Memoir '44

I finally received my copy of Memoir '44 this week, the new game from Days of Wonder. DoW is on a roll, with the Alan Moon designed game Ticket to Ride winning the Spiel des Jahres award announced this week.

Jacob and I sat down for a quick game tonight before dinner (Matthew was preparing dinner for all of us to earn a Cub Scout achievement) to give this one a try.

Having already played the great American civil war game Battle Cry, learning Memoir '44 was a snap. I hadn't pre-read the rules and we were able to get started within 20 minutes. 10 minutes of prep time was setting things up for the first scenario, Pegasus Bridge. This scenario is a great way to learn the basics of the game as it only includes infantry and a subset of the terrain features.

Turns happen very quickly there's essentially zero downtime. Command cards greatly limit the choices each player has in a turn (these simulate the challenges of command/control in this tactical environment, though I wonder how well this translates in WWII-era gaming. Civil war I can understand, but I think operations could be better coordinated than is depicted in this game. Alas, this is a game, not a simulation...). Luck plays a significant factor, both in the luck of the draw and in the dice rolling. This appears to be a great family game for us and I highly recommend it for fans of A&A D-Day, Battle Cry, and other lighter tactical wargames.

The components are first class, particularly the rule book. Days of Wonder is doing a great job supporting the product as well, providing an excellent portal for folks to share scenarios, after action reports, and strategies.

What's Up

Wow long time since I've posted anything too meaningful. This post won't break that trend. It has been a busy few weeks, so very little has happened on the gaming front. Work has been extremely busy I manage to get home at a decent hour most days to see the boys' baseball games (this coming week they play every evening M-F, and Jacob has tournaments both this weekend and next). But most of my evenings tend to involve working again from 8pm until about midnight. Here are a few things going on though:

  • Doug Walker and I are going to try a Cyberboard game of Europe Engulfed (gameset here). I still have not been able to play this game face-to-face, but I'm anxious to try it so this is probably the best way. Doug, sorry I haven't sent you my initial setup yet!
  • Jacob, Matthew, and I did manage to play a great game of the original Settlers of Catan on Tuesday after Jacob's baseball game. I was ahead 9-6-4 (Jacob in 2nd, Matthew 3rd). On my next turn I would win the game as long as I didn't roll a 7 of course I did and lost enough cards to prevent me from building my city. Jacob then managed to steal longest road from me, pulling ahead 8-7-4. Things were tense for a while, but I was able to pull out the win by taking back the longest road and building my city.
  • My latest eBay purchase arrived: the classic game Camelot (originally Chivalry) by George S. Parker, founder of Parker Brothers. I recently read the book The Game Makers, a history of Parker Brothers (great book! I'll write a review shortly), and this game was mentioned frequently as one of GSP's favorite games.
  • Jacob's team won their baseball tournament last weekend in Gladstone, and are looking good in the Sherwood tournament this weekend (2-0, likely heading to the championship game). Their team is also undefeated in league play (team name is Sherwood-Dyer).
  • My parents have been in town for about the past 10 days. It had been a few years since they were here and it is has been great having them here for a week of baseball. Julie's mom was up here for a few days this week as well to look at some property on the Oregon coast.