Empire of the Sun (EoTS)

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The Empire of the Sun (EoTS) is a great strategic game on the entire Pacific War 1941-1945 designed by Mark Herman and published by GMT company. It is really an interesting game with many new additions to make feasible to play the entire WWII in the pacific theater in one weekend sitting session. I plan to review some of the features of the game that attract me the most, but I would also like to add information related to those details that, specially for me and other players, may contribute to the immersion in the game and assist in providing historical flavor.



The cover of the Empire of the Sun game.


More than 25 years, I bought the Pacific War by the same designer, Mark Herman. I think he is one of the greatest wargame designers in the world. Pacific War is a superb game. I played several times some scenarios and tactically is a great game that faithfully reproduces the historical battles, providing new opportunities to win or lose them, and gives us enough realism to be completely embedded in the game. The drawback is that, such much details for a battle, operation or campaign, decrease the playability of the entire war. Too many counters, multiple dice rolls, long Chinese Front etc.

The coming 2nd Edition of Pacific War

The coming 2nd Edition of Pacific War

I would like to play the entire Pacific War campaign using this game but currently, it is difficult to find time to spend in only that game. Therefore, different options are always in my radar to enjoy the strategic flavor of the entire Pacific Theather, without losing too much realism or plausibility.

And I was with these thoughts when I discovered the Empire of the Sun and some other games such as Axis Empires: Dai senso and Pacific war: Admiral edition (PC only) that allow players to enjoy the entire war. In this report, I will focus on EoTS but I would also like to review most of games that deal with the pacific war. I hope that these game reviews can help to all people interested in History, Strategy and War Game simulations.


sphere The Scope of EoTS

sphere Combined Fleet (CV) KB

sphere Combined Fleet (CVL) Kido Butai

sphere Combined Fleet (CVL 2) Kido Butai

sphere The 2nd edition of the Empire of the Sun game

sphere Opening my own box of the Empire of the sun 2nd Edition

sphere Adding new real units to the Empire of the sun 2nd Edition



▽ Imperial Japanese Navy – Nihon Kaigun


sphere Nihon Kaigun organization



sphere Aircraft Carriers of the Imperial Japanese Navy 



sphere Battleships of the Imperial Japanese Navy



sphere Heavy Cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy



sphere Light Cruisers of the Imperial Japanese Navy



sphere Destroyers of the Imperial Japanese Navy



sphere Submarines of the Imperial Japanese Navy



sphere Auxiliary Ships



sphere The Time Line of ships of the Imperial Japanese Navy



sphere Naval Air Groups



sphere Naval Landing Forces 1928-1945



sphere Secret Weapons of the IJN



sphere Strategic Plans of the IJN


▽ Simulations & Wargames

▽ World War II: Pacific Theater


sphere War in the Pacific: Admiral Edition



sphere The Empire of the Sun (2nd Ed.)



sphere Pacific War



sphere Pacific War (2nd Ed.)

▽Japan’s Maritime Self-Defense Force (JMSDF)


sphere The organization of the JMSDF



sphere The Regional District Forces



sphere Helicopter Destroyers DDH



sphere Guided Missile destroyers DDG



sphere Destroyers DD



sphere Tank Landing Ships LST



sphere Submarines SS



sphere Support and Auxiliary ships



sphere The aviation of the JMSDF



sphere Naval landing forces of the JMSDF



sphere Future projects of the JMSDF



sphere The strategy of the JMSDF



sphere News & manoeuvres


▽ Simulations & Wargames

▽ World War II: European Theater


sphere Unconditional Surrender



sphere The Supreme commander


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