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Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Thu, 05 October 2006 23:51
Hi everybody.

I have just joined the website as a British member, who is hoping to get a copy of Memoir 44 board game tomorrow. Only trouble is, at present I am without a live opponent.

Is it possible to play this game solo?

And is it possible to play online here using the board game?

Nice to be here as a new member.

Thanks,
Alan
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Fri, 06 October 2006 00:52
I haven't tried it solo yet though I recall a few posts a while back on the subject.

DOW does not have their computer version up and running yet. For that, I would suggest you try it out at vassalengine.org. They have the base game plus all the expansions.

With that, you can either play live games against others online. (though you are probably better off scheduling time with opponents than just sitting there waiting for someone else).

The other option is to play by email through Vassal. I could help you out with the PBEM game and get you started. But live games are difficult given my schedule and our difference in time zones.

And by the way, welcome to the community! You will find it is almost as much fun as playing the game itself! Good group of people all around!
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Fri, 06 October 2006 01:42
I play solo all the time and it is a blast. You don't have the uncertainty of not knowing what the other player's cards are but it is still lots of fun. I tend to play the best options for both sides and it works great. It is definitely an interesting challenge to figure out what each side's best options are. The luck of the dice evens things out and creates uncertainty which is welcome in a solo game. The fact that the theme is so strong is also a plus. It's awesome to be able to recreate WWII battles. Enjoy.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Fri, 06 October 2006 08:07
Before playtesting new scenario wuth frien, i played them solo a few times. I'd tried different method, the funniest one and easy one :

just play open cards for each side, after removal of the ambush card (too hard to deal with alone)


Others ways :
- play with the card you turn from the top
- same thing but the side who have the more card in hand keep a small hand with him (example: allies6 cards, axis 5: the allies have one card open, so when he pick from the top, he can choose to play one of the two. That give him a little advatage on the axis who always play the card from the top)


Have fun !

PS: i find my english not too good today, i hope you understand Smile
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Fri, 06 October 2006 14:07
So far, I've been soloing only, and its a bit of fun. I just put the cards for the side not "in action" face down and make the best play I can from the hand I have. Then I place my cards face down and draw the replacement card and place it in the hand unseen. That way, I don't know what option has been given me when I play for my "opponent". I then do the same for him. Ambush should be removed, as already suggested, as you may not even know you have it.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Fri, 06 October 2006 16:11
This is interesting. I was an only child when I grew up, I guess I am still an only child, however, I played almost every game that I had solitaire. It is amazing the ideas you can come up with to make a single person game work. I must admit I have never worked on any solitaire ideas for this game. Does anyone else have any ideas. This might be an idea we could expand on. Smile
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Fri, 06 October 2006 18:03
I play the underdog side (e.g. the Allies at Omaha) and just pick the top card from the draw pile when it's the 'opposition's' turn. I play that card to best effect. Just discard and draw another card if it turns up ambush. If there are no units that can be ordered with an otherwise eligible card (e.g. order all units centre, and there are no units in the centre) then I play it as order 1 unit anywhere.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Fri, 06 October 2006 18:47
I really like RonB's idea of not seeing the card being taken until the next turn. I will defnitely use that idea!
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Fri, 06 October 2006 23:51
I play solo all the time. I allocate cards to the Axis and Allies per the scenario, however, I play the opponents side cards face down. I have tried 2 ways to draw for the opposing side, random and in order left to right. I then take a new card and place it in the open spot. Both ways worked equally well.

Hope you understood the method I use as I feel very incoherent today. Confused

Welcome to the community and enjoy this fantastic game.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Thu, 12 October 2006 01:14
I play solo all the time and have never played against another person, yet. I like the new ideas I just read from others who play solo and look forward to trying those.

The best part of playing solo is the loser gets to buy the winner lunch or something, maybe buy him beer or take him to the movies:)
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Thu, 12 October 2006 02:56
Leonez, could you advise me how to get a copy of your solitaire rules.thx trumpetman52
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Thu, 12 October 2006 04:19
My solo playing house rule.
1. Take out the ambush card.
2. Add a regular dice with dots, the one that goes from one to six.

Set Up: All cards allowed each player are face down on their side. Looking at them, from my view, I imagine them numbered from left to right; first card is one, second card is two, third card is three, fourth card is four, etc... Since most games only allow from four to six cards, it works out great.

If you only have four cards and roll a five or six, roll again, or add or subtract to nearest.

Play: When I'm playing a side, I first roll the regular dice. And whatever number I roll, I play that card. And I play it to the best of my ability. When I draw new card, I replace it with one used.

Then I roll for next player.

I hope I made this clear. Any questions, please feel free to respond.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Thu, 12 October 2006 06:41
I play with my self all the time!
OPPS that just didn't come out right sorry.
I agree you need to take out the ambush card and you really need to try to have momentary amnesia about the cards on the side you are not playing at the time but it can be qa heck of a lot of fun and is great for trying out new ideas without looking really dumb when who play a live person. It also helps to be a split personality or a bit Schizophrenic.

