Commemorate D-Day with a New Memoir '44 Expansion

Commemorate D-Day with a New Memoir '44 Expansion

By Firestone Days of Wonder released Memoir '44 nearly 10 years ago--on the 60th anniversary of the D-Day invasion of WWII. On their 10th anniversary, and the 70th anniversary of D-Day, they're releasing a new expansion for their hit game.

Memoir '44: D-Day Landings is a set of six large battle maps that you'll use to recreate some of the pivotal battles of that fateful day. According to the News on Days Of Wonder's site:

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Fantasy Flight Announces Battlelore 2nd Edition

battlelore2ndFantasy Flight has announced a second edition of their popular squad-based 2-player game Battlelore—based on Richard Borg's Command & Colors system, used in games such as Battlecry and Memoir '44.

Apparently the new edition will be changing things a bit, and will keep the Command part of the system, while ditching the Colors part of it.

"While the first edition of BattleLore utilized the 'Command and Colors' system, and while the command cards have been updated and remain, the 'color' system has been changed. Instead of the color system, which dictated the movement and combat ability of units, each unit type now carries its own unique stats for moving and combat. These unique stats allow for the existence of an even greater variation in play experience between the two armies.

BT01-plasticBattleLore Second Edition has now been firmly placed into the fantasy world of Terrinoth, joining other classic games set in that universe like Runebound, Runewars, and Descent: Journeys in the Dark. The warring armies in BattleLore Second Edition are the Daqan Lords and the Uthuk Y’llan barbarians, battling beneath the walls of Nordgard Castle.

In addition, the figures included in BattleLore Second Edition are presented in a different scale than the units used in the first edition of BattleLore. Rather than the 20 mm scale used by the original BattleLore, BattleLore Second Edition presents its figures on a 28 mm scale. This new scale allows the armies of the Daqan Lords and the Uthuk Y’llan to be rendered with a new level of detail, drawing you into the experience of epic battles and brutal warfare. Because the figures are bigger, the number of figures in a unit is smaller. Instead of four infantry and three cavalry figures per unit, BattleLore Second Edition uses three figures for infantry and three figures for cavalry. The rest of the game board has also been scaled up accordingly."

Another change is that instead of winning by defeating a number of opposing troops, now you'll be trying to hold certain objectives on the board, and complete specific goals.

The game is set to come out in Q4. What are your thoughts on this? Are you excited at the prospect? Do you have a bunch of now-useless 1st Edition stuff and now you're ticked? Have you never played the game, so not sure what to think? (Like us.) Let us know in the comments! And thanks for reading!

Dragon Whisperer—Kickstarter Weekly

dragonThanks to our Top 10 Games of 2012 post yesterday, we bumped the Kickstarter Weekly to today. This one is Dragon Whisperer, a game from Albino Dragon Games and the famous designer Richard Borg—whose credits include Memoir '44, Liar's Dice, and RoboRally. This is a fantasy themed trick-taking game for 3-6 players. I checked out the rules, and it looks interesting: It seems to follow fairly standard trick-taking rules, but depending on the numbered card you play, you'll get to take different, extra actions and benefits. It launched Wednesday, and they've already hit their goal! The campaign is no-frills: 25 bucks gets you the game. My (Firestone) game group really likes trick-taking games, so I'm definitely looking forward to trying this one. Head on over to their Kickstarter page and check out the campaign for yourself!cards