Yes, I did mention the large scale rocket-deployed black dust in my novels, but implied that the stuff was so costly to make that it was only employed in the smaller scale projectors as we have in the game during the second invasion. Frankly, to allow the Martians aircraft or nuclear-scale black-dust weapons so unbalances both the game and the novels that the humans would have no chance at all.
Interestingly, the DVG boardgames use construction of the Flying Machine as a tool to pressurize the situation. The Martians get cards randomly that construct a part of the Flying Machine. After they get 4 of these cards, the Flying Machine is complete and the humans lose the game immediately.
That is pretty much what Mr Washburn says would happen
There was no backdoor at the Alamo. Planet Earth doesn't have one either. Fight and win or DIE!