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Dugrim
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Expert mode Mon, 10 December 2012 18:48
Hi,
I was thinking to buy the Captain pack and gain access to the Expert mode.
But before this I have some questions:
1) How many people have access to the Expert mode?
2) How many maps are playable?
2.1) How many maps are official?

Thanks.
      
rasmussen81
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Re:Expert mode Mon, 10 December 2012 19:40
Dugrim wrote on Mon, 10 December 2012 21:48

Hi,
I was thinking to buy the Captain pack and gain access to the Expert mode.
But before this I have some questions:
1) How many people have access to the Expert mode?


Lots of people...enough that you should usually be able to find an opponent.

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2) How many maps are playable?


Again, lots! There are plenty of maps available though it's not always easy to tell if they are good battles unless they are rated by other people who have played them. Even some low-rated battles can be pretty good, but it's hit-and-miss.

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2.1) How many maps are official?


Do you mean how many are copies of official scenarios? Because the whole point of the Expert mode is that they are not official scenarios.

I hope this helps! Cool
      
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Re:Expert mode Mon, 10 December 2012 19:48
1) At the moment of this typing there's 18 experts playing/waiting Online. You can see by changing the dropdown "Show" from "All" to "Experts".

On the Days of Wonder Website (under your name/account), there's a page that shows Online ranking for official games vs opponents, expert games, and games vs the computer. Everyone who's played one of these in the last 15 days has a rank and point value.
Under "Game: Memoir'44 Expert" and "Established Players Ranking" there's 268 people who've played an expert scenario in the last 15 days.

2) I count 50 SFTF games posted. Some more haven't been played yet or are rated 1 star, so I don't count them. Some features are not supported, so if authors have included something like that (a mountain for instance) you'll have to know going into it that it doesn't work.

2.1) not 3? There are no official maps unless you or someone else post them. I'm currently posting Moyland Wood(s) in my spot and Clearing Matanikau River in my friend's spot. I'll switch to Bastogne Corridor West and Bastogne Corridor East by the end of the month for the anniversary of those battles. Note: these won't count for badges and promotion to Colonel, etc.

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Re:Expert mode Tue, 11 December 2012 01:02
The questions have been answered so I'll just add my 2 cents, for what they're worth: if you like this game, go for Expert mode. Among my 5 favorite maps, there are 3 Scenarios From The Front (playable under Expert).
      
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Re:Expert mode Tue, 11 December 2012 03:00
clorofila wrote on Tue, 11 December 2012 04:02

The questions have been answered so I'll just add my 2 cents, for what they're worth: if you like this game, go for Expert mode. Among my 5 favorite maps, there are 3 Scenarios From The Front (playable under Expert).


I would agree...the Expert Mode can offer you hours more fun. Plus you'll get a chance to create your own masterpieces and post them for other people to battle through! Cool I would say that Expert Mode is a great choice.
      
Dugrim
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Re:Expert mode Tue, 11 December 2012 04:05
Thx, I'll do.
And after my promotion (Major) I want to try some new maps to test my skills once more.
      
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Re:Expert mode Tue, 11 December 2012 04:12
Dugrim wrote on Tue, 11 December 2012 07:05

Thx, I'll do.
And after my promotion (Major) I want to try some new maps to test my skills once more.


I think you'll be glad if you have access to Expert Battles. Don't forget that you can't earn any of the achievements while playing Expert Battles.

Have fun! Cool
      
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Re:Expert mode Tue, 11 December 2012 05:55
You'll need wins in expert mode to be promoted past Colonel.

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Re:Expert mode Tue, 11 December 2012 06:23
Phread wrote on Tue, 11 December 2012 08:55

You'll need wins in expert mode to be promoted past Colonel.


Very true! But if one of your single figure Infantry Units survive 24 dice rolls, don't expect to get an achievement for it because those are only earned in Normal mode. Cool
      
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Re:Expert mode Tue, 11 December 2012 17:38
And if you want to play in some of the online tournaments (like the Med one we have going) you have to have expert mode.


Also:

If you don't play STFT you will find yourself playing and learning the same maps. This is good, but you will not get the learn the skills in "reading" a map you have only just seen that you need in Face to Face and tournament play where you might not know what you are going to play when you turn up
      
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Re:Expert mode Thu, 13 December 2012 14:21
van Voort wrote on Tue, 11 December 2012 09:38

And if you want to play in some of the online tournaments (like the Med one we have going) you have to have expert mode.


Also:

If you don't play STFT you will find yourself playing and learning the same maps. This is good, but you will not get the learn the skills in "reading" a map you have only just seen that you need in Face to Face and tournament play where you might not know what you are going to play when you turn up



I couldn't agree more with the above! I found myself in the same STFT tourney as a last minute replacement and up against the author of the scenario, went in blind for the most part, very enjoyable and exciting battle and a break from the norm, very much worth the price of admission! Very Happy Very Happy Very Happy
      
    
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