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Welcome to the Setpember 2011 edition of the GMT P500 update list.

Subscribe today: GMT Monthly P500 Geeklist Announcement Thread

September has arrived. Labour Day weekend is upon us as is the return of kids to school. I don't know if this means more time for gaming or not, but what I do know is that the fine folks at GMT have not been idle as they have announced four new titles! They're the first four items in the list this month, so you can see for yourself what's up. One expansion, one deluxe treatment of another VPG game, one solitaire game, and one monster game.

While I was away on vacation the last two weeks of August, I received a nice large parcel with my copies of No Retreat! The Russian Front, Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan, Space Empires: 4X and Infidel. I am simply stunned at the production values in those four games. Seriously. Never mind playing the games, I like just having them set up on my table to look at!

As if that weren't enough, GMT has also announced some news on its electronic games development front. Check out the details at the GMT Games home page.

On another note, I've noticed a real surge in popularity of Kickstarter board game projects. I like to think it's thanks to the wargame companies with their P500 systems that designers are doing that.


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: Four new titles! Circus Train (First Edition) (deluxe), Manoeuvre: Distant Lands, Navajo Wars, and The Battle for Sicily.

Making the cut: Four games this month, Andean Abyss, Fading Glory, Roads to Moscow: Battles of Mozhaysk and Mtsensk, 1941, and Saints in Armor.

Rising Stars
+81 Fading Glory (mounted boards!)
+59 Virgin Queen
+58 Mr. Madison's War

Shipping/charging news: Nothing in September. Then...

Early October, 2011:
Labyrinth 2011 Reprint
Twilight Struggle Reprint
Urban Sprawl

Late October, 2011:
Combat Commander: Resistance

Late November/Early December, 2011:
Commands & Colors: Ancients: The Spartans
Commands & Colors Napoleonics: The Spanish Army

December, 2011:
FAB: Sicily

1st Quarter, 2012:
Battle for Normandy Expansion Pack
Bomber Command
Crown of Roses
Dominant Species: The Card Game
Virgin Queen
1989

2nd Quarter, 2012: (Tentative, probably only 3-4 of these)
Bloody April, 1917
Next War: Korea
Several More - from among the "Made the Cut" games that are in the 500s on the GMT website

Unscheduled for Now:
Great Campaigns of the Thirty Years War
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1. Board Game: Manoeuvre: Distant Lands [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.67 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 169 (+169) NEW!

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: Manoeuvre is a game I almost didn't buy, but I got in on the pre-order just before it went to production. I'm glad I did as it's one of my favorite games. The expansion looks great, and I'm looking forward to trying out some of the new combinations.

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.

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2. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:786]
 
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Current Preorders: 206 (+206)

First announced: August 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 1 (yes, this is a solitaire game)

Comments: A solitaire game with a unique theme? Consider me signed up!

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-353-navajo-wars.aspx



Game Information: NAVAJO WARS is a solitaire game which covers one of the longest struggles waged on the North American continent. From the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in 1595 until Colonel Christopher “Kit” Carson’s brutal Navajo Campaign of 1863, the Diné — the Navajo — fought to preserve their way of life.

In NAVAJO WARS, you the player must use skillful planning and cunning against a constantly changing and aggressive enemy. NAVAJO WARS uses a unique mix of cards and an enemy instruction matrix to drive the actions of the enemy. More than just chart-checking and die-rolling, in NAVAJO WARS, the player has to make lots of meaningful decisions in order to win.
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3. Board Game: Circus Train (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:3460]
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Current Preorders: 214 (+214) NEW!

First announced: August 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 1-5

Comments: GMT is giving another VPG game the deluxe treatment with this game inspired by the book Water for Elephants. As I mentioned in the header, the production quality GMT is putting out at the moment is simply stunning and this should be no different.

