Day of Days
Like It Never Snows did for Operation Market Garden, Day of Days takes on the the first 10 days of the Normandy landings at the company level. The Allied objectives are to land successfully and push far enough off the beaches to guarantee a rapid advance into France. The Axis player needs to either defeat the initial landings or plug them up to create a stalemate.
This game is both massive and extremely playable, giving players a unique appreciation for the issues involved at the beginning of the invasion. The importance of the initial air-drops, the real potential for brutal German counterattacks, and the need to get off the beaches quickly, all these come into sharp focus within the clean and fast-playing framework of the Standard Combat Series. Players can tackle the US landings separately as single-map scenarios, the Commonwealth landings on two maps, and of course there is the Whole Enchilada.
- Game specific scenario/rulebook
- SCS 1.7 rules
- 4 11" x 17" setup charts
- 4 22" x 34" maps
- 8 countersheets
- 2 six-sided dice
Artwork will be provided as it becomes available. The map is being done by Niko, the counters by Dean.
UPDATE: Here is a final list of the 15 scenarios and their sizes.
- Full Campaign: 6/6 - 6/15
- After D-Day Campaign: 6/7 - 6/15
- Mid-Campaign: 6/10 - 6/15
- Utah beach (Map A only): 6/6 - 6/15
- Utah beach (Map A only): 6/7 - 6/15
- Omaha beach (Map B only): 6/6 - 6/15
- Omaha beach (Map B only): 6/7 - 6/15
- American beaches (Maps A & B ): 6/6 - 6/15
- American beaches (Maps A & B ): 6/7 - 6/15
- British and Canadian beaches (Maps C & D): 6/6 - 6/15
- British and Canadian beaches (Maps C & D): 6/7 - 6/15
- Carentan (part of Map A): 6/10 - 6/14
- Cutting off the Contentin (part of Map A): 6/13 - 6/15
- Canadaian Crucible (part of Map C ): 6/8 - 6/10
- Villers Bocage (Map C): 6/12 - 6/15
Preorder 25 July 2014
Currently a 3 for the rules, but first - setting up.
Even taking a small campaign (number 4) you need to allow about 1 and a half hours to set up (more first time round)
The rules though are a bit over the place and could do with sorting out, especially when it comes to the early special rules.
For instance, Landings - Preliminary Bombardment states "During the preliminary bombardment phase of turn 1, the Allied player conducts a special[bombardment] using his naval units and any available Air Strikes..." yet there's no real explanation of these rules and one must presume that the Naval part comes under the barrage section (having searched for the special rules)
BUT, the Air strikes are even worse. Firstly, in theory if you were playing the full campaign you could have 30 aircraft in total carrying out an airstrike, but there's only 20 markers. Then, there's no real explanation about what you actually do with the markers anyway! Do you place them on the relevant target??
The Standard Combat Series (SCS) enables both experienced and beginning players to enjoy simple to play and quick to learn games. Each game is a quick-start, complete simulation: rules, a detailed color map, 280 counters, and everything else needed to recreate the campaign in question.