GMT P500 for November/December 2013
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Welcome to the November and December 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:7.08 Overall Rank:4020] [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:108]
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Ahhh, mid-November! The GMT fall sale is over, and GMT says it was one of their best yet. BottosCon, my local wargame convention that I finally attended was a week ago, and BGG.Con is next week.

It's the perfect time to get out the GMT P500 list.

As mentioned last month, I'm cutting the list back to 10 a year, and so this issue is the last one for 2013. I wish all you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year in advance.

Lots of news this month, including a new game in the Next War series, a merger of two games into one, and several titles coming off as they are now charging/shipping.

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New games announced this month: Next War: India-Pakistan, No Retreat: French & Polish fronts, No Retreat: Italian Front, Twin Peaks, Clash of Giants: Civil War

Making the cut: Thunder Alley, Blue Cross/White Ensign, 1914: Serbien Muss Sterbien

Leaving the list: The Hunters (for Consim Press), C&C Nappy - the Austrian Army

Rising Stars
+158 Fire in the Lake
+111 Hoplite
+106 1914: Glory's End/When Eagles Fight (see entry)

News from GMT:
I want to thank you for your participation in our just-ended Fall Sale. It was our second largest response ever, both in terms of total orders and also total revenue. You guys have definitely helped us build some extra reserves for reprinting more games in late 2013 and into 2014. I hope many of you were able to use the great value opportunity of our sale to grab at least a game or two that you've been wanting, and that those games will bring you many hours of enjoyment!

Current Printing Schedule, from the November 13th update.
Shipping: Our shipping schedule has been a little mangled due to the delay on getting the boxes for The Dark Valley. Those are still a week or two away at this point, but we do have another shipment coming in later this week that will allow us to ship the following two games starting this Friday, November 15:

C&C Napoleonics: The Austrian Army
No Retreat: The North African Front

We anticipate another P500 shipment probably about ten days after that one with these two games included:

The Dark Valley
The Hunters (Consim Press)

Charging: We will be charging for C&C Napoleonics: The Austrian Army starting today, Wednesday, Nov. 13. We'd held off the previously announced charge, but now need to make this one quickly so we don't have any hold-ups on the Friday shipments. On Thursday, Nov. 14, we'll charge for The Hunters.

We'll have another update for you guys within a couple weeks to update you on the remainder of this year's charges and P500 shipments.

In short, stay tuned. I'll update this when GMT releases their information.
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3. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Magazine [Average Rating:6.73 Unranked]
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The next issue of C3i has been announced!



Given the amount of inserts, including a complete game, I'm surprised it's still this cheap.

Check out the complete update here - http://www.gmtgames.com/p-462-c3i-magazine-issue-27.aspx
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4. Board Game: No Retreat! The Russian Front [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:707]
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Reprint feature of the month

With the announcement of two new No Retreat titles this month, it seems only fitting to feature the game that has launched Carl Paradis series to the forefront of interesting and accessible games on WWII.

Originally published by the little game company that could, Victory Point Games, No Retreat was their best selling title for a time and the GMT edition took the original and the first two expansions into one box.

Around the same time the GMT edition was going to print, the third expansion to let you play the game solitaire came out. VPG included a link to download the parts from VPG for print and play, and C3i later came out with that expansion as an insert as well.

This is a game I've reviewed previously (cf. [Roger's Reviews] No Retreat: The Deluxe Treatment) and since then there have been a few changes to the game. Notably, there's a new set of rules and a new playbook (both version 2.0). Those will be in the new box.

However, those updates haven't changed my opinion that it's a great game.

No Retreat is my favourite eastern front WWII game after Columbia's EastFront. It's well worth picking up.

You can toss it into your cart at the GMT site here: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-444-no-retreat-the-russian-front-d...
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5. Board Game: Next War: India-Pakistan [Average Rating:8.31 Overall Rank:3664]
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Current Preorders: 143 (+143) P500 since October 2013

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

Designer: Douglas Bush, Mitchell Land, Gene Billingsley

Details: For 2 players

The ink was hardly dry on the documents following the partition of British India in 1947 before war broke out between India and Pakistan. Since the partition, four major wars and numerous smaller conflicts have been waged over much of the same ground. In 1947, 1965, 1971, and 1999 India and Pakistan fought in the mountains of Kashmir and on the plains of the Punjab region to the south. Today, both sides are armed with thousands of armored vehicles, hundreds of advanced aircraft, and dozens of nuclear weapons. With tensions high and both sides heavily armed, another conflict may be just a matter of time.

Game link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-461-next-war-india-pakistan.aspx



Comments: The latest instalment of the Next War series is the one that captures my interest the most. I'll be watching to see how this one develops.

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6. Board Game: Title Chase: Basketball [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
 
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Current Preorders: 150 (+4) P500 since April 2012

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

Designer: Jeff Horger

Details: For 2-7 players

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.

