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A print and play WW2 wargame for two players and solitaire that takes around half an hour to setup and play.
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Welcome to  Until the Bitter End - US Airborne,  a World War 2 wargame.  This is the second game in the series and a print and play game for solitaire and two-players. This is a standalone game in my series of WW2 print and play games. You don't need to have played the first game - everything is included (you simply need to print it all out and need a regular six sided dice and a pencil). 

The game is quick to setup and play, it takes around 30 minutes to play a game and requires very little space.

The game sets a small squad of American Airborne against their German enemies in a series of small skirmish scenarios. The game's counters (or chits) each represent an actual soldier with the gameplay being in the thick of man-to-man combat.

Gameplay in action
Gameplay in action
Game Setup
Game Setup

Game Contents

This is a print and play game with the PDF containing all the rules, scenarios, maps, player aids and counters required to play. You'll need to print them out, mount the maps and counters to card and provide your own pencil and a regular six sided dice. We have kept the maps and counters to a few sheets (of either Letter or A4 size) so very inexpensive and quick to print out and mount. 

Game maps and counters printed out ready to play
Game maps and counters printed out ready to play

 The game comes complete with:

10 US Airborne Infantry & 10 German Infantry Counters (and counting!)

8 Maps (and counting!)

Full Rule Book

Scenario Book featuring Introduction Scenarios and over 8 complete Scenarios for both two player and Solitaire.

PLUS all the Stretch Goals the project hits!

Please click here for a brief video I have done describing some of the contents of the game

US Airborne and German Infantry Counters
US Airborne and German Infantry Counters
Two of the maps
Two of the maps
Additional Maps Stretch Goal Unlocked!
Additional Maps Stretch Goal Unlocked!
Additional BONUS maps!
Additional BONUS maps!
Unlocked Stretch Goal! - additional village double map
Unlocked Stretch Goal! - additional village double map
Counter Sheets
Counter Sheets
Rule Book and Scenario Book Covers
Rule Book and Scenario Book Covers

Here is an interview I did about the game for theplayersaid:

https://theplayersaid.com/2019/07/16/interview-with-matt-white-designer-of-until-the-bitter-end-us-airborne-coming-to-kickstarter-july-18th/

And an article on tabletopgamesuk:

https://tabletopgamesuk.co.uk/2019/07/18/until-the-bitter-end/


Stretch Goals

BONUS - To celebrate the half way mark in the campaign every backer will receive two extra maps that can combine to form a much larger mission around a devastated Church, somewhere in Normandy. This example below uses the infantry counters from both games and will come complete with scenario and special rules.

Special Double Map  - features 2 maps and counters from both games
Special Double Map - features 2 maps and counters from both games

UNLOCKED! 50 Backers in the First 24 hrs! - Extra map & scenarios

Additional Maps Stretch Goal Unlocked!
Additional Maps Stretch Goal Unlocked!
New Counter artwork for a Browning 1919 machine gun
New Counter artwork for a Browning 1919 machine gun

UNLOCKED! 100 Backers - American Jeep counter, full rules, scenarios and additional map 

Artwork for the Jeep Counter
Artwork for the Jeep Counter

UNLOCKED! 200 Backers - German Half Track, scenario and full rules 

German Half Track Artwork Counter Art and In game example
German Half Track Artwork Counter Art and In game example
US Airborne With BAR - work in progress
US Airborne With BAR - work in progress

UNLOCKED! 250 Backers - Map components to create your own map and scenario

Some of the artwork counters and blank map to create your own scenarios
Some of the artwork counters and blank map to create your own scenarios
Work in progress - additional German Infantry Counter artwork
Work in progress - additional German Infantry Counter artwork
Work in progress - artwork for additional US Airborne Infantry Counter
Work in progress - artwork for additional US Airborne Infantry Counter

UNLOCKED! 300 Backers - Village map

Example of play of the village double map
Example of play of the village double map

UNLOCKED! 320 Backers - German MG42 Counter

Work in Progress! German MG42 artwork
Work in Progress! German MG42 artwork

UNLOCKED! 340 Backers - Campaign mode for linking scenarios together

UNLOCKED! 360 Backers - Extra map scenery pieces to expand your missions (foxholes, walls etc)

UNLOCKED! 400 Backers - Crashed Glider map and scenario

Pledge Levels

All backers will receive the print and play PDFs of the game including rules, scenarios, player aids, maps and counters PLUS all the unlocked stretch goals. All the files will be made available to you via a shared Google drive or email direct to you. Backers can then print them out at home and start playing! 

Taking the fight to the Germans!
Taking the fight to the Germans!

In addition there is an additional Pledge Level for this game PLUS the first "Until the Bitter End" game in the series.

The Original Until the Bitter End Game

The first game in the series shares the same rules as this game and will give you an additional map, British Airborne Counters, additional German Infantry Counters PLUS the German Paratrooper Expansion PLUS the British Airborne Expansion all with additional counters and scenarios!

