Memoir ’44

Days of Wonder announced Memoir ’44: New Flight Plan, a new expansion to their popular Memoir ’44 board game. Memoir ’44, designed by Richard Borg, is a historical board game where players participate in famous battles which took place in World War II such as the battles at Omaha Beach, Pegasus Bridge, Operation Cobra and the Ardennes. In this expansion, players are able to deploy air units to turn the tides of war.

“Air supremacy was a constant challenge during World War II. In the Battle of France, the Luftwaffe’s powerful Stukas were a key component to the German’s blitzkrieg strategy that led them to victory. Over the English Channel, the heroism of RAF pilots saved their country from an invasion. In the skies of Kursk, Smolensk and Stalingrad, many Soviet pilots defended their land against German bombs. And when the Allied forces landed in Europe, it was under a constant aerial cover of fighters, fighter-bombers, and bombers. At that time, Allied air supremacy was at its pinnacle.” [source]

Fighters, fighter-bombers and even bombers join the fray to support troops on the battlefield. While this isn’t the first time airplanes make an appearance in the Memoir 44 system, Memoir 44: New Flight Plan does add many new tactical options and is compatible with all existing scenarios in all theaters of operation. The expansion includes 21 new scenarios, and 16 plane models (including a larger B-17 model).

For more information on the expansion, check the Days of Wonder website. Expect it’s release in May of 2019.

Days of Wonder will be releasing the Through the Jungle and Desert expansion for Memoir ’44 in April of 2018. This will be the second installment of Memoir ’44’s new Battle Map series following the 2018 release of The Battles of Khalkhin-Gol. The jungle and desert expansion will include two new decks of combat cards, six pre-printed standard scenarios, punch-board tokens, and two pre-printed Overlord scenarios.

Lead your men through the merciless jungles of Burma, trying to escape the Japanese grasp or rush to Rangoon before the British forces evacuate the city on the jungle scenario. Then, change the terrain and fight the very first tank battle between US and German forces in the sands of North Africa, where Stuart and Panzer clash in the middle of the desert.

Jungle scenarios can be played separately, or can be played as a campaign with each scenarios results impacting the scenario that follows.
In addition to the Burma, Rangoon, and North Africa locations, Overlord scenarios will have teams fighting at Henderson Field in Guadalcanal or conduct a desert battle marking the beginning of the second battle of El Alamein.
Through Jungle and Desert has been designed for 2 to 8 players. Two players will take on the six standard scenarios, and up to 8 players can take on the two Overlord scenarios. To play at least one copy of the base Memoir 44 game is required as well as the Pacific Theater and Mediterranean Theater expansions. To enjoy the full experience Days of Wonder are also recommending using the Terrain Pack and Equipment Pack expansions.
While players will need to wait until April to pick up a copy, Days of Wonder have already made the rules available on their website here.

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Memoir ’44 is a classic game that has enjoyed many expansions and extra content over the years, and Days of Wonder wants to continue that trend.  Coming in December is the first map in the Series 2 line of expansions called Memoir ’44 – The Battles of Khalkhin-Gol, which covers the early WWII battles on the Soviet-Japan border.  This new expansion contains 6 new scenarios to play either individually or as a campaign, two of which are breakthrough scenarios and two overlord scenarios.  In addition to all the usual maps and books for an expansion like this, it will also include 6 Soviet BA-10 Armored Cars and 6 Japanese Type 97 Te-Ke tankettes to expand your forces.  One thing to note though is that this expansion requires other expansions in order to play, on the Days of Wonder blog it says, “The expansion requires one copy of Memoir ’44 (two for the Overlord scenarios), as well as the Terrain Pack, Eastern Front and Pacific Theater expansions. The Equipment Pack and Winter Wars expansions are also recommended.”  So if you are looking for more battles to go through with your massive Memoir set, then look for this on store shelves in December of this year.

