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Welcome to the August 2012 edition of the GMT P500 update list. The purpose of this list is to showcase all the new games coming through the GMT P500 system.

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Well folks, summer is officially upon us. The London 2012 summer Olympic games are underway. I've been playing fewer live board games, but more pbem games over VASSAL. It's a scant month before school starts again. Summer is fleeting, take advantage while you can!

GMT has a few printing delays due to high humidity in China - the finished products are taking longer to dry.


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New this month: A Distant Plain (game 3 in the COIN series)

Making the cut: No titles this month.

Rising Stars
+157 Twilight Struggle for Windows
+144 Cactus Air Force
+89 1914: Offensive a Outrance

Current Printing Schedule, from the July 22nd update:

Mid-Late August, 2012:
Andean Abyss
Bloody April, 1917
Panzer + Expansions 1 and 2

September, 2012:
Crown of Roses
Saints in Armor

October, 2012:
Fading Glory
Space Empires: Close Encounters
Mr. Madison's War

November, 2012:
The Hunters (for Consimworld Press)
Pax Baltica

December, 2012:
Commands & Colors Napoleonics, 2nd Printing
C & C Napoleonics: The Russian Army

1st Quarter, 2013:
Iron & Oak
Rebel Raiders on the High Seas

Unscheduled for Now:

Battle for Normandy Expansion Pack
The Supreme Commander
Great Campaigns of the Thirty Years War (hopefully getting onto the schedule soon)
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1. Board Game: Fortress Sevastopol [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 75 (+0) 

First announced: December 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $44 ($55)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: This is coming out in issue #8 of the UGG house mag, Command & Strategy.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-378-command-strategy-issue-8-forte...

Game Information: Fortress Sevastopol is a simulation of the German assault on the Crimean Peninsula. The Germans had to advance to Sevastopol as quickly as possible. Eventually the mighty fortress will have to surrender before the snow falls, which would be a great pleasure for the "Führer". If not, you will have to wait until spring to receive more reserves and finally capture Sevastopol before the game ends.

If you play the Russian side: stay cool! Try to avoid losses in the initial onslaught. Collect units and reserves in the winter months for an eventual counterstrike at the German weak points. If this is unsuccessful, go for entrenchments and fight for every meter in Sevastopol til the end.

Fortress Sevastopol uses an easy to learn area movement and combat system. A similar system was already used in games like Breakout Normandy, Monty's Gamble - Market Garden, and Storm Over Arhhem. Fortress Sevastopol is Issue #8 in UGG's Command & Strategy magazine series.

Designer: Christian Diedler

 
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2. Board Game: Title Chase: Basketball [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 119 (+10)

First announced: April 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $33 ($49)

Number of Players: 2-7

Comments: A decent spike in orders. GMT is clearly adding sports games to their game portfolio, and I think once the first few make it to market successfully that these games will really rise through the system more quickly.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-399-title-chase-basketball.aspx



Game Information: Title Chase Basketball is a fast-paced game nominally about professional basketball. The game focuses on team building, getting into the playoffs and winning it all. Title Chase Basketball should not be confused with a simulation. It is a game meant to pit players against each other and as such can be completed from the start of the season to game seven of the finals in about an hour.

The first half of the game is a card-driven game where you build up your team by improving positions, winning key games and gain ground in the standings. You will need to decide what teams surge ahead and which ones will fall by the wayside. Do you build a team of all-stars quickly and have a giant bulls-eye placed on their back for the other players to shoot at. Do you turn your team of journeymen into a solid-all around squad. Or maybe you want those one or two superstars that can guarantee you a deep run into the playoffs. The way that you build your team is up to you.

At the end of the regular season, the game switches to a full-on dice game using the teams you created during the regular season. Teams match up in best of 7 series where your dice are the ones you labored to improve earlier. As your dice are expended in each series, the games get closer and closer and often it comes down to one final toss of the die.


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3. Board Game: Medieval Conspiracy [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 176 (+8) 

First announced: December 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $63 ($79)

Number of Players: 2-6

Comments: According to the ugg.de website: Medieval conspiracy is run by Action cards and Event cards. After collecting income players bid for Event cards. 3 Eventcards are displayed on their open side. Thereafter players bid for them in turn order. The player who got an Event card can use it later during his turn.