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



Comments: This game has been on the list for a while now, and its movement on the P500 has been, at best, lacklustre. The month it was announced it started with 78 orders. It broke 100 two months later. Those peaked at 151 last May.

I don't know what the fix is because I would like to see this game printed some day, but at the rate it's going, that's not going to happen this decade.



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7. Board Game: No Retreat! Polish & French Fronts [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:6789]
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Current Preorders: 232 (+232) P500 since October 2013

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

Designer: Carl Paradis

Details: For 2 players

In No Retreat 3, players command the Allied (French and British) or German forces, operating them in accordance to one of several historical plans (represented by Plan cards). Manoeuvring forces over hexes that are approximately 30 kilometers across, over turns that represent 4 days of real time each, the vaunted No Retreat series card-assisted game systems are there to create on-map puzzles around each hex, unit and battle as the tense engagements rage back-and-forth and nothing is entirely predictable.

Game link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-465-no-retreat-3-the-french-and-po...



Comments: No Retreat 3 is another former VPG title that has been picked up by GMT, but the Polish front is a nice addition to this edition.

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8. Board Game: No Retreat! Italian Front: 1943-45 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:3704]
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Current Preorders: 241 (+241) P500 since October 2013

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($65)

Designer: Carl Paradis

Details: For 2 players

This game will be using a mix of all the previous No Retreat! game concepts/systems, including some from the solitaire module, to depict this long and gruelling campaign with the minimum of fuss and the fastest possible play time. Each turn will represent one or two months (depending on the weather), but not every Turn will see major action! So during Frontline lulls very little combat, if any, will take place but for frontline attrition, so these turns will pass in a speedy manner.

Game link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-466-no-retreat-4-the-italian-front...



Comments: WWII has a broad array of topics contained within it, and although I have played and own many WWII games, I've played remarkably few if any on the Italian campaign save for some Combat Commander scenarios.

In short, this one will be added to my shelves. It looks really interesting and well done.


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9. Board Game: Rising Glory [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 283 (+93) P500 since September 2013

Preorder Price (List Price): $40 ($60)

Designer: Individual Games designed by Alan Emrich, Lance McMillan, and Kim Meints

Details: For 2 players

Rising Glory is the fourth game we are producing as part of our strategic friendship/partnership with Victory Point Games, and the 2nd from their Napoleonic 20 series (Fading Glory was our first). The idea for this and future volumes is that we will take multiple existing games from the VPG Napeoleonic 20 series, add an as-yet-unpublished game to the mix, and create a GMT boxed game with 3-4 games in the box, using larger (3/4") counters and mounted maps.

Game link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-459-rising-glory.aspx



Comments: One of last month's rising stars barely escapes the top three by virtue of the merger of the two 1914 games. I suspect it'll be back in contention next month.

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10. Board Game: Fury of Harrows [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 305 (-3) P500 since November 2011

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

Designer: Jeff Horger

Details: For 2 players.

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.

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



Comments: I don't know how well this would work as an idea, but there are a lot of games where you get a package with two factions and the others are available as expansions later. Wings of Glory has starter packs, Columbia's Wizard Kings used that format too. Heck, even Combat Commander began life with three faction decks and grew bigger with Med and the battle packs later.

So perhaps Fury could do something similar. Base game with two factions and the map tiles, and then the others as add ons later. Would make the total cost over time higher, but might make a smaller print run of the base game more reasonable with a smaller number of pre-orders.


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11. Board Game: Clash of Giants: Civil War [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:6063]
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Current Preorders: 307 (+307) P500 since October 2013

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

Designer: Ted Raicer

Details: For 2 players

Clash of Giants: Civil War, takes the game system from Ted S. Raicer’s popular and critically acclaimed Clash of Giants WWI series to two of the storied battles of the American Civil War: Second Bull Run and Gettysburg. CoG: Civil War uses a modified version of the chit-pull Activation system of Clash of Giants II: Campaigns of Galicia and First Ypres, 1914, while retaining the CoG combat system.

Game link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-463-clash-of-giants-civil-war.aspx



Comments: One of the newcomers to the list.

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12. Board Game: Twin Peaks [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:6352]
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Current Preorders: 362 (+362) P500 since October 2013

Preorder Price (List Price): $41 ($59)

Designer: Richard Berg & Greg Laubach

Details: For 2 players

Twin Peaks is the seventh installment in the Great Battles of the American Civil War (GBACW) series, published by GMT Games. Two full battles are included - Cedar Mountain and South Mountain.

Game link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-464-twin-peaks.aspx



Comments: I'm often surprised by the appetite for ACW games. I shouldn't be.

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13. Board Game: Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France – Eagle of Lille [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 364 (+65) P500 since August 2013

Preorder Price (List Price): $16 ($25)

Designer: Terry Simo & Steve Paul

Details: For 1-2 players.

