About this project
News from the front !
A few years ago, we set the galaxy on fire with Frontiers...
Soldiers of our Glorious Emperor, Georges the Second, brought democracy and freedom through superior firepower to each and every dirty alien scum of the galaxy. Concussion missiles, dum-dum bullets, all the marvels of mankind, they got it all.
Time has now come to offer you the next step of the Frontiers evolution...
The time is summer 1944. The Sun shines on Normandie hedgerows (yes, we write it 'Normandie' and not 'Normandy' because we are damn French). Gentle wind, fields of bright flowers, and in the background, the romantic staccato of a machine gun fire in the morning. In these typical Normandie landscapes, thousands of men are about to fight. And die. Bravely like heroes, or cowardly like wussies.
Here, at Devil Pig Games, we don’t give a shit about wussies. We are only concerned by heroes, those you see in Hollywood Golden Age war movies : "A bridge too far", "The longest day", "The Dirty Dozen", "Patton", "Kelly’s heroes" and, more recently, "Saving Private Ryan", "Band of Brothers" and "Inglorious Basterds".
Here lies our inspiration, here is what we have to offer : blood and guts.
We took Frontiers basic game mechanics and gave it a twitch or two. This gameplay was successful in its time, because of its raw efficiency, and many players enjoyed countless games of galactic rampage. But we wanted to simplify some of its basics, and give depth to its playability (easier said than done).
We will give you rhythm, we will give you explosive battles, we will give you the pleasure to butcher your enemies through MG42 walls of lead, and to crush nazi bastards under tons of shells.
After several years of hard work (6, to say the truth), of deep thoughts and doubts, P500 or not, self-edition or well-known publisher, then came Kickstarter, such a f… good idea, so we decided to give it a shot and exploit it shamelessly.
And now that the time has come, we need you, like Uncle Sam did nearly 70 years ago.
Heroes of Normandie is a squad/platoon sized game. As in Frontiers, the game is about opposing two armies controlled by a pair of players. These armies, German on one side and American on the other, are made of infantry, tanks and of course, heroes. Each unit has its own set of unique characteristics and skills depicted on its token. All can be seen at a glance.
are becoming increasingly difficult, and are designed as tutorials to teach you the game mechanics. Each brings a new tactical challenge. Objectives lead players to make tactical choices, some will be successful, others… well, they won’t.
Each turn is divided in three phases.
The first one is about giving hidden orders to your units.
These numbered counters allow the players to choose in which order their units will act.
Second phase is all about action.
Heroes of Normandie is not one of those old fashioned games where you sit, waiting for the other guy to finish his moves and fire actions. In HoN, players will activate units alternatively. This gives the game its heroic feeling. It's fun, fast and… bloody.
Third phase is the Reserve phase.
All units that were not given orders are allowed to move. No unit will be left aside.
We wanted to give you the perfect balance between historicity, playability and a Hollywood hint of heroism and dynamism (yes guys, that’s a three arms balance). We took all the best from Frontiers and twisted it into a better, harder, faster hell of a game.
Who are we ? We are gamers. We first set our hands on minis when we were ten, and we played countless games for the past 30 years : wargames, miniature games, boargames, cardgames, video games, drinking games… Well… all sorts of games!
We even designed some : Yann & Clem designed Frontiers and worked for a famous video game company (Ubisoft, not to name it), while Laurent created and ran Ravage Magazine for seven years and was second in command for the creation of Paolo Parente’s Dust Tactics miniature game.
And we have so much to come from our treasure chest, you won’t believe it!
Play heroic, play bloody, play Heroes of Normandie !
Now choose your pledge and become part of The Dirty Dozen !
Weapon Platoon/SS combat group : Strengthen the US army, with heavy weapons to support your infantry. Mortar, Cal.30 and Bazooka will provide a terrific fire power to your combat squads. With those SS scumbags, the German force gets a lethal assault option to wipe out allied defenses.
High Command/Heroes and Smoke : A new set of options that will take the regular Heroes of Normandie game to a higher level. Artillery and air support, Directives (bonus to every soldiers within a certain distance) and special commands. Smokes (mortar shells or artillery option) give your strategy a smoky direction while Heroes highlight the battlefield.
Panzer and Sherman group : It's all in the title... Tanks ! Tanks ! And more Tanks ! With special ammunitions, armor units specificities, heroes, leaders... Everything you need to empower your army !
Recon Platoon/Pioneer Group : Use the light recon platoon and gain a tactical advantage by deploying your troops on the battlefield. The German pioneers will provide your kampfgruppe a new range of weapons and vehicles : flamethrowers, Goliaths, Stummel and more...
Milller's Rangers : With this elite unit, the US army is able to face any SS group, or any other bad encounters. Ambush Specialists, these soldiers are also heavily equiped with BAR rifles that provide them with a high suppressive fire power.
Risks and challenges
Though this is our first kickstarter adventure we at Devil Pig Games are all seasoned veterans of the gaming industry.
All the game's elements will be printed in Europe by a company specialized in gaming material and we made sure to have more than enough time to complete the printing process on schedule for a september delivery.
At the moment all rules are written and tested, and artworks completed at 70 %
We will let you know about all the steps of the entire process and how it is going so you know all the time exactly where we stand.
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