The Dark Summer: Normandy 1944 is the latest addition to Ted Raicer’s WWII operational series that started in 2013 with The Dark Valley: The East Front Campaign 1941-45 and The Dark Sands: War in North Africa, 1940-42 (2018) both published by GMT Games and The Deadly Woods: Battle of the Bulge (2021) published by Revolution Games. The game system uses a chit-pull activation system that determines both the order and type of each sides’ actions during the game. This is one of the best elements of the design as it creates some real chaos and ultimately creates a “written” narrative of chits on the board. Because the game is chit pull, The Dark Summer is an excellent game for solo play.