Memoir ‘44 Online and the Gold Ingot debate

If you are a M’44 fan, you’ll know by now that DoW has opened up it’s beta of M’44 online to practically everyone. As a result, I can now talk more openly about costs and the experience I’ve had so far.

Most folks are concerned about the cost of the pay per play model that DoW has in place currently. I don’t have much of a problem with the system in general. I bought (that’s right, with my own hard earned money!) 1000 GI’s in the beta and after 165 pvp games (not sure how many against Cadet Johnny but quite a few!) am down to just over 600 GI’s. To be honest, I’ve been frugal. I’ve never liked the pay for elites part of the system so I take my chances without them. Of course the GI’s last longer but I am always hesitant to play the scenarios that have elites (or French resistance etc..).

While I am a fan of flat costs, one thing I’ve discovered is that will really be the least of my worries. The main factor I’ve discovered is how quickly you become bored of the same basic scenarios. Again, I’m not half way through my GI’s and I feel like I’ve played them all to death (some more than others…there simply is no incentive to play the Axis in Arnhem Bridge for example…it’s very costly and I’m quite likely to lose…why even waste GI’s and playtime on it?!).

Expert mode on the other hand is what holds any appeal for me now. There will be a bigger catalogue of scenarios (not all of them mind you…at least when last I saw it). Unfortunately, it might be a way off yet. But it is certainly on the right track.

I have enjoyed the beta play to this stage and I do really think that the folks at DoW have done a great job of it. I just hope they find a system that people will be happy with and that makes it rewarding enough for them to continue to develop it.

Hope to catch you online!

2 Responses to “Memoir ‘44 Online and the Gold Ingot debate”

  1. Bayernkini Says:

    Well, let me explain, why i wouldn´t pay for this game so far.

    1. I have all MM44 base games and expansions/battlemaps, basegame and desert/winter-map twice.
    So i have spent enough money for this good game (indeed its a one of best games).
    So it should be possible for this players, with all the registrations codes, to get a free playing for rest of life :)

    2. Otherwise it´s also still ok (but not best, see above), to pay once again a prize like for a new PC game, maybe 50,00 €.
    But then its enough, and i want to have for this prize also a long life free game and update support.

    3. And if have payed, i want to have the possibility, to play ALL scenarios freely offline against PC.

    4. Its worse, that i have to spent much more golds, if i want to play all official scenarios, which many special rules/forces.
    So a single game can costs 4-5 or more gold….. Why should i pay them….
    This are all official scenarios and all rules should be included without extra costs!

  2. Magnus Nygaard Says:

    Just wanted to say, that with the new editor+expert mode, there is no end in sight of new scenarios. So while the discussion about how much it should cost to play (I’m at $60+) the complain about the lack of scenarios isn’t really viable any longer.

    And I’m not paying to play with my friends and neighbours in Denmark, I’m paying to play with my friends (and future friends) in all the other countries in the world with the misfortune of not being Denmark… ;)


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