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Welcome to the July 2013 edition of the GMT P500 update list. The purpose of this list is to showcase all the new games coming through the GMT P500 system.

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1. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:3756] [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:71]
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The follow up poll last month was asking people to measure how often they played solo if they usually didn't and vice versa.

Roughly 4/10 who said they usually played against others said they never played games solitaire. One the other hand, only 1/5 said they played exclusively solo. And about twice as many people chimed in on the former poll than the latter.

The poll number that surprised me was the preference for card driven games as the #1 choice of about 45% of respondents. Someone said it's mostly selection bias as GMT is one of the biggest CGD manufacturers, but I'm not convinced. I suppose I should run a poll in the wargame forums and see if it's wildly different.

Once more mounted maps win the preference poll, which should surprise nobody.

No polls this month. It's the summer. Oh all right. One poll.

What's your favourite flavour of ice cream? (post your answers)
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2. Board Game Publisher: GMT Games
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News from GMT

New games announced this month: Fire in the Lake

Making the cut: Fire in the Lake

Leaving the list: A Distant Plain

Rising Stars
+73 Enemy Coast Ahead
+64 Fields of Fire II
+45 The Hunters

Current Printing Schedule, from the June 16th update.

Tentative Production Schedule:July/August, 2013:
A Distant Plain
A World at War (Reprint)
Cuba Libre
France, 40
C&C Ancients Reprints of Expansion 1
Navajo Wars
Sekigahara (Reprint)
The Supreme Commander

Mid-Late 3rd Quarter, 2013
C & C Napoleonics: The Austrians
No Retreat: The North African Front
The Dark Valley
The Hunters (for ConSim Press)
Won by the Sword

4th Quarter, 2013 (VERY tentative, some may drop into 1Q 2014):
1914: Offensive a Outrance
Blood & Roses
C&C Napoleonics: The Prussian Army
C&C Ancients Reprints of Expansions 2 & 3
Combat Commander BP 6: Sea Lion
Operation Dauntless
Panzer Expansion #3: Drive to the Rhine
Thunder Alley
Unconditional Surrender
Wild Blue Yonder
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3. Board Game: Fire in the Lake [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:408]
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Current Preorders: 659 (+659)

First announced: June 2013

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $55 ($85)

Number of Players: 1-4

Comments: The latest in the COIN series on an enormously popular topic. No, it does not hold the record for fastest to 500.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-450-fire-in-the-lake.aspx



Game Information: Vietnam, 1964. The most wrenching US engagement of the Cold War would be far more than GI versus Charlie. The conflict had set tribesman against nationalist, Buddhist against Catholic, mandarin against villager, and of course Northerner against Southerner—even among the communists. As revolutionary change burned through that ancient civilization, Washington would apply its armament and its operations research. To get out, the US counterinsurgency would have to motor deeper and deeper in. In the end, culture and will would overcome technology and math and signal the end of the primacy of industrial might in modern warfare.

Designer: Mark Herman and Volko Ruhnke
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4. Board Game: Enemy Coast Ahead: The Dambuster Raid [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:2865]
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RISING STAR!

Current Preorders: 328 (+73)

First announced: May 2013

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $35 ($55)

Number of Players: 1-3 (team play possible)

Comments: I don't play solo games very often, but I won't be adding this one to my collection. It just doesn't grab me.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-439-enemy-coast-ahead-the-dambuste...



Game Information: In Enemy Coast Ahead: The Dambuster Raid, you command a newly formed squadron assigned the task of breaching the dams in the Ruhr Valley. Not only are you presented with a variety of decisions, you play the invisible hand of fate as your crews endure the hazards of a dangerous night raid. Play the campaign and you get to organize and train the squadron, or play the historical scenarios.

Designer: Jerry White
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5. Board Game: Fields of Fire Vol. II: ''With The Old Breed'' [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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RISING STAR!

