Portada de l'Ambon

~~ Technical Data ~~

playing time

Playing time: 1-2 hours

Number of players

Number of Players:1-2 (best 2)


Complexity: Low

Unit Size

Unit Size: Companies

Map Scale

Map Scale:∼ 1 km/Hex.

Turn Time

Turn Time: Half Day

~~ Credits ~~

  Designer: Marc Figueras

  Art&Developer: Oscar Oliver

  Map&Counters: Nils Johansson

  Original idea: Marià Pitarque


Ambon: Burning Sun & Little Seagulls

SNAFU Small Battles #1

"After Rabaul, Kendari and Balikpapan, the next important enemy objective on the eastern flank was Ambon. Initially the Japanese had planned to take it by 6th February, but they had now advanced its place on the time-table."

Australia in the War of 1939-1945, Volume IV - The Japanese Thrust,
Lionel Wigmore.

Ambon: Burning Sun & Little Seagulls is a two player wargame simulating the battle that took place between 30 January and 3 February 1942 on the key island of Ambon, in the Moluccas. A Japanese force composed by the 228th Regiment, 38th Division of the IJA and the IJN's 1st Kure Special Naval Landing Force assaulted the island defended by the Dutch Molukken Brigade and the Australian "Gull Force".

~~ Purchase the game ~~

The game is actually out of print. A second edition is in progress.

~~ Game Resources ~~

Living Rules (pdf file - ENG)

Ambon's BoardGameGeek page.

ConSimWorld folder for Ambon.

Vassal Module at Vassal Engine website.

Optional rules (pdf file):
14.5 Dutch armored cars & 14.6 Japanese air support

Alea 37 article (es) (pdf file).

Interview with Marc Figueras by The Player's Aid.

Errata and FAQs (txt file).