Before Memoir '44
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I'm excited to get my hands on Memoir '44, the Command and Colors WWII game from Richard Borg. Simplicity and Components are the keys here. There are several other games that cover tactical WWII combat that preceded Memoir '44. What features did they contain that you liked, and would consider adding to Memoir '44 as house rules?
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1. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:374]
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All cards, no board, and perhaps an ancestor of M44 in that it was an attempt at a simpler tactical game, Up Front had rules for a linked campaign that would be welcome in Memoir '44. Perhaps some of the random scenario generating tools could be used, also.
 
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2. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:208] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
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In a way, the anti-M44. Complexity and detail to the max, this series has produced an astounding variety of historical scenarios that beg to be ported over to M44.

Will any other features be pasted on by gamers looking for more detail? Flamethrowers, Panzerschrecks and Bazookas, night fighting, mines, vehicle differences...
 
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3. Board Game: Patrol! [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:8149]
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This 1974 SPI simove title was more tactical than M44, one man to a counter. Patrol covered the whole twentieth century, and could be a source for some non WWII scenarios including cavalry! Spanish Civil War or Korea, anyone?

In a unrelated sidenote, Patrol has my favorite name for a wargame scenario, "Pursuit of the Faqir of Ipi, 19 May 1937".

It featured some simple, and somewhat bizarre, panic rules.
 
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4. Board Game: Panzer Leader [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1920]
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The Western Front version of Panzerblitz, this game is within M44's telescoping scale. The scenarios and order of Battle information would be useful to those wanting new scenario material for M44.
 
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5. Board Game: D-Day [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:11467]
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While having nothing in common with the scale or system of M44, D-Day is typical of a game that might be used to keep track of battle results in a M44 campaign game. Use the D-Day map for the big picture, and fight the battles using M44.
 
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6. Board Game: Soldiers: Man-to-Man Combat in World War II [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:5917]
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Another man-to-man combat game set in WWII. Hardly ever mentioned. I own it, but know very little about it. One thing though, it eliminates those tedious written orders that were used in SPI's Sniper and Patrol. So that's (probably) a good thing.
 
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7. Board Game: Sniper! (first edition) [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:5435]
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The predecessor to Partol was Sniper! I got Patrol because I liked Sniper! so much.

The great bit in Sniper! (apart from being a good game) were the Super Soldier rules. You could play a Hollywood soldier, I should check the actual rules, but the things I remember were Super Soldier NEVER had to reload weapons, could use two submachine guns without penalty or use one gun and throw a satchel charge in the same turn.
 
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