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February 3, 2022

Devin

Conquest and Consequence in the Pacific

Conquest and Consequence brings the Triumph and Tragedy system to the Pacific/East Asia theater during the same 1936-1945 time period.

Conquest and Consequence

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Conquest and Consequence, from GMT Games

Like their Triumph and Tragedy wargame, GMT‘s Conquest and Consequence is designed for 3 players, maintaining the 3-sided dynamic that adds so much variety and intrigue to the system. The three forces involved are:

  • Militarist Japan, the first Asian power to modernize, seeks to replace the European colonial empires in East Asia with a true “all-Asian” empire, with itself as the natural leader.
  • The Communist Soviet faction comprises the Siberian USSR and the Red Chinese revolutionaries.
  • The Capitalist USA faction consists of the United States, the British Empire, and the struggling regime of Nationalist China.

Gameplay

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Conquest & Consequence, from GMT Games; image by Simon Macdonald

Conquest and Consequence begins in 1936 with the Militarists in control of Japan and expansion on the agenda. Its war industry is well developed, but it is weak in population and particularly resources. However, its battle-hardened army has easily overrun resource-rich Manchuria, and a weak China awaits.

Japan has the early initiative due to its well-prepared military. So, will it:

  • Move south into China?
  • Take the “Northern Road” into resource-rich east Siberia—as favored by the army?
  • Pursue the “Southern Road” to the oil-rich Dutch East Indies advocated by its navy?
  • Or bide its time, seeking a better position via diplomatic arrangements with neutrals including independent Chinese warlord states?

Nations and Strategies

Conquest and Consequence, from GTM Games; image by Simon Macdonald

Japanese aggression in China will likely irritate the sleeping giant—The United States—but it is far away across the wide Pacific, and Japan has special naval abilities that allow it to compete at sea.

The Red Chinese have just completed their Long March and re-established their base in inland Shaansi, far from areas of Japanese—or Capitalist—interest. The Red Chinese are very weak militarily but have a secret weapon: Partisans. These are non-military “political” organizations (represented on-map with cardboard counters) that are difficult to eradicate, multiply if ignored, and can be converted into military units when desired (this being ill-advised without sufficient concentration). The Soviet Union is acutely aware of Japanese expansionism, so it desperately fortifies the thinly defended eastern Siberia.

Nationalist China is aware of the Japanese threat but must also deal with the internal Communist threat. The United States is disarmed, disinterested, and distracted by the Great Depression. The British Empire is woefully under-defended and overconfident. The USA alliance must build up its economy while somehow improving the military capabilities of the British Empire, Nationalist China, and itself.

Land, Air, and Sea

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Conquest and Consequence, from GMT Games; image by Simon Macdonald

Conquest and Consequence combines the Pacific naval war and the land war in Asia—including the Chinese Civil War—both equally weighing upon victory. Additionally, the naval war is dramatic, featuring short, decisive battles and expanded roles for airpower and island bases. In the tradition of Triumph and Tragedy, the 3-sided aspect features negotiation, diplomacy, and subterfuge within a multitude of strategic possibilities. Similarly, the game allows players freedom to diverge from the inclinations and policies of the historical actors and plays in 4-6 hours of constant tension and involvement.


Components

  • 22”x 34” Mounted mapboard
  • 228 wooden blocks
  • 2 label sheets (sticky labels)
  • 2 5/8” counter sheets
  • 55 Action cards
  • 55 Investment cards
  • 28-page Rulebook
  • 32-page Playbook
  • 3 Player Aid cards (2-sided cardstock)
  • 1 pad of Game Record sheets
  • 4 6-sided dice

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