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Sr_Garcia
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M44 Solitary Tue, 08 February 2011 20:20
It's possible play in solitary some variation of M44(standard, overlord, break..)? If the reply is Yes, Where are the rule?
      
Phread
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Re:M44 Solitary Tue, 08 February 2011 21:27
From time to time I play M44 solo.

I set the game & scenario up as normal and simply play each player.

The "trick" is to be true for each player, and play the cards as if you didn't know the other player's cards/strategy.

The dice add enough uncertainty so that knowledge of both sides doesn't predetermine the outcome.
      
OldBloodandGuts
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Re:M44 Solitary Tue, 08 February 2011 21:31
I think I remember seeing a few different ways, of various difficulty, to play solitaire M44 on BGG.

The easiest way that I can remember is:
1. Pick which side you will play "as."
2. For the side you play "against," draw half of the required combat cards, rounding up (if they are supposed to have six, draw three. If seven, draw four). Keep these cards facedown so you don't know what cards your "opponent" has.
3. Play your turn normally.
4. For your "opponent's" turn, draw one of the facedown cards. If that card would help your opponent, play it. If not, you can discard it and try one of the others. But you can only play one of those facedown cards, so if you get to the last one and it doesn't help you, you're stuck.
5. When your opponent's turn is over, draw enough facedown combat cards that he again has half of his required cards.
6. Play to win as both sides.

Of course, this isn't perfect. Your opponent will never be able to play Ambush, for example. And I don't know how to work in the specialty decks, like Winter and Urban combat. But it makes for a fun M44 solo play anyway!

[Updated on: Tue, 08 February 2011 21:32]

      
nemesszili
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Re:M44 Solitary Tue, 08 February 2011 21:32
Phread has just told you the story of my Memoir life. Very Happy

That is how I have been playing solo for 2 and a half years... we have no time during school to play against each other, so I decided then to play normally, always forgetting the other side's battle plan. Pretty simple and the best of it is that you'll always win! Very Happy
      
Sgt Storm
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Re:M44 Solitary Tue, 08 February 2011 22:26
Phread wrote on Tue, 08 February 2011 15:27

From time to time I play M44 solo.

I set the game & scenario up as normal and simply play each player.

The "trick" is to be true for each player, and play the cards as if you didn't know the other player's cards/strategy.

The dice add enough uncertainty so that knowledge of both sides doesn't predetermine the outcome.


That's how I play solo.

My opinion is because the official scenarios are not necessarily balanced, it doesn't much matter whether there is some other solo mechanic for the game. Really, you are just playing both sides as well as you can, and reliving some small part of WWII history.

There is no concept of hidden units as in other war games like Conflict of Heroes so no real problem playing solo this way. The only problematic point is when to play the Ambush card. I usually just play the card on the first opportunity, but a lot of times I forget. I have heard that others just don't use the Ambush card in solo games.

I have had similar problems with the Combat Cards as well, as often I forget to play a card for one side, when in a normal combat against another player I would have remembered.
      
50th
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Re:M44 Solitary Thu, 10 February 2011 17:15
I use solo rules I downloaded from BGG: http://www.daysofwonder.com/uploads/userpages/272628/_1072.p df

I find that this works pretty well. Also their is a good solo scenario called "Patton's Best" that can be downloaded from SFTF or here: http://www.daysofwonder.com/memoir44/en/editor/view/?id=1179

I sometimes use the rules from this scenario for other scenarios, and replace some of the units with battle stars or victory medals to roll on the table when I am three hexes away. Check it out!

      
eldonion
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Re:M44 Solitary Thu, 10 February 2011 17:45
Thanks for the above answers Razz
(Some good links noted)

Of course the easiest way now to play solo is, if you have access to a computer, via the online beta version of the game!!

      
    
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