The Crop 2011-12
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My yearly list of new games kept in order of BGG ranking and then BGG rating for unranked games. I tend to include only those games I or my friends might be interested in, so it is in no way an exhaustive list. Nevertheless, it is constantly changing and updating over the course of one year. It's a horse race really.

What Am I Trying To Do? I see this as a way of looking at the rankings and ratings of the new games to try to see which ones are getting the best reactions. I owe a LOT to W. Eric Martin's Spiel 2011 Preview for source info, but my list differs from his in that I keep track of the games' popularity.

As the list begins this year, there are 243 games. Of those, 26 already have BGG rankings, either because they are reprints/re-themes, or because they came out very recently and have already hit the shelves before Essen, but so new that I still want to track their progress. 63 of the games on this list began with not even any rating at all.

Please note that it takes a couple of weeks for the numbers to settle down after Essen, so I do almost daily updates for a while. After that, I taper off and try to get in an update at least once a week.

This list will be continually re-ordered to reflect ranking until Essen 2012.

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161. Board Game: 2019: The ARCTIC [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3628]
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167. Board Game: Wacht Am Rhein [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:3943]
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Reprinted
 
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169. Board Game: The God Kings: Warfare at the Dawn of Civilization, 1500 – 1260BC [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:3982]
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4 player CDG wargame, which, by the way, looks fantastic!
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170. Board Game: Champions 2020 [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:4158]
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171. Board Game: Autokrator [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:4101]
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172. Board Game: Age of Reason [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:4300]
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Martin Wallace re-implements Struggle of Empires
 
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173. Board Game: Spiel [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:4377]
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New 121 dice version (original had 281).
 
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174. Board Game: Arcanum [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4407]
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Uses a tarot deck
 
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