Memoir '44 is the award winning war game by Days of Wonder that takes place at the end of World War 2 in Western Europe. Memoir '44 recreates many of the most famous historical battles of World War 2 in a quick-to-learn rules system.
Memoir '44 is designed for 2 players but easily accommodates team play. And with Memoir '44 Overlord scenarios, players can use multiple boards and up to 8 players to conduct large scale operations, experiencing the challenges of troop coordination and military chain of command on a large scale battlefield. Average game length is between 30 and 60 minutes, encouraging match play where players can command first one side and then the other.
The game comes with a double-sided hexagonal board and 17 scenarios. Each scenario comes with custom terrain features which players will be able to build from the hexagonal terrain tiles that are provided in the game as well. Additionally, Days of Wonder has a ton of online scenarios available at any time to increase replay value.
Memoir '44 provides players the array of tanks, artillery and infantry that you would expect of any World War 2 simulation. Rules for movement are extremely simplified in Memoir '44 - e.g. infantry can move two spaces, artillery can move but cannot shoot on the same turn, etc.
Movement and orders in Memoir '44 uses a 'card system' where players play a card, issuing orders to one, two or all three 'regions' on the board (left, middle, center as depicted on the board). These cards will allow players to move a set number of units (or a series of unit types) that turn, with normally only one card played a turn. In this way, Memoir '44 simulates a 'charge' on the left flank or an artillery barrage.
Combat in Memoir '44 is resolved extremely simply and via dice. The number of dice each unit can roll depend son unit type, with terrain and special abilities adjusting the number. Players then roll the dice, counting the number of figures of the attacked unit type that show up and that's their kills for that turn.
Expand your game with:
Memoir '44: Mediterranean Theater
Memoir '44: Eastern Front
Memoir '44: Pacific Theater
Designed by: Richard Borg
Published by: Days of Wonder
Ages: 8 and up
Playing Time: 60 minutes