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Dire Heroes Sun, 17 January 2010 18:36
I received Brummbar's new WW1 game this week and had a chance to play it. It uses the basic MEM44 game with new rules. I just wanted to let you guys know it is an outstanding addition to the original game, and all for only $5. Malcolm (Brummbar) must have put a lot of thought and effort into the design. It plays out very well. I would also like to thank Richard Borg for allowing Malcolm to use his basic game as the basis for his new one. I remember as a kid (and I'm over 50 now) going to my cousins and him showing me his new game, Avalon Hill's Tactics 2. I've been hooked on board games ever since. I've got quite a few in my closet but none have the playability of MEM44. Malcolm's new version just adds another dimension to this wonderful game.

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Re:Dire Heroes Mon, 18 January 2010 08:59
Do we know any details about this? Is it essentially an expansion to M44 (new scenario and 1 or 2 extra actions) or a completely new rule-set using the same basic structure and figures?

Where can we get more information about it?
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Mon, 18 January 2010 09:00
Try this:

http://www.brummbar44.com/
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Mon, 18 January 2010 09:12
Excellent, thanks very much.

got my order in. Now just need to wait for it to arrive.
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Tue, 19 January 2010 20:19
Thanks Eric for the kind words and to everyone that has supported my efforts here.

Dire Heroes is a stand alone game rule set that requires the M'44 basic set to play. The game lightly simulates the 2nd Battle of Ypres (the first effective gas attack). Though kept simple in the spirit of M'44, these rules are quite a bit different from M'44.

I was inspired when I discovered that my great grandfather fought in this battle and was wounded in the left thigh by shrapnel. While he was out of the war for awhile, he returned to be in the leading wave at Vimy Ridge (where he was again wounded). He returned yet again in the autumn of 1917 and went on to fight the brutal battles of the last hundred days. He was wounded for the last time on Oct. 1, 1918 but survived the war and came home (thus me!).

The Great War is often overshadowed by the conflict that followed yet set the tone for the tactics and strategies to avoid another static war.

Thanks again everyone, hope you enjoy!
(ps - hoping to make this available internationally soon!)
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Tue, 19 January 2010 22:23
Brummbar

I know it uses the M44 figures, but what else is include (i.e. is just the rules) for the order? Just didn't see anywhere where it lists what is included.

Thanks
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Re:Dire Heroes Tue, 19 January 2010 23:17
Only the rules are included when you order. It's all you need to play the game + the Memoir'44 game.
It's a good game that is very different from Memoir'44, and simulates the static frontline against frontline war of the First World War.

Got my copy today, Malcolm! Looks great! Thank you very much.

[Updated on: Tue, 19 January 2010 23:18]

      
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Re:Dire Heroes Wed, 20 January 2010 01:08
Only the rules? What about scenarios to be played with those rules?
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Wed, 20 January 2010 01:24
Glad to hear you received your copy Ad79, thanks again for your help on the project.

The book is a rule set that shows how to use the M'44 components to play the game.

It also comes with a single scenario (in M'44 terms) which simulates the 2nd Battle of Ypres (the Gas Attack).

      
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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 11 November 2010 16:55
Remembrance Day - A day to remember

After making my parents so many times go wild after asking "when it will arive?", today afternoon, after entering our apartment I saw an envelope on our table... which contained the prize of Brummbar's contest!

Thank you, Brummbar for sending me this wonderful game!
Just opened the envelope; AAR to follow.
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 11 November 2010 17:20
If you go to the Dire Heroes page on boardgamegeek.com bayernkini have made a couple of extra scenarios for this game.

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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 11 November 2010 17:28
Thanks for the tip! I've already seen them and I'm eager to play them! Verdun looks quite a bloody battle!

Have you played them before?

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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 11 November 2010 17:36
nemesszili wrote on Thu, 11 November 2010 07:55

Remembrance Day - A day to remember

After making my parents so many times go wild after asking "when it will arive?", today afternoon, after entering our apartment I saw an envelope on our table... which contained the prize of Brummbar's contest!

Thank you, Brummbar for sending me this wonderful game!
Just opened the envelope; AAR to follow.


My pleasure Szili, glad it arrived in time for the day. Hope you like it.

Everyone, please take a moment today to remember the fallen.
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 11 November 2010 17:38
ad79 wrote on Thu, 11 November 2010 08:20

If you go to the Dire Heroes page on boardgamegeek.com bayernkini have made a couple of extra scenarios for this game.

