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Undaunted: Normandy Hardcover – August 20, 2019
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Take command of a rifle platoon from the US or German Army, striving across a series of missions to claim and hold key objectives in the weeks that followed the D-Day landings.
Play through a series of scenarios, each featuring different landscapes of tiles that you will have to master in order to control the objectives, gain advantageous positions, and claim victory.
Use your cards to control your troops on the battlefield, but be warned: every casualty on the field removes a card from your deck, limiting your options and leaving you at the mercy of your opponent.
About the Author
David Thompson was born in Savannah, Georgia. He grew up playing Dungeons & Dragons and other roleplaying games, but turned his attention to Eurogames and Wargames in the 2000s. He began designing games in 2014, after moving to England and meeting the Cambridge-based chapter of Playtest UK. His first published design was Armageddon, followed by Orc-lympics, Pavlov's House, Warchest, Castle Itter, and Switch & Signal. He now lives in Dayton, Ohio with his wife, two daughters, and son.
Trevor Benjamin was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada but has spent his entire adult life living abroad. He has taught English and Mathematics in China and Taiwan, and studied and taught Linguistics in Germany, Belgium, and the Netherlands. He now lives in the UK with his wife and two children, where he has had the great fortune of meeting David and the rest of the Cambridge design community. His published games to date include Dice Heist, Light & Dark, Cafe Fatal, Orc-lympics, Warchest, and Rolling Bandits.
Roland MacDonald is a graphic designer, illustrator, and board game designer. With a BFA in Fine Arts and an MA in Game Design, he started working doing 3D modelling for PS2 and PC games. After doing concept art and illustrations for Shogun 2 Total War, he moved on to work primarily on board games, illustrating titles including Stop Thief!, Kaiju Crush, and Battle Line.
- Item Weight : 2.31 pounds
- ISBN-10 : 1472834704
- ISBN-13 : 978-1472834706
- Dimensions : 7.44 x 2.74 x 10.73 inches
- Publisher : Osprey Games (August 20, 2019)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #35,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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But they are not for everyone .
Undaunted Normandy is for an broader audience, indeed.
( + )
- The art is so great
- The rules are easy to grasp
- The components are sturdy and excellent quality
- The gameplay is fast
- The strategic has good depth
- 12 scenarios
- I Can preview expansions coming. Great !
( - )
- The roll of dice can be frustrating sometimes but the game is not about destroying units but to preview maneuvers and outthink your opponent
- Doesn’t have many units types ( expansions needed in a near future
Overall it’s a great game .
Easy to understand.
Provides good tension and a not lengthy game session.
Your soldiers have a name so you can remember the ones who had their finest hour .
Really liked the game ! Can’t recommend enough.
In the pic above I show how I cut the insert (lowered it with a razor cut around it) so that sleeved cards now fit as they are raised out of their compartment.
There is a lot of thinking that goes into each turn. The game rewards planning, reacting and adapting. The turns are so quick that you are never idle. If you find yourself in a pure dice rolling contest then you probably did something wrong.
We came to this after playing a lot of M44, which helped a little. But I would have no hesitation of recommending this if it were your first wargame.
Can't recommend this one more highly.
And so looking forward to the upcoming expansion.
Right off the bat, this is obviously not a title heavy on simulation, nor is it intended to be. What it is, is a WW II themed deckbuilding game that manages to abstract traditional wargame elements into a tremendously enjoyable, low complexity gaming experience that creates a narrative every bit a satisfying and thematic as other more complex traditional hex and counter games.
I highly recommend Undaunted: Normandy for younger, or less experienced gamers with an interest in getting into WW II gaming. It would also be excellent for experienced Grognards that are looking for a light but satisfying quickie, something portable to play down the pub, or need a simple game to draw in unsuspecting future wargamers.
We played through the entire scenario book, re-playing the more interesting scenarios 2-3 times before moving on, and are now playing a campaign in the sequel, "Undaunted North Africa" which is actually more intense as the games are faster and the scope is even more personal (individual soldiers instead of entire squads).
So set up your morter, load your MGs, and pray their sniper doesn't find your scouts, because things are about to get messy.
I played with my wife, and she has 0 understanding on platoons of ww2, but she understood the game fast, and after playing and having fun, I explained why the game was like that.
You can learn the rules fast, set up is easy, and gameplay is very fluent.
I have really enjoyed this game!
Top reviews from other countries
There's some great space for customization as well, you could easily replace the tokens with some miniatures if that's your thing. Looking forward to the sequel.
Reviewed in Spain on September 9, 2019