Fleets 2025

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It's China vs. the U.S. at the East China Sea in the near future.

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With the sailing of Fleets 2025: East China Sea, Victory Point Games launches you on a Chris Taylor-designed blue water adventure of high-stakes "political poker" centered on daring air and naval engagements between the modern fleets of the United States and China as the Taiwanese flashpoint of the East China Sea ignites into a crisis on the brink of spinning out of control. Here, player nerve and skill are required to hunt the opposing forces and inflict sufficient military damage to break their political will and get them to “blink first” and back down!

In this low-to-moderate complexity wargame, the great concerns of modern naval warfare are handled with fine design elegance to highlight the asymmetrical forces, systems, and tactics used by both sides through the lethality of modern weaponry. With deep strategic puzzles and wild military and political action simulated by the simple use of fast-action card play and lots of dice, Fleets 2025: East China Sea is a nautical thrill-ride through tomorrow’s headlines for budding Admirals.
 

Game Components:

 
•    Five pages of color Rules: Basic and Admiral Level
•    Two pages color example of play
•    One page of notes
•    One page of scenarios
•    80 color, die-cut 5/8” two-sided game pieces
•    60 "Activity" cards
•    One 11” x 17” color game map
•    Two player aid sheets
•    Polybag packaging and component storage
 

Credits:


Game Design: Christopher Taylor
Documentation and Game System Development: Alan Emrich
Art & Graphic Design: Alan Emrich
Map Graphics: Vince DeNardo
Playtesting: Nick Chartier, Allen Doum, James Fung, Chris Janiec, Ken Keller, Charles Locke, Stephanie Newland, Dave Schueler

Game Data

Number of Players 2
Age 13+
Playing Time Approximately 60 minutes
Difficulty 4
Solitaire Suitability 2
Designer Chris Taylor
Developer Alan Emrich

Reviews

Sailing Into the East China Sea by Bogatir (Sandbox for my Brain)
I don’t have very many games in my closet that I’ve enjoyed playing more than Fleets 2025. Lots of them offer greater "simulation value" – but few are more fun to just sit and play.