Current Preorders: 567 (+64) 

First announced: March 2013

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $55 ($82)

Number of Players: 1

Comments: And still going strong, staying in the #2 spot of the rising stars.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-432-fields-of-fire-vol-ii-with-the...



Game Information: In Fields of Fire Vol. II: "With the Old Breed," you pin on your captain's bars and take command of a rifle company in the 5th Marines, the most decorated regiment in the US Marine Corps. Test your mettle in three campaigns spanning World War II, Korea and Vietnam. Battle ashore in the blazing heat of Peleliu in September 1944 to discover the Japanese have changed their strategy and you are forced to dig them out of the coral ridges. Flares reveal waves of Chinese pouring over the rugged mountains of the Chosin Reservoir, Korea, in sub zero weather in November 1950. Fight house to house in Hue City, Vietnam in February 1968. These three campaigns live on in the legends and history of the United States Marine Corps.

Designer: Ben Hull

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6. Board Game: The Hunters: German U-Boats at War, 1939-43 [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:928] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
 
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RISING STAR!

Current Preorders: 1521 (+45)

First announced: December 2011

Current Status: Made the cut

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

Number of Players: 1

Comments: Consim Press/GMT partnership. Despite being over 1500 orders now, it's still in the top 3 rising stars.

 


Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-374-the-hunters.aspx

Game Information: The Hunters is a solitaire tactical level game placing you in command of a German U-boat during WWII. Your mission is to destroy as much Allied Shipping and as many Capital ships as possible while advancing your crew quality and increasing your commander rank culminating in special decoration ‒ all while remembering you have to make it home.

The Hunters is purposely designed to deliver a brisk yet intensive gaming experience that forces many decisions upon you as you will take command among the major German U-boat models in service during WWII, and try to complete an entire tour. If you ultimately survive all patrols from 1939 to 1943, you will be transferred to the U-boat Training Command for the remainder of the war, having successfully carried out your service for the Fatherland.

Those familiar with the classic Avalon Hill game title, B-17: Queen of the Skies, will come to enjoy the same type of gaming experience of the German U-boat War. All major U-boat models are accounted for with every level of detail including period of service, armaments, crew make-up, damage capacity, and more.

Designer: Gregory M. Smith


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7. Board Game: Fortress Sevastopol [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 96 (0) 

First announced: December 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $44 ($55)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: This is coming out in issue #8 of the UGG house mag, Command & Strategy.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-378-command-strategy-issue-8-forte...

Game Information: Fortress Sevastopol is a simulation of the German assault on the Crimean Peninsula. The Germans had to advance to Sevastopol as quickly as possible. Eventually the mighty fortress will have to surrender before the snow falls, which would be a great pleasure for the "Führer". If not, you will have to wait until spring to receive more reserves and finally capture Sevastopol before the game ends.

If you play the Russian side: stay cool! Try to avoid losses in the initial onslaught. Collect units and reserves in the winter months for an eventual counterstrike at the German weak points. If this is unsuccessful, go for entrenchments and fight for every meter in Sevastopol til the end.

Fortress Sevastopol uses an easy to learn area movement and combat system. A similar system was already used in games like Breakout Normandy, Monty's Gamble - Market Garden, and Storm Over Arhhem. Fortress Sevastopol is Issue #8 in UGG's Command & Strategy magazine series.

Designer: Christian Diedler

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8. Board Game: Title Chase: Basketball [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
 
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Current Preorders: 149 (-2)

First announced: April 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $33 ($49)

Number of Players: 2-7

Comments: Lost the two it gained last month.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-399-title-chase-basketball.aspx



Game Information: Title Chase Basketball is a fast-paced game nominally about professional basketball. The game focuses on team building, getting into the playoffs and winning it all. Title Chase Basketball should not be confused with a simulation. It is a game meant to pit players against each other and as such can be completed from the start of the season to game seven of the finals in about an hour.

