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Fleets 2025

East China Sea

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 Data:

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Number of Players: 2
Ages: 13 and up
Playing Time: Approximately 1 hour
Complexity: 4 on a 9 scale
Solitaire Suitability: 1.5 on a 9 scale
Scale: Each unit is 1-2 major ships and escorts or 1-3 squadrons of planes; each turn half a day

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

What They're Saying:

- "Both games [Fleets 2025 scenarios] took about an hour and a half each to play. This is a really fine game which should see regular play by me. The card dynamics really keep both players active in each others turns and makes for little down time. Well done to all involved."

- "The US attack failed to score any damage and the last Chinese attack saw their aircraft skimming in at wavetop and they managed to sink 2 American DD's and as a result the US Politcal Will dropped and in the ensuing phase, because the US lowers their Political Will first, the Chinese pulled off a win by the narrowest of margins. What a roller coaster ride this is!! Definitely want to play it again."

- "First impressions are very good. The game is highly interactive, fast playing, and fun. You have enough options to chose from and it looks like some plays are needed to exploit game tactics to the full. The components are nice, with counters easy to read and to punch (no super-professional knife needed)."

- "Excellent gameplay that has layered strategy elements due to a card deck that can multi-task (Events, Search, Orders, Battle Dice). Easy to learn and lots of dice, too."

- "I couldn’t be more impressed with a simple (5 pages of rules) game system. The cards throw in enough variability that no two games ever play alike – but they don’t overwhelm the rest of the game." - (Blog - A Sandbox for my brain)

- "I love the fact that it's fast moving, and that several games can (possibly) be played in a single sitting. This is the type of game where you want to try a bunch of different strategies, and the short play time allows you to do this." - Mark D. (The Boardgaming Life)

- " is a fun game with huge replay possibilities. Players do not get bogged down in extensive rules or sub-systems. Everything blends together nicely, giving a nice historical feel to the game, while keeping a grip on reality. All in all, I highly recommend this game. Hats off to Victory Point Games and designer Chris Taylor for providing an entertaining game. Well done!" - Mark Woloshen (Paper Wars Magazine)


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


Regular Price: $27.95

VPG Sale Price: $23.95

Product Prices
SKU Type Price Qty.
Fleets 2025Polybag Edition$23.95

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