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MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 6:25 p.m. PST

Looking for a good strategic/operational paper boardgame for the '44 Normandy campaign. Mostly to make a series of tabletop games meaningful, thus not complex or like playing a second game beside the tabletop games. Simple, controllable, even playable as solitaire.

repaint08 Nov 2018 6:45 p.m. PST

you want probably "breakout Normandy"

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Dynaman878908 Nov 2018 6:50 p.m. PST

Storm over Normandy is similar but even simpler (but Breakout Normandy is one of my all time favorite games).

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In print and more standard Igo-Ugo then the SoN or B:N is Normandy 44.

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Wackmole9 Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 8:09 p.m. PST

3rd for breakout

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP08 Nov 2018 9:20 p.m. PST

Breakout is just D-Day and a week? Seems a little…involved?

Normandy '44 is interesting but seems unavailable at a sane price.

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 7:54 a.m. PST

Several suggestions here although at first glance I think Breakout Normandy or Storm Over Normandy might work best for miniatures conversion as they use area control maps. Normandy '44 is going to be reprinted here soon and that is an outstanding game, plus once you learn the basics of that it opens up Holland '44, Ardennes '44 (probably the best Bulge game ever), Ukraine '43 and more are on the way.

Another game you may want to look at is MMP's The Might Endeavor, which is part of their SCS series and is great for solo play, easy to learn, and it covers Normandy all the way up to the end of the war.

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 9:03 a.m. PST

Oh, word? GMT is reprinting Normandy '44? That is good news indeed, indeed.

@aegiscg47, although your suggestion might be good for other readers, I have very little experience with boardgames and cant afford to jump into an overwhelming game.

Personal logo aegiscg47 Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 11:16 a.m. PST

Understand. Ardennes "44 is at the printer, so probably around the beginning of next year it should be out. D-Day is a pretty complex operation and frankly, there aren't a lot of simple games on the subject. My suggestion is to use Breakout Normandy because you can clearly see which units are in each area, what the predominant terrain is in that area, and in terms of miniatures campaigns/battles, areas are easier to convert to the tabletop than hexes.

MiniPigs Supporting Member of TMP09 Nov 2018 11:47 a.m. PST

Well, I will pre-order the Ardennes game just to have it because it looks like GMT stuff sells out quickly but I am also willing to try Normandy '44.

Pvt Snuffy05 Dec 2018 10:23 a.m. PST

I would try "The Pocket at Falaise" Medium complexity, solitaire suitability high, about $35 USD new if I recall.

Last Hussar01 Jan 2019 4:06 a.m. PST

Flames of War did an Arnhem game ?firestorm? Which is an enjoyable game, but also intended to create battles.

Marc the plastics fan01 Jan 2019 2:04 p.m. PST

Are any of these actually available?

alphus9901 Feb 2019 1:42 p.m. PST

Free Firestorm Overlord and Firestorm Caen campaign games here!

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