GMT P500 for April 2011
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Welcome to the April 2011 edition of the GMT P500 update list.

Subscribe today: GMT Monthly P500 Geeklist Announcement Thread

A lot of interesting news this month. Gene has informed me of a new game being announced later this month, which is the first item in this list. It's a surprise, but I think a very pleasant one, and I'll be updating news as it comes in. There might also be a second very pleasant surprise coming as well. Keep your eyes open to GMT's announcements.

Virgin Queen is this month's blockbuster news. Announced about a week ago, it's already made the cut and well on its way to 600 orders.

The other big news item is that it was announced that Space Empires will have a mounted map board, and orders surged to make it the first game in five months with over 1000 orders.

Three games have made the cut, and some are close. Updated production as well.

Finally, GMT has been very busy on the social networking front and technology front. They've got a new Facebook page, which precipitated a special 50% off sale (runs through April 25th) and have put out a call to developers to begin porting games for iPad and other platforms. I haven't bought an iPad yet, but the idea of playing Dominant Species with some automation to speed things up might put me over the edge, budget be damned! More details at GMT's site.

Hope everyone's having fun playing games. See you next month.


I'd like to ask the people to thumb this list every month when they come by. It makes me feel appreciated, and hey, who doesn't like to feel appreciated?

Thanks to everyone for their continued kinds words of support of this monthly geeklist and also for your helpful suggestions.

If you do have any comments or suggestions, please do send me a geekmail message or post in the comments section.

New this month: No new games announced.

Making the cut: FAB: Sicily, Next War: Korea, and the newly announced Virgin Queen.

Rising Stars
+226 Space Empires
+86 Andean Abyss
+65 No Retreat: The Russian Front

Shipping/charging this month

April, 2011:
Case Yellow (already charging, get it at preorder price while you can)
Infidel

May, 2011:
Combat Commander BP: New Guinea
No Retreat: The Russian Front
Space Empires

June, 2011:
C3i Issue #25
Sekigahara
Sun of York
Nightfighter (this COULD actually make May)

July, 2011:
Combat Commander: Resistance
1989

August, 2011: (All tentative at this point)
Commands & Colors Napoleonics: The Spanish Army
Crown of Roses
Great Campaigns of the Thirty Years War

Other Lists:
Please check out Dan's (oeolycus) GMT P500 Reprint List - Q1 2011
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26. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #1 – The Spanish Army [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 746 (+31)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

Number of Players: 2

Preorder Price (List Price): $37 ($50)

Comments: The C&C:A Spartans expansion is starting to gain ground...

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-328-commands-colors-napoleonics-expans...



Game Information: The Spanish Army is the first expansion for Commands & Colors: Napoleonics.

At the time of the Napoleonic Wars, Spain was only a shadow of its former power. Spanish troops and leaders, as many Napoleonic historians point out, performed badly on a large number of occasions. Yet there are a number of battles, Bailen, Tamames, Alcaniz and San Marcial where the Spaniards fought valiantly and gained victory. Ironically, the point most historians overlook is the fact that the Spanish armies constituted a threat that the French simply could not ignore. As good as Wellington’s Anglo-Portuguese field army was, that army faced multiple French armies. They could only defeat one French army at a time. The Spanish Armies and the accompanying guerrilla warfare against French troops tied down the remainder, allowing the Anglo-Portuguese army to ultimately emerge victorious.

In this expansion you will find 18 historical scenarios that focus on Peninsular battles fought by the Spanish army from 1808 to 1813, plus all the new units you’ll need to field for these engagements.
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27. Board Game: 1989: Dawn of Freedom [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:209]
 
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Current Preorders: 752 (+33)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: I'm still struggling at doing well with this game, but I'm learning from my mistakes.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-304-1989.aspx


This is actually Twilight Struggle's graphic, but since 1989 is based on TS, this is a handy placeholder

Game Information:
1989 is an exciting, fast paced game simulating the end of the Cold War in 1989. During this amazing year, a series of democratic revolutions ended the 40 year Soviet empire in Eastern Europe. 1989 simulates the political, social and economic aspects of these revolutions using a card driven system similar to Twilight Struggle.

Components:

1 countersheet
1 22" x 34" map
1 rulebook (approx 24 pages)
2 player aid cards
2 strategy decks (110 cards)
1 Power struggle deck (55 cards)

Designer: Ted Torgerson and Jason Matthews
Developer: Bruce Wigdor
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28. Board Game: The Battle for Normandy Expansion [Average Rating:8.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.49 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 804 (+30)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Made the cut!

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($59)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Wow, this one just keeps going and going.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-316-the-battle-for-normandy-expans...

