20 Most Anticipated Board Games of 2013 - NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED
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There can be only one twenty!


Back for a fourth year...

Nominations and voting are now closed.
The vote is here.

The results are here:
Overall:
20 Most Anticipated Games of 2013

Categories:
Strategy
Thematic
Wargame
Party, Family & Children's
Train
Economic
Historical & Political
Sci-Fi & Horror
Fantasy
Original/Innovative
Reprint
Expansion
Abstract
Solitaire
Best of the Rest



Status updates:
Wed, January 2, 2012
Tue, January 1, 2012
Mon, December 31, 2012
Sun, December 30, 2012
Sat, December 29, 2012
Fri, December 28, 2012
Thu, December 27, 2012
Wed, December 26, 2012

Another year has once again come and gone... the Merchant of Venus dispute that caused two separate entries last year has been resolved, and it seems there are still quite a few from last year's list that I have yet to pick up and/or play... namely Merchant of Venus, Rex: Final Days of an Empire, and Vinhos.

Several others that looked promising for this year suffered production delays such as Kings of Air and Steam and The Guns of Gettysburg. As disappointing as a delay is, it just means they get to come back on the list a second year.

Yet others like Exile Sun, FrankenDie made it onto the shelves, but alas, not on to the gaming table.

Unfortunately, once again I think more made it onto the shelves than on the table.

For the last three years I have found a number of great games through this most informal and unofficial process... so, here it is again, back for a fourth year. As in past years, this will be a two-stage process... a nominations phase and a final voting phase.

So, without further ado I would like to once again open nominations for this very in-formal and un-official contest to determine the 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2013.

Key Dates:
Nominations Open: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Nominations Close: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Voting Begins: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Voting Ends: Saturday, January 12, 2013

Nominations
To nominate a game add it to this geeklist with one or more categories using the category tags below. Please add a short note stating why it is anticipated that the game will ship in 2013. Feel free to suggest new categories.

Nomination name
Nominations may not have a BGG entry yet, or you may want to change the nomination name to indicate a specific edition.

To do so, put the nomination name inside of altname tags such as:
[altname]Favorite game - Unnamed expansion[/altname]

To second a nomination thumb its entry.

The top 50 nominations will be entered into the final vote for the top 20.


Nomination Categories:
Categories will be changed based on the nominations, but tentatively these are the categories I expect us to have (feel free to nominate a game for multiple categories):
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Family & Children's [category]family[/category]
* Party [category]party[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Train [category]train[/category]
* Economic [category]economic[/category]
* Historical & Political [category]historical[/category]
* Science Fiction & Horror [category]scifi[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Wargame [category]wargame[/category]
* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Reprint [category]reprint[/category]
* Expansion [category]expansion[/category]
* Print & Play [category]pnp[/category]
* Abstract [category]abstract[/category]

Eligibility
Any newly available game or expansion is eligible if it is reasonably expected to ship in 2013. I know, "reasonably" is a fuzzy word... cest la vie.

Voting
At the conclusion of nominations I will create a poll with the top 50 nominations.

Reprints vs. new editions
Reprints of already released games are not eligible, but new editions are. As with many things in the gaming industry this isn't a crisp line as to how many changes are necessary to distinguish a reprint from a new edition, but several factors to consider are artwork and components.

When nominating a new edition, mention why you think this one is different from the previous edition (not necessarily in detail, something as short as "new components" is sufficient).

Long out-of-print reprints
I would prefer to include games that have been generally unavailable for several years and are receiving a reprint. Again, this is a bit of a fuzzy area, but as an example, if Warhammer Quest or Hero Quest were to be reprinted without changes they would be eligible.

Multiple releases
It is not uncommon for a game printing to have multiple release editions for the EU and US markets (such as Mayfair/Lookout Games and JKLM/Z-Man). Many games are released and available at Essen and then (sometimes much later) released in the US with great anticipation.