Here are GMT's comments:
Here's the next installment in the ongoing strategic collaboration between GMT and Victory Point Games. In this, one of their most popular Family/Euro games, we bring you a cross between a "pick up and deliver" and "resource management" game, with a lot of backstabbing mixed in! Component-wise, we are going for the same type of quality you saw in our first VPG project, No Retreat, Deluxe Edition (mounted gameboard, thick counters, etc). We hope you'll like this game as much as we do, and will continue to support our ongoing strategic friendship/partnership with Victory Point Games.
- Your Friends at GMT Games


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.

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4. Board Game: The Battle for Sicily [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 242 (+242)

First announced: August 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $82 ($125)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: The last of the new games announced this month.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-354-the-battle-for-sicily.aspx



Game Information: Fresh off the success of his "easy to play monster" system in GMT's The Battle for Normandy, Designer Dan Holte now brings us another BIG game, taking the system to the 1943 invasion of Sicily by Allied forces.

The Battle for Sicily uses the base system from GMT's The Battle for Normandy. The German Luftwaffe makes their presence known in this one, while the Allied player has post-invasion "end-around" landings available.

Along with the standard campaign game will be a 3-player "Monty vs. Patton vs. Axis" scenario, where the US & UK players will be competing for total victory, while still trying to maintain victory conditions over the Axis player.

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5. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.63 Overall Rank:1165]
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Current Preorders: 333 (+13)

First announced: April 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2-4

Comments: A nice spike in orders for this one! It's been overdue for a little boost.

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 Rulesbook 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
* 700 counters on 2-1/2 counter sheets
* Two 22"x34" maps
* Two 11"x17" identical Player Aid sheets
* One 8.5"x11" Factions Pool sheet
* One 8.5"x11" Reinforcements Track sheet
* One 8.5"x11" National Will / Production Tracks sheet
* Two six-sided dice

Designer: Salvatore Vasta
Developer: Mark Dey
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6. 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: 372 (+6)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: After last month's negative growth, this is net +3 from July.

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.

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7. Board Game: The Dark Valley [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:2040]
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Current Preorders: 378 (+38)

First announced: June 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2 (easily playable solo according to the design team)

Comments: Solid growth on this recent title. I'm guessing it makes the cut in about a year.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-352-the-dark-valley.aspx



Game Information: The Dark Valley is a new game from award-winning designer Ted Raicer, focusing on the entire East Front campaign in World War II. The game components feature a beautiful map from Mark Mahaffey (see GMT web site), stretching from Leningrad in the north to the Caucasus Mountains in the south, and around 600 counters representing every major unit that appeared during the course of the conflict. Initially most Soviet infantry are divisions, but as the game progresses these are replaced by armies and corps, so that players are not overwhelmed by the increasing Soviet Order of Battle. All German mechanized divisions are present in the game, while their infantry is a mix of division and corps.

Although the game is a semi-monster, and covers the entirety of the conflict from the launch of Barbarossa to the end of the war, the game system emphasizes playability rather than rules overhead, allowing the players to concentrate on strategy choices rather than rules minutiae.

The core of the game system is a “chit-pull” activation system. Each turn a variety of action chits are drawn, in a random order, from the Action Chit Pool, and it is this that determines the exact flow of operations on that turn. If a German “Move/Combat” chit is drawn, the German player decides to move or fight (but not both), with all Axis units. If a German PZ HQ chit is drawn, units in command range of that HQ can move and conduct combat (with greater flexibility for armored units). If the Soviet Stavka chit is drawn, units may be deployed from Stavka Reserve to attempt to stem the Axis onslaught. If the Soviet Counterattack chit is drawn, Stalin insists that the attacks are made upon the fascist invaders, possibly to the detriment of the overall defense. When the Logistics chit is drawn, supply status is checked for all units.
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8. 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: 390 (+5)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Up four from July after the August blip.

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.

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9. Board Game: Iron and Oak [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:3392]
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Current Preorders: 446 (+3)

First announced: November 2009

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of players: 2 or more

Comments: Back to low single digits. On the bright side, its growth is up and to the right!