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Game Information: This Expansion Set for The Battle for Normandy allows players to extend the campaign game to the end of August, but most importantly includes the area for the Mortain and Falaise Pocket scenarios.

Counters are included to fill out Allied and Axis Order of Battles to the end of August, and also include specific breakdown counters for AT, SP AT, and mechanized infantry.

The Full Color Rules & Scenario books are updated and comprehensive, and include all original rules and scenarios plus all optional rules, and 6 new scenarios.
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29. Board Game: Infidel [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:1825]
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Current Preorders: 810 (+27)

First announced: November 2009

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($55)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Looking forward to some crusades.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-292-infidel.aspx

Complexity: Not listed
Solitaire Suitability: Not listed

Game Information: The Battles of Dorylaeum, Antioch, Ascalon, Harran, Montsigard, Arsuf

Fast playing . . . easily understandable rules . . . unusual battles . . . lots of action . . . lots of color . . . lots of cavalry … great leaders . . . lots of Fun. That’s what you get with GMT’s series on Warfare in the Middle Ages, Men of Iron. The system demonstrates why cavalry reigned supreme during the era of The Crusades with the second game in the series, Infidel.

Infidel focuses on the major battles of the early Crusades era between the Christians and the Muslims. This is a period that saw cavalry reign supreme, and pitted the European heavy cavalry – armored “knights” - system against the Eastern/Turkish light cavalry tactics.

Each game of INFIDEL includes:

* Two 22” x 32”game-maps, backprinted
* 2 sheets of counters
* Rules Booklet
* Battle Book
* Charts and Play Aids
* 2 ten-sided dice
* Two pieces of wood to make your own True Cross

Designed by RICHARD H. BERG
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30. Board Game: Combat Commander: Resistance! [Average Rating:8.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.59 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 832 (+56)

First announced: November 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: A nice surge, owed in no small part to the play test session reports being posted.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-329-combat-commander-resistance.aspx



Game Information: Combat Commander: Resistance! (CC:R) expands upon CC:Europe and CC:Mediterranean by adding partisans and their war behind the front lines. This fourth volume of the Combat Commander series features special rules and components for fighting with Partisan forces against the Axis nations of Europe.

The new CC:R playbook covers the following:

* Random Scenario Generator Update, including the Partisan Leader Table and Fortification OB

* Definition of the Partisan Faction, its Unit Structure, Stats and Weapons

* Rules for Irregular Melee, Sewers and Sighting Markers

* New Orders: Infiltrate and Muster

* New Actions: Knife, No Quarter and Trap

* New Events: Inexperience, Patriotism and Stealth

In addition to the new playbook, the game includes 3 back-printed game maps (6 maps total), 6 double-sided scenario sheets (12 scenarios total), one counter sheet (units and markers), a 36-card Partisan Fate Deck and a 19-card Partisan Force Deck. The new maps depict specific historical locations in Greece, Hercegovina, Eastern Bosnia, Byelorussia, Croatia and Western Bosnia.
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31. Board Game: Won by the Sword [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:8565]
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Current Preorders: 902 (+10)

First announced: -

Current Status: Made the cut.

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($55)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Ten people took up the call to push this title to over 900 orders. Thank you. I just like having games with big numbers on the list.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-41-great-campaigns-of-the-thirty-years...

Complexity: Not listed
Solitaire Suitability: Not listed

Game Information: Great Campaigns of the Thirty Years War (GCo30YW) is a two-player game of operational warfare in the 17th Century. Armies maneuver on a point to point map of Southern Germany based on the road network available at the time. Each game is centered around a major battle or full campaign season. A Turn is a month divided into a variable number of impulses. Each army has a hand of Campaign Cards that control the amount of activity it may perform, the supplies it must expend, and a special action. Each impulse features one card play per army. Forces are concealed off map so players are faced with limited knowledge of the enemy. The major activities are maneuver, foraging, besieging fortifications, and an occasional battle. GCo30YW is a low-complexity game with emphasis on the players maneuvering their forces, but many decisions await. The low rules complexity allows each player, rather than being encumbered with rules, to focus on choices regarding how to manage his campaign.
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32. Board Game: No Retreat! The Russian Front [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:430]
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Current Preorders: 932 (+65)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Made the cut.

Preorder Price (List Price): $42 ($60)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: I can't explain the big surge this month, except to note that VPG has released the expansion (fully compatible with the GMT edition) to make this playable solo. That would be enough to push me over the edge (and indeed, I'll be ordering the solo module when the GMT No Retreat comes to my house).

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-303-no-retreat-the-russian-front-delux...