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Commands and Colors is a game system that has been used for many years now as a simple and straight forward wargame system.  Some of it’s notable entries include games like Commands and Colors: Ancients, Battlelore, and Memoir ’44.  This new entry, Commands and Colors: Medieval, takes us back to the dark ages to fight the battles between the Byzantine Empire and the Persians between 530 and 627 AD.  A few modifications were made to system to tweak balance like upping some unit sizes, adding armor effects, or adding abilities to when units evade.  The game is currently being funded through GMT Games trusty P500 system and so once the orders reach 500, the game will be printed.

You can head over to the GMT Games website to check out more about the game, and add your own order to the system at a discounted cost.

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With the passing of the 70th anniversary of VE Day May 8th Days of Wonder is releasing 4 new scenarios to let you play out some of the final epic push by the allies from the east and west to subdue the German Wehrmarcht.  These include “Hatten & Rittershofen”, “Reichswald & Nutterden”, “Hitdorf”, and “Seelow Heights”.

These battles while at the end of the war were still bitterly fought for your not truly out til your out.  These scenarios will be available to download from DoW’s website, through their store (free plus S&H), and at conventions.

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Publishers description below

On May 8, 1945, after 6 years of war, the German Wehrmacht surrendered to the Allies in Berlin. War in Europe was finally over. 1945, however, saw the final throes of a powerful military; as the American and British forces pushed forward on the western front, Soviet forces advanced tirelessly from the east, closing in on Berlin. Struggling to defend their homeland, German soldiers proved to be fierce warriors, even when outnumbered or encircled. The war would not end as easily as expected.

Now, 70 years after the end of the war in Europe, Richard Borg & the Days of Wonder Team are happy to offer you four new scenarios to commemorate the last battles of 1945. Relieve the men of the 79th US Infantry trapped in the two encircled towns of Hatten & Rittershof; take command of the 44th British Brigade and its flamethrower tanks during Operation Veritable; cross the Rhine with the men of the “All American” 82nd Airborne; or gather your friends to assault – or defend – the infamous Seelow Heights, last line of defense before Berlin, in a massive Overlord battle.

memoir 44 strategy guide

For those of you that are fans of the Memoir ’44 series of games you will be ecstatic to hear that Days of Wonder has just released the Tactics & Strategy guide.  This is meant as a supplement for the base game and includes numerous references to the many expansison that have been released fro the game thus far.  Meant as a comprehensive guide for those that truly want to be fully immersed in the gaming experience this should allow you to be able to more effectively play your games of Memoir ’44.

The book’s author Alexis “Praxeo” Beuve, is both an experienced Memoir ’44 player and a well known author and editor of numerous strategy books on “classic” games such as Chess, Go and Poker.

This book is over 500 pages long and has numerous beautiful illustrations within it.  It also includes 139 scenarios and 4 annotated games.

You can learn more about it on DOW’s website here.

memoir 44 tacticsDays of Wonder announced the upcoming release of the English edition of a Tactics & Strategy guide authored by Alexis “Praxeo” Beuve for their popular game Memoir ’44.

“Lavishly illustrated, this book contains over 500 pages of tactical and strategic advice. Novices and veterans alike will improve their Memoir ’44 play thanks to this guide’s use of core principles to understand and retain key concepts; and the careful study of the 139 scenarios and 4 annotated games included in the book.” 

It’s been available in French for some time.  You can read snippets on their website here.

 

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Days of Wonder have announced the following:
We have a new Memoir ’44 expansion we are announcing this Thursday. This expansion, commemorating the 70th Anniversary of D-Day, and the tenth anniversary of Memoir ’44 includes 6 giant new BattleMaps in a new Extended Breakthrough format. The maps can even be placed side by side to create a giant board recreating the entire Normandy landings in a massive 12 player battle. The maps and accompanying punchboard and rules will come packaged in a cloth-bound, commemorative Briefing Folder.
You can get more info at Days of Wonder site here.