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Memoir' 44 online Days of Wonder

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18 Dec 2010 16:09 - 18 Dec 2010 16:15 #82350 by Sagrilarus
I've been looking for all of you. I've only seen Ozjesting so far and wasn't able to get a game in with him.

I'll find you guys eventually. I scored a second victory today and had an easy one on the table but couldn't draw a card for the right side to save my life. German elite troops got stomped by French resistance. The guy I was playing lived outside of Paris so I think he was pleased to pull of an underdog win.

I sprang my French joke on him -- Why are there trees along the Champs-Élysées?

Answer: Germans don't like marching in the sun.

His response was, "A little less funny in France."

S.
Last edit: 18 Dec 2010 16:15 by Sagrilarus.

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18 Dec 2010 16:21 #82351 by Dogmatix
mads b. wrote:

I'm probably in an entirely different timezone, but I'm madsbrynnum at DOW and have been playing a lot. It's a very good game and I hope it'll be expanded with some Eastern front scenarios soon.


I usually play very late at night, so my most common opponents in any game tend to be West Coasters, Aussies, and folks in east Asia.

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18 Dec 2010 16:24 #82352 by Sagrilarus
I'm GMT-5 (East Coast) and play in the evening between 10pm and 12M.

S.

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18 Dec 2010 17:01 #82353 by southernman
Sagrilarus wrote:

I sprang my French joke on him -- Why are there trees along the Champs-Élysées?

Answer: Germans don't like marching in the sun.

His response was, "A little less funny in France."

S.

OH DEAR ... I think ou may have inadvertantly come across as the 'ugly american' with that one :-)))

I'm ANZAC_TROOPER but I haven't been on yet and not sure it's really for me at the moment.

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09 Jan 2011 12:28 - 09 Jan 2011 12:29 #83891 by Dogmatix
Wanted to bump this up to ask folks to post their users names if you haven't already and to piss and moan for a moment...

Dear Mem44 online players, I have no idea why they decided to make some of the most unbalanced scenarios in the world part of the beta test, but you REALLY don't have to invite me to play the allied side in a map where they lose 86% of the time just to pump up your record. I'm a wretched player. You can actually pick the allies in that situation and win.

For example, to the gutless cretin who invited me to one of those beach landing scenarios where the Axis are supposed to lose (Juno Beach I think)...yes, I got lucky and snagged 4 flags early due to some good cards (a combo of barrage and arty cards). However, right after you lost your testicles and just dropped out of the game to avoid taking loss, the robot that took over for you took 4 flags off me within 2 card plays AND FUCKING WON just like that. Gutless twat.


*ahem*

Now that I have that out of my system....if anyone sees a "dogmatix" online there, it's me and I'm willing to play any map and any side.
Last edit: 09 Jan 2011 12:29 by Dogmatix.

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09 Jan 2011 14:30 #83894 by Sagrilarus
This was the big issue with the other Days of Wonder online games when they had player rankings. There were notorious players that would quit any game where they weren't faring well and the forums kept a short list of them. That's what happens when you give awards for winning, and frankly is counter-productive in my opinion.

Were it me I would reward games played, not games won. I don't mind playing the underdog and I don't mind someone asking me to play the harder side to pump up their numbers. But quitting games is for babies. Days of Wonder shouldn't reward it, people shouldn't do it.

THAT is why I'm looking for 2nd Lieutenant Dogmatix to play a game with. If I see a name I know I'm playing them first. I've seen Ozjesting on at one point, but none of the rest of you.

S.

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09 Jan 2011 14:48 #83896 by mads b.
I actually prefer playing the underdog in the unbalanced scenarios. It makes a victory so much sweeter.

I haven't played a quitter yet and I would never quit a losing game - especially not when playing an entire scenario rarely takes more than 25 minutes. But anyways you can always look at a persons honor score. If it's low, you're probably playing a quitter.

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09 Jan 2011 15:55 #83899 by Dogmatix
I think I'm still "Cadet" dogmatix thanks to a 2-12 record, but I'll be there. :)

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14 Jan 2011 12:38 - 14 Jan 2011 12:59 #84638 by Dogmatix
Beta 15 just released. Text of email below:


Dear Memoir '44 Online Officer:
We are happy to report that we released the Beta 15 version of the software.
This version brings lots of bug fixes (over 35!).

What's New?
- We finally found a workaround to resolve the white or black screen of death some players were experiencing when launching the application on Windows PCs equipped with certain nVidia drivers and video boards. So if you had this problem before, here is your chance to try the game at last! Download the new version and have fun!
- We have introduced not just 1, but 3 new official scenarios: "Gallabat & Metemma", "Tunisia" and "Twin Villages". The last one features a Winter board with winter terrains. Enjoy!
- We fixed the bug that was blocking the promotion to Major (a tricky DB issue, thanks for your numerous testing trying to achieve that rank ;-)). If you qualified for this officer rank but were not promoted up to now due to this bug, you will be automatically promoted upon the completion of your very next game. So make sure to play at least one game with someone else!
- Likewise, we resolved the issue that prevented deserving players from receiving the Armor Specialist achievement. Try again, it should now work!
- We can’t show it to you quite yet, but we made excellent progress on solving some the nasty issues that prevent us from releasing the Expert Mode yet. If all goes well (this is still beta software), we should be able to release the Expert mode to anyone who purchased a qualifying Pack (ie Captain or Major) in an upcoming release (see the "What's Coming Next?" section below for additional details).
- Many strategic improvements were made to the robots' behavior of both Johnny and Hermann.