Oh HI EVERYONE I still live!
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Thu, 12 October 2006 10:53
GeneralV wrote on Sat, 07 October 2006 00:51

I play solo all the time. I allocate cards to the Axis and Allies per the scenario, however, I play the opponents side cards face down. I have tried 2 ways to draw for the opposing side, random and in order left to right. I then take a new card and place it in the open spot. Both ways worked equally well.


leonnez wrote on Thu, 12 October 2006 05:19

Play: When I'm playing a side, I first roll the regular dice. And whatever number I roll, I play that card. And I play it to the best of my ability. When I draw new card, I replace it with one used.



If choosing cards randomly, i.e. not looking and deciding between them, it will be a lot easier to draw from top of the deck. The number of cards in hand is irrelevant if you don't use the knowledge in them. Happy gaming, though. Smile
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Thu, 12 October 2006 20:49
visard wrote on Thu, 12 October 2006 04:53


If choosing cards randomly, i.e. not looking and deciding between them, it will be a lot easier to draw from top of the deck. The number of cards in hand is irrelevant if you don't use the knowledge in them. Happy gaming, though. Smile



I think it makes a big difference at the start of a game. I may be taking cards such as medics and mechanics out of my possible hand and not even know it. But, I do see your point regarding just drawing the top card which is in essence what occurs after the first round.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Fri, 13 October 2006 18:42
Hello, my name is Fixpix and I also play solitaire Memoir44 Smile

On the serious side, I lack partners for games so most of the time I'm on my own. Here are some ideas I used to play solo M44:

- First I started with drawing the top card and playing it for the active side. It's too random, you get the feeling of watching the action, not playing it.

- Then I played full hand against top side for opposition. While more to the heart of the game this still has the feeling of playing against a dumb bot.

- So I dealt two cards to the opponent and played the most usefull one.

- To increase the odds of chalenging opponets I opted to deal full hand to both sides and randomly choose two cards for the bot, playing the most powerful one. Too much dice rolling for my taste. Roll to see which cards get picked, always find ways to divide the odds, rolling again if the cards are equal in power, so on.

- Now I deal all the cards, play them face up and swap sides to make the best strategic option available. Some might think it's cheating. It's not. Maybe it's got something to do with my split personality, or maybe I'm just getting too old, but I rarely remember the other's side cards when I'm focusing on my turn. For example most of the time I forget I even have the ambush card on my hand. So it works...it's not great, but it works.

- What's even better than the option above is ACTUALLY swaping sides. It involves a bit of jogging arround the table, but if I was crazy enough to do that I imagine others could do it to. The advantage is that even though it might not seem like much, it's actually a huge change as soon as the whole board and the perspective on the battlefield is reversed. Maybe it's because the brain is adjusting to a new situation...or maybe mine is just screwed. Might want to get one of those spinning pottery tables to help you with this though Wink

- Another idea I got from other solo games (of course not intended to be played solo Wink ) is to create random generals for opposition with some kind of general rule about how they might move their troops. Like a general that will always advance in close combat or maximise the rolled dice by any means. Or one that preffers cover and will not likely abandon it. One that will shoot from a safe distance and will retreat if outnumbered (threatened by more than 2-3 units). One that will always activate at least 1 tank/artilery when available. One that will activate troops indicated by dice (like rolling for Finest Hour) One that will always fire at the weakest unit. One that will always fire on the strongest unit. Well, you get the point. You can create a loooong list of traits and assign 2-3 to the general you're playing against. Some will be broken, some will be fun. You can make empowering traits, like reroll one die, or hit certain targets on stars (a Tank Killer will hit tanks on stars too for ex) and weakening traits (Fear of tanks will not hit on grenades when attacking tanks, Coward will treat stars as flags) but this involves mixing with the core mechanics so use with caution as it might imbalance the game. This way you can make additional strategies based not only on the cards, but also on the personality you're playing against.

Other than that I can't think of anything else. Give it a shot and tell me what you think.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sun, 29 October 2006 19:52
Fixpix, I play the same way. You can actually get some exercise by getting up and changing sides! Solo is also a good way to try out house rules, or to figure out the official rules before you drag your wife in for a game. I find that I don`t remember all the cards each side has, I like to have a choice though, so I can still use strategy. The luck of the cards and dice seems to even things out.
Most of my games are very close, but it is still more fun with another person. Very Happy
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sat, 02 December 2006 21:39
Here's how I've done it solo in many Battle Cry games and a few M44 games:

"Opponent" gets 6 cards face down in a line. You get four cards face up in a line.

When it is your turn, roll a D6. On a 1, play the first card, on 2&3 play the second card, on 4&5 play the third card and on 6 play the last card. So that you have some command ability, you may place the cards in any order beofre you roll the dice, placing your "best" cards in the 2 and 3 slots. If the dice do not give you a good card you may discard and draw another at the cost of a turn.

