Memoir '44 is a light wargame, or war-themed strategy board game, created by Richard Borg, for two players. The game can also be played with up to six players if played in teams and up to eight players in the "Overlord" scenarios that require two copies of the game. It received the 2004 International Gamers Award for General Strategy, 2-Player category and The Wargamer 2004 Award for Excellence. The game is published in English and French (as Mémoire 44) by Days of Wonder.
Memoir '44 simulates over a dozen of the battles connected with the D-Day invasions in World War II. It uses the same game system as Battle Cry.
You start the game by choosing a scenario. Scenarios are available from the manual, the internet, or you could design your own. Each scenario represents a battle from World War II. The terrain and starting positions are laid out according to the scenario.
The battlefield is divided into three sections by two red dotted lines, giving each player a left flank, a center and a right flank section. You command your troops by playing a command card. Command cards are used to order your troops to move, battle and/or execute a special command. There are two types of command cards: Section cards and Tactic cards.
Section cards are used to order a move and/or battle in a specific section. These cards indicate in which section(s) of the battlefield you may order units and how many units you may order.
Tactic cards allow you to make special moves, battle in a specific way or take special actions, as explained on the card.
The object of the game is to be the first to win a set number of Victory Medals (usually 4 to 6, depending on the selected battle scenario’s victory conditions). A Victory Medal is gained for each enemy unit entirely eliminated from the battlefield. In some scenarios, additional Medals may be gained from the board map itself, for capturing and holding certain terrain hexes or battlefield objectives.
Days of Wonder has released several expansions to the game. All these expansions require at least one copy of the original game to be played.
This expansion pack consists mostly of new terrain, landmarks and badges, and only 4 scenarios. Its main purpose is to allow for a much greater variety in scenario creation. Using its components players can design a wide variety of new scenarios, and are able to tap in to the hundreds of user-developed scenarios from the Memoir 44 website.
This expansion pack comes with a new army, the Russians. It contains terrain, badges, a Commissar Marker, and extra rules to play one of the 8 new scenarios included with the game.
Winter / Desert Board Map
This is a new board for use with the expansions. One side features a desert map for use with the Terrain Pack and the other side features a winter map for use with the Eastern Front expansion.
This set features the Japanese army, warships, and new terrain to simulate battlefields in the pacific. This expansion comes with 8 new scenarios.
This expansion pack, released on December 18, 2007, introduces airplanes into the scenarios. It includes a set of 8 painted miniature planes, air rules for scenarios, updated command cards, and updated scenarios. An included booklet contains a compilation of all the official Memoir '44 scenarios published to date, many being revised to take advantage of the countless new terrain and troop types now available. The 120 card summary deck describes in detail every single terrain, special rule, troop type and nation introduced in the base game and the expansions published since the game's launch
An olive drab game bag with several pockets. On the outside are Memoir 44 logos and other artwork. It is large enough to store two copies of the original game and all the current expansions. Comes with an additional two-sided paper breakthrough map. On one side of the new breakthrough map is regular terrain. On the other side is a brand new breakthrough scenario.