Is The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944 fun to play?
Players: 1 – 2 players | Game Duration – mins | Min. Age 14+ | Game complexity: MEDIUM
Genre: War, War
Solo game mode: Yes | Co-op: No | Online Version: No
What is The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944 about?
The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944 is a moderately complex game, but it covers all the important stuff. There are rules for the D-Day landings, the conquest of Cherbourg, the entry of German reinforcements, and the exiting and re-entering of the map. The game includes untried German strong points and the Ost battalions.
Featuring a single day of gaming and a small footprint that will allow it to be left set-up for solo study, The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944 is a must-have for fans of WWII operational games, the Dark system, or students of the campaign for northwest Europe.
In addition to the Cherbourg Box, the map extends southwest to Avranches and southeast to Alencon, allowing players to recreate the entire campaign from D-Day to the closing of the Falaise Gap in late August. It is primarily regiments/brigades, with some battalions, but the German mechanized forces are presented as operational kampfgruppen.
The Allies win by capturing Cherbourg, sending units to Brittany and Paris, and preventing Germans from leaving. However, the Allies win a sudden death victory if they capture all of the cities on the map before Turn 10 and the Germans win a sudden death victory by closing down any three Allied Beaches, two of which must be adjacent. Because of the unknown activation sequence, the Allies cannot take their landing beaches for granted in June!
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