Dixon to Carrier: Scratch One Flattop

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Quick Overview

In Dixon to Carrier: Scratch One Flattop!, players take on the roles of Dauntless Dive Bomber pilots during the Battle of the Coral Sea.

Dixon to Carrier: Scratch One Flattop

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“All the tension on the carrier exploded the moment we heard Comdr. Dixon's voice come in strong and clear: ‘Scratch one flattop! Dixon to carrier: Scratch one flattop.’” -- Stanley Johnston, war correspondent for The Chicago Tribune, on the sinking of the Shōhō

The Japanese Empire invincibly thundered across the Pacific Ocean in the months after their surprise attack at Pearl Harbor. Scrambling in defense, the Americans gained intelligence of impending Japanese invasions across the Coral Sea, and moved two fleet carriers to oppose. The war's first great carrier battles ensued; the Americans would deliver the initial blow on 7 May 1942 when aircraft from the carrier Yorktown sank the Japanese light carrier Shōhō.

Dixon to Carrier: Scratch One Flattop! from designer Esteban Fernandez is a co-op game where each player takes control of one or more Douglas SBD Dauntless dive bombers from the USS Yorktown carrier. The objective of the game is to find, and sink, the Japanese aircraft carrier IJN Shōhō. The Japanese Navy wins if the players lose a certain number of planes or if the USS Yorktown is sunk.

Now you can attempt to recreate those fateful days in May. The stern days of Japanese naval supremacy must be challenged; will you succeed, or end in a watery grave?

Game data subject to change without notice.

What's In The Box?:

•   One X-page, full-color Rules booklet
•   One 11" x 17" paper game map
•   X thick, laser-cut, multi-shaped counter pieces (minor assembly required)
•   50 Flight cards
•   Two Carrier mats
•   Four Dauntless mats
•   Two player aids
•   Six 6-sided dice
•   One 11" x 17" mounted, jigsaw-cut game map
•   One bright red, 9 1/4" x 5 7/8" Standard cardboard VPG game box
•   One beautiful box cover sleeve
•   One "Wipes-A-Lot" napkin
•   One charcoal desiccant packet


Game Design: Esteban Fernandez
Development: Kevin Fortuna
Map Art and Illustrations: Tim Allen
Graphic Design: Michelle Ball, Noelle Le Bienvenu, Barry Pike III
Playtesting: Steve Barber, Donny Behne, Deon Carrico, Vincent Darlage, Craig Deane, Martin Deolden, Frank Forte, Carol Fortuna, Philip Fortuna, Nathan Hansen, Dustin Schwartz, Matthew Skarbek, Donald Walsh
Proofreading: TBD

Game Resources

(Rules require a PDF viewer installed in your browser, or right-click to download and open with a PDF reader)

Game Data

Number of Players 1-4
Age 14+
Playing Time Approximately 30 minutes
Difficulty 5
Solitaire Suitability 6
Designer Esteban Fernandez
Developer Kevin Fortuna