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Iron Bottom Sound III


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Iron Bottom Sound III is a re-launch of Jack Greene’s award winning tactical naval combat game of the fighting in the Pacific in 1942-43. This game has been extensively updated from the original and includes twelve scenarios (and additional new rules) as well as additional ships for future scenarios to be made available on line at Quarterdeck International’s ConSim World (CSW) site. 
Iron Bottom Sound III includes corrected scenarios from earlier versions, several 1943 actions, one Channel action between the Brits and the Germans, as well as two revised 1928 hypothetical actions between American and Japanese battleships and battlecruisers. The Japanese and Germans have slightly higher Victory Point value as their loss is tougher on them than the Allies.
This boxed bookcase style game (and a STOUT box at that!) weighing OVER a kilo contains the following components:
  • One 22.5” x 22” dark blue MOUNTED map.
  • Two cut out islands - one is Savo in the old traditional daylight hour’s style and Kolombangara in nighttime shades.
  • Two FULL countersheets. The ship counters, in Japanese and English, have top views on one side and silhouettes on the reverse for player’s choice. No generic images either, but the ACTUAL ship is displayed.
  • Two COLOR 11” x 17” combat charts, one in English, the other in Japanese.
  • Two 32 page rulebooks with scenarios with one ONLY in English. They represent my gaming philosophy of BIG print, plenty of room between lines (translation: EASY TO READ) – and the rulebook portion INCLUDING all optional rules are only 17 pages.
  • A 24 page “Ship Log” booklet with the scenario Roster Sheets for playing the scenarios in both English and Japanese, generic ship logs for making your own (as done in THE ROYAL NAVY) and a movement/attack log, all suitable for photocopying. 
Game counters include all the ships and EXTRA ones too. Also torpedoes, smoke screens (NEW), fires, decoys (NEW), wrecks, fired markers (NEW) and starshells are included. Ships included are the YAMATO, MUTSU, NORTH CAROLINA, COLORADO, the battlecruiser LEXINGTON and more.
Designed by Jack Greene
*Revolution Games Coupons and discounts do not apply to this game.

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  1. excelent game 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 1st Feb 2018

    I have owned a previousl copy of this game. I will always enjoy a Jack Green naval game.

  2. Disappointing and over-priced 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 18th Oct 2017

    Disappointing. I really wanted to like this game. It has all the Tactical elements I was looking for. Wooden Ships and Iron Men game of sailing ships was similar to the movement mechanics; I was very familiar with that. Every battle is forced set-up; there is not much maneuver to contact. Very laborious to transcribe all the moves. Every move takes so much writing and paper.

    Over-priced. I realize that the producers of this game wanted to appeal to gamers from the country of Japan and the U.S. That’s fine. But I felt that I was paying for the extra rules, weight of product, and charts that I was never going to use or get value from. Sadly, maybe it should have been sold as separate language versions?

    I’m glad I have the game; it has some amazing accurate historical gameplay. All the ships are there to great detail. I enjoy naval games.

  3. Simple to learn! 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 26th Aug 2017

    Perfect type of rules weight for me. 14 pages of very logic rules to learn, so you get a very quick grasp of them. Quick gameplay and insanely fun :) The hidden movement make for some weird action sometimes!

  4. quick shipping, good WWII naval combat game 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Mar 2017

    Revolution shipped the game very quickly. The box was damaged but no damage to components inside. Just started playing. Easy to learn and have enjoyed the game so far.

  5. Box damaged. 2 Star Review

    Posted by on 3rd Sep 2016

    Part of back of box partially caved in, in the corner its actually small deep push in of the box back. The outer shipping box wasn't damaged; so I have to assume box was damaged before it was ever packed in shipping box. Pretty poor way to do business in my opinion. Haven't opened the game as may be returning it.

  6. Jack Greene rules!!! 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 5th Jan 2016

    Jack Greene is surely a legend in the world of board wargaming and his Iron bottom Sound has been a milestone in the Naval Games. Still today we don't have another system that works as IBS did and does!!



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