During a player turn players roll the dice of destiny and play event and action cards. That cardplay results in numerous effects giving each game a new special course.

Players gain new countries of conquer them by force from others.

Are you up to be the new Holy Roman Emperor?


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Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-377-medieval-conspiracy.aspx

Game Information: Medieval Conspiracy introduces players to the Holy Roman Empire of Germany. That Empire is divided into numberless small earldoms, principalities, and bishoprics. The Ruler of the Empire is the Holy Roman Emperor who is elected by the 7 electoral princes.

In Medieval Conspiracy you take the role of a mighty noble family. Increase your power, gain new countries, get votes of the electoral princes to finally be elected the new Holy Roman Emperor.

Designers: Stephan Rensing and Dietrich Potthoff


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4. Board Game: Highway to the Kremlin [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:4664]
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Current Preorders: 207 (+6) 

First announced: December 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($69)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: GMT/OSG partnership. Although I've used a prior OSG printing for this item, this is a new edition. Changes from prior editions are laid out in the GMT web page.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-364-highway-to-the-kremlin-new-ed....

Game Information: The time is: 0130 hrs., 23 June 1812

Napoleon rode upstream from Kovno to select a crossing place over the Niemen River. Removing his familiar colonel's coat he put on the jacket and black-silk kalpak of a Polish lancer. His companions who all advised against this invasion, Berthier, Davout, Caulaincourt, and the engineer Haxo-did the same. The Emperor was in a pensive, somber mood. Galloping back to headquarters, a startled hare got under his horse, causing him to fall.

This was an inauspicious portent and coupled with his associates' misgivings would have stopped a Roman general in his tracks. Agents brought news placing Bagration near Volkovisk and Barclay between Lida and Keidany, with reserves near Svenciany. From of Ney's Third Corps headquarters at Marianpole, came the report of a Jewish merchant who had just returned from Lithuania: the Russians were pulling their forces back, leaving a few Cossacks to keep an eye on the French. Alexander's generals were left guessing at just how great were the forces Napoleon had brought to their borders. The highest estimates, those of Barclay de Tolly and Phull, credited Napoleon with having close to 250,000 men. In reality, the Grande Armée was twice as massive, totalling 437,500 plus two corps in reserve.*
(*Curtis Cate, War of the Two Emperors)

Designer: Kevin Zucker


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5. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:4553]
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Current Preorders: 212 (+9)

First announced: April 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $34 ($49)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: All the best for this reimplementation.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-402-1914-glorys-end.aspx



Game Information: Before the award-winning World War I designs Paths of Glory and The Great War In Europe, Deluxe Edition, designer Ted S. Raicer had revived interest in gaming the Great War with a series of WWI campaign games for the late lamented Command magazine. GMT is proud to present a set of revised boxed editions of these classic “players-games”.

In August 1914, Imperial Germany gambled its future on a rapid conquest of France, designed to free up the German army within six weeks to face the Russian steamroller of France’s Tsarist ally on the eastern front. Seven German armies deployed opposite five French armies, the army of “plucky little Belgium”, and the “Old Contemptibles” of the British Expeditionary Force in a series of battles that turned August and September 1914 into the bloodiest months of the entire war.

The campaign opened with the French launching their infamous Plan XVII offensive to regain the lost provinces of Alsace and Lorraine, an offensive that ended in disaster against the massed machine guns and artillery of the German defenders. Yet even as Plan XVII came to grief, the real threat came from the north, where three German armies wheeled through Belgium and northern France on their way to Paris.

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6. Board Game: Wellington in India [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 228 (+16)

First announced: April 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $39 ($60)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: There seems to be less interest in this GBAH series than there was in GBoH - is is just me?

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-400-wellington-in-india.aspx



Game Information: Wellington in India (WIN) is GMT’s first game in its Great Battles in Asian History, a series emphasizing easy, quick play that focuses on the unusual features of this area of history virtually untouched by the hobby but truly rich in gameplayer goodies.

