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Andrew Meadow
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Which should I get for my father? They appear to share the same mechanics... does it really just come down to which war he's more interested in?
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Yes... but purchase both games.

Worked for me!

These two titles go together like... beer and pretzels.
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Funky Disco wrote:
...does it really just come down to which war he's more interested in?

I think that's the key. If he's interested in the subject, he's far more likely to enjoy the game. Note that there are two other games available in the same family: Commands & Colors: Ancients and Commands & Colors: Napoleonics. Pick the one that matches his interests best.
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Well, yes.

Battlecry is (currently) a 'all in one' game.

Memoir'44's base game has everything you need to start play although it is limited in scenarios (1944-45 western europe only). There are many (MANY) expansion sets and scenario maps including Russians, Japanese, British, etc.. A great campaign expansion exists.

While I love the games and the system some of my other wargaming friends dislike the plastic figures and would rather play the block versions. My personal choice of the best C&C game is Memoir'44.
 
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There are also Battlelore and Battles for Westeros in addition to those mentioned above. Both are based on the C&C system with some rules modifications. Battlelore features some off-board mechanics and Westros bridges the system with real wargaming by dispensing with the card driven aspect and adding commanders and command control.

As far as Battle Cry and Memoir '44 - hard choice. Battle Cry is indeed simpler but Memoir offers huge flexibility in all the expansions available. If you want a pure introduction game go with Battle Cry. The new edition has 30 scenarios.
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I agree with the posts so far. Memoir and Battle Cry are the easiest of the Commands & Colors games, and both have very similar mechanics (only a few unit types, no "battle back" mechanics). And, yes, if your father has a favorite period, that's the way to go.
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