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

Subscribe today: GMT Monthly P500 Geeklist Announcement Thread

Welcome to the dog days of summer. Here on the west coast it's been a pretty tepid one with a lot of rain and cooler temperatures, but I hear it's damn hot once you get past those Rocky mountains.

A lot of action from GMT on the game from GMT this month with Sekigahara and Sun of York, two games that have been on the P500 for what seems like forever finally charging and soon will be shipping! Very very exciting for those of us who've been waiting for both titles.

A bunch of games went into the red this month, and I'm wondering if it's because a whole bunch of great games have been charged to people's credit cards...


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 titles this month. Yet.

Making the cut: Roads to Moscow: Battles of Mozhaysk and Mtsensk, 1941

Rising Stars
+100 Saints in Armor
+96 Mr. Madison's War
+70 The Dark Valley

Shipping/charging news:
August 2, 2011:
Sun of York

August 8-20, 2011:
No Retreat: The Russian Front
Space Empires
Sekigahara
3 x Mounted Maps (EotS, FtP, WWII: BtB)

Mid-September, 2011:
Labyrinth 2011 Reprint
Twilight Struggle Reprint
Urban Sprawl

October, 2011:
Battle for Normandy Expansion Pack
Combat Commander: Resistance

November, 2011:
Commands & Colors: Ancients: The Spartans
Commands & Colors Napoleonics: The Spanish Army
Virgin Queen

December, 2011:
Dominant Species: The Card Game
FAB: Sicily

1st Quarter, 2012: (Tentative)
Bomber Command
Crown of Roses
1989

2nd Quarter, 2012: (Tentative)
Bloody April, 1917

Unscheduled for Now:
Great Campaigns of the Thirty Years War
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26. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #6 – The Spartan Army [Average Rating:8.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.46 Unranked]
 
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Current Preorders: 823 (+19)

First announced: December 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Pedal to the metal and it passes C&C Nappy's expansion. Probably for good.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-331-c-c-ancients-exp-6-the-spartan-arm...



Game Information: We are Sparta… More than a line from a movie, The Spartan Army is the sixth expansion for the Commands & Colors: Ancients game system.

The Spartan Army expansion features over 20 scenarios, which focus on a period of time from 669 BC to 338 BC. In the early battles of Sparta against Argive, we see the development of Hoplite armies. We then move onto the war with the Persian Empire and take a closer look at the battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC. During the Peloponnesian Wars, Sparta takes a leader position among the Peloponnesian states, which would last for almost two centuries. Finally there is a shift in power away from Sparta during the battles of the Theban Era and the rise of Macedon.
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27. Board Game: 1989: Dawn of Freedom [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:210]
 
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Current Preorders: 878 (+19)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: This game has now been pushed out to Q1 of next year, which I think is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. The game has undergone some significant changes since inception, and even during the wargameroom 1989 league play this year.

The map is set, but there's some tweaks coming to some of the cards. I think this game will be a huge hit once it hits the market.


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: 897 (+5)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Made the cut!

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Only the second time this has had single digit growth.[/i].

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



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: Won by the Sword [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:8537]
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Current Preorders: 913 (+4)

First announced: -

Current Status: Made the cut.

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: This is the highest pre-order game without a firm production slot.

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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30. Board Game: Combat Commander: Resistance! [Average Rating:8.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.59 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 914 (+4)

First announced: November 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Now with an October production slot, which means it goes from announced to making the cut to production in 12 months. That's Combat Commander for you. I just hope my copy arrives in time for Christmas.

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: Virgin Queen [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:284]
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Current Preorders: 970 (+52)

First announced: April 2011

Current Status: Made the cut

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

Number of Players: 2-6

Comments: Wow, a big order spike, and now withing easy striking distance of 1000 orders. I see that it now has a November production slot - any chance an early copy could make it to BGG.Con?

I don't have enough superlatives to speak about my excitement over the announcement of this game. I knew it was in development, but that it's finally going to see light of day is simply outstanding to me. Based on what I've read of the game so far, I might even like this one more than Here I Stand, which is a game I simply love.

Of course, this game is another one of those which has a very long playing time. Notwithstanding this however, it's on my personal P500 list. There are some games that one simply must have, and this is a must for me.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-341-virgin-queen.aspx



Game Information: Virgin Queen: Wars of Religion 1559-1598 is a game of grand strategy for two to six players based on the military, political and religious conflicts within Europe during the reigns of Elizabeth I of England and Philip II of Spain. Each player controls one or more of the major powers that presided over European politics in that day. Spain is the juggernaut, able to draw upon the vast riches of their global empire. But such a dominant power is sure to have many enemies. The Ottoman expansion towards Spain’s Mediterranean outposts remains unchecked. Elizabeth’s English sea dogs are poised to raid Spain’s overseas empire. And the forces of Protestant reform will soon drag Spain into eighty years of rebellion in the Netherlands. Will Spain find aid from its Catholic allies? Perhaps not from France, where the Catholic Valois dynasty is soon to engage another group of Protestant believers in the bloody French Wars of Religion. And even Philip’s relatives in Vienna who rule the Holy Roman Empire may dabble in the Protestant faith instead of remaining loyal to their Catholic heritage and Spanish brethren.

Designer: Ed Beach
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