What's Coming Next?
First of all a BIG DISCLAIMER: This is development Software, and what is worse, Beta Software. So while we believe what follows to be the most accurate description of our development plans and status as of this date, some things might still go wrong: as a result there could still be a difference between what we plan to do and hope to accomplish at any point in time, and what we will actually be able to deliver over the next few months, in terms of timing and features…

# 1. With many bugs already fixed and more features added in, our plan is to release the Expert Mode into beta, along with a number of scenarios specific to it (ie scenarios that haven’t been coded for rules yet) in either the next release (b16) or the one that immediately follows (b17).

# 2. Assuming this works out as planned, the next related task will be the release of a new version of the Memoir '44 Editor to allow you to playtest your very own personal scenarios available in Expert Mode, and make them available for others to play with if you wish to.

# 3. Another top priority for us is to continue releasing new scenarios on a regular basis. This is always a difficult trade-off, as time spent fixing bugs and developing other features ends up competing for our attention with the new rules required for some of these scenarios.

# 4. The version just released (b15) comes 3 weeks after the prior one, but now that the Holiday season (and hopefully the nasty flu viruses that hit members of our team during that period) are behind us, we plan to return to our regular 2 weeks interval between releases. So if all goes well, b16 will come in two weeks, with yet many new improvements!

In the meantime, enjoy the current release and keep those reports coming!

How to upgrade?
It is very simple, just launch the game. After you log in, it will detect the new version and offer to download it. Make sure you do so. Then follow the instructions that appear on your screen.

If you have problems, you can always go to www.memoir44-online.com and download the software again. Nothing will be lost, since all your profile is stored in your DoW Online account.

Details of improvements and bug fixes:
- 3 new Standard Scenarios, including one with a winter board (Twin Villages)
- White or black screen of death with Nvidia drivers 260.89 and 260.99 is fixed
- Thread deadlock could crash the server
- Corrected an important server-side memory leak
- Major officer rank was never awarded
- [Achievement] Armor Specialist was never granted
- Implement desert and winter boards (but no Desert or Winter rules yet)
- [Sainte-Mère-Église] Plane could remain during the whole game
- [Resume] was still proposed even when the game had reached the AAR screen
- [Ambush] You should be able to activate it right away if you want to
- [Ambush] Re-compute activation conditions after each attack
- [Ambush] correctly evaluate all equally probable combat situations
- [Robot] should switch to a more defensive strategy when about to loose
- [Robot] now checks if it's not cutting its own retreat when attacking
- [Robot] Retreat flag not ignored, when it should have
- [Robot] was not ignoring flags when in hedgehogs
- [Robot] took ground, although it was attacking a cliff
- [Robot] is sometimes stuck, and then passes
- [Robot] obviously likes to swim, so it could move into the sea rather than toward the beach
- [Robot] attacked Artillery in a forest rather than a 1 fig infantry in an open field
- [Juno beach] Map preview could show "Classified"
- [Japanese Windows] App does not install on Windows with Japanese locale
- [Japanese Windows] Japanese date format would crash the application
- [Turkish Windows] Game does not launch on Windows with Turkish locale
- Typo in Russian officer ranks
- Support multiple medals on same hex
- Other various fixes

And as always:
A big THANK YOU to everyone who play and/or send us bug reports.
Make sure you stay tuned on the Memoir '44 Online forum:
www.daysofwonder.com/en/thread/?frm_id=71
And above all, have fun!
The Memoir '44 High Command at Days of Wonder Headquarters
Last edit: 14 Jan 2011 12:59 by Dogmatix. Reason: Wow. Lots of extra line breaks I didn't notice in the email

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28 Jan 2011 22:55 #86312 by Dogmatix
And now b16 has been released with Expert Mode (a heap of new Expert scenarios) unlocked. No solo-play option yet for Expert but it's a big step forward--customizable deck, expansion rules, etc. I have to say, this keeps getting better and better.

I spend $60 for the big heap of "gold bars + $30 DOW store voucher" package and it's been worth it...

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10 Feb 2011 12:26 - 10 Feb 2011 12:48 #87513 by Sagrilarus
The latest upgrade to Memoir Online includes new scenarios and rules from the European Theater expansion. Anyone who hasn't taken a look at this should consider giving it a go, because the interface is excellent. The way Memoir Online presents information for Terrain Effects, LoS, Movement, all with right-click and shift-click functionality is superb.

S.


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