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
Game Development: Chris Janiec
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10. Board Game: Mr. Madison's War: The Incredible War of 1812 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:2290]
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Current Preorders: 463 (+58)

First announced: June 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($57)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: One of this month's top three in terms of growth.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-348-mr-madisons-war.aspx



Game Information: In June of 1812, Napoleon invaded Russia. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, the young Republic of the United States declared war on Great Britain. It was one of America's most unpopular wars. To commemorate the bi-centennial of this historic event, GMT will be releasing Mr. Madison's War, a strategy game based on the US campaigns to conquer Canada in the years 1812 to 1814.

Mr. Madison's War is a simulation game that depicts the war on the northern frontier of the United States and Canada. From the European perspective it was an off shoot of the Napoleonic Wars that were waged from 1796 to 1815. It is a two player game with players taking the forces of either the United States or Great Britain.

Mr. Madison's War utilizes a variation of Mark Herman's 'card driven game system' which enables players to perform their actions on the game board and score automatic points for the playing of a card as an historical event. The 110 colorful cards include historical information, the year the event took place, and a detailed description of the function of the card.

Designer: Gilbert Collins
Developer: Dave Stiffler
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Current Preorders: 463 (+19)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 1-2

Comments: A nice double digit spike on this one. Those great images Mark posted in last month's list clearly helped!

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-315-operation-dauntless.aspx



Game Information: Operation Dauntless is a moderately complex wargame that covers the actions of the British 49th Infantry Division a.k.a "The Polar Bears" near Caen during Operation Martlet (called Operation Dauntless by the British at the time of the battle). Opposing these lads are elements of the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" (Hitler Youth) and Panzer Lehr- elite panzergrenadier units. The goal of the British division is to seize the town of Fontenay, then press onward to secure the high ground near Rauray in time for the impending Operation Epsom, to be launched the next morning.

The game by designer Mark Mokszycki uses the same system as Red Winter, his game on the Battle of Tolvajärvi from the Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939. The scale and key mechanics of Operation Dauntless are the same as Red Winter. Proposed future games in the series include Red Winter 2: The Battle of Ägläjärvi, Guadalcanal Land Battles, Scottish Corridor: The Battle for Cheux, and the Breaking the Panzers expansion for Operation Dauntless, covering the German counterattack at Point 110 (all are working titles and subject to change).

The scale is grand tactical- 90 minutes per game turn, 425 yards per hex, and mostly company sized infantry units with platoon sized armor units. Gone are the Winter War specific rules such as ski movement and night raids, and in their place we have a more detailed armor/anti-tank subsystem. There are lots of tanks on both sides in this one!
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12. Board Game: Rebel Raiders on the High Seas [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:3125]
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Current Preorders: 480 (+3)

First Announced: ??

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: This month's growth is 50% higher than last month's. Um... GMT's game page has some draft rules for linking this game with Iron & Oak.

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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13. Board Game: Fading Glory [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 503 (+81)

First announced: April 2010

Current Status: Made the cut NEW!

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($60)

Number of Players: 1-2

Comments: And we have liftoff. News of mounted boards on this title have sent orders shooting up and it's now made the cut. The retail price is going from $55 to $60 but the pre-order price remains a sweet $38.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-345-fading-glory-napoleonic-series...



Game Information: Fading Glory is the second game (No Retreat - The Russian Front Deluxe Edition is the first) we are producing as part of our strategic friendship/partnership with Victory Point Games, and the first game we are producing from their popular Napoleonic 20 series. The idea for this and future volumes is that we will take multiple existing games from the VPG Napeoleonic 20 series, add an as-yet-unpublished game to the mix, and create a GMT boxed game with 3-4 games in the box, using larger (3/4") counters and GMT production.

The Napoleonic 20 game system from Victory Point Games features lower-level wargame complexity on maps where, generally, 20 pieces or less are in play at one time (total, for both sides). This creates tense, dramatic and fast-playing situations on the board where higher echelon troop formations (generally corps) vie for position and dominance. Subscribers to C3i have recently enjoyed Jena 20, a game in this series which features eight pages of Standard rules and one-to-two pages of exclusive rules per title.

