Osprey continue their run of potentially engaging titles with a new spin on World War 2 and the deck-building genre, slated for release this summer. The full press release is below - we obviously marketing spin so treat accordingly.
We are delighted to announce that in August 2019 we will be releasing Undaunted: Normandy, a two-player deck-building strategy game designed by David Thompson and Trevor Benjamin, with illustrations by Roland MacDonald.
Set in the aftermath of the D-Day landings, Undaunted: Normandy puts players in command of opposing forces in the European theatre of World War II, either leading US troops into occupied France or taking charge of the German defence and beating back the Allied advance. Played as a campaign that follows the operational history of the US 30th Infantry Division, the game tests players’ tactical ability as they issue orders to their troops, call in reinforcements, and manage the inevitable casualties of war.
“The creation process for Undaunted: Normandy has been a great adventure, stretching all the way back to when we first met” commented Trevor and David. “We are very excited about how the game allows you to control a platoon during World War II, blending deck-building with fast and furious combat. When combined with Roland MacDonald’s beautiful artwork, and Osprey's incredible production and polish, we really feel like the game provides a new and unique way to experience a timeless genre. We hope you enjoy it!”
Speaking about the project, Osprey Games’ Games Developer Filip Falk Hartelius said “Undaunted: Normandy is a one of those rare games I knew from first play that I wanted to publish. As a unique twist on older genres, every game is gripping, fresh, and tense until the very last turn. It’s been an absolute pleasure working with David, Trevor, and Roland, and I’m delighted to be showing off the fruits of all their labours.”
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 favour, 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.
About David Thompson
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.
About Trevor Benjamin
Trevor Benjamin was born and raised in New Brunswick, Canada. 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.
About Roland MacDonald
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.
About Osprey Games
Osprey Games is the dedicated games division of Osprey Publishing (part of Bloomsbury Publishing plc) and publishes a wide range of wargames, card games, and board games. Launched in 2014, the company has produced an array of critically acclaimed titles, including Frostgrave: Fantasy Wargames in the Frozen City, Bolt Action, Odin’s Ravens, Wildlands and The Lost Expedition.