The Ale Wars

The Ale Wars

Is a miniature aerial combat game with epic,
Dieselpunk fighter aircraft, giant airships and 
air-launched Dockfighters, set in an alternate 1948.


AGE 14+ | 90+ MINUTES

8th August 1948

Northern Bavaria, Border to Saxony.

Germany has broken up into small, independent states, each with its own air force. You take on the role of a squadron leader, leading pilots of the Bavarian or Saxon Air Forces into combat. Aircraft and pilots can upgrade over the course of the game, gaining experience and equipment options.

The currencies in Dockfighters are fame! This can be achieved by shooting down enemies or by completing missions. However, players do not have to fight against each other all the time; Sometimes, cooperation is the better way to obtain fame. It may not make sense in a military way, but it’s all in the name of personal glory!

The Game

Dockfighters is designed to be easy and fun, but also to simulate realistic strategies for thrilling aerial combat. All planes and airships move over a hex grid map using magnetized stands that track altitude and speed. Fly epic miniaturized experimental aircraft of the period 1948 including tiny dockfighters and giant airships. Seek cover behind floating clouds or risk a flight through a thunderstorm. Clouds are mobile, three-dimensional game elements. The gaming board is constantly changing, as mission structure, ground targets, clouds, weather, make every game a unique challenge and guarantees a high replay value. Your squadron has its own chronicle, because every game influences its pilots, their aircraft, and thus the next mission. For fame and honor. Includes three campaigns (solo & co-op tutorial, Solo & co-op campaign, and a VS campaign) and a free play mode.


It is 1948, almost 20 Years after the great depression, and the dissolution of the German Empire. After great unrest, Bavaria left the Weimar Republic and became an independent state. But not only the State of Bavaria, Saxony, Baden and Wuerttemberg, Oldenburg, Thuringia all went into independence in the course of the Year 1930.

Not every nation kept its independence though, because the rest of Germany, known as Free State of Prussia, tried to bring the states back into its dominance, and some were incorporated again more or less voluntarily.

The secession of Bavaria was supported greatly by the neighbours of Germany: France, Great Britain, even Spain. Money was cheap and diplomatic support fast. The neighbours hoped that minor German states were easier to control, as it worked for hundreds of years. But this time they had opened Pandoras Box: Inspired by the successful secession of Bavaria into independence, a lot of countries were faced with secessionist movements by themselves. Scotland took its chance first outside of Germany and left Great Britain, together with Wales. Normandy and Aquitaine left France, Sicily went into independence. Even the United States of America were ravaged by civil war and secession.

With all those splintered factions and territories, the rise of the Plane marked a new era of travel, trade, and warfare. The aerial way of traveling was a lot less complicated than by land. Airships became, beneath faster, bigger and more powerful planes, THE dominant sights in the Air over Europe, America and increasingly, the rest of the world.

For almost 20 Years an uneasy peace settled in Germany, as all states accepted the status quo. Economic rise, trade and diplomatic relations went to normal over the course of the years. But as it is, small events often lead to bigger escalations.

In northern Bavaria lies a region, called the „Vogtland“. A region which changed hands between Czechia, Saxony, Bavaria, and Thuringia over many hundred years. Today it is a trade hub and meeting point between these 4 countries and the German republic also holds some possessions in Hof, the informal Bavarian sided capital of the region.

With such a high proportion of customers and travelers in the region, the question of catering all these people became a rock solid economy.

In Plauen, on the Saxon side of the border, and also seen by many as the historic capital, the economy grew rapidly and the local breweries enlarged their production capacities rapidly, and subsequently flooded the Vogtland with their Ale Products. The Bavarians, since ever proud of their own Ale Culture saw this as an affront to their standing and tried to hinder the Saxon Ale from drowning the Bavarian market.

All diplomatic and economic efforts came to an end, when the local Air force of Hof started an attack on the breweries in Plauen. The Saxons answered by an air raid into Bavarian Air space, shooting down the „Doppelbock“, a freight zeppelin of the monestary brewery of Andechs on the route to Hof just south of Schwarzenbach an der Saale.

These events, happening between 8th – 10th August 1948, were the opening shots for the unfolding Ale Wars.