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  New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 15:30
Go deep behind enemy lines at Sword Beach as you airdrop in to capture the bridges of the Orne... Join Guderian's famed Panzers as they battle the armored columns of the British Expeditionary Forces... Sign on for Operation Crusader to take on Rommel in the deserts of North Africa and liberate the garrison in Tobruk...

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The Memoir '44 Breakthrough Expansion will take you deep into the battles of World War II with two, double-sided, 9-panel board maps covering all four Memoir '44 map environments - countryside, beach, winter and deserts. These oversize boards stretch the limit of current printing technology and are 13 x 17 hexes deep, opening up the Breakthrough format to new, more expansive scenarios.

The Breakthrough Expansion includes 15, never-in-print-before scenarios, created by Jacques "jdRommel" David, and Memoir '44 author, Richard Borg. These scenarios cover the Western and Eastern Fronts, as well as the Mediterranean and Pacific Theaters and include classic battles such as: Operation Crusader; Operation Amherst; and two different renditions of Sword Beach - all designed for the 13 x 17 hex Breakthrough format.

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The Memoir '44 Breakthrough Expansion is an expansion for 2 players and requires a copy of Memoir '44. Depending on the scenario being played, additional expansions are highly recommended to fully enjoy the new Breakthrough maps, although players can substitute game pieces if they don't own a specified expansion. The Memoir '44 Breakthrough expansion will be available in April in Europe and in early May in North America from your favorite Memoir '44 retailer and the Days of Wonder Web Store.

The Command Staff at Days of Wonder.

[Updated on: Tue, 16 March 2010 15:38]

      
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  Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 16:12
This is fantastic news! The Breakthrough format has been under utilised - until now Very Happy.

Many thanks to DoW for continuing to invest in this superb game!!

      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 17:55
Exciting news! This format has always looked fun, but I couldn't justify the campaign bag just for the map (i didn't want or need the bag). THIS I can justify.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 18:25
Well done again, DoW! I'm really looking forward to this! Very Happy
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 19:04
it has passed looong time, from my last post. And there were many reasons for that. But this one i had to comment. Great, exciting, marvelous news. This expansion i think that can bring really something different for the game. This one I'LL BUY for sure. Unless the maps aren't made in cardboard of course. Very Happy
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 19:41
ruijesilva wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 11:04

it has passed looong time, from my last post. And there were many reasons for that. But this one i had to comment. Great, exciting, marvelous news. This expansion i think that can bring really something different for the game. This one I'LL BUY for sure. Unless the maps aren't made in cardboard of course. Very Happy


It said they are "9-panel board map", so we know that they fold out and are made of cardboard. Looks like you'll be getting this expansion! Cool
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 19:59
Well, i wasn't quite sure. Maybe because my english isn't perfect, or i was just thinking of the last expansions maps. Or both. So..... Yes, i'll have to buy this one. What a shame. Very Happy
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 20:29
Excited for this expansion, after a few "weaker" ones. Cudos to DOW.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 20:30
Are there any different rules for the breakthrough, or is it just bigger/longer boards (which I like).
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 21:24
Wrecker wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 19:30

Are there any different rules for the breakthrough, or is it just bigger/longer boards (which I like).


Same rules but the games run longer and have more medal points to win. You don't need the Overlord Expansion cards for Breakthrough.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 21:31
Achtung Panzer wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 13:24

Wrecker wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 19:30

Are there any different rules for the breakthrough, or is it just bigger/longer boards (which I like).


Same rules but the games run longer and have more medal points to win. You don't need the Overlord Expansion cards for Breakthrough.



You also only need one set of Memoir '44 to play. The setup won't require more than one set worth of terrain tiles or units, so players just have to own the base game and the corresponding expansions to play!
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 21:37
There is a strong recommendation for the expansions in order to play the extra scenarios - I see a few railway track hexes shown for the Counter-attack of the BEF scenario.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 21:42
Requirements concerning expansions vary on a scenario by scenario basis. If you have two sets of Command cards, we also recommend shuffling them both together before the start of the game.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 21:54
eric wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 21:42

If you have two sets of Command cards, we also recommend shuffling them both together before the start of the game.