For many, I think the "buzz" surrounding an Essen release combined with the general unavailability heightens the anticipation.

I would prefer to include these releases and let the voting determine how anticipant people are.

Limited initial release
I would also prefer to include games that had a limited initial release and are preparing for a full re-release. Again, this will be a grey area, but one example I would point to is the approach that Treefrog, Winsome, GMT and other publishers take with typically small pre-order releases that sell out quickly and receive a reprint if they perceive that the game was well received.

What is a small or limited release? Again, another gray area that we'll have to deal with as it comes up, as I'm sure a small release for Hasbro is quite different for a small release from most publishers here on BoardGameGeek.

This would also include games that might have had reviewer copies released, but are not yet generally available for purchase.

Other
If the particular game is part of a series (such as the Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game) I may combine multiple nominations into one entry for final voting if it appears as if the series is anticipated rather than a specific release in the series (this was done for the Dominion expansions in 2010).

Also, if there isn't any justification for why a particular game is anticipated to ship in 2013 I may removed it from final voting. This only reason I state this is to separate anticipated 2013 releases from wishlist items. Yes, it would be nice if Hasbro/Avalon Hill reprinted Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit but at this point I don't believe there is any reason to anticipate a 2013 release.

However, in this respect I would prefer to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

Anything else??? We'll wing it... After all, this is just for fun.

2012 Results
For anyone feeling a bit nostalgic, here are the results and nominations from last year:

Final Results
[RESULTS] 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2012
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - SCI-FI
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - FANTASY / MEDIEVAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - WARGAME
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - HORROR
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - ABSTRACT
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - TRAIN
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - ECONOMIC
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - HISTORICAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - POLITICAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - DICE
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - SPORTS
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - COOPERATIVE
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - BEST OF THE REST
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - ORIGINAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - REPRINT
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - EXPANSION
Voting
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2011 Results
[POLLS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - VOTING IS CLOSED
[RESULTS] 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2011
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - ORIGINAL GAME
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - EXPANSION
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - TRAIN
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - ECONOMIC
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - HISTORICAL & POLITICAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - FAMILY, PARTY, WORD & ABSTRACT
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - SCI-FI & HORROR
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - FANTASY
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - WARGAME
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - SPORT SIMULATION
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - THE BEST OF THE REST
Voting
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2010 Results
Twenty Most Anticipated Games of 2010 - Final Vote Results
Most Anticipated TRAIN Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated ECONOMIC Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated HISTORICAL Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated POLITICAL Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated HORROR Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated SCIENCE FICTION Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated FANTASY Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated WARGAMES of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated EXPANSIONS of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated PRINT & PLAY Games of 2010
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1. Board Game: Moongha Invaders: Mad Scientists and Atomic Monsters Attack the Earth! [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2237]
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A successful Kickstarter that will add miniatures. Finally, my quest to find miniatures for my old version is at an end.

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2. Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1391]
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Kings of Air and Steam suffered a number of setbacks... such is the nature of Kickstarter projects (cue Kickstarter debate firestorm).

One of my most anticipated games of 2012, and now of 2013.

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3. Board Game: Viticulture [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:122]
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With a last name like mine how can I not like a game about running a Vineyard.

Viticulture piqued my interest with the theme, but the more I looked at the rules the more my interest grew.

I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of using backers on the card artwork, but I was really surprised with how the artists worked out the sketches. Check out that Mentor card... pretty awesome.


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4. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:388]
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This long out-of-print title and top 20 BGG all-time wargame has generated a flurry of backers on Kickstarter, although I'm still on the fence about it.

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5. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:1410]
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Back for its fourth year is Guns of Gettysburg. Each year this title gains more and more followers.

Although the game's designer has suffered some serious setbacks due to health issues, it looks like he finally has the support to get this through a Kickstarter and into production in 2013.

