Deja vu in the Pacific
The simple, fast-playing game system
with the attractive plastic figure components makes Memoir'44
a popular event.
Changing the focus of the tournament
every year with new scenarios and natioanlity extensions has
kept the event fresh at the expene of familiarity with the latest
62 players lined up for the Memoir '44 Pacific Theater tournament.
The first round scenario [Guadalcanal] Tenarn, August 1942, featured
Japanese 'human wave tactics' but the Japanese could only claim
victory in 20 games. In the first round, the scenario was played
from both sides against two different opponents. Twelve players
went undefeated in the first round. Six other players with the
best records determined by medals won and tie-breakers in the
following order: medals lost, figures lost, figures killed, joined
the undefeated to bring the field to18 for the second round.
The Round 2 scenario [Guadalcanal] Bloody Ridge, September
1942, saw the Marines in defensive position on a series of ridges
guarding the approach to Henderson Airfield. The Japanese won
12 games as players again battled the scenario from both sides.
Four players went undefeated and thereby advanced to the Final.
Because it was still early afternoon, the four finalists voted
to have a semi-final round of two games and a Final consisting
of two games. Both featured [Guadalcanal] Clearing Matanikau
River Sector, January 1943. Joe Harrison, who has won the Memoir
'44 tournament two years running, battled Chad Mekash, while
Jonathan Miller, last year's runner-up, battled Gadoon Kyrollos.
After two fast paced games, which is somewhat unusual for WBC
tournaments, Joe and Jonathan advanced to square off again in
Some say there is a lot of luck in a Memoir '44 game
and to a point I agree, but there is also a high degree of game
system knowledge and skill proven by the consistent year after
year performance of Joe and Jonathan. Congratulations to both
and see you next year
8th Shervin Boloorian
7th Alan J. Gormly
6th Jack Morrell
5th Allen Kaplan
4th Gadoon Kyrollos
3rd Chad Mekash
2nd Joe Harrison
1st Jonathan Miller
The 2007 WBC Memoir '44 Pacific Theater scenarios can be found
on the Days of Wonder, Memoir '44 web site.