Fare Wars ... a wargame for capitalists
Fight for dominant market share of the airline industry in
this recent family game that has become an instant classic. Start
your conquest by purchasing the airline rights to a single city
that is the "spoke" of a larger "hub" city.
Expand your network to dominate key hubs and establish a presence
far and wide at home and overseas. Try to amass a combination
of cash and market share that will make you the Air Baron.
Strategic questions will confront you each turn: Will you
rush in to San Diego, that tantalizing spoke of the lucrative
L.A. market, only to draw the wrath of your peers (and an unwelcome
intruder in Las Vegas)? Will you go south into the safe haven
of West Palm Beach hoping for peaceful unchallenged expansion
throughout Florida? Try too box the competition out of those
expensive Chicago spokes or go for the cheap and centrally located
Dallas market? Not to mention going for the gusto and trying
to control all six spokes of the Big Apple. Will you stock up
on jumbo jets -- and if so, will you use them to solidify your
existing markets or take over your opponents'? What about those
expensive foreign cities and SSTs? Is the guaranteed payment
stream from a government contract good or bad -- how much do
you bid for it? Should you take out a
loan to make a big move or as cushion against the inevitable
strikes, crashes, recessions and fuel surcharges along the way?
And that Fare Wars thing -- yeah, you get an edge in competition,
but do you really want to forego all income while you're trying
to take over the airline world?
Various strategies are available - each of which is a potential
winner or loser. Each game has a different formula for success.
Easy to learn and fun to play, Air Baron has it all -- and can
be finished in a mere two to three hours. Beginners welcome.
This is truly a game you can learn as you play and still win.
Even if you don't, you're guaranteed to have fun.
This year we will go back to the initial format - winners
only will advance to a semifinal round (which will be held on
Saturday night this year), with the top six advancing to the
finals Sunday morning. Advanced Rules will be used (they're not
that hard - even the novice can handle them, trust me).