The first half of the game is a card-driven game where you build up your team by improving positions, winning key games and gain ground in the standings. You will need to decide what teams surge ahead and which ones will fall by the wayside. Do you build a team of all-stars quickly and have a giant bulls-eye placed on their back for the other players to shoot at. Do you turn your team of journeymen into a solid-all around squad. Or maybe you want those one or two superstars that can guarantee you a deep run into the playoffs. The way that you build your team is up to you.

At the end of the regular season, the game switches to a full-on dice game using the teams you created during the regular season. Teams match up in best of 7 series where your dice are the ones you labored to improve earlier. As your dice are expended in each series, the games get closer and closer and often it comes down to one final toss of the die.

Designer: Jeff Horger


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9. Board Game: Medieval Conspiracy [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:10228]
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Current Preorders: 242 (+4) 

First announced: December 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $63 ($79)

Number of Players: 2-6

Comments: Either four more people have bought into a great game, or four more people are gambling on a pig in a poke.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-377-medieval-conspiracy.aspx

Game Information: Medieval Conspiracy introduces players to the Holy Roman Empire of Germany. That Empire is divided into numberless small earldoms, principalities, and bishoprics. The Ruler of the Empire is the Holy Roman Emperor who is elected by the 7 electoral princes.

In Medieval Conspiracy you take the role of a mighty noble family. Increase your power, gain new countries, get votes of the electoral princes to finally be elected the new Holy Roman Emperor.

Designers: Stephan Rensing and Dietrich Potthoff


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10. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:4441]
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Current Preorders: 282 (+6)

First announced: April 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $34 ($49)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Made up for last month's loss.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-402-1914-glorys-end.aspx



Game Information: Before the award-winning World War I designs Paths of Glory and The Great War In Europe, Deluxe Edition, designer Ted S. Raicer had revived interest in gaming the Great War with a series of WWI campaign games for the late lamented Command magazine. GMT is proud to present a set of revised boxed editions of these classic “players-games”.

Designer: Ted Raicer

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11. Board Game: Fury of Harrows [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 306 (0)

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: No growth is better than losing numbers.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-370-fury.aspx



Game Information: Fury, GMT’s new game of fantasy warfare, brings the Manoeuvre game system to the lands of the West. Knights and Orcs fight against Dragons and Dwarves to decide the outcome of the 2nd War of the West. Fury takes the bones of Manoeuvre and builds a game that has more of everything you like in the original. More and varied types of movement such as flight and teleportation, more combats in a turn each with their own deadly styles, and devastating spells that can turn the tides of war in your favor. Your ability to control the Fury of the battlefield will determine your fate.

Designer: Jeff Horger
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12. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:4441]
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Current Preorders: 308 (+3)

First announced: April 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $34 ($49)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Made up for last month.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-401-when-eagles-fight.aspx



Game Information: Before the award-winning World War I designs Paths of Glory and The Great War In Europe, Deluxe Edition, designer Ted S. Raicer had revived interest in gaming the Great War with a series of WWI campaign games for the late lamented Command magazine. GMT is proud to present a set of revised boxed editions of these classic “players-games”.

Winner of the Charles S. Roberts award for best pre-WWII boardgame, When Eagles Fight covers the eastern front in World War I, the last war of Tsarist Russia, Habsburg Austria, and Imperial Germany. From 1914 to 1917 the armies of the Tsar battled from the Carpathians to the Baltic against the outnumbered but logistically superior German army and the badly-led multi-ethnic forces of Austria-Hungary (the Central Powers). Though repeatedly inflicting massive defeats on the Habsburg armies, the Russians were ultimately undone by the skill and firepower of the German army and the collapsing political structure of the Tsarist autocracy. By March 1917 the 300 year-old Romanov dynasty was no more, and the stage was set for the coming of Lenin and the Bolsheviks. But the empire of the Habsburgs was left mortally wounded, and the Kaiser’s Germany would meet its own doom less than two years later on the battlefields of the western front.

