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Memoir '44 to Head Through Jungle and Desert in April 2018

W. Eric Martin
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Sometimes you're not sure whether a longtime game franchise is dead or not. Carcassonne, Catan, and Ticket to Ride keep rolling along year after year, with expansions dropped almost annually for each of them. (Yes, many of the Catan expansions are paper-only maps that provide a new layout of resources and land with no rule changes, but they indicate continued activity by the publisher and interest by the players, so they could as much as anything else.)

For other franchises, the clues are more subtle as with the announcement in 2016 of The Battles of Khalkhin-Gol, which was described by the publisher as "the first installment in Days of Wonder's second series of Memoir '44 Battle Maps" — and since you rarely have a first in a series without a second, it was only a question of how long we'd have to wait to see what comes next.

The answer is April 2018 as that's when Days of Wonder will release Through Jungle and Desert, the second installment in the second series of Memoir '44 Battle Maps. Here's an overview of what you'll find in this expansion:

Lead your men through the merciless jungles of Burma, trying to escape the Japanese grasp, or rush to Rangoon before the British forces evacuate the city on the jungle scenario. Then, change the terrain and fight the first tank battle between U.S. and German forces in the sands of North Africa, where Stuart and Panzer clash in the middle of the desert.

Through Jungle and Desert includes six standard pre-printed scenarios with historical background and special rules, one token punchboard, and two new decks of combat cards: a Jungle Combat Cards deck and a Desert Combat Cards deck. The Jungle's scenarios can be played separately or as a campaign, with each scenario outcome impacting the following one.

One of the Overlord scenarios

In addition, this expansion features two pre-printed Overlord scenarios that allow you to fight for Henderson Field in Guadalcanal or conduct a a huge desert battle that marks the beginning of the second battle of El Alamein in Operation Lightfoot.

To use this expansion, you need at least one copy of Memoir '44 as well as the Pacific Theater and Mediterranean Theater expansions. The publisher also recommends the Terrain Pack and Equipment Pack expansions.

Memoir '44: Through Jungle and Desert is due out in April 2018 in both Europe and North America, and it retails for $28/€25. Here are a few more pics of the components in this expansion:

Sample Jungle Combat cards

Sample Desert Combat cards

Components in this expansion
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