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Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Wed, 18 May 2016 07:18
The Memoir tournament at this summer's World Boardgaming Championships will be held Thursday-Friday, July 28-29.

WBC will be held this year at a new location, Seven Springs Resort, near Pittsburgh, PA, USA. (Details at www.Boardgamers.org .)

The tournament will follow our usual schedule: Single elimination, with a Mulligan round the night before. Mulligan is 9pm Thursday evening, which follows an 8pm teaching demo. Main tournament all day Friday, beginning at 9am.

Tournament scenarios: Memoir goes to the movies!

We’re going to have special fun this year with some special battles. There is a lively Memoir community in France, Belgium, and some of the surrounding countries, including numerous face-to-face tournaments every year. A couple of years ago, a set of special scenarios based on famous World War 2 movies was created for the Belgian Open. (Composed by Jowel, Chris Harlem and Grebansky.) For our first tournament at Seven Springs, we’re going to play those movie scenarios!

• Mulligan & Round 1: Patton
• Round 2: Kelly’s Heroes
• Round 3: A Bridge Too Far
• Round 4: Enemy At the Gates
• Round 5: Saving Private Ryan
• Round 6: Thin Red Line

The tournament will begin with a Mulligan round Thursday evening and then run all day Friday.

Plus 5 Overlords:

• Thursday 2 PM: Prokhorovka (Kursk) - a favorite from the Eastern Front expansion.
• Friday 11 PM: The Forgotten Battle - by LooneyLlama, geared toward experienced players.
• Saturday 10 AM: Sword of Stalingrad - Battlemap, with Combat cards.
• Saturday 2 PM: Mauban-Abucay Line - a basic Pacific battle, composed by jdrommel.**
• Saturday 2 PM: Milne Bay - a basic Pacific battle, composed by LooneyLlama. [Changed 7/17/2016]**
• Saturday 8 PM: Wacht Am Rhein – Overthrough (Overlord-Breakthrough) scenario from the Battle of the Bulge, by Yossarian44.

** If an interesting, new scenario is published, the GM reserves the right to make one substitution. Any change will be announced in advance at http://www.daysofwonder.com/en/event/details/?id=1648 Substitution made for the Saturday 2PM Overlord.

WBC features tournaments for more than 100 different games, such as Battle Cry, C&C Ancients, and C&C Napoleonics. The full convention will be July 23-31.

Also ... DoW games Ticket to Ride (over 300 players last year!), as well as Small World and Pirate's Cove (each over 100 players).

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Wed, 18 May 2016 18:41
Oh, sounds like much fun Sam!!

Guess I will have to break out the DVD's and watch all those movies and make sure I know what is going on!! LOL!

Hope you see all there in July....


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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Wed, 18 May 2016 21:55
Sam,

Great idea for this year's tournament scenarios.
Where can you find them? I tried Patton on the SFTF but no result.

      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Wed, 18 May 2016 22:06
LooneyLlama wrote on Wed, 18 May 2016 13:55

Sam,

Great idea for this year's tournament scenarios.
Where can you find them? I tried Patton on the SFTF but no result.





Eric,

I found them on VASSAL after having tried here, might be we are just not doing something right in searching, but all are listed in VASSAL, I just searched by a key words such as PATTON, THIN and so on and they all had BELGIAN OPEN 2013 in the title.

Tony

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Thu, 19 May 2016 00:25
Thanks Tony.

Are you coming to WBC?
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Thu, 19 May 2016 02:49
LooneyLlama wrote on Wed, 18 May 2016 16:25

Thanks Tony.

Are you coming to WBC?



Eric,

Not sure if I am coming, but I might be going! Laughing I definitely want to and have some relatives in the Somerset area or at least my wife does....would love to and have the week set aside for vacation, just need to decide and spring for the plane, car and place to stay! Suppose relatives could be an option... Rolling Eyes

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Thu, 19 May 2016 05:21
Looks like I won't make it this year. I didn't realize that the dates had moved to July and I need to be on the opposite end of Pennsylvania on the day of the tournament. Sad

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Fri, 20 May 2016 22:22
Will you go full european style, where every participant gets a pre-printed map of each of the scenarios in the tournament?
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Sat, 21 May 2016 00:57
Quit2 wrote on Fri, 20 May 2016 14:22

Will you go full european style, where every participant gets a pre-printed map of each of the scenarios in the tournament?



