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.