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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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3. Board Game: War of the Ring (second edition) [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:14]
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2nd Edition with new board and larger cards.
 
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4. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:22]
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Wings of War in space.
 
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6. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:36]
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Streamlined to 60-90 minutes to play. Campaign included.
 
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7. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:38]
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8. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:45]
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11. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:102]
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August 2012

Cooperative storytelling game with a difference!
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12. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:106]
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New version from Mayfair
 
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16. Board Game: Zombicide [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:164] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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18. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:165]
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19. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:202]
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New version for Europe, not North America
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3rd time out...Airlines begat Union Pacific begat Airlines Europe.
 
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21. Board Game: 1989: Dawn of Freedom [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:206]
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Follow up to Twilight Struggle.
 
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22. Board Game: Star Wars: The Card Game [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:217]
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23. Board Game: Star Trek: Fleet Captains [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:218]
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24. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:216]
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Finally!
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25. Board Game: Last Will [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:235]
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