The blog post described how he'd adapted it for WW1 air-combat (the original magazine article used it for land warfare), so tonight I thought I'd revisit it and use it in the way it was intended by trying it out in the skies over the Western Front.
It's May 1916 and a couple of DH2s are out on patrol.
The other was pressed hard, all the way t the British baseline, but escaped, despite the Germans getting in two final bursts of fire and it dived to safety.
The system worked really well. I created 'rules of engagement' for the threats as they appeared, based on those in the original article. Germans that had not spotted a British plane would fly towards the furthest board-edge until they did, turning as necessary to get there. Single scouts would patrol; they would fly around until they were pointing towards the centre of the board, fly to the centre, and then circle there. If I was uncertain what to do, I rolled dice. Once they'd spotted the British the two-seaters would do all they could to get to their target edge and leave the board, whilst the scouts would engage the DH2s to the best of their ability. Scouts could flee of their home edge if the going got tough.
Anyway, I may try it the other way around sometime, and see what a single EIII can get up to.