Well, for all the closet toy soldier collectors (like me!) out there, the folks at Days of Wonder have decided to throw you a bone. Well, actually, 185 bones. The newest Memoir '44 expansion set is called the Equipment Pack - and it's basically a pile of wonderful plastic pieces to spice up your Memoir '44 set.
There are some new vehicles:
- Hobart's Funnies - complete with interchangeable accessories!
- Screaming Meemies (with Smoke Shell capability)
- Tank Destroyers
- Kubelwagen (command cars)
- French infantry
- Polish cavalry
- Finnish ski troops
- Italian artillery
- special weapons assets like machine guns & mortars
- Long Tom (Big Guns)
- Landing Craft
- Tank Destroyers
- Supply Trucks
- Half Tracks
- Long Range Patrol Cars ("jeeps")
- Tiger tanks
While you can retrofit these nifty new pieces into earlier scenarios, the good folks at Days of Wonder thoughtfully have provided 11 new "regular" scenarios, 2 Breakthrough scenarios, 3 Overlord scenarios... and, for good measure, a way to combine two of the smaller scenarios into one large Overlord battle.
The appropriate new information cards are in the box (along with a set in French for those of you who "Parlez-vous français". There is a rulebook (in multiple languages) and a scenario book (similar in format to the last few expansions).
I was surprised to find no new terrain, badges or tokens in this set - but in many cases, that's exactly what these figures are replacing.
There are always two questions when dealing with Memoir '44 expansions that have to be answered:
- Which expansions do I need to make this expansion playable?
- The BGG entry has an extensive list (under the More Information tab) scenario by scenario, but if you'll need at least a base game & the Terrain Pack. A Winter/Desert board (or two) as well as Winter Wars & the Mediterranean Theater would be nice as well... and you'll wanted the Overlord & Breakthrough expansion for those scenarios. Finally, the Urban Combat deck from Battle Map #3 is used in one of the Overlord scenarios.
- Is this expansion an essential part of my Memoir '44 collection?
- I don't know that I'd use the word "essential" - but if you enjoy the high "toy factor" of Memoir '44, this adds some wonderful bits to the game along with some really nifty new rules & unit types. I'd feel sad if I didn't have it in my collection.
This post was originally written in August of 2012 - but somehow missed getting published. My apologies both to Days of Wonder (who thoughtfully provided the review copy) and to my readers.