Included in this Multi-Pack are:
* Salamanca 20 (Wellington vs. Marmont, 1812)
* Smolensk 20 (Napoleon vs. Barclay de Tolly in the near-battle to decide the Russian Campaign, 1812)
* Borodino 20 (Napoleon vs. Kutusov before Moscow, 1812)
* Waterloo 20 (Napoleon vs. Blucher and Wellington, 1815)

Designer: Joe Miranda
Developer: Alan Emerich and Lance McMillan
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14. Board Game: Roads to Moscow: Battles of Mozhaysk and Mtsensk, 1941 [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:3827]
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Current Preorders: 504 (+5)

First announced: December 2010

Current Status: Made the cut NEW!

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

Number of Players: 1-2

Comments: Another one makes the cut!

This month a cover of Al Stewart's Roads to Moscow



Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-332-roads-to-moscow.aspx



Game Information: "All summer they drove us back through the Ukraine
Smolensk and Vyasma soon fell
By Autumn we stood with backs to the town of Orel
Closer and closer to Moscow they come
Riding the wind like a bell...."
- Al Stewart, Roads to Moscow

Roads to Moscow is a two-player game depicting battles in the Soviet Union during the drive on Moscow in October 1941. The two separate battles shown in this game are named for the main objective city on each map, Mozhaysk to the west of Moscow, and Mtsensk to the south. Perhaps the most dramatic of the many desperate battles fought in front of Moscow, these two battles combined all the elements of the great struggle. The Germans have an excellent fighting machine but are short on fuel and time. They must capture their objectives on a tight schedule or snow and mud will end their offensive. The Soviets are down to the rearward remnants of their once immense armies. If the Soviets can avoid being encircled by the fast moving German forces, high quality reinforcements from the Far East may finally allow them to stop the German advance.

Designer: Vance von Borries
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15. Board Game: Andean Abyss [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:446]
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Current Preorders: 517 (+44)

First announced: January 2011

Current Status: Made the cut NEW!

Preorder Price (List Price): $50 ($75)

Number of Players: 1-4 (has solitaire rules)

Comments: Congratulations to Volko and the development team for your energy and enthusiasm.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-337-andean-abyss.aspx



Game Information: Colombia in the 1990s hosted one of the world’s last Marxist guerrilla armies, brutal drug lords, and right-wing death squads and appeared close to failing as a state. A decade later, its Marxists had lost their top leaders and rural sanctuary, its big drug bosses were dead or in prison, and its paramilitaries were negotiating demobilization. The Government had extended its writ to most of the countryside, restored its popularity, and improved the economy and respect for human rights.

Andean Abyss takes 1 to 4 players into this multifaceted campaign for control of Colombia: guerrillas and police, kidnapping and drug war, military sweeps and terror. Each of four factions deploys distinct capabilities and tactics to influence Colombian affairs and achieve differing goals. Players place and maneuver 160 wooden pieces across a colorful map and exploit event cards that cannot be fully predicted. Accessible mechanics and components put the emphasis on game play, but Andean Abyss also provides an engrossing model of insurgency and counterinsurgency in Colombia—smoothly accounting for population control, lines of communication, terrain, intelligence, foreign aid, sanctuaries, and a host of other political, military, and economic factors.
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16. Board Game: FAB: Sicily [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:2431]
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Current Preorders: 521 (-2)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Three steps forward, two steps back.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-301-sicily-fab-2.aspx

Complexity: Not listed
Solitaire Suitability: Not listed

Game Information: The Fast Action Battle (FAB) games, designed by Rick Young (Europe Engulfed, Asia Engulfed, and FAB: The Bulge), takes you to the Allied invasion of Sicily for volume II of the series.

As the Allied player, you will choose your invasion beaches after seeing where the Axis player has deployed his units. Do you choose Montgomery’s historical ‘Husky’ plan, Patton’s alternate plan, or a hybrid plan of your own?

In this game you will find a few new unit and asset types, and also new challenges for both sides. For the attacker, the challenge is the tough Sicilian terrain; and for the defenders, it’s the worsening Italian morale.