Q2/Wim,

I don't believe that has ever been the case with WBC, don't believe resources available for such an undertaking, but I cannot speak for Sam on this issue.

But, I have been once and as a bonus, got to meet Mr. Borg, believe he has attended numerous if not all M'44 tournaments at WBC and that alone was worth the price of admission! Razz

He also gave me a recommendation and directions to a great ice cream parlor in the area and that was an added bonus!

Are pre-printed maps a stipulation of you attending WBC? LOL! I joke, but have seen pics of them on the forum and then look very nice and obviously come in handy after the fact as well as during.

Gonzalan aka Tony

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Sat, 21 May 2016 01:15
I also met Richard Borg at WBC, even got him to sign my core game box. He gave me a piece of advice "if I came there to win and not to have fun I was wasting my time". I have had fun all the times I have been at WBC. Keep up the good work Sam and all those connected with M-44 and WBC.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Sat, 21 May 2016 05:31
gheintze wrote on Wed, 18 May 2016 23:21

Looks like I won't make it this year. I didn't realize that the dates had moved to July and I need to be on the opposite end of Pennsylvania on the day of the tournament. Sad

Geoff


Ah, sorry to hear that Geoff.

I was looking forward to providing transport for you after another late night OL game Laughing

You will be missed my friend.

John


      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Sat, 21 May 2016 06:25
Unfortunately, Wim, I don't have the budget or sponsors to print full-size maps. But if you come out, I'll be happy to drive you to metro New York afterward and show you around NYC for a day.

Sam

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Will you go full european style, where every participant gets a pre-printed map of each of the scenarios in the tournament?

      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Sun, 22 May 2016 17:20
gonzalan wrote on Sat, 21 May 2016 00:57


Are pre-printed maps a stipulation of you attending WBC? LOL! I joke, but have seen pics of them on the forum and then look very nice and obviously come in handy after the fact as well as during.


I'm not in the position to travel to the US just for a Memoir tournament. Especially since I am no longer attending the european tournaments.

Those pre printed maps are handy for a quick setup during the tournaments, and they are used a lot for game nights at local Memoir clubs.
If you go to a few tournaments per year, and get 4 to 6 maps per tournament, you quickly have quite a set of pre-printed maps. Most of those tournament scenarios are really good, as they have been tested thoroughly by the tournament organisers.

I think the organisers here pay for them with the subscription fees. So I guess it's a bit more expensive to participate in european tournaments. So it does have a disadvantage.
Of course, the attendance is quite high for those tournaments (up to 100 players and more for the bigger tournaments), which reduces costs.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Sun, 22 May 2016 17:21
sam1812 wrote on Sat, 21 May 2016 06:25

Unfortunately, Wim, I don't have the budget or sponsors to print full-size maps. But if you come out, I'll be happy to drive you to metro New York afterward and show you around NYC for a day.

Sam

Quit2 wrote on Fri, 20 May 2016 16:22

Will you go full european style, where every participant gets a pre-printed map of each of the scenarios in the tournament?




In a few years … when both my kids are big enough to play Memoir too.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Tue, 24 May 2016 00:26
LooneyLlama wrote on Wed, 18 May 2016 16:25

Thanks Tony.

Are you coming to WBC?


Eric,

In answer to your question, it s now official, arrive in Pittsburgh on the 27th and will make my way down to the resort from there.

Have a room for 4 nights and head back home Sunday morning.

Was going to try for a few days more and maybe catch a Bucs game, but wife did not want me gone that long and only fun allowed was at WBC!

