Troubles, The - Shadow War in Northern Ireland

By: Compass Games

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: War Games - Modern (Compass Games)

MSRP $109.00

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Product Info

Troubles, The - Shadow War in Northern Ireland
Hugh O'Donnell
Publish Year
NKG Part #
MFG. Part #
Boxed Game
Age Range
14 Years and Up
# Players
2 - 6 Players
Game Length
240 - 360 Minutes


The Troubles is a two-to-six player, card-driven simulation depicting the Paramilitary and Security Force conflict that gripped Northern Ireland for almost 4 decades between 1964 and 1998. Equally foregrounded are the national and international political affairs that saw the British Army undertake its longest deployment in its military history – on its own streets.

Each player takes the role of a Faction seeking to guide Northern Irish affairs, whether it is political, paramilitarily or through martial law: the British Forces (including the UDR), the Royal Ulster Constabulary (the RUC was the Government security force), the Provisional Irish Republican Army (IRA), the Loyalist Paramilitaries (LOY), and the Nationalist (NAT) or Unionist (UNI) politicians.

It encompasses the USA’s involvement in the international aid and arms deals that supported the IRA; facilitates the exportation of terror to the streets of Great Britain and Europe; depicts the complex relationship that existed between the Republic of Ireland, Britain and its northern neighbor. And it provides Developments, a feature that mirrors the increasing technological and intelligence-led advancements on both sides.

Game Components:

  • 22" x 34" mounted map
  • 8.5" x 11" secondary map (Belfast)
  • 5 counter sheets (markers)
  • deck of 260 cards featuring 8 Narrative Epochs
  • 50 blue cubes (RUC troops); 15 blue cylinders (RUC Bases)
  • 1 blue octagon (one side embossed) RUC Special Branch
  • 35 tan cubes (British Forces); 15 tan bases (British Forces Bases)
  • 1 tan octagon (one side embossed) SAS
  • 20 light blue cubes (Ulster Defense Regiment)
  • 35 black octagons (one side embossed) IRA Active Service Units; 10 black cylinders (IRA Bases)
  • 35 red octagons (one side embossed) Loyalist Active Service Units; 10 red cylinders (LOY Bases)
  • 90 green counters (Nationalist Political Influence); 18 green cylinders (Nationalist Bases)
  • 90 orange counters (Unionist Political Influence); 18 orange cylinders (Unionist Bases)
  • 1 green octagon (one side embossed) The Republic of Ireland’s Garda (An Garda Siochana), Special
  • 12 embossed cylinders
  • 1 Year marker
  • 12 Context Status Trackers (IRA Support, LOY Support, NAT Support, UNI Support, UK Terror Threat, Anglo-Irish Relations, British Prestige, Dublin/Dublin Hard, Collusion, Stormont/Direct Rule, No Power-Sharing/Power-Sharing, Year)
  • 6 purple and 6 grey pawns
  • 1 Red and 1 Black Pawn
  • Sequence of Play card
  • 6 Faction player aid foldouts
  • Six 6-sided dice—1 tan, 1 black, 1 red, 1 blue, 1 orange, & 1 green.
  • Historical Playbook
  • Rules booklet
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