Bombers Over the Reich, 1942 - 1945
Designer: Steve Dixon & Bob Best
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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Posted by MH on Jan 15th 2018
As you’ve already read, this is the spiritual descendent of B17 Queen of the Skies. The best way to summarize the difference is to recall that B17 was a game, whereas Target for the Day is a simulation. As a simulation you honestly don’t usually have big decisions to make - when/where/how to fire is pretty much a forgone conclusion. But when you do face a decision that isn’t self evident it can become pretty dramatic. And dramatic is the word to describe this “game.” You’ll roll on lots and lots of charts in an almost flow chart manner to follow your crew and plane through a mission. The detail of what happens to hit locations and results are impressive. You will find yourself dreading a dr as you realize that veteran crew member finds himself in a hot spot from a ME 109 attack. This isn’t a game you play to win but rather to keep playing. Name your crew, (I even downloaded actual vintage WW2 airman portraits for color) keep their stats and over many games you will have a emergent story. When the plane you had ridden to so many bomb runs finally sub-comes to a flak attack because you had to drop out of formation and you watch all your crew die with the lone exception the one who luckily was able to bail out only to be captured, you fully realize the fate of too many that gave their life for the strategic air war.
I give Target for the Day a hearty endorsement.
Not to bad at all
Posted by Draxon on Nov 27th 2017
Once you read through the rules and then skim them, the game-play is fairly straightforward, jump from table to table, get the story of your bomber going. It is quite fun and great way to pass a lazy afternoon.
Downsides for me is the 'flipping backward and forward' between 2 books looking for tables. Its ok, but the flipping around and such really slows down and bogs the game-play.
Setting up Bookmarks and such for the mission before playing highly recommended.
The other thing, all the counters and game map and planes are nicely detailed and coloured,easy to recognise and see what you are looking at. I kinda just wish the rule books and such had some colour in them instead of just black and white, just to give it a little more life.
Great game though, Highly recommend getting a copy.
Nice job, thanks for putting the time in to make such a game for us all to enjoy. really appreciate it.
Posted by Michael Dunne on Aug 27th 2017
So, if you are looking for an updated B-17 Queen of the Skies, this is it. The quality of the game is top notch, from the counters (including the counter punch) to the box. The game plays well, and there is a ton of detail. Lots more detail than QotS, Overall, if you liked QotS, you will like TFTD.
I do have a couple of small constructive criticisms;
1) Gunners are far too accurate (This is apparently getting fixed)
2) You will WANT to write down a quick sequence of events per turn. It will save you a lot of flipping around.
3) Game Flow: This is my biggest complaint/suggestion. There is a LOT of flipping back and forth in the two main manuals. It would be a lot easier if the main turn by turn tables were in the same place and in sequence order.
Overall, an absolutely fantastic game. My quibbles are minor and easily fixed. If your looking for a great solo game, this is it!
Very good solo Game
Posted by Olivier Rosseeuw on Aug 11th 2017
This is a very good solo game, very funny and very detailled. The game material quality is excellent. Just one point regarding the rule book : Please add some colours ...
Lots of fun!
Posted by Unknown on Aug 7th 2017
A very detailed game that gives a very exciting mission (or set of missions) over German-occupied Europe. The tables are very detailed and allow an enjoyable experience. Recommended.
Beautifully Made Game
Posted by Simon on Jul 29th 2017
A great revisiting of the original AH game and a worthy stand-alone in its own right.
If you have never played this before be prepared for an emotional roller coaster as your Aircraft and Crew literally fight for their lives in each and every mission; you will really get sucked into their story.
The Game is beautifully made and presented, the graphic design work for the Tables/Charts books was a very nice touch. The counters are a nice weight to them and are well printed and cut.
If i have any criticisms it is that the mission sheets could be optimised more, but this is not much of a gripe as it literally takes 5-10min to make your own through Word or Excel.
Shipping to Australia was not a problem
better then b-17 queen of the sky
Posted by eugene dolan jr. on Jul 21st 2017
I have played queen of the sky more then once , target for the day is more indepth with target selection and over all everything , thank you for making this game possible .
Awesome! Totally awesome!
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org on Jul 2nd 2017
I love this game! I played B-17 queen of the skies quite a bit. This game has more options with different planes, and what not. Really nice counters , and charts. A bit more complex than b-17, but the rulebook is laid out pretty concise. Easy to learn and fun to play; especially if you were a fan of the B-17 queen of the skies.
Exactly what I was looking for:
Posted by David Souza on Jun 29th 2017
I have had Queen of the Skies since it came out all those long years ago. I expected Target for Today to take everything that we have learned in playing QotS and expand on it. The developers did exactly that. TfT gives the same feel but it adds so much more to the narrative. I am enmeshed in campaign one and on mission 5, I know the men flying my B-17. The constraints of the topic, flying a single B-17 over Europe, certainly limit choices. You are told the mission, the position of your plane in the formation, and you have to deal with what the Germans through up at you.
Thus, this game does not present you with a lot of decisions but ones that are there are critical to the long term success of your plane. Who fires at what incoming fighter, can you develop aces to help preserve the plane's integrity, do you and when do you abort the mission are some of the the choices you make while living the results. I have truly enjoyed playing and writing the after action reports for Target for Today.
Quick review; Target for Today
Posted by Irwin Sacks on Jun 25th 2017
At last the long-anticipated the "Target for Today" game has been published. Great looking graphic displays for the counters, charts and a nice 11 by 17 mounted map.
The rules are well-organized and allow a nice flow for the use of the tables, targets and pilot manual booklets. These tables and charts layout the possible events that could occur during the mission, from flight to the target, to weather conditions, target determination, German defenses and mechanical failures.
Similar to B-17 Queen of the Skies. A must-have for all air aficionados. I can't wait to get this game on my table to complete a mission.
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