Designer: Rick Young
Developer: John Foley
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17. Board Game: Wild Blue Yonder [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 524 (+9)

First announced: November 2009

Current Status: Made the Cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $55 ($79)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Moving right along...

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-297-wild-blue-yonder.aspx

Complexity: Not listed
Solitaire Suitability: Not listed

Game Information: In 1992, GMT released Rise of the Luftwaffe, the first Down in Flames WWII air combat card game. That game covered the early part of the War in Europe, from 1939 to early 1942. It was followed a few years later by the 8th Air Force expansion module, which added aircraft and campaigns for the latter part of the war.

Since then there have been two more games, two packs of additional aircraft, and a large number of C3i modules for the series. However, the original two games have been long out of print. GMT has considered a number of options to address that, from straight reprints to a base game/ campaign module arrangement. Finally, though, the company has decided to P500 an entire new game covering the WHOLE war in the ETO.

Wild Blue Yonder will be a true deluxe Down in Flames product. It will contain 16-20 full campaigns, nearly 300 aircraft cards, plus all of the necessary targets, resource sheets etc. needed for play. All of this will be packaged in a large box similar to the ones for the Combat Commander games.

Many of the campaigns will be on the same subjects as those in Rise of the Luftwaffe, 8th Air Force and various C3i modules. However, they will not be simple reprints of those campaigns. For example, due to card mix limitations the Fall of France campaign in Rise of the Luftwaffe included only one type of French aircraft. This will not be the case in the new game.

In addition, Wild Blue Yonder will contain two different types of campaigns, Land Campaigns and Strategic Bombing campaigns. The first type will be the familiar “standard” DiF campaign that players of the system are used to. The second type, though, will give both players a fixed “order of battle” along with reinforcements and replacements that they will have to use throughout the campaign. This will reflect the more attritional nature of these air campaigns.

Wild Blue Yonder will also include a number of Tour of Duty mini-campaigns. Each of these will be a series of dogfights from the careers of various well-known aces of the war. Those of you who want to more about this can check out C3i #21, which contains a Tour of Duty campaign featuring the Pacific ace George Welch.

Finally, the game will include at least one solitaire campaign for players who don’t have an opponent available.

Wild BlueYonder promises to be the best Down in Flames game yet. So strap on your parachute and get ready to take to the skies!
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18. Board Game: Saints in Armor [Average Rating:8.30 Overall Rank:2080]
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Current Preorders: 540 (+47)

First announced: April 2010

Current Status: Made the cut NEW!

Preorder Price (List Price): $47 ($69)

Number of Players:

Comments: Made the cut and then some!

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-350-saints-in-armor.aspx



Game Information: The Bohemian Revolt of 1618 triggered the Thirty Years War and in the early period of the war the Catholic/Imperial cause enjoyed an almost unbroken string of victories. This game, part of the Musket and Pike Battle Series, simulates six battles of the early Thirty Years War. In the period covered, the armies deployed in more compact formations so each battle fits on half of a standard map.

The battles covered in this game are: White Mountain, November 1620; Wimpfen, May 1622; Höchst, June 1622; Fleurus, August 1622; Stadtlohn,
August 1623; Lutter am Barenberg, August 1626.

In addition to scenario specific special rules that highlight the unique events of each battle, the battles in the game all share a simple set of special rules. These rules show the peculiarities of the early years of the Thirty Years War, such as Croat/Transylvanian style light cavalry.

Game Design: Brian Berg Asklev Hansen and David Ekberg
System Design: Ben Hull
Developer: Dick Vohlers
Map and Counter Art: Knut Grünitz
Research Assistance: Knut Grünitz

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19. Board Game: Bomber Command [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:2754]
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Current Preorders: 548 (+11)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $47 ($67)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Another good month for this one.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-302-bomber-command.aspx



Game Information: BOMBER COMMAND is a game of the night war in the skies over the Reich in World War II.