For the "opponent" roll 2d6 (or 1d6x2). Turn over the cards in the slots that correspond to the numbers on the dice. If they are the same number, too bad, only one card. Play either one of the overturned cards. The remaining overturned card can be discarded with no penalty or turned over again for a later roll. The order of the cards for the "opponent" is not changed.

This system seems to work well as it gives you some control over your cards with the "opponent's" ability to freely discard "bad" cards giving the game some balance. All ofther rules of the game stay the same.
      
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  Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sun, 03 December 2006 22:25
guest270084 wrote on Thu, 05 October 2006 16:51

Hi everybody.

I have just joined the website as a British member, who is hoping to get a copy of Memoir 44 board game tomorrow. Only trouble is, at present I am without a live opponent.

Is it possible to play this game solo?

And is it possible to play online here using the board game?

Nice to be here as a new member.

Thanks,
Alan


Check out "Patton's Best" on the DOW website. It is a solo scenario that I play all the time. Plus I have come up with my own solo scenario, using the same rules as Patton's Best. It is fun to do if you don't have another player. I am currently playtesting a solo scenario myself based on "Bridge at Remagen".
Once I am satisfied with it, I will submit it to the board. Razz
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Tue, 05 December 2006 14:27
Hello I usually ply solo with M44 and for me is fun but is better to play in 2 players
I play solo when I try a new scenario and I know a scenario "Patton's Best" Scenario #1179U By: Rccod is built to play solo enjoy. Bye Vicionzo.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Mon, 11 December 2006 01:52
I play solo all the time, too. I usually play the Allies and just play their hand normally.

When it's the bad guy's turn, I just draw a card and play it. (except Ambush, of course).

For what it's worth, I usually win. Smile
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Tue, 19 December 2006 00:42
Ok-I'm new and trying to play solo to learn.

Regarding playing Patton's Best-during the setup & you are generating the Germans through dice rolls, it says if you roll a star to then roll a D6. If it comes up one you should place a "fortification counter" there.

What the heck is that? I cant find reference anywhere to this.

Help very appreciated!

Thanks

Pete
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Tue, 19 December 2006 16:52
petegrey wrote on Tue, 19 December 2006 01:42

Regarding playing Patton's Best-during the setup & you are generating the Germans through dice rolls, it says if you roll a star to then roll a D6. If it comes up one you should place a "fortification counter" there.

What the heck is that? I cant find reference anywhere to this.


This scenario was created before any expansions were released so I think it means just a normal bunker.

[Mis à jour le: Tue, 19 December 2006 16:54]

      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sat, 06 January 2007 05:22
Trumpetman,

You're story is very interesting. I too just posted on this subject.(of course, I didn't see this post first)

I used to enjoy all my games alone. I could never get anyone to play the games fairly or at the time I wanted. I got used to "trying to beat the game" and not beating someone else. I guess I might be someone who doesn't like to lose but I think though, I am someone who rather enjoys the subject matter and would rather just enjoy the game engine in action than to get "put in my place" by a vicious opponent. I play games online and most players don't want to even chat with you at all.

Russell Schroeder
Russell RSMax@yahoo.com
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sat, 06 January 2007 10:40
You should try Vassal, if you haven't already. I've found everyone I've met there to be very friendly and sociable. You can even play solo on there while you're waiting for others to turn up.
      
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  Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sat, 06 January 2007 15:46
Hi,

Thanks for the info.As a matter of fact, I did just that last night.I downloaded vassal.Hope it works good.

Russell
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sat, 06 January 2007 16:25
yangtze wrote on Sat, 06 January 2007 04:40

You should try Vassal, if you haven't already. I've found everyone I've met there to be very friendly and sociable. You can even play solo on there while you're waiting for others to turn up.


I just recently downloaded Vassal but have yet found the time to play.

I wasn't aware that you could play solo online? How do you do that?
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sat, 06 January 2007 18:02
It's a while since I did it, but I think it works to go into the scenario as player 1, then take your cards as normal. Then I just turn over the top card for the opposition, or turn over 2 or 3 and choose the best, or devise your own method.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sat, 06 January 2007 18:54
You can also play be email (PBEM) if no one is around. That is the way I prefer to play to fit my schedule.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sat, 06 January 2007 22:15
Hi and thanks for reply.
Is play by e-mail on the vassal engine?
I'd like that too.

Thanks,
Russell
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Sat, 06 January 2007 22:20
Yeah that's easy. You just start a logfile before you make your moves, finish the logfile and send it to your opponent, who then clicks through your moves before starting his/her logfile, and so on.
      
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Re:Solo Play Possible With Memoir 44? Wed, 10 January 2007 05:21
Take a look at my solo scenario, "Patton's Best". It is one of the earlier scenarios created when memoir '44 came out.
      
    
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