Final Results: 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2016
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Back for a seventh year...

Final Results: 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2016

Scythe and The 7th Continent are clearly this year's most anticipated games by those voting in this competition, with Scythe breaking all nomination and voting records in the seven years of the competition. The incredible art of of Jakub Rozalski combined with the solid track record of Stonemaier Games is well deserving of the anticipation.

Each year I seed the nominations list with a handful of titles that are my personal most anticipated, and hope that one or two titles will pop up that I was unfamiliar with. This year Tau Ceti: Planetary Crisis and Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game fit the description of the latter for me personally.

This year's top 20 are once again dominated by independent publishers, many of whom turned to Kickstarter for funding. Also of note this year are the 31 titles that didn't make the top 20. This group of 31 seem like particularly strong titles. I wonder if this is a sign of the incredible growth within the gaming industry.

There are also a number of great looking titles that missed the cut for the final vote, but are represented in the categories.

Once again the traditional Euro titles seemed particularly sparse, but I think the changing release patterns account for this, with many publishers now releasing Essen titles in the U.S. before Christmas.

Without further ado, I present the Twenty Most Anticipated Games of 2016 as decided by the voters in this most in-formal and un-official (but hopefully fun) contest:

1st Scythe (2062)
2nd The 7th Continent (1793)
3rd Gloomhaven (1145)
4th SeaFall (979)
5th Star Wars: Rebellion (926)
6th Dead of Winter Expansion (897)
7th Conan (820)
8th T.I.M.E Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons ‐ English first edition (680)
9th Tau Ceti: Planetary Crisis (645)
10th Tiny Epic Western (632)
11th Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game (623)
12th Star Trek: Frontiers (567)
13th Evolution: Climate (561)
14th The Others: 7 Sins (548)
15th Arcadia Quest: Inferno (520)
16th Nemo's War (second edition) (506)
17th Draconis Invasion (483)
18th Mare Nostrum: Empires (481)
19th Sword & Sorcery (429)
20th Imperial Assault 2016 Expansions (389)
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21. Euphoria Expansion (385)
22. War of the Ring: Warriors of Middle-earth (378)
23. Trove: The Crystal Caverns (363)
24. Elder Sign: Omens of Ice (348)
25. The Dresden Files Cooperative Card Game (345)
26. Vinhos Deluxe Edition (338)
27. High Frontier (3rd edition) (329)
27. Secret Hitler (329)
29. Pandemonium (306)
30. Chronicles: Origins (299)
31. Folklore: The Affliction (297)
32. Smash Up: It's Your Fault (290)
33. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage (283)
33. Kodama: The Tree Spirits (283)
35. Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 2 (266)
36. Islebound (240)
37. New Bedford (236)
37. Perdition's Mouth: Abyssal Rift (236)
39. Endure the Stars (223)
40. The Networks (217)
41. 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis (214)
42. Super Dungeon Explore: Legends (210)
43. Dead Man's Draw (208)
44. World's Fair 1893 (198)
45. Myth 2016 Expansions: Blackwall Warrens and Shores of Kanis (194)
46. Garbage Day (158)
47. Wits & Wagers: Epic Geek Edition (157)
48. Crimson Creek (136)
48. Dungeon Busters - English version (136)
50. Fog of Love (102)
51. The Exodus Fleet (99)

Final results for categories:
Original/Innovative
Reprint
Expansion
Cooperative
Solitaire
Strategy
Bluffing
Thematic
Wargame
Grognard
Abstract
Family & Children's
Party
Dice
Train
Economic
City Building
Historical
Political
Sci-Fi
Science
Steampunk
Horror
Cthulhu & Lovecraftian
Fantasy
Pirate
American West
Sports
4x - Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate
Novel Based
Print & Play
Best of the Rest


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1. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.31 Overall Rank:8]
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2. Board Game: The 7th Continent [Average Rating:8.95 Overall Rank:704]
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3. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:9.03 Overall Rank:4]
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4. Board Game: SeaFall [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1307]
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5. Board Game: Star Wars: Rebellion [Average Rating:8.52 Overall Rank:5]
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5th Star Wars: Rebellion

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6. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:44] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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6th Dead of Winter Expansion

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7. Board Game: Conan [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:384] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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8. Board Game: T.I.M.E Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
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8th T.I.M.E Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons ‐ English first edition

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9. Board Game: Tau Ceti: Planetary Crisis [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:9336]
 
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9th Tau Ceti: Planetary Crisis

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10. Board Game: Tiny Epic Western [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:994]
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10th Tiny Epic Western

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11. Board Game: Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:1879]
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11th Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game

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12. Board Game: Star Trek: Frontiers [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:840]
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12th Star Trek: Frontiers

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13. Board Game: Evolution: Climate [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:297]
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13th Evolution: Climate

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14. Board Game: The Others [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:554]
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14th The Others: 7 Sins

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15. Board Game: Arcadia Quest: Inferno [Average Rating:8.44 Overall Rank:658] [Average Rating:8.44 Unranked]
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15th Arcadia Quest: Inferno

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16. Board Game: Nemo's War (second edition) [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:1158]
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16th Nemo's War (second edition)

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17. Board Game: Draconis Invasion [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:3633]
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17th Draconis Invasion

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18. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Empires [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:406]
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18th Mare Nostrum: Empires

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19. Board Game: Sword & Sorcery [Average Rating:8.47 Overall Rank:1283]
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19th Sword & Sorcery

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20. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:19]
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20th Imperial Assault 2016 Expansions

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