April 18, 2024

#UnboxingDay ~ Carrier Battle: Philippine Sea by Compass Games

RockyMountainNavy, 16 February 2023 ~ #UnboxingDay

One of the latest pre-orders (or is it Kickstarter?) wargames to come out of the ponderous Compass Games production pipeline is designer Jon Southards’s Carrier Battle: Philippine Sea. This game is a solitaire game based on Carrier (Victory Games, 1990).

For a solitaire game this box is PACKED.

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All that for a solo game… 


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Hard to see here the mounted game board is an inch thick as it lays in the box.

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Thick board


Laid out you can see that Carrier Battle is not a small game.

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Lots of components


Oh, now I “see.” Part of the reason the rule book and play book are bigger is the font choice; bigger for “vision-challenged” Grognards like myself? Lots of helpful graphics too. WINNING!

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Rule Book


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Play Book


While the font used in the books of Carrier Battle is bigger, the counters, alas, are standard 1/2″ sized. Some of the text is so close to the corners I’m not sure they can even be rounded. Tweezers, good lighting, and maybe a magnifying glass are probably required for play. There are also three sheets of counters here…might need a few more baggies than those included!

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One of three sheets…


How does this play? Honestly, I’m waiting for “My Own Worst Enemy,” fellow-Dragoon Mike Colello to dig into this one!


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