Game Information:No Retreat: The Russian Front is a new deluxe edition of the two-player Victory Point Games 2008 CSR Award Nominee wargame that retells the story of the titanic struggle between the invading armies of Nazi Germany versus Communist Russia during WW2 at a player-friendly and manageable level of scope and difficulty. This edition combines both the original game and its two extensions (Na Berlin! and No Surrender!) using deluxe components of “Twillight Struggle Deluxe Edition” quality. With only 40 Army/Front sized counters for the Tournament game, and 70 for the whole campaign, and with very low stacking, it’s a quick-playing yet realistic affair that favours the strategic and offensive-minded player.

Designer: Carl Paradis
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33. Board Game: Combat Commander: Battle Pack #4 – New Guinea [Average Rating:8.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.42 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 998 (+34)

First announced: September 2010

Current Status: Made the cut!

Preorder Price (List Price): $16 ($25)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Made the cut in a record 22 hours. Now that production has been pushed back to May, this will definitely hit 1000 before publication.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-314-combat-commander-battle-pack-4-new...



Game Information: Combat Commander: Battle Pack #4 - New Guinea is the fourth themed collection of scenarios for use with the Combat Commander series of games. The theme of this fourth Battle Pack shifts to the actions in New Guinea from January 1942 through July 1944, following the major campaign phases with characteristic actions. CC -New Guinea features fourteen new scenarios printed on cardstock as well as six new maps.

Rules relevant to the characteristic fighting in the coastal jungle versus the highlands are included as needed for each scenario, without the need of an additional rule booklet. A number of unusual, creative special scenario rules cover the unique situations represented, including Air Supply, Barge Landing, Canebreak and Coastal Jungle, Emplaced M3 Tanks, Joint Allied Operations including the Papuan Infantry Battalion, Patrol Dogs, Swamp Holes and Swamp Forest.

The new maps depict specific locations in New Guinea: the beachhead at the base of Mt Vulcan across from Rabaul, the village of Oivi, a high-mountain ridge overlooking Eora Creek, a strongpoint on the Soputa-Sananada Road, the edge of the airstrip at Wau, and one of the crossings of the Driniumor River near the Afua Trail.

NOTE: CC–New Guinea is not a complete game and requires ownership of Combat Commander: Pacific to play.

Designed by John Foley

Developed by Kai Jensen

Additional scenario designs in this fourth Pack are courtesy of John Butterfield, Bryan Collars, Mark Herman, Andrew Maly and Volko Ruhnke.
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34. Board Game: Space Empires: 4X [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:322]
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Current Preorders: 1069 (+226)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Made the cut!

Preorder Price (List Price): $44 ($65)

Number of Players: 2-4

Comments: Wow. My prediction of 900 wasn't even close as this one simply blew by 1000. The surge was likely entirely due to GMT announcing a mounted board for this one.

I think the desire for a mounted board is a reasonable one. I generally prefer mounted board myself, with notable exceptions for games like Combat Commander which is already heavy enough to cart around with all the cards and scenarios and big stack of maps.

I think that people who are hesitating about ordering any game ought to simply go ahead and do so as GMT has not hesitated to put in mounted boards where numbers have been strong. It's definitely a chicken and egg scenario though, but I feel that if you're inclined to preorder, do so. You can always change your mind later, but the numbers game that the P500 is means that if there's big numbers to start with, it makes the decision to go for the mounted boards easier.


Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-317-space-empires.aspx



Game Information: Space Empires is a game in the finest tradition of 4X space games - eXplore, eXpand, eXploit, and eXterminate. Make no mistake. All four "X's" are included in this game. This is a wargame where the purpose of building your empire is not to feel good about your achievement, but to destroy your enemies and burn their colonies.

One difficulty in games of this genre is that they are often either overly simplistic or tediously detailed. Space Empires has been almost 20 years in the making and, during that time, many elegant solutions have been developed to keep the theme rich without a lot of rules. The game includes carriers and fighters, mines, cloaking, a very large technology tree, fifteen ship classes from scout to dreadnaught, merchant shipping, colonization, mining, terraforming, bases, shipyards, black holes, warp points, and non-player aliens, yet the rules are short and intuitive and the game can be finished on one sitting. This is NOT a game that is hard to get into. The playtest rules are only 6 pages long for the basic game and increase to 10 pages in length when all the advanced rules, optional rules, and scenarios are included.

Exploration is easy (well, easy for you, it is actually dangerous for your ships) and fun and reveals different terrain (such as asteroids and nebulas) which affect your movement and your combat. The map is printed on both sides to make set up easier. One side is used for the 2 player game and the other side for the 3-4 player game.
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