Empire of the Sun

An appreciation group to Mark Herman's Empire of the Sun, published by GMT.

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Comment by John Kantor on July 18, 2016 at 6:01am
Comment by GENE SHAW on July 17, 2016 at 9:00pm

Thanks to Mark Herman I've had to endure many sleepless nights the last 4 weeks while my buddy Fred and I learn and play perhaps the best wargame ever.  The historical notes and strategic play with a constant change of operational planning brought about by the brilliant use of Operational/Event Cards in this game is addicting. Once a week is not enough!  Neither of us can stop thinking about the game and repeatedly call each other up to discuss the game's many facets.

I rank this game in my all time top five, (chess, Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective, Fief-with the expansions and the Up Front/Banzai/Desert War series) along with Mark's game "For the People" being a close runner up.

While the rules enjoyably stretch the limits of my little grey cells. 

The indexing of the rule book could be far more inclusive thru numeric subject indexing with page numbering in order to quickly find specific rules that are scattered throughout the rule book which would make this game far easier to learn and more accessible.  As one remembers thinking,  isn't there an additional rule governing  this action but you find yourself unable to locate it by using the index provided and later happen upon it while searching for another rule.

I believe the easier you make the rules of an involved game to learn that a far larger group of gamers would be willing to invest in the time to play and purchase.

Both of Mark's games EoT and FtP are to brilliant to be merely enjoyed by the hardcore wargaming community. 

With thanks Mark, for all the historical gaming fun.  Gene Shaw

Comment by Rem on April 13, 2011 at 1:51am

I floated an idea on the ACTS website about an ACTS based open participation tourny. I've gotten some positive responses, so I was wondering if ppl on BGG might be interested as well. For those who don't know ACTS is a free web-based PBEM program which supports Empire of the Sun. I am using essentially Mark Herman's tournament rules from 2005 but iwth a few tweaks. Send me your ACTS info if you are interested.


Start Dates and Format:

The tournament is a single elimination tournament. However, a loser's bracket will be formed, which is counted as double elimination--i.e. round 1 losers will play each other, half of whom will go on to play the round 2 losers, etc. The whomever wins the loser's bracket will be considered 3rd place (with the winner of the finals getting 1st, and the loser 2nd)
Players bid for sides as per the EoTS rules section 16.49. This is done by sending the organizer your bid (Side and PW bid). If you are playing the tournament organizer, he will send out his bid first to a 3rd party.
At the games conclusion report the winner, bid, final turn number, and the reason for the game ending.
The tournament progression will be recorded via BGG Forum posting.


The Full Campaign game, v2.0 rules. Players must use ACTS as the official vehicle for playing out games.
Each game will be allotted 150 days (players should commit to making one card play per day), although extensions may be granted due to interruption of the ACTS server or some other event beyond the control of the players. Round 1 will begin on [date pending]

Error Handling

Player A makes an illegal move(s), attack(s), etc.
Player B can accept the move as is without changes, or declining this, ...
Player A must redo the entire move. Once additional cards have been played the error stands, so pay attention.

Rule disputes

When possible, refer to BGG's rules forum for any disputes. Any comment by Mark Herman is considered authoritative.
If no resolution can be found, refer the rules dispute to the BGG forum.

Optional rules in effect: On turn 2 the Allied player may choose Card 4: Arcadia Conference as one of the five cards received on game turn 2. This is at the option of the Allied player and must be announced to the Japanese player prior to drawing any cards. If the Japanese do not receive any military offense cards in their opening hand (e.g., Military Events that have a logistic value) they may discard a 3 OC card of their choice, or one of lesser value if no 3 OC cards are in the Japanese hand, and replace that card with Japanese card 47: VADM Kondo.


Will leave registration open for a few more weeks. A couple people told me yes if the tourny starts in early June. Tentative start date of Saturday, June 4. I will take new registrations for the tourny until 3 days before the tournament (June 1st deadline for registration), when I will start randomly seeding the players and sending out matchup information. Then the players can start getting their bids in, and I will have everything (hopefully) ready to play on June 4th.


For those wondering--Mark Herman informs me there is no BPA EotS tournament in the works, so participation in the ACTS Open tourny should not conflict with any similar BPA tourny.

Comment by Anthony Hicks on February 3, 2011 at 12:00pm
A friend and I are learning this game via Vassal. Outstanding game that really makes you think and plan. If you don't think ahead, you will pay for it.
Comment by Mark Evans on September 6, 2010 at 9:38pm
Anybody going to Carnage in Vermont?
Comment by John Kranz on September 1, 2010 at 9:24pm
Sorry -- forum just went down. First time in a long time. Hopefully it's nothing serious and we can get services back soon.
Comment by Mark Herman on September 1, 2010 at 9:10pm
We just started a staff game over in the EoTS topic. Come join the fun.

Comment by ryan campbell on July 23, 2010 at 2:51am
I'm new and really loving my study of EotS, which unfortunately doesn't include a finished game. If anyone would like to bloody a student of EotS in a virtual game, I would happily love to get schooled.
Comment by Mark Herman on July 18, 2010 at 7:39am
I am pleased that after 5 years after publication there seems to be a new crop of players entering the fray. This it he game that I play, so it is good to have more company.

Comment by Herr Dr. on July 14, 2010 at 10:55am
Just started playing this beast. Great, damm smart, game! Very different from the other CDWs and about the first Pac War game I've played that remotely feels like the history I read about. Really like how Mark handled the air/nav/land interaction, the politics and the secondary threatres (India, China, Burma, etc).

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