Can I ask why you recommend this?

Is it to avoid draining a section of cards?

Stig Morten
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 16 March 2010 22:35
This expansion is great news! A breakthrough board in cardboard format has been on my wish list for some time. On top of this we will have both a beach/countryside and a winter/desert format in the same package. Well done DOW!
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 17 March 2010 01:09
rasmussen81 wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 16:31

You also only need one set of Memoir '44 to play. The setup won't require more than one set worth of terrain tiles or units, so players just have to own the base game and the corresponding expansions to play!


Minor nitpick here, since Counter-Attack of the BEF, the very first scenario in the book, actually DOES require more figures than comes in the base set. It uses 10 German infantry units, 10 British infantry units, and 2 French infantry units, so you'd be missing 4 figures even if you used the 2 extra Germans as Allied troops.

Now this is based on the Online version, true, but looking at the picture from the BT Kit, nothing seems changed between both versions.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 17 March 2010 11:38
rasmussen81 écrit le Tue, 16 March 2010 19:41

ruijesilva wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 11:04

This one I'LL BUY for sure. Unless the maps aren't made in cardboard of course. Very Happy


It said they are "9-panel board map", so we know that they fold out and are made of cardboard. Looks like you'll be getting this expansion! Cool

Confirmed, they are made of heavy thick made-in-Germany carton. The whole expansion weights about 2 kilograms (4.4 lb)! Shocked

Yann
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 17 March 2010 12:00
Yann wrote on Wed, 17 March 2010 11:38

Confirmed, they are made of heavy thick made-in-Germany carton. The whole expansion weights about 2 kilograms (4.4 lb)! Shocked

Hmfrph! Not sure I like that part. My M'44 bag is already heavy enough as it is Rolling Eyes

For the first time I think I might restrain myself and only buy a single copy.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 17 March 2010 13:06
Does any of the new scenarios in this expansion use the Combat deck?
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 17 March 2010 13:25
Shnik écrit le Wed, 17 March 2010 01:09

Minor nitpick here, since Counter-Attack of the BEF, the very first scenario in the book, actually DOES require more figures than comes in the base set. It uses 10 German infantry units, 10 British infantry units, and 2 French infantry units, so you'd be missing 4 figures even if you used the 2 extra Germans as Allied troops.


This scenario requires the Mediterranean Theater expansion (it is the BEF after all...) You'll need 10 German infantry units, 10 British infantry units, 2 French (=base game) infantry units and some other artillery and armor units.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 17 March 2010 14:31
You folks know it won't be long until someone decides to put two Breakthrough boards side-by-side for an Overlord Breakthrough scenario, right?

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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 17 March 2010 14:51
ad79 wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 13:54

eric wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 21:42

If you have two sets of Command cards, we also recommend shuffling them both together before the start of the game.


Can I ask why you recommend this?

Is it to avoid draining a section of cards?

Stig Morten


Because playtests by Richard's team showed it can lead to more interesting (ie fun) card distribution in this context.

eric
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 17 March 2010 15:23
Hi DoW
This expansion is a 'must have' (well actually all the others were too Rolling Eyes ), but I can foresee it being a struggle to get my troops into combat - when are you releasing the half-tracks, bren-carriers and more trucks - so that i can make use of the room to manoevere without playing until the early hours ??
cheers Very Happy
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 17 March 2010 23:09
All might come in due time Cool

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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Thu, 18 March 2010 05:17
This is great. Playing a game that is only 9 hexes deep requires action NOW. With this we will be able to plan ahead a little better.

I likewise am ready for some more miniatures.

This is the best news I've had since my wife said "yes, I will marry you"

trumpetman52
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Thu, 18 March 2010 11:00
Shoegaze99 wrote on Wed, 17 March 2010 14:31

You folks know it won't be long until someone decides to put two Breakthrough boards side-by-side for an Overlord Breakthrough scenario, right?

Very Happy

Too late!
Did that last October.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Fri, 19 March 2010 03:24
Just let your mind wander a minute

Can you imagine all of the new larger scenarios that will be coming out now.

