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TommieSL
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Memoir '44 Tournament at the UK Games Expo - Sat 25th May 2013 Sat, 06 April 2013 20:01
Hello everyone.

I'm planning to host a Memoir tournament at the UK Games Expo 2013 in Birmingham.
(New venue this year - see the Expo website for details)...

http://www.ukgamesexpo.co.uk/bookevents.php?category=bor

It would be great to see faces old and new.

I'll be posting more details here, so watch this space...

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/950934/memoir-tournament -at-the-uk-games-expo-sat-25th

Feel free to ask any questions here or via the above link.

Looking forward to another great day's gaming...
      
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Re:Memoir '44 Tournament at the UK Games Expo - Sat 25th May 2013 Sat, 06 April 2013 20:13
Those familiar with my previous events may be familar with what follows but it may help any with a passing interest so, here goes...

This will be my seventh straight Memoir tournament/event held at the UK Games Expo (yes, I’ve been there since the start!), and in every one of the previous years I have tried to make the event both open to new (novice) players and a challenge to veterans. I do this by making use of all of the expansion packs to give players the variety of scenarios covering the Eastern, Pacific and Mediterranean theatres as well as the 'standard' Western Front scenarios from the base game. The latter tend to be less 'complex', not that Memoir could ever really be considered difficult in wargame terms, but newer players can sometimes feel overwhelmed by some of the additional rules the expansions include. I therefore try, where possible, to allot the new players one of the Western Front scenarios for their first round. This helps to build their confidence with the game mechanics before attempting the slightly more involved 'expansion' scenarios, and I always make sure I'm around to help with any questions / clarifications.

I hope to make this year's event just as challenging to the veterans but every bit as open to players totally new to the game.

The tournament is solo and not team play. The format depends on the total number of players but I tend to structure the event into two distinct sections. The first preliminary rounds (morning and early afternoon) we split the participants (randomly) into two groups. One group takes the role of the Allies and plays all the preliminary rounds as the Allied side against a different Axis opponent in every round, recording their scores for each round. Players are then ranked in order of their group:- highest number of wins; highest number of medals won; lowest number of medals lost; highest numbers of casualties caused; lowest number of casualties taken, to find the highest ranked Allied player and the highest ranked Axis player. This way, as an Allied Player you are actually competing against your fellow Allied group members rather than your Axis opponents. I use this format because it helps to equalise the imbalance in many of the scenarios. It doesn't matter if you play a scenario as the Allied Player that particularly favours the Axis side since you are trying to beat the respective scores of all the other Allied players that play the same scenario. At the end of the preliminaries, normally 3 or 4 rounds, we then rank all the players with the top Allied and Axis player playing in a final round to determine the overall winner. This last round is the same scenario played twice with each player taking both Allied and Axis sides and the aggregate score over the two games determining the winner.
Likewise all other ranks play off to determine the rankings for the event. Players can always skip this last stage if they'd rather spend time looking around the Expo but I have to say that in my previous 6 tournaments we have yet to have anyone drop out. Everyone seems to enjoy themselves to the point that they want to compete to the end to earn their tournament placing rank. We do also allow some ‘free’ time in between rounds for the attendees to go and enjoy the Expo. I would not recommend anyone spends the whole day shut away in a tournament event and miss some of the other great activities that the Expo has to offer.

As for the scenarios played I do tend to mix and match between all the expansions. There will be at least one Eastern Front, Mediterranean and one Pacific Theatre scenario (as well as the base game) for you to play so you get a good variety and it helps many players to try these expansions for the first time.

Please feel free to post here or contact me direct if you have any questions on the above or anything else that might be unclear.

I'd recommend you subscribe to the thread over at the Geek as I will be posting more details there.

Thanks for reading
      
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Re:Memoir '44 Tournament at the UK Games Expo - Sat 25th May 2013 Tue, 09 April 2013 02:51
Only 3 places left - looks like I'm going to have to spend another year on the sidelines.
Probably just as well - last time I sat in to make up numbers I lost 3 straight preliminary rounds. Have to keep the punters happy. Cool
      
    
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