rules will help you incorporate these new units into your “AMERIKA” game. Feel free to pick and choose which ones to use so
long as all players agree. These can help balance the game when players of
differing skill levels play against each other, or add new dimensions and
strategy for advanced players.
Silbervogel “Silverbird” bomber developed from the idea of an
intercontinental bomber that would glide around the world on the fringes of
space and the Earth’s atmosphere. Launched from a base in Nazi Occupied Europe,
it would travel down an approximately three-mile long monorail track, launched
initially by V-2 rocket engines into space at a speed so fast, it would circle
the earth in only a few hours. Its payload was to be a single composite bomb
containing nuclear particles in a fashion similar to “chaff”, with an initial
detonation in the higher atmosphere above a city to ensure complete coverage of
the nuclear material.
The bomb itself was a 5,000-pound high explosive warhead wrapped in
special insulated blankets of radioactive silicone, detonating at about
2,000-3,000 feet above the target city. The end result would be radioactive
sickness and death for those on the receiving end.
After mission completion, the bomber would glide back to Germany
reentering the atmosphere gradually and landing at a specially designated
airfield. The cost of producing the bomb and the bomber itself though would
render this weapon as a relatively expensive endeavor suited mostly for
preemptive strikes against heavily fortified cities with the aim to wipe them
HBG Customer House Rule:
Silverbird GW1936 rules
Silverbird is build in two turns and costs 10/10 IPP. It
could be build once per game. It must be build together with a rocket base
(HBG-ACR-333) because it needs monorails for take-off
(costs for the rocket base are included). This rocket base must be connected to
a major factory in the homeland by rail. The rocket base is a facility with
damage 5 and inherent AA. Silverbird could only be build
if the Germans have researched long-range aircraft and strategic rockets.
Silverbird has unlimited combat movement range. It
attacks like a heavy strategic bomber (either strategic bombing or carpet
bombing). It cannot be hit by any unit or AA. It returns in non-combat movement
phase to the rocket base. If the rocket base is damaged, Silverbird cannot
attack. If the rocket base is destroyed, Silverbird is destroyed as well.
Silverbird could deliver an atomic bomb like a strategic
bomber (GW1936-X-44-B), if the Germans have produced one. Silverbird could be
used as a launch platform for chemical and biological weapons (GW1936-X-19).
Optional rule A: Dirty Bomb
Silverbird could attack with a dirty radioactive bomb
instead of conventional bombs. In this case, no strategic bombing or carpet
bombing happens, but the target land zone is marked with a radiation marker
(HBG-SUB-313). Each radiation marker permanently negates one IPC of the land
Optional rule B: Keldysh Bomber
If the Germans have researched long-range aircraft and
strategic rockets and Soviet Union has created a spy network in Germany and the
Soviet player rolls 3 or less with a D12 during production phase, the Soviets
have successfully stolen the Silverbird construction plans. The Soviets may
than build their own Silverbird as specified in the rules above (a Silverbird
piece may be painted in dark red for this purpose).
It costs 3 IPP to establish a spy network. The spy
network is marked with a spy marker (HBG-ACR-0235) at the German capital. Each
turn, the German player may attempt to eliminate the spy network by spending 3
IPP and rolling a 3 or less with D12.
Optional Rule C: Blue Horizon
If the USA has researched long-range aircraft and
strategic rockets, they may build a rocket base and a rocket interceptor
Rocket-BLK) for 10 IPP. When a Silverbird or a Keldysh
bomber is attacking USA land zones anywhere in the world, the Blue Horizon
interceptor could make a first strike against it with attack value 7. If
successfull, Silverbird/Keldysh bomber is destroyed.
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