Red Baron Fight FAQs
Who can play in RBF?
Everyone. There are no eligibility requirements.
Does everyone fly as a 2nd mission pilot?
No. Your pilot will fly with all the standard characteristics for his skill level. If he is an ace, he may fully utilize all ace advantages.
Is RBF a balanced tournament?
No. RBF is not a tournament; it is a special event commemorating the death of Manfred von Richthofen. It has become a proving ground for some of the best new pilots in the game and the defining moment for some of Dawn Patrol's greatest aces.
Why are the British sometimes outnumbered in RBF?
In the actual dogfight on April 21st, 1918, RAF 209's Camels were badly outnumbered by a mixture of Albatros fighters and Fokker DrI's.
Do I have to fly an ace in this game?
No, you can fly any pilot you like. No one is really certain how the tradition started, but since the very first Red Baron Fight many people have opted to fly some of the best pilots on their roster. RBF has turned into something of an All-Star event, but it was not designed for that purpose and players may fly any pilot character they choose.
What does the winner get?
Every RBF winner gets an engraved silver championship cup or goblet.
Is RBF a winner-take-all event?
No. Some past RBF events have features prizes for second and third place including signed, limited edition WWI lithographs, books, custom dice, gaming store gift certificates and pilot honors including medals and promotions.
Why does the player flying the all-red DrI get a free parachute and an extra tailing defense maneuver card?
For the first several years of this event, a special "I Shot the Red Baron" certificate was offered to anyone who could gun down the red DrI (no one ever won it and eventually it was discontinued). As a result, the Triplane quickly became a prime target for every British pilot at the table. It was also held that the Red Baron should have some superlative ability that would make him special, but we hesitated to grant him offensive powers that could hurt other players. It was therefore decided to grant him special defensive abilities that could not harm anyone else, but might help the "Red Baron" player survive and give him some distinction.