Your Most Anticipated Wargames of 2012
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The end of the year is nigh,2011 has been a decent one for new wargames. There's some good-looking games set for release next year and I'm probably not the only wargamer here that has a "must have" or two on his gaming radar for 2012. I'll post mine, you post what new wargames, expansions, or reprints you're looking forward to the most in the upcoming year. This list may be a little early but what the Hell, if it results in a couple more pre-orders it's all good.

If your most anticipated game's release (including delays) is "straddling" the new year and the street or pre-order ship date is not definite use your own judgement in posting it.

Which 2012 wargames are you looking forward to?
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76. Board Game: WIF Blitz! [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
David Dockter
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Minnesota
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Finally? Image for the game says 2008 cry
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77. Board Game: Tonkin: The Indochina war 1950-54 (second edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:4067]
David Dockter
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The design sounds interesting.
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78. Board Game: Triumph of Fascism [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
Luis Martinez
United States
San Francisco
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Herr Dockter's follow-up to Triumph of Chaos. I think this is going to be the definitive game on the Spanish Civil War ( no offense MMP). I don't know if it's going to be released in 2012 but I'm hoping....


Edited cause I misspelled designer's name Doh!!!
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79. Board Game: Won by the Sword [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:7641]
Luis Martinez
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San Francisco
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Just waiting on Ben Hull's return from over-seas duty. Hopefully we will see this by the end of the year.
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80. Board Game: The Battle of Fontenoy - 11 May, 1745 [Average Rating:9.00 Overall Rank:3820]
David Dockter
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Just went up on preorder

http://www.clashofarms.com/BAR_Fontenoy.html
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81. Board Game: Nuklear Winter '68 [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:2206]
Andy Cowen
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Union Springs
New York
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Looks like an excellent story driven apocalyptic platoon level tank combat game. PanzerBlitz on crack Looking forward to getting my preorder copy.
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82. Board Game: Samurai Battles [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:2475]
M. S.
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Samurai Battles from Russian publisher Zvezda

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The biggest surprise for me at Toy Fair was a preview of Samurai Battles from Russian publisher Zvezda. Samurai Battles is a board and miniatures war game scheduled to ship in May with two alternative rule sets. One is based on Art of Tactic, Zvezda’s own miniatures wargaming system, which it had previously applied to the WWII era. The other is a Commands & Colors system being developed by Richard Borg.

Zvezda asked me not to publish pictures (sorry about that but the show rules are explicit—no pictures without permission), however I can tell you that I liked what I saw. Individual sculpts were very nice, with dynamic poses. Not all figures in the same unit shared the same pose, making it look more like a traditional miniature war game than the previous Commands & Colors based boardgames. All the figures in a unit sit on a base. That is, they can stand separately but then have a space to sit on a larger base together. Those bases have some terrain features and are more naturally shaped than a square or hexagon. Also, some foot units, at least, appeared to have more than the C&C standard four figures.

According to Richard Borg, to whom Purple Pawn reached out after Toy Fair for comment, what makes Samurai Battles unique for a Commands & Colors game is that it is actually two games in one. Richard had to design the game within the constraints of the miniatures and terrain hexes that already existed.

"I’ve published games for a very large number of publishers. It is one of the things I enjoy most about my job. Each company is a little different, with a different emphasis or requirements. These wrinkles add to the uniqueness of each company."

Samurai Battles uses the accumulation of honor to influence the game. Similar to BattleLore, with its system for lore, spending honor allows the use of certain cards to influence game play. In addition, whenever a unit loses figures or must retreat, it loses honor as well. If a player doesn’t have enough honor when forced to retreat, the consequences are dire and can spread to surrounding units.


http://www.purplepawn.com/2012/02/samurai-battles-new-comman...

More info here
http://www.beastsofwar.com/groups/news-rumors/forum/topic/co...
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83. Board Game: Armored Knights: Operation Gazelle [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
Robert Stuart
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Los Alamos
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Not this game, but Armored Knights Crusader and Armored Knights Venezia, twin games which are due to come out in the second half of the year. [They aren't yet on the BGG list, so I've inserted this existing game instead.]

I'm really looking forward to playing this system. And knowing Chris Fasulo, these games will most likely come out early.
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84. Board Game: Nations at War: Desert Heat [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
Jay Townsend
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This is what I am looking forward in 2012.
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85. Board Game: Panzer Grenadier: Kursk – South Flank [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Jay Townsend
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Here is another one that I am looking forward too!!!!!
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86. Board Game: Ardennes '44 [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:893]
Jay Townsend
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I am talking about the 2012 newer version coming out in a month or two!
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87. Board Game: Enemy Action: Ardennes [Average Rating:9.50 Unranked]
Matt Gustafson
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Warsaw
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I am really looking forward to this game's release. It should be out in October.

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88. Board Game: La Bataille de France, 1940 [Average Rating:8.45 Unranked]
Jay Townsend
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89. Board Game: World at War: America Conquered [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:3987]
Jay Townsend
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90. Board Game: The Supreme Commander [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:3952]
David Dockter
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Looks interesting; I'm always in the market for a strat level WW2 ETO game.
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91. Board Game: The Great Game [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Nigel Twine
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Please Lord, let there be a miracle that allows me to get my eager hands on this game THIS YEAR.

"Asia Crossroads" is an excellent game but I`d like to try a new take on the theme now.
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92. Board Game: Ammo Domini: Fight for Europe to the Last Bullet [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
David Dockter
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Minnesota
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What's this one?
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93. Board Game: Sas és félhold [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Scott Moore
England
Birmingham
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Available in Hungarian and soon in English as a free Web-published game. 'Eagle and Crescent' is a CDG covering the Fifteen Years' War fought in Hungary between the Habsburg Empire and the Ottoman Turks.
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94. Board Game: Lincoln's War [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:4050]
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Been following this one.

Did my Sept 11 pipeline analysis from this game and above.
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95. Board Game: TSWW: Blitzkrieg [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
David Dockter
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Four more installments of this 4,000 counter beast in the pipe:

Blitz, Balkan Fury, Singapore and Mare Nostrum

Balkan Fury (I think published, but, not sure) here:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgameexpansion/102773/balka...

only 1,100+ counters with that one

...seems like most of the company news here in this review:

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/573966/a-first-look-at-t...
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96. Board Game: A Distant Plain [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:672]
Russell/Karen Morse
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After playing Andean Abyss, I really want this!
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97. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.68 Overall Rank:1229]
David Dockter
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Enrico recently pointed this one out.
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98. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:8.80 Unranked]
David Dockter
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Mr.Herman's latest effort sounds very interesting:

Churchill is a game about the inter-Allied conflicts that occurred over the Conference table as each side vies to control the Allied agenda and the course of things to come. The players in the game take on the roles of Churchill, Roosevelt, or Stalin as they maneuver against each over the course of six Conferences that determine who will lead the Allied forces, where those forces will be deployed, and how the Axis will be defeated. The player whose forces collectively have greater control over the surrendered Axis powers will win the peace and the game.

Mark previewed the game on episode 1 of Guns, Dice, Butter (conversation begins at minute 19...Mark covers this title beginning about minute 47).
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99. Board Game: Caesar in Gaul [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
David Dockter
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http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/14572/caesar-in-gaul/caes...

Looks like this game is now out (although it lists a 2010 publish date). Since I just discovered that (that it has been published), we'll put it on this pipeline list.
 
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