Game On: Crowbar! The Rangers at Pointe DU Hoc
“Game On” is a series in which we examine the companies, creators, and games in crowdfunding. We look at the journey, ideas, and concepts the creators wanted to bring to market with their product.
Flying Pig Games was founded by Mark H. Walker, a game designer, author, and publisher. His love of games has brought many to tables worldwide, including the Platoon Commander series, Lock ‘n Load, Brothers By My Side, and The Long Road. Flying Pig has launched over ten Kickstarter campaigns and is known for giving away a “ton of free stuff” with their Kickstarter.
Crowbar! The Rangers at Pointe DU Hoc was launched on Kickstarter in July 2018 and was funded under five hours. Mark updated backers regularly from the beginning of the campaign from the World Boardgaming Championships. Because bakers funded the game in under 24 hours Flying Pig Games unlocked multiplayer rules. This release allows players to play with friends against the game’s Artificial Intelligence. Mousepads and additional event cards were also unlocked, and the player-versus-player mode was released after hitting the $38K goal.
The game is set in WWII with the 225 men of Dog, Easy, and Fox Companies of Force “A” of the 2nd Ranger Battalion as they launched one of the most incredible and seemingly impossible assaults of military history. Crowbar! is a solitaire wargame with two-player and cooperative variants available. It simulates the ebb, flow, and risk of the Pointe du Hoc assault. Players are the attacking Rangers enjoy the speed of play, decision-making, and excitement in every round. Crowbar! utilizes four custom movement dice. Each die has different results that escalate the risk/reward ratio. Dice are thrown one at a time and can be read instantly to determine what happens next. The system continues to challenge players with constant German counterattacks, ammunition shortages, artillery bombardments, booby traps, and other surprises.
The Player’s goal is to meet their various objectives as quickly as possible before the German defenders can organize effective counterattacks. Victory is measured by how well players perform compared to the actual heroic events of the Rangers on that historic day in 1944. Vorwarts! Is the complete box expansion for Crowbar! that includes new counters and German offensive units. It also comes with six new scenarios and two counterattack scenarios.
To learn more about Flying Pig Games and Crowbar! on Kickstarter, check out the links and details below.
Number of player: 1-2
Suggested Play Time: 90+ minutes
Suggested Age: 14+
Included in the box:
Player ait and game tracks card
Crowdfunding Campaign: Kickstarter
Launch Date: July 2018
Ship Date: October 2019