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Normandy Campaign from French Open 2011 scenarios Thu, 15 November 2012 20:49
I've been wanting to play another campaign (I don't have a campaign book). I tried Vercors, but the first 3 of the 5 scenarios favored the Axis, so the French player doesn't get any benefit from winning, unless they can perform an upset (in which case they probably win the campaign).

I looked at the Gazala Campaign from the last 5 Mediterranean Pack scenarios, but those are no better. The first 3 favor the Germans, and the last two are balanced. I didn't like the Simplified Campaign Rules: you roll so many dice to remove figures from the next scenario, that it looks like it changes the scenario.

There was a post a while back about a Normandy Beach campaign where you play 3 beach scenarios in a row. But only Sword is within that 40-60% balance. And I don't understand how Allies winning Sword would help them at Juno, for instance. It's not like an Allied tank would show up on the German baseline.

I do have some scenarios from the French Open 2011 by jdrommel on my "to play" list. A couple have rules compatible with Memoir'44 Online, so I've posted and played those 2. It turns out the theme was the 29th Infantry Division with 115th and 116th regiments. So it seems like these 6 scenarios might make a good campaign. Not enough AARs (After Action Reports) have been posted for me to know whether they are balanced or not. If not, but 3 favored Allies and 3 favored Axis, then maybe you could still have a fair campaign.

Order by date, name+link, stats, special rules.

June 6th. Omaha Beach Exit D1. 60% Allies, 20 AARs. Destroyer, Landing Crafts, 88s, Late War Mortar.
June 6th. Vaumicel Manor. 52% Allies, 27 AARs. Engineers.
June 12th. Crossing of Elle River. 54% Allies, 13 AARs. Smokescreen, Fordable River #41, Minefields, Late War Mortar.
July 11th. Bretel Wood. 42% Allies, 26 AARs. Night Attack, Minefields, Engineers.
July 12th. Battle on Martinville Ridge. 79% Allies, 14 AARs. Late War Anti-Tank guns and Mortar, Fordable Stream #61, Minefields, Allied Air Strikes(Recon).
Aug. 5th. Capture of Vire. 60% Allies, 5 AARs. Fordable Stream #61, Air Rules (Air Sortie cards + minis).

Note: the search function won't give results for [Normandy]. In order to bring them up on one page, I search
Show:"only non-classified",
Front: "Western Front",
Date: "1944", and
Author: "jdrommel"

I'm going to go with a Reinforcements card (Urban or Winter) for the winner. He can play it on any turn, or save it for a later scenario in the campaign. I'm thinking that if he rolls a flag on it, instead of nothing one infantry puts down wire before moving or one infantry gets a sandbag after moving (like Fortify card). Spare figures must still be available to form a unit. This way, the scenario will play pretty much the same as posted, with the bonus being similar to that of the Vercors campaign.
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I wasn't going to play with Smokescreens after finding that it blocks artillery shots too (and mortar). I was going to have my Memoir'44 sessions in a "smoke-free" environment. Laughing But if I make it to the third scenario then I guess I'll deal with it. Also, Air Rules aren't my favorite, but the last scenario has it, so...

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Re:Normandy Campaign from French Open 2011 scenarios Fri, 23 November 2012 04:40
Well, we played the first 3 scenarios and Axis won all 3, bringing the Allied win% in AARs down to:
57% for Omaha Beach Exit D1, and
50% for both Vaumicel Manor and Crossing of Elle River.

SCORE:
Axis 6+6+6+ Bonus(3 wins, 2 medal sites) = 23.
Ally 3+1+2 =6.
I didn't have to play either Reinforcement card I'd earned.

BTW: I'm posting Vaumicel Manor in my friend's spot for Memoir'44 Online next week(s), in case it might be fun to play for itself.

I might post Bretel Wood next week or so in my own spot as well. Unfortunately, after playing it several times in the past, I discovered an error in the description. The French rules stated the minefields were placed by Allies, while English rules said by Axis. It has since been corrected to Allies placing the mines, which makes it harder for the Axis. I've corrected my scenario to match. I thought it was kind of interesting for the Germans (who are the attacker) to go through 2 rows of their own mines, but I think even with engineers that section is now a wash for the Germans.

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Re:Normandy Campaign from French Open 2011 scenarios Thu, 25 July 2013 01:12
Since posting last, both #2 Vaumicel Manor, and #4 Bretel Wood, have been added to the official scenarios for M'44 Online.

I've had several campaigns that I've started but haven't finished. My opponent (Allies) conceded after game 4 of Vercors since he could win the last scenario but not the campaign. I did start and finish a Vercors campaign as Allies. Key is Game 3 and the paradrop rule as a reward for Axis winning #2! Initially I thought it was like the basic scenario: you drop 4 figures before the game start (it happened I only landed 1 so that's OK). The second time I realized you drop 1 figure (after turn 2?), but wasn't sure if he could/couldn't attack. This may have cost him a close battle and flipped the game, since I hit it and killed that unit first. If I was playing again, I believe he should have been able to move and attack, since it was dropped before the turn and not as an order.

I just started another Normandy campaign (two since we're playing both sides) using the F.O. 2011 scenarios I described above. This time I decided not to give a reward to the victor (other than +1 bonus point). Since there are 2 of these scenarios Online, I figured not having a unit bonus would allow us to play Online, and do the scenarios in any order.

Campaign #6: I lead as Allies 7-3 (1 game),
Campaign #7: I lead as Axis 21-12 (3 games, including 1 online).

If you're interested in playing these as a campaign, you could do likewise. You could play the Online scenarios first, and if you wanted to continue after that, you could do face-to-face or on Vassal. Note: medal sites count twice, once for the scenario's score, and again as a +1 bonus.

If you want to see another campaign book: Play a campaign, post AARs, and talk about it in the forum!

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Re:Normandy Campaign from French Open 2011 scenarios Thu, 13 February 2014 05:35
It's been a long time since I started this campaign for the US 29th Infantry Division in Normandy.

I recently finished my 8th campaign: as Japanese in Operation Toenails; and my 4th, as Allies in Audie Murphy.

I'm still playing these French Open 2011 scenarios with two opponents and both sides as my #2, #3, #6 and #7 campaigns, and have finished 14/24 of these games.

I decided to dispense with the Reinforcements Cards as a bonus for the winner and just play them straight (since I hadn't used my 2). Its easier to do it that way since 2 of these can be played quicker in M'44 Online. Just be careful, if you make a mistake with Night Attack rules in Bretel Wood, you can't take your move back! Since there's now no bonus unit or ability for the victor, I find I can play them in any order.

Scoring is the same as these other campaigns: 1 point for VP, +1 bonus for winning, +1 bonus for each medal site. For one of my victories in Vaumicel Manor, the score was 9-1!

Campaigns are fun to start for the first two scenarios, but once the sides are separated by more than 6 points, it's not that fun to continue.

Once I finish at least one of these 4, I'll ask jdrommel if he wants to do a campaign sheet like Operation Toenails or Operation Compass, and whether to give bonus units to the winner.
      
    
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