Command your rifle platoon to victory in this WWII multi-scenario deck builder.
June, 1944: Through the D-Day landings, the Allies have seized a foothold on the beaches of Normandy. Now you must lead your troops forward as you push deeper into France and drive the German forces back. You will face intense resistance, machine gun fire, and mortar bombardment, but a great commander can turn the situation to their advantage!
Undaunted: Normandy is a deck-building game that places you and your opponent in command of American or German forces, fighting through a series of missions critical to the outcome of World War II. Use your cards to seize the initiative, bolster your forces, or control your troops on the battlefield. Strong leadership can turn the tide of battle in your favor, but reckless decisions could prove catastrophic as every casualty you take removes a card from your deck. Take charge amidst the chaos of battle, hold fast in the face of opposition, and remain undaunted.
Both players begin with a similar or equal deck of cards, usually small. Players will both play their cards into a discard pile and add new cards to that discard pile from a face up selection of cards that form a ‘supply’. When a player’s deck is empty, the discard pile is shuffled and flipped over, creating a new deck. Players are therefore constantly altering the composition of their decks and managing this is a central mechanic to Deck Building games.
Undaunted: Normandy uses this to excellently abstract the command and control issues facing platoon leaders on the ground. In Undaunted, players command an American Army Rifle Platoon or a Wehrmacht Rifle Platoon.
You can learn Undaunted in five minutes, but finding new ways and strategies to synergize the different draw of the cards makes it a highly replayable game.