Before the preview, I would like to thank the folks at Avalon Hill and
Wizards for sending a review copy of Axis & Allies Guadacanal.This first preview will be a series of images of the units included with the game. Future previews will give a peek at the rule book (3-4 pages), the map, and a review of the first few games played. After playing the game only once, I can tell you only that it maintains the spirit of the Axis & Allies WWII games while introducing new game mechanics to keep the game fresh. The box claims that game play is 2-3 hours. My first game took 3.5 hours.
A close-up photo of an Axis & Allies Guadacanal game played on October 14, 2007.


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Japanese Naval UnitsJapanese Air and Land UnitsGuadacanal is a two player game of the Americans versus the Japanese battling over the Solomon Islands. Each player can utilize the following units: battleship, aircraft carrier, cruiser, destroyer, submarine, transport, bomber, fighter, infantry, artillery, and anti-aircraft. The Japanese units are modeled after the following World War II units: Yamato class battleship, Shinano class carrier, Takao class cruiser, Fubuki class destroyer, I class submarine, Hakusan Maru class transport, G4M2E Model 24J “Betty” bomber, A6M2 Zero-Sen “Zero” fighter, and 70mm Howitzer artillery.

American air and land unitsAmerican Sea unitsThe America units are as follows: Iowa class battleship, Wasp class carrier, Portland class cruiser, Johnston class destroyer, Ray class submarine, Liberty Ship transport, B-17 bomber, non-descript carrier based fighter, 105mm Howitzer. Click on the thumbnail images on this page to see the units in greater detail.

Not pictured are the transports.

Axis & Allies Guadalcanal will be available in stores on November 16, 2007 with an MSRP of $50 USD. For more details about the game please read the following articles:

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