My mind is eagerly anticipating

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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Fri, 19 March 2010 17:37
^Campaign Book #2, I would imagine
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Sat, 20 March 2010 10:11
trumpetman52 wrote on Fri, 19 March 2010 02:24

Just let your mind wander a minute. Can you imagine all of the new larger scenarios that will be coming out now?My mind is eagerly anticipating

trumpetman52


The Winter Breakthrough board is crying out for Battle of the Bulge sceanrios. Linked Breakthrough scenarios using Supply Trucks and Tigers would be great! Very Happy

And the Breakthrough Desert board would be ideal for Rommel's fast moving panzers too!

Half the fun is the anticipation. Rolling Eyes

      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Sat, 20 March 2010 11:40
Now.. M44 will have to head to the sea:)
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Sat, 20 March 2010 14:01
Looks like another winner! I think there has been a sense over the past couple of years that there weren't enough Breakthrough scenarios. The boards would be good by themselves ... but adding so many scenarios makes it really worthwhile.

DoW, you're on a winning streak here: Campaign Book, Sword of Stalingrad (yea, Combat deck!), and now this. Keep it up!
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Mon, 22 March 2010 02:23
Can we now expect for another map expansion that can make possible Overlord? 2 Cardboard maps (country/Beach, and Winter/Desert) and some plastic soldiers as needed for Overlord Scenarios?
Anyone else thinks it could be a good one?

      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Mon, 22 March 2010 02:33
ruijesilva wrote on Sun, 21 March 2010 18:23

Can we now expect for another map expansion that can make possible Overlord? 2 Cardboard maps (country/Beach, and Winter/Desert) and some plastic soldiers as needed for Overlord Scenarios?
Anyone else thinks it could be a good one?


That's already out! It's called owning two base sets... Rolling Eyes Laughing
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 23 March 2010 16:24
I haven't read this anywhere, but I'm wondering (hoping) that this expansion comes with some "breakthrough" cards, similar in idea to ones used in Swords of Stalingrad. The purpose of the cards would be different, but the idea would be the same.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Tue, 23 March 2010 16:52
Wrecker wrote on Tue, 23 March 2010 08:24

I haven't read this anywhere, but I'm wondering (hoping) that this expansion comes with some "breakthrough" cards, similar in idea to ones used in Swords of Stalingrad. The purpose of the cards would be different, but the idea would be the same.


I would bet it's like the rules...if it doesn't say specifically, it's not there. We'll have to wait for another expansion to see more cards, I think.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Wed, 24 March 2010 20:53
Will these new breakthrough maps fit in the campaign bag with everything else? Will we have to get another campaign bag or bigger plano box?
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Thu, 25 March 2010 13:14
5 star general wrote on Wed, 24 March 2010 20:53

Will these new breakthrough maps fit in the campaign bag with everything else? Will we have to get another campaign bag or bigger plano box?

They will certainly fit in my Campaign bag that already contains two sets of everything - but I may have to leave a binder or two with unofficial scenarios at home.
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Sat, 27 March 2010 23:34
eric wrote on Wed, 17 March 2010 14:51

ad79 wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 13:54

eric wrote on Tue, 16 March 2010 21:42

If you have two sets of Command cards, we also recommend shuffling them both together before the start of the game.


Can I ask why you recommend this?

Is it to avoid draining a section of cards?

Stig Morten


Because playtests by Richard's team showed it can lead to more interesting (ie fun) card distribution in this context.

eric


I tried Coldstream Hill with two decks(overlord deck) and it was fun. I went through atleast one deck worth of cards and never knew if Ambush would be drawn. Had i played with only one deck it would have come up as I used more than one deck worth of cards, barring Their Finest Hour keeping it from appearing.
I will most likely use two decks from now on.
The overlord deck works fine. If you have a little bit of experience you know what the overlord cards can do on regular and breakthroguh scenarios by their names.

Stig Morten
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Thu, 01 April 2010 00:34
I just sent in my pre-order for the Memoir '44 History Club! My students are already eager to start trying out more of this board format! Very Happy
      
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Re:New Memoir '44 expansion: Breakthrough Kit Thu, 01 April 2010 06:58
Will this expansion be available for order after April 15 in Europe?
      
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