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Subject: Struggle over Pacific – EotS for the first time rss

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Michal K
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[The post was initially published on my boardgames blog HERE]

They say "Better Later Then Never". And I fully agree, discovering one by one true "jewels" of boardgame hobby. Recently I had pleasure to "taste" something really huge - namely Empire of the Sun. I will be quite honest - there are not many players in my group with whom I can try to tackle that pretty complex game. Still, there are some and Kuba - who is fascinated by War in Pacific in general - agreed to join the endeavor.

After reading the rules like twice and watching fantastic YouTube movies explaining the game mechanics, we plunged into the world of land, naval and air warfare spanning almost half Pacific and half of Asia. As players well experienced with Card Driven Games we grasped the mechanics pretty quickly - which does not mean that we had to loop-up rules from time to time.

We rolled for the sides and Kuba took command of Japan while Allied forces were under mine leadership. As suggested, we took 1943 scenario for a starter (click to enlarge):

Here I would like to mention that I am finding EotS Vassal module quite useful and helpful, especially in depicting what happened during the game. So below you can see two theaters, where majority of our fights took place.


China, Birma, India (CBI)


Kuba, historically, attacked furiously on the CBI front:

However, I managed to trick Kuba there - during his large offensive, I have counter-attacked with air forces which resulted in two Japan armies being destroyed. Of course, my plains also suffered, but it was worth it - especially for the morale of poor British soldiers being constantly attacked here. However, the joyful moment quickly passed away, as Kuba managed to amass new forces and in the end destroyed the British aircraft carrier.

New Guinea & Solomon Islands

On the other hand, in Salomons and New Guinea it was me who had its five minutes of glory:

There was not much what can stop me in New Guinea and I managed to "steamroll" through the whole island, eliminating two Japan armies in the process without any causalities on Allied side. Unfortunately, two unsuccessful landings on New Georgia costed me two old aircraft carriers. Yamato and its fleet was still strong and able to inflict huge causalities during counter-attacks.

It was our first game and one turn used up whole evening. We felt that it would be fantastic too see what would happen next but simply time limits does not allowed for this. But despair not! We already had second meeting, where we managed to play whole 1943 - and session report form this is already in production
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Jerry Hall
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Always great to see session reports! Agree vassal is a great tool for visualization.

The only rules comment that comes to mind is reference the air offensive in the CBI that destroyed two Japanese armies. Air cannot eliminate the last ground step in a hex, so you may want to relook that one.

Welcome to the EOTS club, it’s a great game!

Jerry
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Thanks! I knew there is some mistake we overlooked. But still it is great fun
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