IGS: Storm Over Dien Bien Phu
Storm Over Dien Bien Phu
In the spring of 1954, General Giap shocked the world by doing what had previously been considered impossible—defeating a Western occupying force. Storm Over Dien Bien Phu simulates the climatic moment when the isolated French forces (composed of French legionnaires and elite paratrooper units), crumbled under the unrelenting pressure of the Chinese–backed Viet Minh forces.
Using the Area Move system redefined in Storm Over Stalingrad, the game features the use of cards to augment game play, adding to the tension experienced by both sides. The rules are similar in length to those seen in Storm Over Stalingrad, and are of the same level of complexity, with additions made for the situations encountered in this battle.
Additional rules added to the game include sapping, assaulting, and the French supply situation. In addition to these new rules, new cards have been created in order to represent events encountered during the battle. These include “Detonate Mine Shaft”, “Rats of the Nam Yum”, “Giap Demands Success”, “Propaganda”, “Débouchez à Zéro!”, and “B-26 Bombers”.
The game focuses on the attacks on the strongpoints of Gabrielle, Anne–Marie, Beatrice, Eliane, Claudine, Huguette and Dominique from mid–March to early May of 1954. The game is eight turns longs, and can easily be played in less than 3 hours by experienced players.
Storm Over Dien Bien Phu contains:
- One 22"x34" full-color mapsheet
- One and a half sheets of 5/8" counters
- Full-color rulebook with examples
- Card deck with 55 full-color cards
- 4 six-sided dice
Storm Over Dien Bien Phu Game Notes:
- Designer: Nick Richardson
- Developer: Brian Youse
- Game Artwork: Nicolas Eskubi
All artwork displayed during prepublication is not final art and may be changed during continued development of the game while on preorder. MMP will endeavor to make sure that artwork changes are displayed on Consimworld and/or BoardGameGeek.
You can see pictures of Storm Over Dien Bien Phu in action (using a playtest kit admittedly!) onwww.consimworld.com!
Check out the SODBP promotional flyer here!
Links of Interest
Boardgamegeek Entry for Storm Over Dien Bien Phu
Check out the preview of the Storm Over Dien Bien Phu Rules!
Cyberboard module courtesy of David Hoskins
MMP Blog entries of interest
Viet Minh Cards (11/7/2010)
Status Report (8/19/2010)