Devil Pig Games: World War Two Compendium Review

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Devil Pig Games have released a brand-new hardback book which incorporates all of the rules from Heroes of Normandie, Shadows Over Normandie and the forthcoming Heroes of Stalingrad board games.

Take a look below to see what my thoughts are on the World War Two Compendium!

What is Heroes of Normandie?

Heroes of Normandie is the award winning game using the Heroes System game mechanic developed by Devil Pig Games. In Heroes of Normandie you get to play a World War Two tabletop combat game allowing the player to re enact some of our favourite Hollywood movies or historical battle scenes.

Soon after Heroes of Normandie the Cthulhu version, Shadows over Normandie, was soon released allowing the gamer to experience the more sinister side of the occults and deep ones. There are now expansions for both core sets, Heroes and Shadows over Normandie, allowing for a huge gaming experience, be it Campaign, Scenario or tournament style points based play.

The recent news of Heroes of Stalingrad means the World War will be moving into a new theatre, a world of snow and crumbling cities as the Axis take on the might of the Red Army.

The World War Two compendium

The very early Heroes of Normandie games saw the in-box rules leaflet littered with translation issues and mistakes. Devil Pig Games, being a French company, had no real UK proof reader at the time and a valuable lesson was soon learnt. The new boxes of Heroes and shadows over Normandie now contain the much improved rules leaflet.

With the release of the gazettes, a bi monthly magazine, the collector was left with loose sheets and leaflets of additional rules and scenarios to try and house. Then with additional rules for units and campaigns from the expansions the gamer soon found themselves with lots of information spread out over a number of leaflets - very frustrating!

Devil Pig Games recognised this and the Kickstarter was launched to gain backing - the storage system and the World War Two compendium. Thankfully the Kickstarter gained more than enough funding and today I am proud to have my copy of the compendium in my hands.

Compendium details

Devil Pig Games have gathered all the rules and published them in this gorgeous hard back book, everything is now in one place. Not only will you find the rules for Heroes of Normandie but also for Shadows and the forth coming Stalingrad.

The book has been professionally proof read, spell checked and really is the go to book for anything rules related when it comes to the Heroes system.

With the release of the gazettes, a bi monthly magazine, the collector was left with loose sheets and leaflets of additional rules and scenarios to try and house. Then with additional rules for units and campaigns from the expansions the gamer soon found themselves with lots of information spread out over a number of leaflets - very frustrating!

Devil Pig Games recognised this and the Kickstarter was launched to gain backing - the storage system and the World War Two compendium. Thankfully the Kickstarter gained more than enough funding and today I am proud to have my copy of the compendium in my hands.

Compendium details

Devil Pig Games have gathered all the rules and published them in this gorgeous hard back book, everything is now in one place. Not only will you find the rules for Heroes of Normandie but also for Shadows and the forth coming Stalingrad.

The book has been professionally proof read, spell checked and really is the go to book for anything rules related when it comes to the Heroes system.

Not just for rules!

If you ask any player of Devil Pig Games they will tell you the artwork is amazing and that was one of the things that hooked us and reeled us in. Inside the book you will find an art book of all the current artwork and a description of characters in the game, this is a huge bonus for fans of the artwork.

The book is 144 sides, printed on high quality paper in glorious colour, there is no skimping here, in fact this has to be one of my most impressive rule sets. The rules themselves are covered in 88 sides but do not forget this covers everything, including Shadows over Normandie and Scenario rules.

The actual game rules are a mere 24 sides and this will arm you with everything you will need to get playing. I am pleased to say there is an Index at the back of the book making it easy for quick searches of rules.

The hard book book comes in a sturdy cardboard slip case which has been decorated with the artwork found on the rule book itself. Why? you may ask, the reason is the book is not all you get, you are also treated to an operations folder.

The operations folder has been decorated to look like an old folder of the time period and when opened I was amazed to find four quick reference sheets and four scenario sheets printed on glossy card in full colour. This really is a very nice touch from Devil Pig games but not only that the folder is perfect for storing all my gazettes and other sheets of information.

My final thoughts

This really has made playing the game so much more enjoyable, the quality is second to none and it's a real treat owning such a lovely book. This compendium has not just been written, its been crafted!

This is a must for any Heroes or shadows fan!!

The book is 144 sides, printed on high quality paper in glorious colour, there is no skimping here, in fact this has to be one of my most impressive rule sets. The rules themselves are covered in 88 sides but do not forget this covers everything, including Shadows over Normandie and Scenario rules.

The actual game rules are a mere 24 sides and this will arm you with everything you will need to get playing. I am pleased to say there is an Index at the back of the book making it easy for quick searches of rules.

The hard book book comes in a sturdy cardboard slip case which has been decorated with the artwork found on the rule book itself. Why? you may ask, the reason is the book is not all you get, you are also treated to an operations folder.

The operations folder has been decorated to look like an old folder of the time period and when opened I was amazed to find four quick reference sheets and four scenario sheets printed on glossy card in full colour. This really is a very nice touch from Devil Pig games but not only that the folder is perfect for storing all my gazettes and other sheets of information.

My final thoughts

This really has made playing the game so much more enjoyable, the quality is second to none and it's a real treat owning such a lovely book. This compendium has not just been written, its been crafted!

This is a must for any Heroes or shadows fan!!

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