This weekend at Big Bad Con I am going to be running my first session of Free Hunters, a hack of Night Witches. Like Night Witches, it is a game about women pilots in World War II. But Free Hunters focuses on a small number of women assigned to a men’s regiment. It is a more intimate story than Night Witches, focusing on some specific people in a specific place and time. It is also more focused in terms of time, covering only late 1942 through mid 1943. This was a pivotal time for Soviet aviation, as they sought to wrest dominance of the skies from the Luftwaffe. When the series opens the Germans have near total control of the skies. Less than a year later, at the battle of Kursk, Soviet aviation absorbs the last major blows of the Germans and establishes air superiority on the Eastern front once and for all.
By the time this happens, every single one of the major characters I use in Free Hunters are dead.
Here are the characters I am using for Free Hunters. These are of course drafts, and will likely change after the initial playtest.