I have a preference for physical copies and don't like paying for PDFs when I will just have to pay more to print them out. Needless to say, I gave up on Airwar C21, and didn't feel comfortable getting my friends to pay for it.
Well, recently browsing I found a new game which looks along a similar style, but a bit more streamlined, called Target Locked-On by Rory Crabb. It's available as a PDF from Wargames Vault/Drivethru RPG for under US$8, so I made an exception to my PDF rule, picked it up and have started reading it.
That aside, it looks like a great set of rules. Easier to read and follow than Airwar, and easier to make sense of. So far, it looks to be the superior product.
I also really like that the Aircraft Control Sheet lists the stats in a nicely laid out and easy to read format. The acronyms of Airwar made it hard to understand what the stats were if you hadn't looked at them for 6 months. But with Target Locked-On, it's all perfectly readable.
As a bonus, you can download additional aircraft lists, as well as templates and counters, all for free on Rory's website.
I'm really looking forward to get into this and have a play, and it'll motivate me to finish painting some of my aircraft, which have been sitting neglected for far too long. I'm also hoping this gets a physical print-run, or becomes available as a print-on-demand book. The former would be my preference as a saddle-stitched booklet, perhaps with all the other add-on PDFs merged together as a supplement book.
A Kickstarter perhaps? I'd support that.
What do you think? Have you played it or does it pique your interest?