Wednesday, 1 April 2015
Heroes of Normandie
First the bad news. The company that I ordered Spy or Die Trying from have run out of stock, so I'm back to square one as far as 1960's Mission Impossible meets James Bond board gaming is concerned. I'll try re-ordering from a different supplier once we're back from the Easter break. It's a shame, as I was looking forward to trying out the game with the kids, but I'm sure we can wait a bit longer.
The good news is that my other belated birthday present board game has arrived. This is Heroes of Normandie by the French developer Devil Pig Games, which I read about in Vae Victis last year and thought looked really good, if you can get over the Warlord comic book graphics and the Kelly's Heroes style narrative. I had my doubts to be honest, but thought it would be a really good way to get the boys into some historical gaming, even if it's a bit 'tongue in cheek'.
Having said that, the quality of the rulebook, boards, dice, counters and cards is superb, probably the best I've seen in a long time. It's a bit pricey at £45 but still very good value for money given the heavy duty, full colour game components and the care with which it has been put together. The proof will be in the gameplay, so I'll be hoofing it over to Brittany for the holidays, with fingers crossed for some really crappy weather and plenty of lazy afternoons!