WIN simulates the battles of the 2nd Anglo-Mahratta War in India (1803), in which Major General, The Honorable Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) had field command in the Deccan (the center of the subcontinent) against the huge forces of the Mahrattas, the largest independent empire in India, under the Scindia rulers of Gwalior and the Bhonsle rulers of Nagpur and Berar, complete with the a massive artillery corps, plus the equally important battles in the northern, Hindustan where the troops of the East India Company were under the oft-unappreciated General Lake; all of which was part of the almost subconscious, ongoing efforts of the British, in the guise of their East India Company, to gobble up an entire continent and civilization.

Much of the game system will be familiar to any wargamer. There is no set number of turns, and this is not Igo-Hugo gaming. Variable activation of commands, based on leadershipo quality, is the baseline. The usual fire/move then shock mechanics are all there, and we hope to eventually use this basic system to simplify our Great Battles of the Civil War battles.

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7. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:4553]
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Current Preorders: 231 (+4)

First announced: April 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $34 ($49)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Fast out of the gate, but slowing right down this month.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-401-when-eagles-fight.aspx



Game Information: Before the award-winning World War I designs Paths of Glory and The Great War In Europe, Deluxe Edition, designer Ted S. Raicer had revived interest in gaming the Great War with a series of WWI campaign games for the late lamented Command magazine. GMT is proud to present a set of revised boxed editions of these classic “players-games”.

Winner of the Charles S. Roberts award for best pre-WWII boardgame, When Eagles Fight covers the eastern front in World War I, the last war of Tsarist Russia, Habsburg Austria, and Imperial Germany. From 1914 to 1917 the armies of the Tsar battled from the Carpathians to the Baltic against the outnumbered but logistically superior German army and the badly-led multi-ethnic forces of Austria-Hungary (the Central Powers). Though repeatedly inflicting massive defeats on the Habsburg armies, the Russians were ultimately undone by the skill and firepower of the German army and the collapsing political structure of the Tsarist autocracy. By March 1917 the 300 year-old Romanov dynasty was no more, and the stage was set for the coming of Lenin and the Bolsheviks. But the empire of the Habsburgs was left mortally wounded, and the Kaiser’s Germany would meet its own doom less than two years later on the battlefields of the western front.

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8. Board Game: Bear's Claw: The Battles of Kiev-Uman and Smolensk, 1941 [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 237 (+40)

First announced: June 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $34 ($48)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: A solid second month.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-409-bears-claw.aspx

Complexity: low to moderate
Solitaire suitability: high

Game Information: BEAR'S CLAW - The Battles of Kiev-Uman and Smolensk, 1941

the time is:
0910 hours, 26 June 1941 (Kiev-Uman)
0610 hours, 11 July 1941 (Smolensk)

Bear's Claw is two-games-in-one; featuring two separate and standalone, operational-level treatments of the German advance and Soviet counter thrusts from July to August 1941 during Operation Barbarossa.

Kiev-Uman covers the action of German Army Group South, from the beginning of Soviet bold counterattack on 26 June led by the Soviet South-Western Front comprising four full mechanized corps (more than 2,000 tanks), to the closing of the Uman Pocket on 6 August.

Smolensk covers the action of German Army Group Center, from the German 2nd Panzergruppe's crossing of the Dnepr on 11 July, followed by numerous Soviet counterattacks of the Soviet Western Front led by Marshal Timoshenko, to the climax of operations at Smolensk on 9 August.

Both games share a common set of rules and deliver a quick, yet intensive gaming experience as BOTH sides will have the opportunity to initiate attacks during play. In essence, these are not one-sided affairs as the pendulum will swing in the Soviet's favor as well as they attempt to mount several counter blows to thwart the German advance.
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9. Board Game: La Patrie en Danger 1814 [Average Rating:8.45 Unranked]
 
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Current Preorders: 270 (+5) 

First announced: December 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $59 ($89)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: OSG/GMT Partnership.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-381-the-end-of-empire-1814.aspx

Game Information: The End of Empire, 1814 is one of the three new games now on P500 from OSG's THE LIBRARY OF NAPOLEONIC BATTLES series. Details on the series are below, as all the games share a common rules set and game system.

