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Hagler11's Over the Reich
As a follow up to Avalon Hill's Flight Commander 2, Charles Moylan (and Big Time Software) programmed the World War 2 air warfare game Over the Reich, covering aerial warfare from 1943 to 1945 in the European theater of operations. This game was based on the board wargame designed by J.D. Webster and published by Clash of Arms Games. Published in 1996, it is designed to run in Windows 95. While perhaps not as elegant in design as Flight Commander 2, and lacking a scenario or campaign bulder, Over the Reich still offers computer wargamers an outstanding turn-based tactical level WW2 air warfare game. Over the Reich is still playable on modern Windows operating systems such as Windows XP or Vista, although gtting them to run smoothly might require acquiring a cracked version of the program. For more on this, go here
While Avalon Hill or Big Time Software did not publish a scenario or campaign editor for OTR, their is a "Design Your Own" feature that is available when you choose to play "Dogfight" scenarios within the game. This feature allows the creation of dogfights only (air-to-ground scenarios are not possible), and the editable parameters are limited, but by saving the created dogfight as a saved game immediately at the start of game play this feature can serve as a rather crude scenario editor. On this page you will find scenarios modeling various historical and hypothetical air-to-air encounters using this scenario editor. When using these scenarios there are a few things to keep in mind:
1. The files are saved games (.otr files that have been compressed as a .zip file). Therefore, you must unzip files to some location on your hardrive. To play you must open the .otr file in the appropriate location using the "Load Saved Game" option (middle drawer of the filing cabinet in the OTR base commander's office).
2. These sceanrios can only be played as one side (USAAF, RAF or Luftwaffe). You will not have the option to play both sides. I have built some of the scenarios from the perspective of both sides, however, and have indicated which file plays from which side using a single letter code appended to the end of the file name (before the file extension):
3. As described here, the file format for saved scenarios changed as OTR was patched. Thus, scenarios made and saved on version 1.0 or 1.01 will not work in later versions of OTR (1.12 or 1.15). Some scenarios I made on a 1.0 version of the game, others on version 1.15. To distinguish between these two types of scenario, I have annotated scenarios made on 1.0 with a -101 at the end of the scenario name (e.g. p47_versus_he-162-l-101.zip). Scenarios without this annotation were made on version 1.15.
4. There are no scenario descriptions that are part of the opened scenario, so I have included scenario descriptions with each of the downloads as a text file. Therefore each scenario .zip file includes a .otr file and a .txt file.
In this section you will find a variety of new scenarios for Over the Reich. They are broken up into:
1. Historical--These are scenarios modeled on actual air-to-air encounters that did happen.
2. Hypothetical--These are scenarios that are not based on historical events but rather on fictional events that could have happened during World War 2 (for example, while the He-162 and Gloster Meteor [both jet powered fighters] never met in combat, if the war had run a bit longer they might have.......sometimes it is fun to model such encounters as "might have beens").
3. TV--These are scenarios derived from the popular History Channel program "Dogfights". All of these encounters are historical, and they have been included under the appropriate headings in the Historical section.
4. Board Wargames--Several excellent board wargames have been published over the years....many in the 1980's. I have taken several of these games and converted their scenarios into FC2 format. Games used include Over the Reich, Air Force and others. Most have these are also included in the appropriate historical or hypothetical sections
5. Scenarios organized by aircraft involved--Here I have cross-referenced each scenario by aircraft involved in the combat. The aircraft have been organized by country where the aircraft was designed and manufactured.
History Channel's “Dogfights”