Moe's Game Table: Skies Above the Reich Unboxing
Skies Above the Reich is a solitaire game from GMT Games depicting a Luftwaffe squadron of Bf109s struggling to deter and destroy the relentless daylight raids over Germany during World War Two. The player’s individual aircraft, each represented by a stickered block, must confront the mighty “combat box” formation of the United States Army Air Force, a deadly terrain of B-17 Flying Fortresses.
The game is a broad strokes depiction that presents the arc of the desperate air war. Stretching from late 1942 to early 1945, Skies Above the Reich follows that trajectory in a series of missions strung together to make a campaign. Each mission will take a half hour or more to play, while a campaign can last anywhere from six to sixty missions.
Moe’s Musings: I was inspired to shoot this unboxing a couple of weeks ago after watching Joel Toppen’s progress reports with the game. Be sure to give him a follow so you can keep up with his short video AARs, which are both informative as well as entertaining.
Since shooting the unboxing, I’ve not yet had the chance to play but did sift through the stack of books and player aids after punching counters and stickering blocks, and came away pretty impressed. At first blush, I’m strongly inclined to say that GMT has done a really solid job of documenting things in a way that gets this game out of the box and onto the table quickly and fairly easily. There is definitely a ton of value here, and I’m anxious to see if my initial impression bears out after getting a couple of games in. We shall see.
With a very busy schedule over the next week, I’m hoping to steal enough time to run at least a mission or two before being sidelined from surgery for a couple of weeks. If I can, I’ll be sure to share some thoughts on my twitter feed.
Ready to take to the skies? You can pick up your own copy right here.
Note: A copy of this game was purchased by me for this unboxing.