The End of Empire, 1814 includes the following battles:

Brienne (Jan 28-29)
La Rothière (Jan 30 - Feb 1)
Champaubert (Feb 9-10)
Montmirail (Feb 11-12)
Vauchamps (Feb 13-14)

THE LIBRARY OF NAPOLEONIC BATTLES is a two-player simulation of 70 battles at the Grand Tactical level. The series is planned to cover all the major battles of the Napoleonic Wars, from Napoleon's first army command in Italy, 1796, to his final defeat at Waterloo 19 years later.

The French Player must exploit the strengths of the constantly evolving French army against a host of Coalition Forces, using a tried and tested game system based on the classic Napoleon's Last Battles. The optional card rules allow for uncertainty as to both side's exact Order of Battle, and allows forces that were actually within range to participate unexpectedly. The uncertainty here allows for a more real-world situation, since the actual commanders never knew what forces they were facing, sometimes even after the battle was over.

Designer: Kevin Zucker


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10. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:379]
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Current Preorders: 277 (+9)

First announced: September 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $39 ($59)

Number of Players: 2-7

Comments: Slow but steady growth on this title.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-359-thunder-alley.aspx



Game Information: Thunder Alley is a stock car racing game for 2-7 players with the feel and flexibility of a card-driven simulation. Players controls not one car, but a team of 3-6 cars. Each race is not only a run for the checkered flag but an effort to maximize the score for every car on your team. Winning is important but if you race one car to the finish line, your team might end up outside of the winner’s circle looking in.

Designer: Jeff Horger
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11. Board Game: Fury of Harrows [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 277 (+6)

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($69)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Manoeuvre was a sleeper hit. I get the feeling this one will be too.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-370-fury.aspx



Game Information: Fury, GMT’s new game of fantasy warfare, brings the Manoeuvre game system to the lands of the West. Knights and Orcs fight against Dragons and Dwarves to decide the outcome of the 2nd War of the West. Fury takes the bones of Manoeuvre and builds a game that has more of everything you like in the original. More and varied types of movement such as flight and teleportation, more combats in a turn each with their own deadly styles, and devastating spells that can turn the tides of war in your favor. Your ability to control the Fury of the battlefield will determine your fate.
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12. Board Game: Napoleon Against Russia [Average Rating:8.23 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 281 (+6)

First announced: December 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $75 ($109)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: OSG/GMT partnership

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-379-drive-on-moscow-1812.aspx

Game Information: Drive on Moscow, 1812 is one of the three new games now on P500 from OSG's THE LIBRARY OF NAPOLEONIC BATTLES series. Details on the series are below, as all the games share a common rules set and game system.

Drive on Moscow, 1812 includes the following battles:

Poryeche (August 7-11)
Krasnoy (August 13-14)
Katan (August 15-16)
Smolensk (August 16-17)
Borodino (September 6-7)

Designer: Kevin Zucker


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13. Board Game: A Distant Plain [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:682]
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Current Preorders: 312 (+312) NEW!!

First announced: July 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $52 ($78)

Number of Players: 1-4

Comments: Welcome to the third entry in the COIN series. This one is being co-designed by Brian Train, who will be at BottosCon 2012 here in Vancouver (technically, Surrey) this November.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-416-a-distant-plain.aspx



Game Information: Afghanistan—scene of tribal, ethnic, colonial, and Cold War conflict across the ages. Into this cockpit dropped a multinational post-9/11 coalition to root out al-Qaeda and replace the hardline-Islamist Taliban regime that harbored it. A quick invasion and regime change portended quiet reconstruction and good governance, but it was not to be so. In their sanctuary across Pakistan's border, the Taliban rebuilt for an insurgency that would ensnare the Coalition in the tangle of Afghan rivalries, shifting allegiances, and warlordism that the West could at first only distantly grasp.

The latest volume in Volko Ruhnke's COIN Series takes 1 to 4 players into the Afghan conflict of today’s headlines, this time in a unique collaboration between two top designers of boardgames on modern irregular warfare. A Distant Plain teams Volko Ruhnke, the award-winning designer of LABYRINTH—The War on Terror, with Brian Train, a designer with 20 years' experience creating influential simulations such as Algeria, Somalia Interventions, Shining Path, and many others.