The Eagle of Lille expansion to Bloody April (Air War over Arras France 1917) expands the air war to follow the career of Immelmann and some of the other early aces such as Oswald Boelcke and Lanoe Hawker. Seven new scenarios cover the period from August 1915 to early 1917 while including tables which randomize taskings and add replayability to the scenarios.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-454-eagle-of-lille.aspx



Comments: Another solid month for this expansion.

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14. Board Game: VINDALOO: Four Battles from the 2nd Anglo-Maratha War [Average Rating:4.50 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 372 (+16) P500 since April 2012

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

Designer: Richard Berg

Details: For 2 players.

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 game player goodies.

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



Comments: A solid month of growth for this title. If this is going to be a series, I suspect getting the first game out might be easier if people had an idea of which ones would follow.

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15. Board Game: Norway, 1940: A PQ-17 Expansion [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.33 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 377 (+11) P500 since September 2012

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

Designer: Chris Janiec

Details: For 2 players.

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.

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



Comments: I almost picked this up from the swap table at BottosCon this year. Then I remembered my wife's admonition not to come home with too many new games from the Con.

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16. Board Game: Talon [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:1870] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 384 (+66) P500 since August 2013

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($59)

Designer: Jim Krohn

Details: For 2-4 players

Talon is a tactical game of space fleet combat between the Terran Confederation and the invading Talonthincanthanadu (Talon) Empire.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-452-talon.aspx



Comments: It won't be very long before this one makes the cut and then onto game tables I suspect, based on the big numbers it's been posting since it made the P500 list.

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17. Board Game: 1914: Glory's End / When Eagles Fight [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:4706]
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Current Preorders: 385 (+106) P500 since April 2012

Preorder Price (List Price): $41 ($59)

Designer: Ted Raicer

Details: For 2 players.

Note from GMT - November 13, 2013: Many of you have suggested that you'd like to see us offer the remakes of Ted's two award winning WWI games together in one package. We've decided to rework our package and pricing to make that happen, resulting in only a $10 increase in retail price for both games over each previous single-game package. We hope you enjoy this savings and will support Ted's games in this format. Enjoy the games!

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-401-1914-glorys-end-when-eagles-fi...



Comments: I think that this was a great decision by GMT to bundle them together. The new P500 price is only $7 more than the original and for that you get an entire extra game.

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18. Board Game: Next War: Taiwan [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:3955] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 403 (+49) P500 since April 2013

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

Designer: Mitchell Land

Details: For 2 players.

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.

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



Comments: If there were a pool to bet on which of the Next War conflicts was most likely to happen, this one feels like it would have the longest odds. But not by much.


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19. Board Game: FAB: Golan '73 [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:5032]
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Current Preorders: 404 (+18) P500 since August 2012

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

Designer: Michael Gustavsson & Rick Young

Details: For 2 players.

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.

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



Comments: A nice boost thanks in part to the fall sale I suspect.

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20. Board Game: Manoeuvre: Distant Lands [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:5711] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 410 (+8) P500 since August 2011

Preorder Price (List Price): $30 ($46)

Designer: Jeff Horger

Details: For 2 players (although you could have multiple games going at the same time.

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.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-356-manoeuvre-distant-lands.aspx



Comments: The fall sale helped this one's numbers, unlike Fury, but still a far cry from a pace to get it over the hump. I know C3i is not on a torrid publishing pace, but maybe it could be sold that way?

I'd buy a ziploc bag with the decks and pieces to put into my Manoeuvre box. Heck, I'd buy them as five separate expansions, one per faction and one for the map tiles. What do you think Gene?


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21. Board Game: Triumph & Tragedy [Average Rating:8.24 Overall Rank:421]
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Current Preorders: 437 (+32) P500 since September 2012

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

Designer: Craig Besinque

Details: For 3 players (but also playable by 2)

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.

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



Comments: I'm keeping my eye on this one, but there's another game similar to it that I'm eyeing even more.

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22. Board Game: Enemy Coast Ahead: The Dambuster Raid [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:3120]
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Current Preorders: 444 (+38) P500 since May 2013

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

Designer: Jerry White

Details: For 1-3 players (team play possible)

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.

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



Comments: I'm going to play a lot of The Hunters when I get it and then come back and check on this one.

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23. Board Game: Genesis: Empires and Kingdoms of the Ancient Middle East [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:3665]
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Current Preorders: 468 (+42) P500 since November 2012

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

Designer: Richard Berg

Details For 2-5 players.

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.

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



Comments: I kindly ask that we keep the discussions of Mr. Berg for another forum and discuss the game instead.

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24. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:602] [Average Rating:7.36 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 509 (+61) P500 since September 2011

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

Designer: Jeff Horger

Details: For 2-7 players.

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.

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



Comments: Like a lot of people, I have no interest in NASCAR, but this game has been getting rave reviews in many corners, so I'm glad to see it finally make the cut as production nears.

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25. Board Game: Blue Cross, White Ensign [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:6214] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 511 (+19) P500 since November 2012

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

Designer: Mike Nagel

Details: For 2 players.

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.

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



Comments: I'm glad this series is doing so very well.

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