I got my first taste of AI today. I was very favorably impressed and shot quite a bit of footage. However, I left the camera down at the studio without downloading it, so that won't come until Monday.
It takes only 5-10 planes to play the game and it is very intricate. The rulebook is like $50, and each plane is about $10 so you can probably do the math on that one.
The game goes for twelve turns, and each turn is alternating plays (you move a plane, then your opponent moves a plane), so there's never a dull moment. It's very hard to maneuver for a shot. My first game was quite a comedy of errors, but when the shot comes together it's quite exhilirating. The rules only take like ten pages and are very intuitive and logical.