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I'd go with Battle Cry for its simpler mechanic (and I prefer its theme, but that's here irrelevant), but Memoir 44 isn't far more complicated. Since you've played both games, and it's your kid, I don't know how much more help I can offer .
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Memoir 44 has a lot more scenarios (free at Days of wonder website), more expansions, more large maps, multiplayer ability with 2 games too.

Both great games!

In battlecry I believe there are a few Virginia battles too which is pretty cool
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M44 if he wants to play with tanks, BattleCry if he will rather charge at the sound of a bugle.
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for a kid from Fredericksburg VA, I'd go with BattleCry.
You could walk the battlefield afterwards..
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Minedog3 wrote:
for a kid from Fredericksburg VA, I'd go with BattleCry.
You could walk the battlefield afterwards..


I second this.
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My boy loves Battle Cry-150 .. he started playing it when he was 8.. he even used to make up solo "free play" games where he played both sides without cards.... after a while he's become pretty good at strategy ... I vote for BC
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StevenE wrote:
Minedog3 wrote:
for a kid from Fredericksburg VA, I'd go with BattleCry.
You could walk the battlefield afterwards..


I second this.


Their house could very well be a directly on the battlefield. There's not too much left of that battlefield beyond Maryes Heights and a few other stops. It's still worth visiting however... nice town.
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Battle Cry because it's simpler. If he likes it, he'll like Memoir '44.
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If it will get him interested in the period and/or in history in general, remember the 150th anniversary commemoration is coming up December 7-9 there.
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I feel like the only dissenting vote here.

I have played both M44 and Battlecry 150th edition and to be honest I thought Memoir '44 was the easier of the two to learn.

They are both very simple to be fair, but to me the added mechanic of a General unit in Battlecry made it less simple.

Additionally, I felt M44 was easier to setup. The scenarios list how many of each tile you need (versus figuring it out yourself with BC. Plus the stands that came with M44 for the command cards.

However, Battlecry's map and terrain just have this great look to them that really immerse you in their era.

Just my 2 cents, again I do love both games and honestly I don't think either will be a problem for your son. At age 8 I was learning Kingmaker and wrestling with ZOC (zones of control) in Victory in the Pacific. For me I just loved playing games with my dad. You'll have a blast I'm sure!

Edit Addendum: I don't want to try and sound like I was a super smart kid...he wiped the floor with me! Just want to re-emphasize I enjoyed playing the games with him. Looking back the game didn't matter, it was the time spent with.
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OmegaDolphin wrote:
I have played both M44 and Battlecry 150th edition and to be honest I thought Memoir '44 was the easier of the two to learn.


I think it's fair to say that Memoir '44 is the most *cinematic* to play, while BattleCry has a more 'chess-like' gameplay.

So that might make it a better choice for young kids.
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Definately Battlecry.

It's so easy, even a wife/girlfriend can play it!

;)
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