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Iron Guards: Battle of Shanghai
Iron Guards: Battle of Shanghai
by Formosa Force Games (2015)
Player Count
1 to 2

Player Ages

Playing Time
2 hours to 8 hours
  • Wargame
  • World War II
  • Designers
  • Wei-Cheng Cheng
  • Dan-Yi Xiang
  • Mechanisms
  • Action Point Allowance System
  • Hex-and-Counter
  • Dice Rolling
  • Artists
  • Wei-Cheng Cheng
  • Family
  • Magazine: Board wargame
  • Cities: Shanghai
  • History: Second Sino-Japanese War
  • Cities: Nanjing (China)
  • Rating: 7.5/10 from 10 users


    ???????????? ("Iron Guards: Battle of Shanghai") is a two-player board wargame that simulates the battle of Shanghai and defense of Nanking, Aug. 13 to Dec. 13, 1937.

    Each turn represents 1 week and each hex is about 10-12 km across. One player commands the Imperial Japanese Army (???????) and the other player commands the (Chinese) National Revolutionary Army (??????.

    In Iron Guards, each player uses operation points to activate Army HQ to lead combat units to move, barrage, combat. In each turn, each player draws tactic markers respectively and roll for initiative. The units include infantry, artillery, cavalry, and tank, etc. The NRA side needs to defense Shanghai and Nanking in different scenarios to win the game.

    The components includes one 22*34 inches map and 240 5/9 inch die-cut counters.

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