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6. Board Game: BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1788]
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Normally I'm cautious about any game based on a licensed property that isn't made by FFG, which seem to be the exception to the curse of movie/tv/video game based titles (Game of Thrones, Battlestar Galactica).

But, given Plaid Hat Games other titles (Summoner Wars, Mice & Mystics, Dungeon Run) I'm pretty excited about this one... especially with 52 Bioshock miniatures!

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7. Board Game: 1775: Rebellion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:250]
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The second in the Birth of America series, based on 1812: The Invasion of Canada this looks intriguing.


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8. Board Game: Professor Pugnacious [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:12110]
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I think the combination of the theme, artwork and game play will give this one a chance of hitting the table at family gatherings.


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9. Board Game: Railways of North America [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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Since it came out Railroad Tycoon has been one of my favorite games, in both video game and board game forms (although they're quite different).

With RoNA now the map will be complete from Canada down to Central America.


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10. Board Game: The New Science [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3018]
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I was a little skeptical of this one at first, but on further inspection it appears to be a great worker placement game with strong thematic influences from the great age of the 17th century scientific revolution.

I backed it on Kickstarter and it should be arriving soon. I'm hoping I'll get to disqualify it... because that means it has shipped and I'll get to play it. But, my gut feeling is that it won't arrive until after the start of the year.


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11. Board Game: Unexploded Cow [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3118]
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I was glad to see Cheapass Games return, and a nice production like this was a good way to start off.


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12. Board Game: The Great Fire of London 1666 [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1906]
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I missed the first JKLM printing of this fantastic looking game. This is the second of Pandasaurus' titles, and with the delivery of Tammany Hall imminent I'm even more excited about this one.


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13. Board Game: Lost Valley: The Yukon Goldrush 1896 [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2448]
 
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The third of Pandasaurus line, I'm always on the lookout for a game that evokes the feel of America's westward expansion, and this looks fantastic.

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14. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – Millennium Falcon Expansion Pack [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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Star Wars: X-Wing Wave 2

I knew when I saw this game in last year's 20-most it was going to cost me...

Four new ships including:
- The Millennium Falcon
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15. Board Game: Bootleggers: The Boardwalk [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked]
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Bootleggers is a long-time favorite of our group. I'm glad to see it was reprinted, but even more glad to see an expansion in print.


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16. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:157]
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More Feld awesomeness...

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17. Board Game: Fleet Commander: Nimitz [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:4773]
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Here's more a niche solitaire game for the war game crowd. It's predecessors in the Field Commander Series are all fairly well regarded by solitaire players and reportedly get better with each subsequent release.

Last glance showed it at 260 of 300 pre-orders necessary for printing. At the rate it's been going I'm hopeful it'll see printing in 2013.

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18. Board Game: Nuklear Winter '68: Heart Of Darkness [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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This expansion reached its funding threshhold earlier this fall. I believe it is going through rules proofing right now before being sent to the printer.

It's a war game set in an alternate WWII history with Nazis, NATO/Russian alliance/and the paranormal.

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19. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:15]
Mathue Faulkner
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Agricola with....weapons, quests, dogs, and donkeys?? Sign me up.

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20. Board Game: Space Infantry: New Worlds [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
 
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This is an expansion for Space Infantry. The publisher has already charged cards and said it should be off to the printer soon.

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21. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:97]
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After Eclipse, can Lautapelit.fi hit another home run?

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22. Board Game: BattleCON: Devastation of Indines [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:211] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
Trent Hamm
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A standalone expansion to the awesome BattleCON: War of Indines.

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23. Board Game: City of Remnants [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1613]
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A sci-fi game with some very intriguing mechanisms.

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24. Board Game: Rialto [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:768]
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Feld + TMG sounds like a hit to me.

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25. Board Game: Captains of Industry [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2301]
 
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In terms of game quality, Tasty Minstrel Games is generally pretty solid. The designer also designed City Hall (which is getting solid buzz and probably deserves to be on this list as well).

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