I think that the Combat Table is good with the Flight Manual Sections you have on the left, the Crew Placement Board on the right and the selection of tables you can find on it. However, there are two tables have wanted to put on it. It is MT-1a and MT-2, but there’s no room!
I think it would be a good idea to have MT-1a and MT-2 on the Combat Board also, but putting them there would mean either making the combat area smaller, removing the Crew Placement Board, removing two other tables, or adding more space on the right side. I don’t think I like any of these ideas…
The Combat Board is your HUD. A lot of necessary information should be on it so you don’t have to look in the Tables and Charts Booklet that often. If the two MT-Tables are on it you won’t have to check in it until you have a result from MT-1a or if fighters appear on MT-2. Maybe also CT-1a, Position of Fighter and CT-1b, Altitude should be on it too…
If the two latter tables are on the board too, you will need to check the Tables and Charts for type only and then again after you know how many hits your ship has taken.
On the earliest versions of the Combat Board I also had flak tables on it, but adding them will be too much.
And do you remember the Quick Reference Booklet? I kind of liked it. You had necessary tables in it, basically what you find on the Combat Board today, but also the tables I’d like to add on it. You also had “Going Around” & “One Engine” in it too. I removed it because the Core Game would be way too large with that one added. I noticed that it would be better to put the information on the table instead, in front of your eyes.
Here’s an example of a Quick Reference Chart. With a cleaned up Combat Board and this chart in combination you will not have to flip through the Tables and Charts until you have been hit by a fighter (or Random Events and Mechanical Failures):