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14. Board Game: Napoleon at Leipzig [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:2106]
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Current Preorders: 336 (+5)

First announced: April 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $59 ($89)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: OSG/GMT partnership. Note this will be a 5th edition.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-380-napoleon-at-leipzig-1813-5th-e...

Game Information: Napoleon at Leipzig, 1813 is one of the three new games now on P500 from OSG's THE LIBRARY OF NAPOLEONIC BATTLES series. Details on the series are below, as all the games share a common rules set and game system.

Napoleon at Leipzig, 1813 includes the following battles:

Leibertwolkwitz (14-15 Oct)
Wachau / Markkleeberg (16-17 Oct)
Moeckern (16-17 Oct)
Leipzig (18-19 Oct)
Hanau (29-30 Oct)

Designer: Kevin Zucker


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15. Board Game: France '40 [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:1887]
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Current Preorders: 363 (+59)

First announced: June 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $35 ($55)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Continuing its meteoric rise.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-412-sichelschnitt-1940.aspx



Game Information: “...even if the operation were to have only a 10% chance of success, I would stick with it. For only this can lead to the defeat of the enemy.” —General Halder, Chief of General Staff

Sichelschnitt: Guderian’s Drive to the Channel covers the crucial 10 days in May, 1940 when the German army broke the French line on the Meuse and raced to the sea at Abbeville. The daring sickle-like-cut across France cut off the BEF from their bases in Normandy and also trapped the French 1st and 7th Armies in Picardy. The French high-command became paralyzed and failed to counterattack. The British saw the situation was hopeless and headed for Dunkirk. It doomed France.

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16. Board Game: Manoeuvre: Distant Lands [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 378 (+4)

First announced: August 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $30 ($46)

Number of Players: 2 (although you could have multiple games going at the same time - there are enough tiles and armies to have a mini tournament in your own home!)

Comments: +2 after making up for last month's slip. If you haven't already checked it out, designer Jeff Horger is doing a play through with the new armies on his BGG blog.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-356-manoeuvre-distant-lands.aspx



Game Information: Manoeuvre: Distant Lands is an expansion for Manoeuvre. Four new armies are included to allow you to bring the fight from the frozen north to the sub-continent and the mythic east. Included in this set are counters and cards for Sweden, the splintered Kingdoms of India, the Chinese 8-Banner Army and the crumbling remains of the Japanese Shogunate. Also included is a set of 8 new land tiles that will force veteran players to learn new tactics among the swamps and fields of the Orient as well as the forests of Scandanavia.

Designer: Jeff Horger
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17. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.62 Overall Rank:1151]
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Current Preorders: 403 (+13)

First announced: April 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $49 ($70)

Number of Players: 2-4

Comments: A huge increase for an ETO game.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-310-unconditional-surrender.aspx



Game Information: Unconditional Surrender! is a strategic level game covering the World War II European Theater. Players make the political decisions and control the military forces of the Axis, Western, and Soviet factions which fought for European dominance and survival.

Game Components

One Rulebook with supporting examples and designer notes
One Playbook with over 15 scenarios, extended examples, design notes, playing tips, and adjustments for Play-by-Email and Solitaire play
Two 22”x34” maps
700 counters on 2 ½ counter sheets
Three 11”x17” Player Aid sheets
Three 8.5”x11” Faction Cards
Two 8.5”x11” Flowchart Cards
Two six-sided dice

Designer: Salvatore Vasta
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18. Board Game: 1914: Offensive à outrance [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:4213]
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Current Preorders: 406 (+89)

First announced: June 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $75 ($115)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: One of this month's rising stars might well make the cut before winter.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-415-1914-offensive-outrance.aspx



Game Information: 1914, Offensive à outrance, The Initial Campaigns on the Western Front in WWI realistically covers the battles fought in Belgium, France, and Germany during the first months of World War One.

Historically, Germany launched its armies through Belgium and northern France in an attempt to achieve a quick triumph and avoid a long costly two-front war. The first weeks of the war resulted in a series of German victories that took them to the outskirts of Paris. There, in early September, the French counter-attacked at the River Marne and forced the Germans into a short withdrawal. Subsequently, when the Allied counter-offensive stalled at the Aisne River, the belligerents unsuccessfully maneuvered to outflank each other in what is known as the “Race to the Sea.” The campaigning season ended in exhaustion and stalemate at the Battle of Ypres.

