Where to begin? Even before the announcement of GMT’s reprint, Mark Herman’s design had a reputation for being monstrous. A colossal game with a sprawling footprint and telescopic time scale, Pacific War sought to replicate the conflict starting at Pearl Harbor and ending with the potential atomic bombings of the Japanese mainland.

A major caveat on all my thoughts going forward: all my time playing the title was done solitaire. This has a massive effect on the nearly double blind elements in the game. Despite not seeing the full potential of the game, the historical immersion provided many hours of enjoyment and education.

Enjoy my thoughts below: