ZEPPELIN BATTLES of the GREAT WAR
The first trial flights of zeppelins were made in 1900. During WWI the
Germans used them to bomb London and Paris. World War I began on July 28,
1914 and lasted until November 11, 1918. By the end of the war, the
zeppelins were easy targets for the faster, more agile, smaller, and less
fragile fighter biplanes. However, what if Orville and Wilbur Wright did
not successfully fly their powered airplane in 1903, but instead ten years
later. In this alternate history there are no effective combat airplanes.
Commitments in military research and industrial production would have
instead focused on the zeppelin as a weapon carrier. This microgame provides
a tactical simulation of zeppelin warfare as it once might have been.
This game requires a hexmap, dice, and chits to represent units.
Units willvary according to the scenario.
1. Determine Initiative: Roll High.
2. Initiative loser Moves
3. Initiative winner Moves
4. Roll wind direction and speed seperately for each zep
5. All units fire weapons and deal damage simultaneously
6. Roll for damage caused by fires
7. Patch crews repair damage
There are 10 steps of Altitude (1-10).
Use a ten sided die to record the altitude of your zep.
The ground would be considered altitude = 0.
A gounded zep is not necissarily destroyed.
ZEPPELIN UNIT TYPES TABLE
Airship Cargo Move Hydrogen
Class Slots Points Gas
Scout 2 5 10
Escort 3 4 20
Destroyer 4 4 30
Frigate 5 3 40
Cruiser 6 3 50
Battleship 7 2 60
Dreadnaught (+1) 2 (+10)
This is the number of hexes a zep can move per turn.
Rotating a zep one hex face costs one Move Point(MP).
Increasing or decreasing altitude one step costs 1 MP.
WEAPONS CARGO TABLE
Weapons Slots Range Ammo To hit on 1D6
Large Cannon 2 15 5 1-3
Small Cannon 1 10 10 1-4
Machine Gun 1 6 20 1-5
Flame Thrower 1 3 5 1-3
Small Arms 0(1 per zep) 4 Unlimited 1-3
All weapons fire out of a set 90 degree arc (Forward, Aft, Port, Starboard)
Determine how weapons are positioned on each zep.
Crew Small arms fire can be made in any direction.
A target must be at the same altitude or up to 2 steps lower.
OTHER CARGO TABLE
Other Cargo Slots Notes
Engine 1 Increase Base Speed +1
Ammo 1 10 Large or 20 Small Cannon Shots.
Patch Crew 1 Repair Punctures and put out fires.
Gas Tanks 1 10 Gas
Bombs 1 May be dropped on Zeps. Target destroyed on roll of 1-3 on 1D6.
Passnegers 1 May function as ‘Small Arms' weapon
Bulk Cargo 1 May apply to scenario victory conditions
If Ammo, Gas Tanks, or Bombs are destroyed, the zep suffers Blowout.
Damage Result Flamethrwr Small Machine Gun
1D20 L.Cannon Cannon Small Arms Notes
Cargo Hit 1 1 1 1 random cargo destroyed
Steering Hit 2 2 2 Zep cannot turn
Engines Hit 3 3 3 Base Speed -1
Cabin Hit 4 4 4 Spark- Zep catches on fire
Minor Puncture 5-7 5-14 5-20 -1 Gas per turn until patched
Major Puncture 8-12 15-19 - -2 Gas per turn until patched
Crit Puncture 13-18 20 - -3 Gas per turn until patched
Blowout 19-20 - - Zeppelin Destroyed
Damage: A zeppelin hit by a flamethrower is considered to be ‘in flames'
and must roll on the flamethrower damage column once per turn until a
patch crew puts the flames out.
PATCH CREW REPAIR TABLE
1-2 No repairs made
3-5 1 Leak (-1 Gas per turn) or 1 Fire
6 2 Leaks or 1 Critical Puncture or 1 Fire
HEX MAP WIND DIRECTION & SPEED
1D12 Direction of Wind 1D6 Wind Speed
1 NW 1 0
2 N 2 0
3 NE 3 1
4 SE 4 1
5 S 5 2
6 SW 6 2
9 Zep rotates to left 60 degrees. Do not roll Wind speed.
10 Zep rotates to right 60 degrees. Do not roll Wind speed.
11 Zep pushed up 1 Altitude step. Do not roll Wind speed.
12 Zep pushed down 1 Altitude step. Do not roll Wind speed.
A Zep is pushed a number of hexes equal to the Wind speed in the indicated direction.
Every turn a zep is at less than half gas remaining it drops.
Every turn a zep is losing gas, it drops:
1D6 Altitude Steps Dropped:
Beginning Scenario: Patrol Skirmish over Enemy Lines
Zeps start on opposite ends of the map facing towards the middle.
Zeps start at an altitude of 1D10.
Victory Conditions: Destruction of the enemy. Major victory if both your
zeps survive. Victory if only your bigger zep survives. Minor victory if
only your smaller zep survives.
AIRSHIPS OF THE GERMAN IMPERIAL ZEPPELIN AIR SUPREMACY DIVISION
Size 3: "The Blitzkrieger" LC/SC/MG
Size 7: "The Bismark" 2SC/LC/Ft/PC/Engine/Bombs
AIRSHIPS OF THE ROYAL BRITISH ZEPPELIN AIR FORCE
Size 6: "The Victoria": LC/LCAmmo/2PC/MG/SC
Size 4: "The Liverpool": 2SC/MG/SCammo/Engine
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