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Fire in the Sky

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Reviewed by Peter H.
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I recommend this product
Average play time
3+ Hours
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Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Goodbye to "Empire of the Sun"

I've always been interested in the Pacific War – fought over huge expanses of ocean, fleets of aircraft carriers battling it out, it's the nearest thing to war in space. For years I have struggled to get to grips with GMT's Empire of the Sun, and failed. Too much detail and rules grit for my taste. By contrast, Fire in the Sky has been a joy to learn and play. The rules are an order of magnitude simpler and yet impressively clever, still capturing the epic ebb and flow of the conflict. And the Phalanx reprint is beautiful, but also very functional. Small design decisions, for example different counter shapes for naval, air, and land units, deliver a big payoff in ease of play. My only disappointment – the supplied dice are cheap and nasty.

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OVERVIEW

Fire in the Sky is a two-player game of strategical rivalry and tactical responsiveness set in during the Pacific War, which stretched between Pearl Habour attack on December 7th 1941 and Hiroshima and Nagasaki obliteration in the atomic hellfire in August 1945. During 16 phase-based turns, you will attempt to conduct successful attacks on your opponent’s units, break loose from the sea siege or simply outsmart your enemy so craftily that his willingness to carry on would be crushed. You shall not forget about the logistics – spend your transportation points wisely and supply your units with oil or they end up as unarmed stationary ducks, an easy prey for enemy diving bombers or destroyers.

Fire in the Sky provides you with a long, well-balanced gameplay. Choosing Japanese side of the conflict, gather as many points as possible (20 of them and your victory is immediate) in the first couple of turns and prevent your Allied opponents from retaking them late in the game. Positive victory points at the end of the game for the Land of the Rising Sun means it wins. Every other result makes Allied forces a winner.

Download the rulebook.

 2 PLAYERS  |  300 MINS  |  AGES 14+

 

REVIEWS

average rating 5.0 out of 5
Based on 1 review
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  • 1 Star
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100% of reviewers would recommend this product to a friend
Learning Curve
Rated 3 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 4 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
1 Review
Reviewed by Peter H.
Verified Reviewer
I recommend this product
Average play time
3+ Hours
Why I choose Thirsty Meeples
  • Good Prices
  • Supporting Local
  • Generous Loyalty Scheme
  • Reliable
Rated 5 out of 5
Review posted

Goodbye to "Empire of the Sun"

I've always been interested in the Pacific War – fought over huge expanses of ocean, fleets of aircraft carriers battling it out, it's the nearest thing to war in space. For years I have struggled to get to grips with GMT's Empire of the Sun, and failed. Too much detail and rules grit for my taste. By contrast, Fire in the Sky has been a joy to learn and play. The rules are an order of magnitude simpler and yet impressively clever, still capturing the epic ebb and flow of the conflict. And the Phalanx reprint is beautiful, but also very functional. Small design decisions, for example different counter shapes for naval, air, and land units, deliver a big payoff in ease of play. My only disappointment – the supplied dice are cheap and nasty.

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Learning Curve
Rated 3 out of 5
Aesthetics
Rated 4 out of 5
Enjoyment
Rated 5 out of 5
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Shipping

OUR WAREHOUSE IS NOW CLOSED FOR THE FESTIVE PERIOD. ANY ORDERS PLACED WILL BE SHIPPED ON WEDNESDAY 29TH DECEMBER. 

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