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Poster: Doug Holt
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Post Date: 9/20/2023

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Poster: Doug Holt
Post Date: 8/9/2023

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Game: Orange Swan: Pacific 1941-1945


Publisher: VentoNuovo Games
Game Type: Board
Designer(s): Emanuele Santandrea
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Orange Swan is a historical game that covers WWII in the Pacific from 1941 to 1945. Its name refers both to its predecessor, Black Swan, that covered WWII in Europe, as well as the plan drawn up by the United States in anticipation of a possible future conflict with Japan – War Plan Orange. Like other block games, “Fog of War” is a key element in the treatment. Players will not know the strength or identity of forces opposing them until after there has been a commitment to battle. As Japan, you must move swiftly to win the war outright before the full power of American industry kicks in. As the Allies, you must weather the Japanese onslaught and then devise your best island-hopping strategy to reach the very threshold of the Japanese homeland.


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Date: 8/6/2023
Poster: Pat L.
Orange Swan: Special Rules (video)

Seek Out and Play lists the special rules that separate Orange Swan from the earlier Black Swan game produced by VentoNuovo Games.
Date: 7/23/2023
Poster: Pat L.
Orange Swan: Rules Differences with Black Swan (video)

Seek Out and Play reviews the rules differences between Orange Swan and the earlier Black Swan from VentoNuovo Games.
Date: 7/16/2023
Poster: Pat L.
Orange Swan: Global Campaigns (video)

In this video, blogger Seek Out and Play reviews the Global Campaign rules required if you want to combine Black Swan and Orange Swan into one game. The video also discusses Optional Global rules.
Date: 6/11/2023
Poster: Pat L.
Game Example Videos from VentoNuovo Games (4 videos)

These 4 videos, produced by VentoNuovo Games, include the following: Kickstarter Video; Fall 1941, Allied Turn; Fall 1941, Japanese Surprise Attack; and Fall 1941, Japanese Oceanic Blitz Phase.
Date: 6/4/2023
Poster: Pat L.
Orange Swan - Preview Video

Stuka Joe presents this comprehensive preview that he created during the Kickstarter phase of production. The video includes a step-by-step depiction of the sequence of play.
Date: 5/27/2023
Poster: Pat L.
Unboxing: Orange Swan from Vento Nuovo Games - The Players' Aid (video)

Grant Kleinhenz from The Players Aid unboxes Ventonuovo’s latest game in the Swan series.
Date: 7/15/2022
Poster: Doug Holt
Orange Swan – WWII in the Pacific

"...Orange Swan uses many of the same game mechanics as Black Swan (WWII in Europe), but with greater focus on the innovative—and mechanically simple—naval system...". Noble Knight Games spotlights Vento Nuovo Games' Orange Swan, a block game which covers WWII in the Pacific from 1941 to 1945. Check out a game where "...the outcome is completely unpredictable, and despite the historical result, Japan can defeat the Allies ..."!
Date: 6/1/2022
Poster: Harvey M.
Orange Swan: Pacific 1941 - 1945 by VentoNuovo Games

Orange Swan: Pacific 1941 - 1945 by VentoNuovo Games. is reviewed by A Wargamers Needful Things. The game is similar to VentoNuovo's World War II block game in the European theater, Black Swan. The moniker 'Orange Swan' relates to the above, and Plan Orange, the United States' name for the war plan against Japan. As the US, you have to try and blunt Japan's sword in the early, so that you do not have to win the entire Pacific back from them. You need to hang on and wait until the US starts flooding the Pacific Ocean with material, men, and ships. So, you have to choose your early fights with Japan with care. As the Allied player you cannot afford to lose China and or India. Japan is not only able to attack you on the seas but also in Asia proper. The Japanese player will never be as strong as he is at the start (unless by some miracle he never loses a battle up to 1943). The player has to decide how much is too much and will he also suffer from 'Victory Disease'? Does he try to conquer China, India, or concentrate on the Pacific? The one thing that the Japanese player has on his side is that at the beginning the Allied player has to dance to his tune. He always has to keep at the back of his mind that the Allied player can also Island, or in this case Area, hop. This would leave the Japanese forces hanging on the vine.
Date: 6/26/2021
Poster: Mark D.
Intro to Orange Swan: Interview with Emanuele Santandrea

Interview with Emanuele Santandrea Designer of "Orange Swan: Pacific 1941-1945" from VentoNuovo Games on Kickstarter as of June 24th...