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This is a list of games releasing in late Q2 or Q3 in the United States that I expect to see and am excited to see at Gencon 2014. Some of these may actually be released before Gencon, but Gencon will likely be my first exposure to the game. A few might not make it to Gencon.

Feel free to subscribe to this list, as I'll be updating it for my own personal use through August. Also, if you have games that you think are interesting that are coming out at Gencon 2014, leave a comment!
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1. Board Game: Doomtown: Reloaded [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:829]
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Publisher: AEG

I'm extremely excited to see that AEG is bringing back the classic CCG Deadlands: Doomtown in a "LCG" format. Doomtown was one of my "big three" CCGs back in my CCG heyday along with Netrunner and Magic, so I am beyond excited for this.

Excitement Level: 10/10
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2. Board Game: Summoner Wars [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:365] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Publisher: Plaid Hat Games

It looks very likely that Summoner Wars: Alliances will be released at Gencon ... and I can't wait! (I listed this under Summoner Wars because Alliances does not yet have its own entry.) Alliances is a large standalone expansion for Summoner Wars, much like the Master Set. This one includes eight "crossover" decks, each pairing up two factions in the game, which is going to radically enhance constructed play.

Excitement Level: 9.5/10
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3. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Skull & Shackles – Base Set [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:648]
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Publisher: Paizo

Though I won't be purchasing this one (as I have a friend that is buying it), I'm really excited for a new Adventure Path for this game. I hope they find ways to amp up the difficulty for the middle player counts (3-4) and maybe lower it for the outer counts (1 and 6) compared to Rise of the Runelords, which I love aside from difficulty issues.

Excitement Level: 8/10
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4. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:781]
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Publisher: IELLO

I love big civilization games. This one looks right up my alley, though I'm not quite grasping all of the mechanisms yet. This one may release before Gencon, but I likely won't be playing it until Gencon.

Excitement Level: 7.5/10
 
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5. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:738]
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Publisher: Pandasaurus

I'm very excited for this game, having played an import version of it at BGGCon. I can't wait to add it to my collection and play it with friends.

Excitement Level: 7.5/10
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6. Board Game: Sail to India [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1116]
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Publisher: AEG

I'm fascinated by the whole microgame explosion and, although I find them to be a mixed bag, there have been some true gems centered around just a few game components. This one looks like it has the most promise of all.

Excitement Level: 7/10
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7. Board Game: The Last Banquet [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:10790]
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Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games

I'm always interested in group games of this type. This game has been floating around for a while (I was aware of it in 2010) but I've not had the chance to play it yet.

Excitement Level: 6.5/10
 
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8. Board Game: Black Fleet [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:634]
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Publisher: Asmodee

This game hits so many check boxes on things I look for in a game. Variable player powers, relatively short playtime, nice theme, good components.... I'm highly interested!

Excitement Level: 6/10
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9. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:467]
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Publisher: Stronghold Games

I'm not sure whether this will actually be released at Gencon or just available for preview, but it looks interesting! I like the theme quite a lot, as one of my personal areas of interest is the first half of the 20th century.

Excitement Level: 5.5/10
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10. Board Game: Warhammer 40,000: Conquest [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:598]
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Publisher: FFG

I'm always interested in seeing what Fantasy Flight's LCGs are like. This is their newest one. I probably won't dig into this one because Warhammer 40K isn't a particularly exciting setting for me, but I'll definitely try it out.

Excitement Level: 4/10
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11. Board Game: Specter Ops [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:383] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
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Publisher: Nazca Games

The rulebook looks intriguing, but I don't know much about it yet. This is one that could potentially rise sharply.

Excitement Level: 3/10
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