Designer: Ted Raicer

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13. Board Game: Next War: Taiwan [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:3815] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 313 (+29)

First announced: April 2013

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $55 ($85)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: More solid numbers. I like what if games to some extent, although I feel that the game about Korea is more plausible than this one.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-435-next-war-taiwan.aspx



Game Information: Over sixty years later, and the divisions still run deeper than the straits which separate the Republic of China from the People's Republic of China. Once again, a historically, ethnically, and culturally homogeneous people separated by politics and economics hurl men, weapons, and material into the maelstrom of modern combat in an attempt to settle their bitter division once and for all.

Designer: Mitchell Land
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14. Board Game: Bear's Claw: The Battles of Kiev-Uman and Smolensk, 1941 [Average Rating:6.83 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 325 (+7)

First announced: June 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $34 ($48)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Starting to move again.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-409-bears-claw.aspx

Complexity: low to moderate
Solitaire suitability: high

Game Information: BEAR'S CLAW - The Battles of Kiev-Uman and Smolensk, 1941

the time is:
0910 hours, 26 June 1941 (Kiev-Uman)
0610 hours, 11 July 1941 (Smolensk)

Bear's Claw is two-games-in-one; featuring two separate and standalone, operational-level treatments of the German advance and Soviet counter thrusts from July to August 1941 during Operation Barbarossa.

Kiev-Uman covers the action of German Army Group South, from the beginning of Soviet bold counterattack on 26 June led by the Soviet South-Western Front comprising four full mechanized corps (more than 2,000 tanks), to the closing of the Uman Pocket on 6 August.

Smolensk covers the action of German Army Group Center, from the German 2nd Panzergruppe's crossing of the Dnepr on 11 July, followed by numerous Soviet counterattacks of the Soviet Western Front led by Marshal Timoshenko, to the climax of operations at Smolensk on 9 August.

Both games share a common set of rules and deliver a quick, yet intensive gaming experience as BOTH sides will have the opportunity to initiate attacks during play. In essence, these are not one-sided affairs as the pendulum will swing in the Soviet's favor as well as they attempt to mount several counter blows to thwart the German advance.

Designer: Masahiro Yamazaki
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15. Board Game: Norway, 1940: A PQ-17 Expansion [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 342 (+15)

First announced: September 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Ten months in and it's going well.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-421-norway-1940-a-pq-17-expansion....



Game Information: It is Spring 1940, and both the British and the Germans have plans to invade neutral Norway. The British still have the French on their side, while the German Kriegsmarine will never be larger. Who will strike first?

Norway 1940 is a ziplock expansion for PQ-17 that adds all the British, French, Polish, and German naval and air units needed to re-fight this tense air-naval battle, including such seldom-seen ships and aircraft as the repair ship HMS Vindictive, German Type II U-boats, Blackburn Skuas and Rocs, and early Ju88 heavy fighters. Special rules reflect the unique conditions of the campaign, such as Scandinavian neutrality, Norwegian coastal defenses, faulty German torpedoes, shore bombardments, and Allied establishment of a forward naval base (historically in the Lofotens). And just as in the parent game, secretly determined special conditions offer new opportunities and threats to both sides. Will the British pre-empt the German invasion? Will the Germans attempt to break out into the Atlantic with their heavy ships? Will the Allies elect to stay in Narvik instead of evacuating with the fall of France imminent? Or will the Germans make a daring attempt to seize Iceland before the Allies can occupy it in force?

Designer: Chris Janiec

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16. Board Game: Wellington in India [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 345 (+9)

First announced: April 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $39 ($60)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: An intriguing game. I should follow the conversation on CSW.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-400-wellington-in-india.aspx



Game Information: Wellington in India (WIN) is GMT’s first game in its Great Battles in Asian History, a series emphasizing easy, quick play that focuses on the unusual features of this area of history virtually untouched by the hobby but truly rich in gameplayer goodies.

