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Some Rumors I have heard Around the Geek
Tommy Occhipinti
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I don't post around the geek too often, but I have some underground gaming connections that have let me "tap in" to some things that are not common knowledge around here. As a favor to the community, I thought I would share some of what I have learned hanging around in the back alleys behind the GeekModding Room after hours.
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1. Board Game: Monkey Auto Races [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:7670]
Tommy Occhipinti
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REMco Games will be releasing a special limited release version of Monkey Auto Races with all new box and component art by Mike Doyle. Doyle has yet to officially announce this on his blog, but keep watching, I expect any day now he will post some sample art.
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2. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:6]
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In order to prevent Agricola from toppling the current ratings leader, certain unnamed conspirators will be editing the shillbuster algorithm to define as a shill anyone rating Agricola 8 or higher. Just like happened to Glik.
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3. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:324]
 
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The designer is finally ready to release the new Chess Expansion, pending editing and translation of the rules. The expansion will include new maps, a variant for a shorter game, and a new unit for black, the M1 Abrams, as black has almost universally been considered to be less developed of the armies. Also the rules will include simplified line of sight rules to replace the fiddly ones in the original.
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4. Board Game: Chess [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:324]
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In related news, Take on You has acquired the rights to remake the original Chess. The highlight of their version will be that it will use the Pathfinder system for piece movement, greatly simplifying game play. They will also be retheming the game to a more family friendly mouse theme.
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Board Games with Scott will be moving from a video podcast to a new experimental door to door format where Scott will arrive at your house and demo the game for you in person, to help you decide if it is something you would like to purchase. I have heard the first new "episode" in this format will be on the game Rattlesnake. Do you want Scott to come to your house? E-mail iwantscottatmyhousetoshowmecoolgamesnow@yahoo.com , I've heard spaces are filling up quickly.
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6. Board Game: Advanced Squad Leader [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:124]
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In order to capitalize on the profitable couples game market, often missed by the ASL series, Multi-man Publishing will be releasing a new game in the series, ASL: Beneath the Covers, just for couples.
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7. Board Game: Cluzzle [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2132]
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Dominic Crapuchettes is working on expanding the Cluzzle series of games to include games about doing other activities badly. The first new game in the series will revolve around players writing the clue they are trying to communicate down in bad handwriting. Later games will focus around people pronouncing clues badly, interpretive dancing badly, and blinking morse code badly.
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8. Board Game Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
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I heard, from an unnamed source right here on the geek, that Ameritrash games are better than Eurogames.
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9. Board Game: Busen Memo [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:10826]
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Based on the initial success of this game, Inkognito will be releasing a family version of the game in which players will match cantaloupes, watermelons, honeydews, and other members of the melon family.
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This geeklist will be deleted by the powers that be for revealing too many closely guarded secrets of the gaming elite.
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11. Board Game: RPGQuest [Average Rating:8.50 Overall Rank:7587]
David Kahnt
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It's fun, it's healthy, it's good exercise. The kids will just love it. And we put a little sand inside to make the experience more pleasant.
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I keep hearing about this mythical website called www.rpggeek.com all rumors I tells ya!

-DK
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12. Board Game: World of Warcraft Trading Card Game [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1101]
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A friend of a friend of mine knows a guy who works for Upper Deck that told him that there is a serious crack-down on what are known as "farmers", "power-levelers" and the like. These people sit and play this game for hours on end, with apparently no food or water, taking their heroes through to epic level and then selling them. Despite the initial belief that no one would play this even if you paid them, it was found that the so-called "farmers" (stereotyped as pasty-skinned, waif-like teenagers with little social skills) were being confused with fans who were just playing the game for fun.

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13. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:60]
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Wallace and Bohrer were seen bear-hugging and singing Kum ba ya in the corner of the convention hall. Age of Steam 4th Edition (with the Pangea Expanion) will be shipping immediately. The expected play time is 30 million years.
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14. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:108] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
Thomas Fuhs
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1) I heard that the rights to Carcassonne are being bought by WotC. They plan to re-release the game in a collectible tile game (CTG) format!

2) I heard that the rights to Carcassonne will be leased by WotC to Parker Brothers who will release their latest gaming innovation - Carcassopoly. You buy towns & charge rent. You may buy 1-4 Abbey or upgrape to a Catherdral to increase your rent score.
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I heard that some BGGers are paying poor Chinese kids $0.50 a day to GeekMod for GeekGold, which they then sell in the Marketplace for cold, hard cash!
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16. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:615]
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HYPERBOLE! It's like the greatest thing ever!!!
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Source: US Coast Guard

Recently several container ships were searched for contraband. While no drugs or terrorists were found inside, they did find pirated versions of this game. Authorities were surprised that the new version included real guns. However, being made in China, the toxicity amount coating the firearms themselves were reported to kill the users before they could actually squeeze the trigger. The US State Department is declining to comment on this story.
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17. Board Game: Tic-Tac-Toe [Average Rating:2.57 Overall Rank:11059]
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Having aquired the rights to this classic, Fantasy Flight Games will be issuing a re-themed version of the game entitled "Shattered Throne: The Battle for Mecatol Rex".

The rules, of course, have been slightly tweaked and updated. A new, sophisticated, card-based role system will replace the standard turn order and the X and O icons have been updated to include information such as Race, Faction, Attack, Defense and Special Abilities.
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18. Board Game: Wiz-War [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:852]
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We'll be getting a reprint of Wiz-War soon.....

....man I'm hoping....

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