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1978
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360 minutes
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War in the Pacific (first edition)
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太平洋戦争
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War in the Pacific – The Campaign Against Imperial Japan, 1941-45 is a multi-level simulation of the Pacific Theater of Operations during World War Two. The game enables players to recreate the entire course of the war, from the opening Japanese attack on December 7, 1941 to the climactic Allied assaults in the closing days of 1945.

This Monster sized game simulates the conflict in the Pacific on a seven section map representing some 30% of the globe, across which cardboard playing pieces move and engage in combat through an hexagonal grid, which functions much like a chessboard in regulating movement.

Game components:

  • Rules booklet (56 pages)
  • Scenarios booklet (12 pages)
  • Two charts and tables booklets (16 pages)
  • 3,200 die-cut playing pieces
  • Seven 22" x 34" colored soft map sheets
  • Playing aids, displays and cycle tracks
    • Air/Surface Tactical Display
    • Allied Air Display
    • Allied Game Turn/Cycle Record Track
    • Allied General Record Track
    • Allied Naval Task Force Display
    • Allied Off-Map Movement Display
    • Japanese Air Display
    • Japanese Game-Turn/Cycle Record Track
    • Japanese General Record Track
    • Japanese Naval Task Force Display
  • 2 Dice
  • 2 Plastic trays for playing piece storage
  • Errata (as of December 1978)

Level Of Complexity: Very High
Average Playing Time: 6 hours (Midway scenario) to 200+ hours

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More Information Edit | History

Controversial remake of War in the Pacific (1st edition) is The Eagle and the Sun.
Completely redesigned as War in the Pacific (second edition).
Variant rules for tactical surface combat is War in the Pacific Tactical Surface Combat.

Magazine References:

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Moves Article Index:

  • Number 45
    • War in the World: An Interface for War in the Pacific and War in Europe, Part 1 - Thomas B. Stoughton (Variant)
  • Number 46
    • War in the World: An Interface for War in the Pacific and War in Europe, Part 2 - Thomas B. Stoughton (Variant)
  • Number 47
    • War in the World: An Interface for War in the Pacific and War in Europe, Part 3 - Thomas B. Stoughton (Variant)

STRATEGY & TACTICS Article Index:

  • S&T #65 - The War Against Japan 1941-45 - John Prados (Historical)

FIRE & MOVEMENT Article Index:

  • F&M #15
    • Battle Report: War in the Pacific - Brent Ellerbroek (Analysis)
    • After Action Report: The Battle for Noumea - Brent Ellerbroek (Replay)
    • Designer's Notes - Thomas Walczyk (Design Notes)
  • F&M #68
    • World War II Anthology: Chapter 5: The Pacific Theater - Friedrich Helfferich (Review)
  • F&M #71
    • A Survey: Simulating World War II Pacific Strategy - John Sokol and Bill Miller (Review)
  • F&M #138
    • Designer's Corner: War in the Pacific - Keven Kiff (Preview)
  • F&M #149
    • WitPII: Replay in the Pacific - Eric Harvey (Series Replay)

SIMULACRUM Article Index:

  • Simulacrum #4 - War in the Pacific - John Kula (Review)

BOARDGAME JOURNAL Article Index:

  • Issue #2
    • War in the World: is a Linkage System Needed for War in Europe and War in the Pacific? - Ken Koch and Chandler Tedholm (Critique)
    • War in the Pacific - Dick Walker and Chandler Tedholm (Replay Summary)

PHOENIX Article Index:

  • Phoenix #28 - War in the Pacific (SPI): The End of the Omniscient Wargamer - Nicky Palmer (Analysis)

AMERICAN WARGAMER newsletter Article Index:

  • Vol.5 #12 - First Impressions of War in the Pacific - Kieth Schoose (Review)

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Publisher: SPI (Simulations Publications, Inc.)
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