WIN simulates the battles of the 2nd Anglo-Mahratta War in India (1803), in which Major General, The Honorable Arthur Wellesley (later the Duke of Wellington) had field command in the Deccan (the center of the subcontinent) against the huge forces of the Mahrattas, the largest independent empire in India, under the Scindia rulers of Gwalior and the Bhonsle rulers of Nagpur and Berar, complete with the a massive artillery corps, plus the equally important battles in the northern, Hindustan where the troops of the East India Company were under the oft-unappreciated General Lake; all of which was part of the almost subconscious, ongoing efforts of the British, in the guise of their East India Company, to gobble up an entire continent and civilization.

Much of the game system will be familiar to any wargamer. There is no set number of turns, and this is not Igo-Hugo gaming. Variable activation of commands, based on leadershipo quality, is the baseline. The usual fire/move then shock mechanics are all there, and we hope to eventually use this basic system to simplify our Great Battles of the Civil War battles.

Designer: Richard Berg

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17. Board Game: Triumph & Tragedy [Average Rating:8.32 Overall Rank:424]
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Current Preorders: 369 (+11)

First announced: September 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $69 ($99)

Number of Players: 3 (also playable by 2)

Comments: Moving along.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-422-triumph-and-tragedy.aspx



Game Information: Triumph and Tragedy is a geopolitical strategy game for 3 players (also playable by 2) covering the competition for European supremacy during the period 1935-45 between Capitalism (the West), Communism (the Soviet Union) and Fascism (the Axis). It has diplomatic, economic, technological and military components, and can be won by gaining economic hegemony or technological supremacy (A-bomb), or by vanquishing a rival militarily.

Designer: Craig Besinque
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18. Board Game: FAB: Golan '73 [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:4737]
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Current Preorders: 383 (+8)

First announced: August 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $44 ($65)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: When I was a teenager, I used to always get these world at war magazines. They had various titles and mostly covered WWII battles, but among the gripping stories were some from this conflict.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-417-golan-73-fab-3.aspx



Game Information: Michael Gustavsson teams up with Fast Action Battles (FAB) series designer Rick Young to jointly bring you volume III in the FAB game series. These two designers take you to the Golan Heights on October 6, 1973, where during the holiday of Yom Kippur, the silence on the Heights was disrupted by the thunder of tanks, guns, and aircraft when a Syrian assault was launched. The Syrian operation, code-named as Badr, was aimed to retake the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, which the Syrians lost in the 1967 Six-day war.

Designer: Michael Gustavsson & Rick Young
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19. Board Game: Genesis: Empires and Kingdoms of the Ancient Middle East [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:3409]
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Current Preorders: 385 (+21)

First announced: November 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2-5

Comments: Nice to see this one doing so well.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-429-genesis.aspx



Game Information: Genesis is a campaign-level game covering the turbulent Late Bronze Age in the Middle East, where kingdoms rose and fell while establishing many of the systems and ways of life that underwrite Western Civilization. Much like its ancestor game, Pax Romana, Genesis is a game that provides the players with the historical dramatis personae and allows them to forge their own empires. It also has a great emphasis on the control of the important trade routes and commercial centers and the building of the spectacular monuments these civilizations left for posterity and wonder.

Designer: Richard Berg

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20. Board Game: Manoeuvre: Distant Lands [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 405 (+8)

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: A glimmer of hope as this breaks 400.

Perhaps rather than generating this as a standalone game, it could be put into the smaller GMT box (like Pacific Typhoon and Battleline) and just issued as a straight up expansion.


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.

Designer: Jeff Horger
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21. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:537] [Average Rating:7.40 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 417 (+5)

First announced: September 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $39 ($64)

Number of Players: 2-7

Comments: Growing again. I keep hearing such good things about this game. I should probably bite the bullet and get some print and play materials out and give it a shot.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-359-thunder-alley.aspx



Game Information: Thunder Alley is a stock car racing game for 2-7 players with the feel and flexibility of a card-driven simulation. Players controls not one car, but a team of 3-6 cars. Each race is not only a run for the checkered flag but an effort to maximize the score for every car on your team. Winning is important but if you race one car to the finish line, your team might end up outside of the winner’s circle looking in.

