Guadalcanal

  • Dec 7, 1941 - War explodes across the Pacific when the Japanese attack the American fleet at Pearl Harbor. By May 1942, Japan has spread across the Pacific and is threatening America’s supply lines to Australia after building an airfield on the island of Guadalcanal.

    The United States counters with an ill-prepared occupation of Guadalcanal’s airfield with the 1st Marine Division. The Japanese retaliate with vengeance, cutting off the Marines by sea and pouring in thousands of Japanese reinforcements. A desperate struggle ensues, as the Americans try to hold on to their tiny foothold against the might of the Japanese Empire.

    Guadalcanal continues the multi-award winning Conflict of Heroes series. In this game, players command platoons and companies of individual squads and tanks to resolve the same tactical dilemmas that commanders faced during some of the most ferocious engagements of WWII.

    In Guadalcanal, the Americans track VPs, but the Japanese track Bushido. If a Japanese commander ‘loses face’ during battle, his command and men’s morale can crumble. This is a groundbreaking new concept that forces players to think like their 1942 counterparts.

    Conflict of Heroes features a fast and fluid system that is easy to learn but realistic to all of the unique theaters of battle portrayed.

    Fun: Quick simultaneous play allows players to interact without waiting.
    Easy: Teach a new player how to play in under 5 minutes. No charts!
    Historically Accurate: Portrays realistic forces and tactics.
    Counters: Depict individual vehicles, guns, squads and more.

    Conflict of Heroes - Guadalcanal continues the award winning series with a new unique pacific battlefield to fight in and two new asymmetric nations to command! Take control of the fanatical Japanese or the resourceful Marines and lead your squads in the most important battles of the Guadalcanal campaign. Overwhelm the Marines with Banzai charges across rivers, lead challenging sea raids on Japanese supply dumps, launch ambushes out of the dark of night, and decimate your enemy with artillery in firefights that include:

    -The Battles of Alligator Creek
    -Bloody Ridge
    -The Battle of Henderson Field
    -And 9 more thrilling engagements

    The Japanese offer new tactics to Conflict of Heroes. The game features a unique bushido system that the Japanese commander can use to compel his soldiers to perform heroic acts. Fail to follow the bushido code though and risk losing the confidence of your soldiers and your commanders.

    The Marines defending Henderson Field on Guadalcanal must rely on their veteran Commanding Officers if they hope to survive the unrelenting assaults of the Japanese. Assign the new Capability Cards to specialized Marine troops, including the Raiders and Paramarines, and gain access to unique actions and abilities.

    Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal uses the same easy to learn but hard to master streamlined tactical system as “Awakening the Bear” and “Storms of Steel”. Players will be challenged with hard tactical choices and a variety of interesting battlefield situations.

    Game Components:

    -4 large mounted geomorphic game maps that include beautifully rendered beaches, jungles, and ridges.
    -1 sheet of thick overlays that add rivers, villages, and hills to any map.
    -40 LARGE and thick 1" die cut Marine counters depicting Stuart tanks, antitank guns, 1st Raiders, Mortars, and more!
    -40 Japanese 1" die cut unit counters that include grenade dischargers, snipers, Chi-Ha tanks and more.
    -20 unique Japanese hit counters that add the uncertainty of no-effect hits!
    -20 American hit counters.
    -10 Vehicle hit counters
    -A Firefight book that includes the campaign summary and maps, historical context and 16 firefights for 2 - 4 players.
    -A Programmed learning rulebook that teaches the rules in tiny fast and easy to learn steps.
    -And much more.

    This game is boxed like all other games in the series and includes a plastic sorting tray.

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  • Rulebook, Firefight Book, and Summary Sheet

    Guadalcanal Rulebook

    English Language, PDF Format

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    Guadalcanal Firefight Book

    English Language, PDF Format

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    Guadalcanal Summary Sheet

    English Language, PDF Format

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    US Army Expansion Firefights

    Guadalcanal US Army Firefight 1 - The Last Banzai: Battle for Henderson Field, Second Night

    English Language, PDF Format. -Updated 5/18/17

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    Guadalcanal US Army Firefight 2 - Raid on Makin Atoll

    English Language, PDF Format. -Updated 9/14/18

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    Guadalcanal US Army Firefight 3 - Shoji's Escape

    English Language, PDF Format. -Updated 08/29/2017

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    Guadalcanal US Army Firefight 4 - Mount Austin (Part 1)

    English Language, PDF Format. Part 1 - Firefight Sheet for US Forces. -Updated 05/25/18

    Download Firefight 4 (Part 1)

    Guadalcanal US Army Firefight 4 - Mount Austin (Part 2)

    English Language, PDF Format. Part 2 - Firefight Sheet for Japanese Forces. -Updated 05/25/18

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    Guadalcanal US Army Firefight 5 - Narrow Corridor

    English Language, PDF Format. -Updated 05/29/18

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    Planning Maps

    Planning Maps for Guadalcanal

    English Language, PDF Format, courtesy of MasQueOca. For planning hidden movement, artillery barrages, overall Firefight strategies, etc. -Updated 3/16/18

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  • Reviews

    A Wargamer's Needful Things

    "I really enjoyed this game!" -Mark H., AWNT

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    Armchair General

    "I can’t get enough of Conflict of Heroes – I find this game system to be one of the best for playing World War 2 tactical battles." - Rick M., Armchair General

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    The Board Game Show

    "What continues to enamor me about the COH system is how the designers manage to coax historical actions and reactions through the design of the system itself." - Scott B., The Board Game Show

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    There Will Be Games

    "History Starts at Home." Matt Thrower, There Will Be Games

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    Board Game Geek

    "Guadalcanal takes the concept of immersion to an entirely different level!" D. Bryant on Board Game Geek

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    Wargamer

    "In Conflict of Heroes we have a system that can be learned once and enjoyed in a dizzying variety of places and variants. This wealth of opportunity almost defies belief, but it works!" - Matt Thrower, Wargamer

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Using the proven Conflict of Heroes [system], Guadalcanal stays familiar while introducing a new theater, jungle and beach terrain and an interesting twist on the command action point scheme.

Maurice F, Punchboard Media

While I do enjoy the epic tank battles on the Eastern Front, the tense, close, unforgiving terrain and infantry heavy combat of Guadalcanal will hold my interest for a long time to come. The great thing about this game is that it really feels different from the others, as it should be.

Scott B., The Board Game Show

I can’t get enough of Conflict of Heroes – I find this game system to be one of the best for playing World War 2 tactical battles.

Rick Martin, Armchair General

Bushido Points are a simple yet adroit way of modeling the Japanese code of Bushido, as it was reinterpreted by the Empire of Japan during this period in history.

Maurice F., Punchboard Media

Taking one tiny action at a time like this makes things move quickly, keeps both players engaged. Yet each brief moment has the potential to snowball into something deeper.

Matt Thrower, There Will Be Games

The thematic pictures in my mind are what make CoH the system, my favorite system. It paints this narative as you play that it just lends itself so well to the historical nature and the gameplay.

Bart 'The Chief' Brunscheen, Bonding with Boardgames

If you’re a fan of the CoH system, or have an affinity for the Pacific theater, Conflict of Heroes – Guadalcanal is a must buy

Maurice F., Punchboard Media

Guadalcanal has all the things I like in Conflict of Heroes with enough new stuff that the experience feels fresh and new.

Marco, marcowargamer

The Bushido points system encourages historical WWII Japanese tactics!

Bart 'The Chief' Brunscheen, Bonding with Board Games

The theme is very well connected to the mechanics.

Marco, marcowargamer
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