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Empire of the Sun - The Pacific War, 1941-1945 (2nd Edition, 3rd Printing)

By: GMT Games

Type: Boxed Game

Product Line: Card-Driven Games

MSRP $80.00

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Product Info

Empire of the Sun - The Pacific War, 1941-1945 (2nd Edition, 3rd Printing)
Product Line
Mark Herman
Publish Year
NKG Part #
MFG. Part #
Boxed Game
Age Range
12 Years and Up
# Players
1 - 2 Players
Game Length
60 - 360 Minutes


Notes on 4th Printing: This will be identical to the 3rd Printing, except that any known errata will be corrected. Box Still says 3rd Printing, but the Publish year will say 2021 and content will be updated.

Empire of the Sun (EotS) is Mark Herman's third card driven design since he introduced the system to the hobby in We The People. EotS is a strategic level look at the entire War in the Pacific from the attack on Pearl Harbor until the surrender of Japan. EotS is the first card driven game (CDG) to move the system closer to a classic hexagon wargame, while retaining all of the tension and uncertainty people have come to expect from a CDG. Players are cast in the role of Macarthur, Yamamoto, Nimitz, and Mountbatten as you direct your forces across the breadth of the globe from India to Hawaii and from Alaska to Australia. This is represented on a single map based on a 1942 equal area projection of the entire theater of conflict.

As in other games using the CDG system, players try to maximize the impact of their cards even as they hide their intentions and traps from their opponent. The player is faced with a wide set of clear strategic choices. The focus of EotS is on directing major offensive axes of advance. The Japanese early in the game are challenged to achieve their historical expansion as Allied forces battle the clock to react with their in-place forces trying to achieve maximum damage to the hard-to-replace Japanese veteran units.

Combat in EotS is based on successfully bringing superior combined land, air, and sea forces to bear in a two-tiered combat system. The first tier is the resolution of air-naval combat, the second tier covers ground combat. The culmination of both tiers results in one side prevailing in battle.

The key variable in determining strategic victory is the level of U.S. political will. The Japanese win the game by forcing the U.S. into a negotiated peace, which was not achieved historically. The Japanese achieve this by knocking countries like India, China, and Australia out of the war, while inflicting massive casualties on the United States. The delivery of the A-bomb on its historical schedule is not a guarantee, often necessitating Operation Olympic and the invasion of Japan. It is often in its darkest hour that the Japanese find victory in EotS.

EotS scenarios were designed with the busy enthusiast, grognard, and competitive tournament player in mind. EotS was designed to be played n yearly scenarios (1942, 1943, and 1944) of three turns each that play in under two hours. If you are a fan of CDG's, EotS takes the genre into a familiar, but new direction. If you are a fan of classic hexagon wargames, this game has all of the features that brought you to this hobby in the first place, but with a new level of excitement and replay ability. The game is comprehensive, but easy to learn.COUNTERS - Two sets of counters (1/2" & 5/8").


  • COUNTERS - 280 9/16" counters and 88 5/8" counters
  • CARDS - Two decks of Strategy Cards (82 Japanese and 83 Allied)
  • MAPS - One 22"x34" Mounted Mapsheet
  • OTHER - 2 Player Aid Cards (11"x17" & 8.5"x11")
  • Rules Book
  • One ten-sided die
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