Stig Morten


Good point Stig, Bayernkini has done a wonderful job on new scenarios as well as progressing the Vassal module.
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 11 November 2010 18:46
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Bayernkini has done a wonderful job on new scenarios as well as progressing the Vassal module.


thx Malcolm, and if i get the outstanding terrain tiles,
i can finish the Vassal module Smile
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Fri, 12 November 2010 08:23
There is some beautiful Tiles done by Nothung
http://www.daysofwonder.com/fr/mypage/670780/m44

You could add them in your module.
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Fri, 12 November 2010 09:08
Falcon3D wrote on Fri, 12 November 2010 08:23

There is some beautiful Tiles done by Nothung
http://www.daysofwonder.com/fr/mypage/670780/m44

You could add them in your module.


Thx
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 07 April 2011 18:22
Malcolm is close to publish a new edition, with more scenarios, new rules and an brandnew vassal module too Twisted Evil

http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic960300_lg.jpg

Here a pic of the Cambrai scenario, which we tested at last.

Here the link to the BGG site, to learn more about the game.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/61507/dire-heroes-gas -attack-at-ypres

He did a very good work, try it
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 07 April 2011 20:08
Very cool.... coming up on 100 years quick... need to get one for myself.

      
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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 07 April 2011 20:41
Looks good ...
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Thu, 07 April 2011 23:21
Bayernkini wrote on Thu, 07 April 2011 18:22

Malcolm is close to publish a new edition, with more scenarios, new rules and an brandnew vassal module too Twisted Evil

http://cf.geekdo-images.com/images/pic960300_lg.jpg

Here a pic of the Cambrai scenario, which we tested at last.

Here the link to the BGG site, to learn more about the game.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/61507/dire-heroes-gas -attack-at-ypres

He did a very good work, try it


Well, Michael. You convinced me to bring out this little gem again. Blayed the origianl Ypres scenario which I helped playtest before release. A fun game and works well solo.
Germans won a 5-1 morale victory after the 6th and final turn.
Looking forward to seeing what you and Malcolm have done lately.

Stig Morten
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Fri, 08 April 2011 04:47
Thanks for the kind words folks!

It's almost ready for public release and will initially contain the Gas Attack at Ypres basic and advanced scenarios...but Michael (Bayernkini) has motivated me to make an expansion (his Cambrai scenario is excellent and look for a Stand on the Retreat from Mons from me). Still some playtesting to go on those though.

Play by Email means I can also take on all combatants! (Ad79, Randwulf, Szili, LooneyLlama etc... I'm looking at you!!)

I'll be posting more info soon....

In the meantime, looking forward to the multi-player server test on Saturday...the Bear will be hunting!!

Cheers!
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Fri, 08 April 2011 05:35
play by email... wow, we have not done that in a while...

Sounds fun.
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Fri, 08 April 2011 08:05
Seems to lend itself well to the format (and solo play)...hope to send out some orders for attack soon!
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Fri, 08 April 2011 13:53
I remember playing Cambrai at the end of November, poor British tanks (if I played them correctly) were surrounded and eliminated by using Hutier infiltration tactics. So far I've only played some 4 games, 1 against my buddy, the others solo. I'm really keen on seeing new scenarios and more players! Very Happy
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Fri, 08 April 2011 17:47
How did you folks play that ?
Is there a board game out / released ?
Did you make one yourselves ?
Can I buy this anywhere ?

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Re:Dire Heroes Sat, 09 April 2011 03:01
Erik Uitdebroeck wrote on Fri, 08 April 2011 08:47

How did you folks play that ?
Is there a board game out / released ?
Did you make one yourselves ?
Can I buy this anywhere ?


Sorry, I should explain a little. This is a game I designed that uses M'44 pieces (board, figures etc...). Although it uses the M'44 pieces, it is not a WWI version of M'44, it is a rule set unto itself.

You can order a copy through my website (brummbar44.com).

I am close to releasing it on the Vassal system (a method that allows people to play boardgames online...though not nearly as sophisticated as the fine M'44 Online that the good folks at DoW have put together!).

I hope to release more details soon on my website.
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Sun, 10 April 2011 00:54
Malcolm, I'd love to play. Just let me know when. The Cambrai scenario looks very interesting. I see you have included some armor. Will the rules be the same as Gas Attack at Ypres or have you tweaked them?

Eric
      
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Re:Dire Heroes Sun, 10 April 2011 01:34
Cool, I'll shoot you a file when it's ready (won't be long now).

The Cambrai scenario uses the same base rules as Gas Attack but with some new unit stats...still playtesting that one at this time...but it too is close.

      
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Re:Dire Heroes Sun, 10 April 2011 06:13
The new game you are developing looks very interesting

As you say a new version will be available soon i'll wait until that's ready and then i'll be ordering a copy to wing it's way across the Atlantic.

Would appreciate a quick post to advise us once the latest version is ready to order.

      
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Re:Dire Heroes Wed, 13 April 2011 20:21
For those interested, the Dire Heroes Vassal Module is now available.

Visit my website, brummbar44.com for details.

Thanks for the interest and I hope you enjoy!

Cheers!
      
    
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