In the lower right hand corner, there's a blurb that says "Bonus Link-up Scenario with Gulf Strike". WHAT!?! That sounds like hours and hours of gaming fun to be had for someone who either has a very large table in their basement or an extremely patient wife. I can't tell you how excited I am to play the full she-bang someday.
Inside the box, there are three airbase displays, separate from the map (which is different than the airbase display printed right on the Gulf Strike map). The US, USSR, and the Greeks get a separate sheet just for their aircraft.
The 520 counters in Aegean Strike include the playing pieces needed for the game's represented nationalities - the Turks, Greeks, Brits, Americans, Soviets, Bulgarians, and several others. The 5 scenarios are of wildly varying length (scenario 1 takes just 2 hours to play while scenario 5 is 30 turns long - you will be old and grey if/when you finish). There are skirmishes from the Battle for North Africa to an entire World War III scenario with both the Gulf Strike and Aegean Strike maps being used.
A player record is in the middle of the book, which is very nice - and was something that was missing from Gulf Strike. However, I found a much better record sheet over at Boardgaming Life that I recommend using.
The operational map covers southeastern Europe from Yugoslavia and Bulgaria in the north all the way down to Cyprus in the south. The strategic map is printed on one tiny corner of the operational map. It covers Italy in the west down to north Africa in the south, Syria to the east, and the southern tip of the USSR along with Hungary in the north. This is absolutely tiny compared to the Gulf Strike strategic map! I can see that this is going to lead to some crowded and intense fighting right off the bat so I'm excited to start playing it.
If you have any Aegean Strike or Gulf Strike stories or strategies, please write a comment! It would be great to hear from other fans of these games.