Designer: Jeff Horger
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22. Board Game: Blue Cross, White Ensign [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:5922] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 447 (+16)

First announced: November 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Combat in the age of sail.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-427-blue-cross-white-ensign.aspx



Game Information: At the turn of the 18th Century, Tsar Peter Veliky ("the Great") had a dream. This was for Imperial Russia to have a fleet vast and powerful enough to control its local waterways and to extend Russian trade to the world. Peter travelled widely throughout Europe, learning the trade of ship building from the western masters, and brought this knowledge home. Sadly, he would never see the result of his labors. But, by the time of his death in 1725, the seed of a powerful armada had been sown. Under a flag bearing the cross of Saint Andrew (a blue cross on a white background), the Imperial Russian Navy grew to become the masters of the Baltic, Black and eastern Mediterranean seas.

Designer: Mike Nagel

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23. Board Game: 1914: Serbien Muss Sterbien [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:5806]
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Current Preorders: 455 (+22)

First announced: November 2012

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players:

Comments: Sigh.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-430-1914-serbien-mu-sterbien.aspx



Game Information: 1914, Serbien muß sterbien, The Initial Campaigns on the Balkan Front in WWI realistically covers the battles fought in and around Serbia during the first year of World War One.

1914, Serbien muß sterbien (an Austro-Hungarian jingle that translates to “Serbia must die”) is a comprehensively researched model that explores the intriguing set of campaigns fought in Serbia in 1914. The game includes an accurate order of battle and detailed game map. The map encompasses the primary theater of war from Peterwardein in the north, Sarajevo in the west, to Niš in the south-east.

Designer: Michael Resch

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24. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:1195]
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Current Preorders: 483 (-4)

First announced: April 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

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

Number of Players: 2-4

Comments: Ouch! What happened here?

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 Rulebook 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
Two 22”x34” maps
700 counters on 2 ½ counter sheets
Three 11”x17” Player Aid sheets
Three 8.5”x11” Faction Cards
Two 8.5”x11” Flowchart Cards
Two six-sided dice

Designer: Salvatore Vasta
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25. Board Game: Panzer: Game Expansion Set, Nr3 – Drive to the Rhine – The Second Front 1944-45 [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.30 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 559 (+20)

First announced: September 2012

Current Status: Made the cut!

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

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Growing steady.

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Game Information: This expansion set includes the most significant US and British forces that saw action on the Western front in 1944 up until the end of the war in 1945. Also included are the German units that fought against their relentless advances from Normandy, across Italy, breaching the Siegfried Line, and finally pushing in to the German Fatherland. Its playbook includes rules for special units, new optional rules, 10 gripping scenarios, and unit summaries for the US, British and German units.

Ownership of Expansions 1 & 2 is not required to field the German forces, they are all included here. However, this expands on those German units included in the first two expansions – no unit IDs are duplicated. Combine the German units from all three expansions to create customized scenarios on either the Western or Eastern Front.

Its TO&Es booklet includes details for the US, British and German forces covering the period from 1944 through 1945, including the US heavy and light armored divisions, British armored divisions, in both Western Europe and Italian configurations, and infantry and airborne divisions. German forces include Panzer Lehr, the 101st SS Heavy Tank Battalion (Michael Wittmann commanded its second company), and two independent Panzer Brigades.

Finally, this expansion includes the next 4 double-sided geomorphic mapboards, modeling the terrain found in the close confines of the French boscage country and many other features as the Allied forces push into the heart of Germany. Add these 4 geomorphic mapboards to the 6 geomorphic mapboards from expansions 1 & 2 for added play and many possible battle combinations.

Designer: James M. Day

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