The game recreates the great RAF bombing raids against the heart of Germany and the defence of the German night fighter arm.

Based on an air combat system derived from the award-winning Downtown and The Burning Blue 'raid-scale' games, Bomber Command details the tactics of night fighting.

The German player must manage flak, Himmelbett zones, Wild Boar and Tame Boar tactics. RAF 'main force' raids are supported by Mosquito diversions, 'Gardening' operations (mining of seaways) and decoy raids. Two card decks--one for each player--are used to resolve the complex interactions of electronic countermeasures and radars, along with other operational factors such as Mahmoud patrols, Flower raids, and Beleuchter illumination units. A detailed bombing resolution system depicts the difficulties of marking targets and area bombing at night.

Game Design: Lee Brimmicombe-Wood
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20. Board Game: Pax Baltica [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2383]
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Current Preorders: 551 (+3)

First announced: August 2009

Current Status: Made the cut!

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: I'm keeping a positive attitude about this one. It may take a while to get to the printer, but given how stunningly gorgeous Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan turned out, it'll be worth the wait!

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-289-pax-baltica.aspx



Game Information: Pax Baltica™ is a Grand Strategy Game covering the entire Great Northern War (1700-1721) and recreates the intriguing conflict that is often considered a side-show of the War of Spanish succession. Yet the conflict probably have had greater impact on Europe’s political, cultural and social developments than the latter.

Components:
* 1 Map
* 1 set of rules
* 20 control-markers (5 red, 5 blue, 5 green, 5 white)
* 60 1*1*1/2'' wooden blocks : 24 blue, 16 green, 12 white, 8 red.
* 1 stickers sheet for mounting on blocks.
* 4 dice

Regular Price: $55.00
P500 Price: $38.00

Game Design and Development: Stefan Ekström and Göran Björkman
GMT Development: Scott Muldoon
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21. Board Game: Next War: Korea [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:2304] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 557 (+21)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $57 ($85)

Number of Players: 1-4

Comments: A modest spike in orders on this one. Nice to see after several quiet months.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-306-next-war-korea.aspx



Game Information: Next War: Korea, the first of a planned series of Next War games, allows players to fight a near future war on the Korean peninsula. In this updated and improved version of the previously-released Crisis: Korea 1995, players have access to virtually all military assets of North and South Korea, as well as large forces from the USA and the PRC. The integrated, easy to learn air-land combat system allows for unit efficiency, armor effects, light infantry, attack helicopters, Close Air Support, Cruise Missiles, and the particularly tough terrain of Korea.

Make no mistake: Next War: Korea is not an Introductory wargame. Rather, we have intended herein to create a system (and a series) that will allow detailed study of modern warfare in various venues as well as engaging gameplay. That said, the Standard Game rules encompass a fairly straightforward ruleset that will, we think, be considered pretty "easy to learn" by experienced wargamers. So players who choose to play Standard Game scenarios can have a relatively quick game when that's what suits them. The real flavor of a war in the theatre, though, comes through in the Advanced Game, where you get much more control over airpower and can more clearly see each side's strengths and weaknesses. For players who want a "mini-monster game" experience, playing the Advanced Game Campaign Scenarios with some or all of the optional rules will definitely "deliver."

So our hope is that we have created a game with enough variety and scaling of complexity that you can find an engaging and maybe even enlightening experience whether you want to play a fast two-player game, a longer monster game, or an ongoing solitaire study. We intend to provide tools for online game play as well (a Vassal module is being created now for use during playtesting) so that this game can be played in either real-time or over longer periods on the internet.

Game Design and Development: Mitchell Land
Original System Design: Gene Billingsley
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22. Board Game: Panzer (second edition) [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:1716]
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Current Preorders: 567 (+19)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $48 ($72)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Nice growth spike on this one. Now if only the expansions would keep pace!

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-323-panzer.aspx



Game Information: The Panzers Roll....

The tanks prepare for action. The fuel tanks topped off and the ammo loaded. The commanders confer one final time to review the battle plan. They await your orders.