1914, Offensive à outrance (translation: Offensive to excess) is a comprehensively researched model that explores this fascinating set of campaigns with an accurate order of battle and detailed game map. The map encompasses the entire theater of war from the English Channel to the Swiss Border. The game system used is a streamlined derivative of the 1914, Twilight in the East system, modified to speed play, with care not to lose focus on those aspects of warfare that made the opening stages of WWI so unique. This game system, in conjunction with the accurate map, allows the German advance to be conducted along historical routes with the eminent “Open Flank” present (instead of units strung out from map edge to map edge). The Allied player has an opportunity to recreate a “Miracle of the Marne” type victory or to stop the Germans earlier. Likewise, the German player has a chance to change history and defeat the Allies’ armies in 1914.

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19. Board Game: Circus Train (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:3467]
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Current Preorders: 442 (+10)

First announced: August 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $39 ($59)

Number of Players: 1-5

Comments: Inexorably moving towards making the cut. I'm keenly looking forward to this one.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-355-circus-train-deluxe-edition.as...



Game Information: In Circus Train you are the owner and operator of a small circus train in Prohibition-era America. Through clever card hand management, you control the movement of your train around the American Northeast, making strategic business decisions about talent, performances and payroll in this fast-paced strategy game.

Circus Train includes a wonderfully competitive 2-5 player standard game, and a tense solitaire version where money is a very tight resource indeed. Optional rules build upon the game's rich narrative, providing greater management challenges and plenty more opportunities for competitive backstabbing.

Game Designer: Tom Decker

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20. Board Game: Cuba Libre [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:496]
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Current Preorders: 454 (+43)

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $48 ($69)

Number of Players: 1-4

Comments: Andean Abyss out shortly. Will this and A Distant Plain gain traction as a result?

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-371-cuba-libre.aspx



Game Information: In December 1956, paroled rebel Fidel Castro returned to Cuba to launch his revolution with virtually no political base and—after a disastrous initial encounter with government forces—a total of just 12 men. Two years later, through masterful propaganda and factional maneuver, Castro, his brother Raúl, and iconic revolutionary Che Guevara had united disparate guerrillas and exploited Cubans’ deep opposition to their dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar. Castro’s takeover of the country became a model for Leftist insurgency.

Castro’s Insurgency
Following up on GMT Games’ Andean Abyss, the COIN Series next volume, Cuba Libre, takes 1 to 4 players into the Cuban Revolution. Castro’s Marxist “26 July Movement” must expand from its bases in the Sierra Maestra mountains to fight its way to Havana. Meanwhile, anti-communist student groups, urban guerrillas, and ex-patriots try to de-stabilize the Batista regime from inside and out, while trying not to pave the way for a new dictatorship under Castro. Batista’s Government must maintain steam to counter the twin insurgency, while managing two benefactors: its fragile US Alliance and its corrupting Syndicate skim. And in the midst of the turmoil, Meyer Lansky and his Syndicate bosses will jockey to keep their Cuban gangster paradise alive.

Designer: Jeff Grossman & Volko Ruhnke
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21. Board Game: Panzer: Game Expansion Set, Nr 2 – The Final Forces on the Eastern Front 1941-44 [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 459 (+2)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $28 ($40)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Coming later this month.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-325-panzer-expansion-2-the-final-force...



Game Information: This expansion set completes the German and Soviet forces with focus on the early war, some less common, and Soviet Lend-Lease units. Includes TO&Es for two of the more notable Soviet formations to employ Lend-Lease forces – the 18th Tank Corps (July 1943) and the 1st Guards Mechanized Corps (January 1945). Also included are the next two geomorphic mapboards for expanded play and many more battle combinations.

Designer: James M. Day

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22. Board Game: Panzer: Game Expansion Set, Nr 1 – The Shape of Battle on the Eastern Front 1943-45 [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 488 (+3)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($67)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Also coming later this month.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-324-panzer-expansion-1-the-shape-of-ba...



