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


Past Years' Results:
2015
2014
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2012
2011
2010

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1. Board Game: Scythe added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:11:33
2. Board Game: The 7th Continent added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:27:53
3. Board Game: Gloomhaven added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:28:50
4. Board Game: SeaFall added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:29:09
5. Board Game: Star Wars: Rebellion added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:29:28
6. Board Game: Dead of Winter: A Crossroads Game added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:29:59
7. Board Game: Conan added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:30:17
8. Board Game: T.I.M.E Stories: A Prophecy of Dragons added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:30:40
9. Board Game: Tau Ceti: Planetary Crisis added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:30:59
10. Board Game: Tiny Epic Western added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:31:17
11. Board Game: Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:31:38
12. Board Game: Star Trek: Frontiers added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:31:59
13. Board Game: Evolution: Climate added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:32:18
14. Board Game: The Others added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:32:37
15. Board Game: Arcadia Quest: Inferno added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:32:56
16. Board Game: Nemo's War (Second Edition) added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:33:31
17. Board Game: Draconis Invasion added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:33:49
18. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Empires added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:34:05
19. Board Game: Sword & Sorcery added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:34:21
20. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault added by rvinyard on 2016-01-24 14:34:40