As the fog clears, your beleaguered battle group once again moves into position to cover the retreating infantry. It is their only possible escape route. Failure is not an option – it never is. Your ranks have thinned since your first days on the Eastern Front. Those once halcyon times have now come and gone. The objective is simple. It is just a matter of holding the line until the reinforcements arrive.

The sharp report of a tank gun to your right quickly focuses your attention back to the situation at hand. The enemy is quickly advancing. You order the flank element to engage, all the while keeping a sharp eye peeled to the left thinking this is just another diversionary feint.

Again, your suspicions are correct. Their main force just broke over the rise on your left. You order the main body forward. The engines rumble, the guns crack and explosions erupt. Your forces will once more carry the day!
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Current Preorders: 575 (+12)

First announced: February 2009

Current Status: Made the cut!

Preorder Price (List Price): $35 ($50)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Net +9 after last month's blip.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-270-red-winter.aspx



Game Information: It is the winter of 1939 and the Soviet Union has just declared war on Finland. Bombers unleash a downpour of destruction on the Finnish capital of Helsinki. In the David and Goliath struggle that follows, the Russians swarm across the border and push back the Finns in victory after victory. The future appears grim for Finnish independence.

Red Winter will contain:
· One 22”x34” map
· One countersheet of 5/8” counters
· One Rulebook with illustrated examples
· One Play Book with over a dozen scenarios, extensive historical and game play notes, designer’s notes, and optional rules and variants
· One Turn Track card
· Two identical player aid cards
· Two six-sided dice
· One ten-sided die

DESIGNER: Mark Mokszycki
RESEARCH: Vesa Teräs, Mark Mokszycki
PLAYTESTER: Keith Mageau, Eric Edwards
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24. Board Game: Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:2817]
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Current Preorders: 663 (+11)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Made the cut!

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Orders are ticking along nicely on this one.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-307-bloody-april-air-war-over-arras-fr...



Game Information: Bloody April, 1917 is a standalone game using a similar format to Elusive Victory/Downtown, modified to cover the unique aspects of air combat during World War 1. The game covers the pivotal air combat over the Arras sector, France from March until the end of May 1917. Players take on the roles of Royal Flying Corps commander or German Imperial Air Service commander for their respective sides and will have a multitude of taskings available to accomplish and complete their objectives. Bloody April, 1917 will include both single mission scenarios and multi-mission/multi-day campaigns to allow players to play out large scale battles in a manageable timeframe.

Game Designer: Terry Simo
Counter and Map Art: Ian Wedge
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25. Board Game: The Supreme Commander [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:4198]
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Current Preorders: 666 (+4)

First announced: May 2009

Current Status: Made the cut.

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

Number of Players: 2-5

Comments: The growth curve is nice and smooth.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-278-the-supreme-commander.aspx



Game Information: The Supreme Commander is a game designed for 2-5 players covering the entirety of World War II in the European Theater of Operations (ETO), from September 1939 to the end of the war. While there are plenty of other ETO games out there, The Supreme Commander effectively models all of the primary aspects of the war in a simple, straight-forward manner.

Murmansk convoy, Lend-Lease, diplomacy, the strategic U-Boat campaign, technological advancement, strategic bombing campaigns, naval invasions, the economy and military production, partisans – All of these elements and more are included in a surprisingly easy-to-learn game.

Note: We are doing much of the final system and balance testing of this game online using a (beautiful) Vassal module. We are definitely interested in additional testers who are new to the game at this stage. If you are interested in helping out, please contact developer Paul Marjoram at pmarjora@gmail.com.

Components:
* Rulebook
* (2) 24x36 maps with large hex pattern (one map is back-printed with a standard size 5/8" hex version so you can play the whole game on one map - for you guys with limited table space)
* Diplomatic Track (cardstock)
* Player aid card
* 560 Counters (Corps and Army-sized units)
* 6 x Force Pool cards for France, UK, US, USSR, Italy, Germany
* 2 ten-sided dice

Designer: Dan Holte
Developer: Paul Marjoram
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