See you there,

Tony

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Mon, 18 July 2016 05:17
For the Saturday 2PM Overlord, we are going to play LooneyLlama's Milne Bay OL, instead of the Mauban-Abucay OL that was originally listed. The new OL schedule is:

• Thursday 2 PM: Prokhorovka (Kursk) - a favorite from the Eastern Front expansion.
• Friday 11 PM: The Forgotten Battle - by LooneyLlama, geared toward experienced players.
• Saturday 10 AM: Sword of Stalingrad - Battlemap, with Combat cards.**
• Saturday 2 PM: Milne Bay - a basic Pacific battle, composed by LooneyLlama.**
• Saturday 8 PM: Wacht Am Rhein – Overthrough (Overlord-Breakthrough) scenario from the Battle of the Bulge, by Yossarian44.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Mon, 18 July 2016 08:49
sam1812 wrote on Mon, 18 July 2016 05:17

For the Saturday 2PM Overlord, we are going to play LooneyLlama's Milne Bay OL, instead of the Mauban-Abucay OL that was originally listed. The new OL schedule is:

• Thursday 2 PM: Prokhorovka (Kursk) - a favorite from the Eastern Front expansion.
• Friday 11 PM: The Forgotten Battle - by LooneyLlama, geared toward experienced players.
• Saturday 10 AM: Sword of Stalingrad - Battlemap, with Combat cards.**
• Saturday 2 PM: Milne Bay - a basic Pacific battle, composed by LooneyLlama.**
• Saturday 8 PM: Wacht Am Rhein – Overthrough (Overlord-Breakthrough) scenario from the Battle of the Bulge, by Yossarian44.


Looks like a fun schedule. I did not win the lottery, so will not be joining you Wink.

Have fun everybody! Cool

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Tue, 19 July 2016 00:18
Jeronimon,

Lottery? Are you not a Soldier of Fortune? LOL! Well, I return after a being absent 1 year and will see if my fortune improves any! Knocked out in Round 3 in 2014.....

But, you have the 2017 Dutch Open to look forward to!

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Tue, 19 July 2016 16:28
Tony,

Great to hear you'll be making it again this year. It is always fun to play with or against you.

I'll be arriving Thursday morning.

I see that there is some time Thursday afternoon(probably around 5 or 6 after Kursk) before the mulligan round at 9. If anyone's interested I could set up another Overlord. Let me know if you're interested and I'll have one ready to go.

Also, if I don't have too many duties during Friday's tournament, I could set up an Overlord for those of us who don't get far in the tournament. I've lost in the first or second round to past winners so I know I'll be available.

Eric

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Tue, 19 July 2016 17:45
LooneyLlama wrote on Tue, 19 July 2016 10:28

Tony,

Great to hear you'll be making it again this year. It is always fun to play with or against you.

I'll be arriving Thursday morning.

I see that there is some time Thursday afternoon(probably around 5 or 6 after Kursk) before the mulligan round at 9. If anyone's interested I could set up another Overlord. Let me know if you're interested and I'll have one ready to go.

Also, if I don't have too many duties during Friday's tournament, I could set up an Overlord for those of us who don't get far in the tournament. I've lost in the first or second round to past winners so I know I'll be available.

Eric


Hi Eric


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John,

I'll have another Overlord ready to go. Do you want to try Paradrop at Kanev again? We can finish it this time.
I also have some I think are good from any other expansion if there is an Overlord theater you're interested in.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Thu, 21 July 2016 11:33
LooneyLlama wrote on Wed, 20 July 2016 14:35

John,

I'll have another Overlord ready to go. Do you want to try Paradrop at Kanev again? We can finish it this time.
I also have some I think are good from any other expansion if there is an Overlord theater you're interested in.


How about we give Kanev another go?
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Fri, 22 July 2016 16:31
To all those players at the WBC I know in person or from playing online, I Hope you have a very good time and some great Memoirs Razz

Sam did his best again to organize so don't forget to thank him for his efforts.

I know he will be the men to beat this year!

Johan.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Fri, 22 July 2016 16:39
JJAZ wrote on Fri, 22 July 2016 08:31

To all those players at the WBC I know in person or from playing online, I Hope you have a very good time and some great Memoirs Razz

Sam did his best again to organize so don't forget to thank him for his efforts.

I know he will be the men to beat this year!

Johan.



Why thanks Johan, the rest of us "men" and some "boys" will try our best to beat "Da Man!"

New location, new scenarios, maybe better luck for me!!

