Battle Cry (game) and Pan Am Flight 830

For other uses of Battle Cry, see Battle Cry (disambiguation).

Battle Cry is a board wargame based on the American Civil War, designed by Richard Borg and published by Avalon Hill in 2000. While superficially similar to conventional board wargames, it borrows from miniatures wargaming with its use of plastic figures and its simplified rules. The map is initially composed of blank hexes, although additional cardboard hexes can be placed to alter the printed terrain and recreate a wide variety of battles, as per scenario instructions. The game manual includes fifteen official scenarios (battles) and Avalon Hill published three extra scenarios, called The Jackson Campaign, for the Origins 2000 and Gen Con 2000 conventions.

Players command a variety of units: infantry, cavalry, and artillery. Each unit is composed of a varying number of plastic figures. During each turn, players alternate playing cards from their hands. There are Order and Special Order cards Order cards allow a player to activate a number of units on a specified section -left flank, center, or right flank. Special Order cards provide specific unique manipulations of game mechanics that are detailed on the card. Attacks are made by rolling a number of dice, depending on the attacking unit and any defensive terrain. Each six-sided die is labeled with each unit symbol; if the rolled symbol matches the target's unit type, a single figure is removed. A flag roll on the die forces the unit to retreat one square.

For each opponent's unit entirely removed from the board a player receives one victory point. The player who scores the required number of victory points, as determined by the scenario instructions, is the winner.

In November 2008, a licensed online version of the game was released by GameTable Online. The online version can be played live against other online players or against a computer opponent. The game includes all of the scenarios of the original tabletop board game but lacks the ability to create unique scenarios. This version of the game is free to play.

The same game mechanics were later used in Memoir '44, published by Days of Wonder, Commands & Colors: Ancients, published by GMT Games, and Battle Lore, published by Fantasy Flight Games.

According to reviewer J.C. Connors "Battle Cry's simplicity means that grognards who cut their teeth on past Avalon Hill games ... will probably find themselves unsatisfied. It's not a historical simulation ... a particular strategy that worked in real life might not be possible. But Battle Cry isn't meant to reflect those things -- it's meant to be a fast battle game with a historical flavor."

Battle Cry won the 2001 International Gamers Award for General Strategy, 2-Player category.

A new, updated version was published in 2013 by Wizards of the Coast for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. Milton Bradley game

The title, Battle Cry, was also used for a 1961 Civil War board game produced by the Milton Bradley Company as part of their popular American Heritage series, which was reprinted in the 1970s.

Pan Am Flight 830 and Battle Cry (game)

Pan Am Flight 830 was the route designator of a flight from Narita International Airport in Tokyo, Japan to Honolulu International Airport in Hawaii. On August 11, 1982, the Boeing 747-121, nicknamed "Clipper Ocean Rover" was flying from Narita to Hawaii when the airplane was damaged by a bomb that had been placed on board. Despite the damage to the aircraft, Captain James E. (Skipper) O'Halloran III was able to land in Honolulu safely.

At the time of the explosion, the aircraft was approximately 225 kilometers northwest of Hawaii, cruising at 36,000 feet (11,000 m) with 270 passengers and 15 crew on board, The bomb, which had been placed under a seat cushion exploded, killing 16-year-old Toru Ozawa, a Japanese national. The blast also injured 16 other people (including Ozawa's parents) and caused damage to the floor and ceiling. The aircraft remained airborne and made an emergency landing in Honolulu.

The bomb was placed by Mohammed Rashed, a Jordanian linked to the 15 May Organization. In 1988, he was arrested in Greece, tried, convicted of murder and sentenced to fifteen years in prison. He was paroled in 1996 after serving eight years. He was later extradited to the US from Egypt in 1998 to stand trial. In 2006, as part of a plea bargain agreement he was sentenced to a further seven years in federal prison. As per his agreement with US prosecutors in providing information about other terrorist plots he is set to be released in March, 2013.

Abu Ibrahim was also indicted in the bombing of Pam Am Flight 830 and in 2009 was been placed on the FBI's most wanted list. On November 24, 2009, the Department of State announced that it was offering a reward of up to $5M for Abu Ibrahim, now about 73 years old. The previous reward of $200,000 had produced no results.

The aircraft was later put back in service by Pan American World Airways and remained in operation for various carriers through the early 1990s. It served as a prop for the 1996 film Executive Decision for the fictional airline Oceanic Airlines. See also Philippine Airlines Flight 434, a very similar incident perpetrated by Ramzi Yousef
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