Assuming I only have to check in like once a day.

Either keep me close to or far away from Lawbeef. I've seen him in action... briefly... many times before.

I would suggest crossposting in the forum games forum for viability if you come up shy of 10.
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LordMortis wrote: Thu Sep 26, 2019 2:10 pm
I miss our Wings Of War OctoCon games.
Don't you still do Star Wars and Old West versions of Wings?

There's usually an X-Wing game that breaks out. And I usually have my Old West layout...not exactly WoW, but minis nonetheless.

This year I'm going to be bringing a different minis game, Gangs of Rome. Gang fighting on the streets of Rome. It's a hoot. And the terrain is really fun.
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I believe we have our ten bodies, um crewmembers.

Now using the most advanced selection techniques ever devised to make sure people are optimally paired with their position on the bomber I am now going to draw some names written on a piece of paper.

Bombadier: Blackhawk
Navigator: Isgrimnur
Pilot: Smoove_B
Co-Pilot: dbt1949
Engineer/Top Turret: Raydude
Radio: TheMix
Ball Turret: Hentzau
Left Waist: Lawbeefaroni
Right Waist: Zenn7
Tail Turret: LordMortis

And using a random historical nose art name generator I found on BGG the name of your B-17F bomber is...

HELLCAT AGNES! Long may she fly and keep her crew safe!

Enjoy some leave, gents. Soon the first blow shall be struck against fascism! (or someones gonna get a bad case of frostbite after a bad roll on the frostbite table after the heating system fails)
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$iljanus wrote: Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:03 pm Navigator: Isgrimnur
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Here are some pics of the real Hellcat Agnes:

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I did roll on the name generator a few times until I found something that spoke to me. Also, I didn't seem to get anywhere close to rolling a 5 for the name "Ass Bandits". Would also have been happy with "Fertile Myrtle" "E-Rat-icator" or "Duchess of Fubar"
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Ball Turret? Oy.

Lawbeef, I think you might not be the first one eliminated...
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If I go, I'm taking you all with me. :D
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Don't make me come up there.
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hentzau wrote: Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:37 pm Ball Turret? Oy.
Don't worry Hentzau, if something happens I have a plan.

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hentzau wrote: Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:37 pm Ball Turret? Oy.

Lawbeef, I think you might not be the first one eliminated...
Huh? Can't hear you, I'm trying to light my cigar and this damned ammo crate keeps getting in the way...


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hentzau wrote: Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:37 pm Ball Turret? Oy.
Don't worry Hentzau, if something happens I have a plan.

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It's okay that I have a st..st..st..stu..stu.. speak issue?
Also, my w..w..w..words aren't so good. But I d..d..did f..f..fin..finish third grade. :D
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I'm a tail gun!!!




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Sorry, folks. We ran out of gas.
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Isgrimnur wrote: Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:17 pm Sorry, folks. We ran out of gas.
We'll j..j..ju...just...glide down. Right?
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Isgrimnur wrote: Thu Sep 26, 2019 4:17 pm Sorry, folks. We ran out of gas.
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I'm waiting to be able to say "Messerschmidts! A whole mess of Messerschmidts!"
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Smoove_B wrote: Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:50 pm
Don't worry Hentzau, if something happens I have a plan.
I think you mean you have an angle and I'm not sure I like how that turned out
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What a co-incidence! My wife's name is Agnes!
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Relax, LM.
As long as no one b..b..br..brings along the L..L..Loc..Locnar we should be fine.
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I'm thinking corporate sponsorship, boys!

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In addition to the privilege of taking passing shots (which is something tiggers do best,) the Internet informs me that my duties are the unauthorized practice of law. Interesting.
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$iljanus wrote: Thu Sep 26, 2019 3:03 pm Bombadier: Blackhawk
I was a little worried, but according to the diagram, I get to spend the battle in bomb bay!

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Question for imgur users. Do you have an account or are you just uploading without registering? I’d like to do more of these AAR types of threads in the future so I’ll probably be using imgur a lot. I wish I could just upload straight from google photos but imgur is pretty easy.
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I've done both. Back when the movie thread was active, I generally just uploaded without logging in. But I believe that those hosted images get timed out eventually. Not 100% sure. But when I was uploading some stuff for a TableTop Simulator mod, I created an account. Hoping that it would be more stable. But I don't actually have evidence either way.
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I do both. I prefer to rehost drive-bys without logging in so that I don't have to worry about breaking a thread history if I want to clean up my profile.
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Thanks for the info! Hope the dice are good to you when the mission finally takes off.
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Up to 60 degrees below 0???

"Dearest Mum, please send thermal long johns. ASAP!"

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Me: "Zenn"
Air chief: "Zenn7, got it."
Me: "Zenn7?"
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