My good buddy Hermann Luttmann’s latest design is up for crowdfunding (of which it has already blown past it’s goal) and wargamers out there will want to take note Crowbar: The Rangers at Point Du Hoc, from Flying Pig Games, is on the horizon. This push your luck solitaire design places the player in command of U.S. Ranger companies tasked with destroying German shore batteries before they wreck havoc on the D-Day invasion landing craft. The game has already unlocked a multiplayer component and you can reserve a copy at the $75.00 pledge level through August 23rd. Expected delivery is March of next year.
From Flying Pig Games:
June 6, 1944 – 7:09 am. A commanding voice shouts “Crowbar!” from the carefully monitored radios of Ranger Flotilla headquarters aboard the LSI command ship St. James. With that signal, the 225 men of Dog, Easy and Fox Companies of Force “A” of the 2nd Ranger Battalion launched one of the most incredible and seemingly impossible assaults of military history.
Crowbar!: The Rangers at Pointe du Hoc is a Herman Luttmann-designed, solitaire wargame (with two-player and cooperative variant stretch goals) that simulates the ebb, flow, and risk of the Pointe du Hoc assault, with you playing the attacking Rangers. The game system traces its parentage to the popular In Magnificent Style game and that title’s speed of play, tough decision-making, and heart-pounding push-your-luck excitement.
But Crowbar! has been updated for even smoother gameplay. For example, instead of the old “dice matrix” system of determining movement, Crowbar! utilizes four custom Movement Dice. Each die has different results, escalating the possible risk/reward ratio. Dice are thrown one at a time and can be read instantly to determine what happens to the unit. The system also challenges you with even more events, including constant German counterattacks, ammunition shortages, artillery bombardments, booby traps, and other surprises. Your goal is to meet your various objectives as quickly as possible, before the German defenders can dig in even deeper, and before they can organize effective counterattacks. Ultimate success or failure in the game is measured by how well you do as compared to the actual heroic accomplishments of the Rangers on that historic day. Are you up to the challenge?