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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Mon, 08 August 2016 07:30
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This was WBC’s first year at a new location, about two hours west of where it was for the previous decade. Farther from the major population centers of the East Coast, unsurprisingly, attendance was down overall. Nevertheless, even with only 44 players, I believe we’re still the largest face-to-face Memoir tournament in the Western Hemisphere.

As usual, this tournament was a 6-round single elimination, with a Mulligan rud at the beginning. (If you lose in the Mulligan, you can re-enter with a clean slate in Round 1. This year’s scenarios were based on classic World War II movies. They were originally composed by Jowel, Grebansky, and Chris Harlem for the 2013 Belgian Open. Some of the scenarios contained interesting innovations. The scenarios, unfortunately are not public on the DOW website, but they were:

> Round 1 … Patton. Desert scenario with Germans attacking a terrain-protected American force.
> Round 2 … Kelly’s Heroes. A scenario with a fascinating twist: In the city of Clermont, there are two gold bars. Any unit that can take one out of the city gains a temporary medal, until it is eliminated (in which case the gold stays on the ground until another unit picks it up) or returns to the city.
> Round 3 … A Bridge Too Far. A different view of the well-known Arnhem Bridge scenario – with lots of Special Forces infantry and a Heroic Leader. (In fact, thanks to all the movie-themed scenarios, rounds 3-6 all had Heroic Leaders.)
> Round 4 … Enemy At the Gates. A fascinating map with the Russians carrying out an amphibious assault against a German-held beach, with unscalable steep hills abutting the water.
> Round 5 … Saving Private Ryan. In this scenario, the Americans land on Omaha Beach and try to get through the wire and up the steep hills, to battle the machine guns and artillery. The Germans have only 7 units, but lots of defensive terrain. Also, several Russian Depleted Units, and a clever rule involving Snipers.
> Round 6 … The Thin Red Line. Pacific scenario, with the Marines attacking on Guadalcanal. The Japanese have an artillery, two field bunkers with machine guns, and camouflage.

People who read this Forum or play Memoir Online will recognize many of the players. My Assistant GMs, who helped run the tournament, demo, and Overlords, were Gonzalan, LooneyLlama, and Tank Commander. (Most of us lasted until round 3.) It was good to see CP Roark, Delawyvern, docsteve, Falkirk, japarker, Kill Roy, Roundman, and 5 star general again, even though they didn’t survive past the first couple of rounds. And we’ll talk about David XLV, gonzoj, and last year’s champion, Jedihunter, in a moment.

The finals and both semi-final matches were each tied on medals, and decided by differences of 4 or fewer figures. In fact, in all of these last three matches, the loser of the first game came back and won the match! So, congratulations to …

1st place: David XLV
2nd place: gonzoj
3rd place: Somebody you don’t know, named John R.
4th place: Jedihunter

David will be invited to compete in the online Tournament of Champions later this year.

We also played 5 Overlords during the course of the weekend, including Prokhorovka (from the Eastern Front expansion), Sword of Stalingrad, two by LooneyLlama (The Forgotten Battle and Milne Bay), and a 3-board OverThrough by Yossarian44. (When Prokhorovka ended early, we had time to slip in an unscheduled sixth Overlord, using another of LooneyLlama’s scenarios.)

A good time was had by all. And thank you, once again, to my excellent helpers, Gonzalan, LooneyLlama, and Tank Commander, who together made the three days easy for me.

And the day after the Memoir tournament, David XLV went on to win Battle Cry, too.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Tue, 09 August 2016 18:45
Thanks Sam.
As said a great tournament with very nice players.
Well done all of you.
J.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Tue, 09 August 2016 23:46
Sam, thank you for putting my name in the list of Memoir 44 players at WBC this year. It makes me feel good to be one of the players and counted in the platoon.
      
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Re:Memoir at 2016 World Boardgaming Championships Sun, 14 August 2016 19:16
Sam

Thanks again for the amazing job you did organizing this year's WBC 2016 Memoir tourney. Well done! I had a great time and really enjoyed connecting with more of the folks online. Hopefully you will all see me online a bit more this year.

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5 star and Jedihunter, thanks. It was great seeing you both. JJAZ, I know you were there in spirit.

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