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Welcome to the "Aggregate Mafia "Looking Forward To It" Game-Chat League. If you stumbled onto this list by accident (or on purpose!) and want to know more about the Game Chat League concept, please see the wiki. If you want to look at past GCL Mafia lists, go here: GameChat League: Mafia Division Subscription Thread.

This geeklist is for the Mafia GCL to add games which are not yet released which they are looking forward to in the year 2014. My thinking is this could be a perpetual list which helps promote the cult of the new within the GCL.

The basic format I laid out is this: simply state why you are looking forward to the game to give some context of how you found it. For instance, I tend to find games based on their connection to a publisher, game designer, or a game they are based on.

Previous year's list: (And other GCL's lists!)

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1. Board Game: Kanban: Driver's Edition [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:221]
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From the same designer as CO2 and Vinhos--- will it ever be published though?!?
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2. Board Game: The Gallerist [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:69]
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From the same designer as CO2 and Vinhos--- will it ever be published though?!?
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3. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:467]
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Same designer as Madeira--- one of my favorites from the 2013 batch.
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4. Board Game: Fresco: Big Box [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Lighter than my usual fare, but I'm looking forward to getting a copy all the same.
 
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5. Board Game: Splendor [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:112]
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Simple yet interesting snowball game.

First game of a new publisher : Space Cowboys (Croc, Sebastien Pauchon, Cyril Demaeged....)
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6. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:782]
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International reprint release to come.

French's one by Iello.
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7. Board Game: T.I.M.E Stories [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:44]
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Intrigued by this one.
Looks interesting.

Another Space Cowboys's game.

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8. Board Game: Xia: Legends of a Drift System [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:161]
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The absolute best run KS we've been a part of and one of the two games that we're most excited about (Panamax).
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9. Board Game: Captains of Industry [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:2263]
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Can't say I'm looking forward to this one as much as I was in the fall before meeting the best of the best from the Essen crop, but I suspect it'll be a good distraction in mid-summer when it comes out.
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10. Board Game: Mythotopia [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1236]
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Treefrog has announced its subscription program. Fantasy themed deckbuilding wargame which is the spiritual successor to A Few Acres, I believe.

edit- Adding an image now that art is available.
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11. Board Game: Ships [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1577]
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Game number 2 in the Treefrog Subscription program. Hailed as like Automobile, but different: a low randomness economic game, and one part of the description made it sound like it has a train-rusting mechanic. Want.
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12. Board Game: City Hall [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:3684]
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After seeing the video explanation of how to play this, I am more enthused about getting my copy. I really like some of the visual design decisions going on here, as well as the gameplay mechanics as they are currently revealed. It looks to be a much heavier game than I was anticipating...
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13. Board Game: Eminent Domain: Escalation [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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I realize I haven't given TMG the most love in the past--- but I recently got to try out Eminent Domain for the first time--- along with the expansion. I think it's safe to say I would have hated the game without the expansion, but with it I really like the decision space to explore--- it's just the right mix of randomness, non-randomness, and technology exploring for me.
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14. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:108]
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They're set to release an England expansion to Hansa Teutonica this year. If it actually happens, I will preorder the shit out of that.
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15. Board Game: Emergence Event [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:5270]
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Looking forward to this one. This a space exploration game by MERCS, the guys who published Myth.
 
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16. Board Game: Abyss [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:323]
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Cathala is back
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17. Board Game: Istanbul [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:90]
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Since it was nominated for SdJ lists, I've been interested.
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18. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:80]
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I'm guessing it's city building as-applied-to-castles. Based on theme and designer(guy who made Suburbia), my interest is piqued in this "castle building" game--- though I'm prepared for a flop.

Gencon release.

Image that most piqued my interest, for whatever reason-

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19. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:51]
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Hailed as Days of Wonder's first "gamer's game", it has an interesting mechanic where you remove workers from the board to trigger actions.

Gencon release.

gameplay video-
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20. Board Game: AquaSphere [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:355]
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Not only a Feld release(which I know Grace will love), but also of an interesting theme. (to me)
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21. Board Game: King of New York [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:424]
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According to this link they are looking at a GenCon release. I might seriously consider picking this up for either my wife's friends, or my younger brother.
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22. Board Game: Tragedy Looper [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:504]
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This looks interesting. 1 vs many, Mastermind/Cluedo-like deduction but with bluffing and who knows what else built in.

FFG apparently to publish english translation.
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23. Board Game: The Battle of Five Armies [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:373]
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As I read this, it's a tactical version of War of the Ring.

Tactical isn't normally my thing, but, yeah, I'll check it out.
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24. Board Game: Madeira: The Ambassadors [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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A mini-expansion for one of the best games of 2013. Yes, please!
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25. Board Game: Nippon [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:246]
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This may not make it til 2015, but, again, from the designers of Madeira and Panamax. Economic civ-builder? Couple that with the designers and the artwork and this is an insta-buy for us.
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