Game Information: This first expansion set for Panzer includes detailed TO&Es for the German and Soviet forces covering the entire war period from 1940 through 1945. It also includes a focus on what many consider to be the most intense tank battle in history, Kursk, with OBs for both forces and TO&Es for four of the most notable German divisions at the moment they saw action during that historic conflict – Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Division, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd SS Panzer Grenadier Divisions.

This first expansion set also includes the first four double-sided geomorphic mapboards. With them, players can recreate any number of tactical battles reminiscent of those actions fought out of the seemingly endless steppes of Russia.

Designer: James M. Day

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23. Board Game: Rebel Raiders on the High Seas [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:3115]
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Current Preorders: 518 (+3)

First Announced: ??

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $48 ($69)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Now with a production slot in 2013.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-238-rebel-raiders-on-the-high-seas.asp...

Complexity: Low
Solitaire Suitability: Good

Game Information: Rebel Raiders on the High Seas is a comparatively short and simple game of the naval conflict at sea and on the great rivers in the American Civil War. Easily playable in less than three hours, Rebel Raiders on the High Seas is a strategic contest between two players, one seeking to reunite the Union by force, the other to maintain its new independence in the face of the escalating industrial might and resolve of its northern brother. More of a representation than a detailed simulation of that conflict, the game is intensely engaging, highly interactive and moves along quickly, with players constantly responding and reacting to their opponent’s moves.

Components
One 22 x 28 map
One Short Rule Book
Eight six-sided dice
One deck of 110 cards
6 Plastic Stands for Leaders
4 Blue Cannon Pawns
1 Grey Cannon Pawn
176 5/8” ship, leader and battery counters
100 ½” cargo, victory point, control and informational counters
20 small plastic tokens

Regular Price: $69.00
P500 Price: $48.00

Game Design: Mark McLaughlin
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24. Board Game: Iron and Oak [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:3386]
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Current Preorders: 526 (+2)

First announced: November 2009

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $42 ($59)

Number of players: 2 or more

Comments: Now with a production slot in 2013.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-293-iron-and-oak.aspx



Game Information: Iron & Oak is game of ship-to-ship combat set during the American Civil War. As a tactical representation of naval warfare, each of the ships is accurately modeled for offensive capability including gunnery, ramming and spar torpedoes; for defensive capability including damage and five distinct armored or wooden hit locations; and for maneuverability, crew size and draft.

You command 70 famous ships of the era, including the Union: Onondaga, Tecumseh, Winnebago, Monitor, Osage, Minnesota, Brooklyn, Hartford, Essex, Carondolet, Kearsarge, Ossipee, Queen of the West, Iroquois, Spuyten Duyvil; and the Confederate: Tennessee, Virginia, Atlanta, Palmetto State, Arkansas, Albemarle, Alabama, Florida, General Beauregard, Sumter; and many more.

Components
* One 11” x 17” map
* Rule Book
* Play Book
* Two 8-1/2” x 11” Player Aid Reference Cards
* Campaign Game Status Sheet
* Ten dice (2 x d10, 4 x d8, 2 x d6, 2 x d4)
* One deck of 94 Action Cards
* One deck of 16 Navy Yard Cards
* 76 4” x 3-1/2” Ship and Fort Data Cards
* 70 1” x 1/2” ship counters
* 114 9/16” status and informational counters
* 140 1/2” status and informational counters

Number of Players: 2 or more

Game Design: James M. Day
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25. Board Game: Newtown [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 533 (+9)

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($65)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Ticking along nicely.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-375-newtown.aspx



Game Information: “The Indian country is not merely to be overrun, it is to be destroyed.” With these marching orders from General Washington, Major General John Sullivan set out on a scorched earth campaign designed to bring the Iroquois to their knees.

Since the beginning of the war the Iroquois and other British-allied Indians had been the scourge of the western frontier. Wyoming, Cherry Valley and Schoharie are just some of the names that resonated through American hearths and homes. By the summer of 1779 Washington had had enough. He was determined to not only defeat the great Indian confederacy but also break its ability to make future war. It was to be a campaign that presaged Sherman’s march some eighty five years later.

Designer: Mark S. Miklos

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