To celebrate the launch of this Kickstarter I have redrawn the map from the first game (which had a different art style) to keep with the style of this newer game!

Cover and New Map from the first Until the Bitter End game
Cover and New Map from the first Until the Bitter End game
British Airborne and German Infantry Counters from the first Until the Bitter Game
British Airborne and German Infantry Counters from the first Until the Bitter Game
German Fallschirmjäger and British Infantry Expansions from the first Until the Bitter End game
German Fallschirmjäger and British Infantry Expansions from the first Until the Bitter End game

For more details on the original game please check out the Kickstarter page:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1564988876/until-the-bitter-end

and the boardgamegeek entry is:

https://boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/256021/until-bitter-end

If you would like the original game please Pledge on the "Until the Bitter End - BOTH GAMES" Pledge. 

Panzer Orders Tank Battles

I have created a pledge level for both Until the Bitter End print and play games that also includes a copy of my previous Kickstarter, Panzer Orders Tank Battles. This is a printed card game that includes a box, 56 cards, dice and full rules.

A game  of Panzer Orders Tank Battles in progress
A game of Panzer Orders Tank Battles in progress

For full details and videos of this game please look at the Kickstarter page:

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1564988876/panzer-orders-tank-battles

Please do not hesitate to message me with any questions or clarifications with regard to any of the pledge levels!

 How the Game Plays

For players of the first game this game uses the very latest ruleset and is the same as the first game. You do not need to have played or own the first Until the Bitter End game to play and enjoy this game!

As the game uses the same ruleset from the first game the videos here are from the first game and fully cover this game.

The game can be played 2-player with one player playing as the US Airborne and the other player playing as the Germans. The game can also be played Solitaire with the player playing as the US Airborne against the German AI. For gamers familiar with Solitaire wargames this game uses a random chit-pull mechanic (as detailed in the video).

The game is played in a number of Turns. In each Turn the player(s) randomly picks a Pull Chit from the mug and activate their Infantry. The Game Turn ends when all the Pull Chits have been removed from the cup.

The player whose this Pull Chit this force belongs to can now Activate one Infantry Counter. In activating the Infantry Counter the player can choose from several Actions such as Firing against the enemy, moving, charging into close combat, applying first aid or attempting to fix a jammed weapon.

Click HERE for a video where I describe the turn in a 2 player turn.

Combat is simple and effective without needing buckets of dice. Players must establish range, line of sight and any modifiers. 

Click HERE for a video where I describe the core shooting game rules and mechanics.

 Close combat is particularly brutal and decisive with the playing be able to declare charges into combat.

Click HERE for a video where I describe how the close combat rules work in the game.

Snap Fire is a defensive fire mechanic where your Infantry Counters can fire on moving enemy counters.

Click HERE for a video where I describe how the Snap Fire rules work in the game.

Finally, the game features a unique mechanic in the shape of Bravery Points. These can be used to force the enemy to re-roll a dice against one of your Infantry Counters, but should you loose you will have less Bravery Points for the rest of the game.

Click HERE for a video where I describe how the Bravery Points rules work in the game.

US Airborne holding their positions
US Airborne holding their positions

Solitaire Game

The Solitaire takes the key gameplay from the two player game such as Combat Resolution and Movement etc and layers in specific Solitaire rules, AI for the opposing German forces and special Solitaire scenarios.

For an overview of the Solitaire game please watch the video HERE.

The Solitaire game features a full and simple AI to handle the opposing force, that will take you step-by-step to which order the enemy counters should be activated and their actions.

Click HERE for the first video where I describe how the enemy AI rules work in the Solitaire game.

Click HERE for the second video where I continue to describe how the enemy AI rules work in the Solitaire game.

Click HERE for a complete turn game example.

German Infantry Artwork
German Infantry Artwork

Thanks!

Please do not hesitate to ask with any questions. My WW2 art and game design Facebook page is

https://www.facebook.com/worldwarIIart/

I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank the countless individuals who have supported and helped me with this project. In particular I'd like to thank all my supporters and followers on my Facebook page, family and friends.

There are too many people to mention but the game and history education resources online are second to none so I want to say a big thank to the particular sites, Facebook pages and groups whose members I am incredibly grateful to:

Playersaid.com, tabletopgamesuk, No Enemies Here, Solitaire Wargames, Wargamers, Boardgamegeek.com, WW2 Everything. 

Through games and my art my mission is to help keep World War 2 history alive. 

Thanks so much for looking at my Kickstarter!

Risks and challenges

We have tried to minimise the risks associated with this project and having succesfully shipped 4 previous Kickstarter projects have learned a lot from that experience.

With this game, all the illustration art is done and complete and as it is a PDF and no printing or manufacturing involved there are less moving parts for us to manage. In addition we have factored in extra time, just to be sure.

Thanks so much for your support and taking the time to looking at my work!

Matt

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