|Time:||45 - 60 minutes|
June, 1944: Through the D-Day landings, the Allies have seized a foothold on the beaches of Normandy. Now you must lead your troops forward as you push deeper into France and drive the German forces back. You will face intense resistance, machine gun fire, and mortar bombardment, but a great commander can turn the situation to their advantage!
Undaunted: Normandy is a deck-building game that places you and your opponent in command of American or German forces, fighting through a series of missions critical to the outcome of World War II. Use your cards to seize the initiative, bolster your forces, or control your troops on the battlefield. Strong leadership can turn the tide of battle in your favor, but reckless decisions could prove catastrophic as every casualty you take removes a card from your deck. Take charge amidst the chaos of battle, hold fast in the face of opposition, and remain undaunted.
Undaunted: Normandy is a very good head-to-head deck-building game full of interesting tactical decisions that are played out over a campaign that is 12 missions in length. Each scenario is loosely based on historical events and they are typically asymmetrical in nature which provides a neat narrative for the players to explore.
Each scenario takes approximately 30-60 minutes to play out and there is a campaign result register included in the scenario booklet. Players draft cards to supplement the deck they're provided with at the beginning of each scenario. Attack actions by your opponent can remove soldiers (cards) from your deck permanently and even from your hand! bidding for initiative (turn order) becomes a game in itself as the players attempt to take control of each encounter.
The campaign structure introduces mechanics and new cards at a decent pace which makes it easy to teach the game to new players. With regards to replayability, the final mission provides a skirmish encounter with symmetrical starting positions allowing each player full access to the roster of available units (cards) and provides an option for players interested in a stand-alone mission.
Recommended for war game enthusiasts, deck builders, and people looking for an interesting tactical game for 2 players.