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Thursday, May 29, 2014

Demonstration of Power

I’ve mentioned that I’d like to create some custom vehicles, units, and maybe even terrain tiles. I have years of experience with Photoshop and Illustrator, and hope to be able to match the HoN style. Clem himself has given me some tips and help with the graphical style.

Here is a sample of what I can do:

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This is of course an unfinished concept and may need tweaks to the scale, stats, and art, but I hope it gives everyone an idea of what I’m going to try to accomplish.

That is all.

Achtung Cthulhu!

Achtung Cthulhu is is a tabletop RPG from Modiphius that blends World War Two action with the Lovcraftian world of Eldritch horror which so many gamers love. Kickstarter backers of Heroes of Normandie can get a taste of this world with the Achtung Cthulhu Module (AC Mod) for HoN.

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The AC Mod includes two punchboards and three map tiles. The punchboards include several characters from the AC world, like intrepid investigators and dark cultist Nazi officers. Also found on the boards are some of the Lovecraftian creatures that haunt the nightmares of us all, like the Mi-GO, or the Hound of Tindalos.

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The three map boards are really the highlight of the module. Featuring foreboding forests and a cemetery on the front and dark underground facilities on the reverse.

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These two very different map styles allow players to create a variety of scenarios, moving between above and below ground. The above ground tiles blend well with the tiles from the base game, allowing you to easily create larger battle fields.

As a fan of the weird war genera I’m quite enjoying the Achtung Cthulhu add on, and would encourage anyone with even a passing interest in games like Tannhauser or Incursion to give it a try. Especially since the awesome Tannhauser is long since out of production, and getting quite hard to find.

If you’re enjoying the AC Mod, be sure to checkout the upcoming Shadows Over Normandie, a full-fledged expansion for HoN featuring Modiphius’ Achtung Cthulhu world and characters. It should be available late this year (Winter 2014).

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That is all.

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Our First Game

After Action Report:

We’re lucky enough to be some of the first in the US to get our copy of Heroes of Normandie from the Kickstarter. and tonight we played our first game. Just a small 200 point skirmish, so it was a quick game. Only about an hour to play, counting reading rules updates.

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By turn three it was clear the Nazis we’re going to lose, but not because of the U.S. had a superior strategy of tactics. Rather it was quite clear that the dice hated the Nazi scum as much as anyone. They put up a brave fight but the day destined to be won by the good guys.

End of report, nothing follows.

Just what is Heroes of Normandie?

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Heroes of Normandie (HoN) is a tactical scale (1:100 approx.) military combat simulation board game. While historically based in the battles and conflict of World War Two, HoN keeps one foot firmly in the realm of Hollywood and the great WWII movies of the ‘60s and ‘70s. Great movies like “Kelly’s Heroes” and “A Bridge Too Far,” these sources of inspiration bring a sense of action and pantomime to HoN; not often found in games firmly plated in a world where Nazi Germany and Hitler are just as we learn in the history books.

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Yann and Clem the designers have made great game blending the real world units and equipment of WWII, with the larger than life characters of Hollywood action movies. Even without the use of miniatures. HoN uses solely cardboard components and yet has more character and beauty than games costing many times more and featuring massive amounts of plastic. Although many might find the lack of minis a minus, they should consider the not only the cost savings but the space savings and ease of transport as well. And don’t forget that every unit has just about everything you need to know about it printed right on it.

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Quick combat, easy to remember rules, and imposable to forget characters, HoN has everything you need in a war-game. But if your taste is for more general “realistic” combat action, you can always leave the more Hollywood elements in the box. HoN has a huge range of customization options that allows for a wide range of play styles. Making HoN a World War Two game for just about any gamer, historical or Hollywood.

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To learn more drop by Yann and Clem’s Devil Pig Games: http://www.devil-pig-games.com/en/heroes-of-normandie-le-jeu/

Look forward to more HoN fans, we’re just getting started.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Coming Soon...ish

Coming soon, a blog devoted to Devil Pig Games' Heroes of Normandie.

We hope to have new Scenarios, Units, Custom art and Strategy articles. I'm also hopeing to post some how to for making tokens and the like. Things will take some time to get started, and I may have to work some things out with guys at DPG. But the next few weeks should be exciting,

For more about HoN see: http://www.devil-pig-games.com/en/