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20 Most Anticipated Games of 2017 --- Nominations are CLOSED
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NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED

Final Voting is Open: VOTE HERE

Back for an eighth year...

Once again this year looks to be dominated by Kickstarter projects, which is not unexpected since details of most 2017 GenCon and Essen releases are closely held at this time of the year. Looking back through the years it is interesting to see the transition from the pre-Kickstarter to Kickstarter eras.

Anyone want 125 Geek Gold???
50 Geek Gold to the person that nominates the Most Anticipated Game of 2017.
50 Geek Gold to the person that nominates the game with the most nomination votes at the end of the nomination phase.
25 Geek Gold to a randomly selected person that seconded the game with the most nomination votes at the end of the nomination phase.
In the event that one of my nominations wins the Most Anticipated or most nominations, we'll move down the list to the Most Anticipated or most nominated game by someone that isn't me. Someone is getting the .

Alphabetical Listing Here

Status updates:
10 Minute Updates Here
Last year BGG XML API was broken, and I haven't had time yet to check the scripts and see if it's fixed. Until then we may or may not have the automated status updates.

Where the 2016 favorites are now.
Last year's winner, Scythe is already up to the #9 spot overall spot on BGG... impressive. Another of last year's finalists, Star Wars: Rebellion, has also cracked the all-time top 10 on BGG by already climbing into the #5 overall and #2 thematic ranks. Mare Nostrum: Empires, SeaFall, and The Others are also received well.

Notable winners from last year that have yet to release include last year's runner-up The 7th Continent, along with Gloomhaven, Arcadia Quest: Inferno, Nemo's War, and Sword & Sorcery.

As the nominations proceed, I would ask that everyone try and improve BGG as well by creating and/or updating game pages as appropriate. One particular aspect that I often see in need of correction are the release year and categories.

Without further ado nominations are once again open in this very in-formal and un-official contest to determine the 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2017.

Key Dates:
Nominations Open: Saturday, November 19, 2016
Nominations Close: Saturday, January 7, 2017
Voting Begins: Sunday, January 8, 2017
Voting Ends: Saturday, January 21, 2017

Bribing Voters
Bribes during the nomination and voting stage are allowed.

In the past, publishers and designers have offered web released scenarios, special cards, etc. as bribes to voters if they make it through the nominations phase or achieve a certain position in the final voting. This is completely acceptable as it drives anticipation, which is the point of this contest.

Don't forget that all bribes need to comply with BGG's policies on contests and promotions. General guidance is that whatever bribe is offered needs to be available to everyone, and, for example, not just those that win copies of games.

In the end, the intent of the bribes is just to have fun and allow publishers/designers to give a nod to all their anticipant fans.

If you have any questions regarding whether a bribe you're contemplating runs contrary to BGG rules I would suggest sending a geekmail to Octavian or Chad.

Nominating your most anticipated.
As always, if a game you're anticipating the release in 2017 is not on the list feel free to add it. Game designers and publishers are encouraged to nominate their own games by adding them to the list. Don't be humble and wait for someone else to do it. See the notes below for adding games.

As in past years, this will be a two-stage process... a nominations phase and a final voting phase.

Adding category nominations.
If you think a game should be in a category not already listed, you can add it in a comment using the category notation below, such as [category]wargame[/category]. If your comment has 5 or more thumbs the category will be added to the nomination.

Campaigning for your favorites
Go for it. If you're a publisher, designer, or designer's mom don't hesitate to campaign for your favorites. Bribing voters is fine too. Pretty much anything goes as long as kittens, puppies and small children aren't injured. We have to draw the line somewhere.

Nominations
To nominate a game add it to this geeklist with one or more categories using the category tags below. Please add a short note stating why it is anticipated that the game will ship in 2017. Feel free to suggest new categories.

Nomination name
Nominations may not have a BGG entry yet, or you may want to change the nomination name to indicate a specific edition.

To do so, put the nomination name inside of altname tags such as:
[altname]Favorite game - Unnamed expansion[/altname]

To second a nomination thumb its entry.

The top 50 nominations will be entered into the final vote for the top 20.


Nomination Categories:
Categories will be changed based on the nominations, but tentatively these are the categories I expect us to have, roughly based on 2016 entries. Feel free to nominate a game for multiple categories. Some of the categories may be combined or eliminated if there aren't enough nominations in the category.

* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Reprint [category]reprint[/category]
* Expansion [category]expansion[/category]
* Crowd Funded (Kickstarter, et. al.) [category]crowd[/category]
* Non-Crowd Funded [category]nocrowd[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Dice-based [category]dice[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Wargame [category]wargame[/category]
* Grognard - You call that a "Wargame". I'll show you a real wargame. [category]grognard[/category]
* Abstract [category]abstract[/category]
* Family & Children's [category]family[/category]
* Party [category]party[/category]
* Train [category]train[/category]
* Economic [category]economic[/category]
* Historical [category]historical[/category]
* Political [category]political[/category]
* Science Fiction [category]scifi[/category]
* Science - No science-fiction here, there must be a preponderance of science-fact! (but perhaps a smidgen of sci-fi) [category]science[/category]
* Steampunk [category]steampunk[/category]
* Horror [category]horror[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Sports [category]sports[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
* Superhero [category]superhero[/category]
* Campaign and/or Legacy [category]campaign[/category]

Eligibility
Any newly available game or expansion is eligible if it is reasonably expected to ship in 2017. I know, "reasonably" is a fuzzy word... cest la vie.

Voting
At the conclusion of nominations I will create a poll with the top 50 nominations.

Reprints vs. new editions
Reprints of already released games are not eligible, but new editions are. As with many things in the gaming industry this isn't a crisp line as to how many changes are necessary to distinguish a reprint from a new edition, but several factors to consider are artwork and components.

When nominating a new edition, mention why you think this one is different from the previous edition (not necessarily in detail, something as short as "new components" is sufficient).

Long out-of-print reprints
I would prefer to include games that have been generally unavailable for several years and are receiving a reprint. Again, this is a bit of a fuzzy area, but as an example, if Warhammer Quest or Hero Quest were to be reprinted without changes they would be eligible.

Multiple releases
It is not uncommon for a game printing to have multiple release editions for the EU and US markets (such as Mayfair/Lookout Games and JKLM/Z-Man). Many games are released and available at Essen and then (sometimes much later) released in the US with great anticipation.

For many, I think the "buzz" surrounding an Essen release combined with the general unavailability heightens the anticipation.

I would prefer to include these releases and let the voting determine how anticipant people are.

Limited initial release
I would also prefer to include games that had a limited initial release and are preparing for a full re-release. Again, this will be a grey area, but one example I would point to is the approach that Treefrog, Winsome, GMT and other publishers take with typically small pre-order releases that sell out quickly and receive a reprint if they perceive that the game was well received.

What is a small or limited release? Again, another gray area that we'll have to deal with as it comes up, as I'm sure a small release for Hasbro is quite different for a small release from most publishers here on BoardGameGeek.

This would also include games that might have had reviewer copies released, but are not yet generally available for purchase.

Crowdfunding/Kickstarter Releases
If a game was a crowdfunded (Kickstarter) project, and backers begin receiving copies before the 1st, the game will be considered generally released. However, sometimes projects offer an early Essen pickup or offer early airfreight copies. Those would fall under the limited release category. Similarly, this would apply to preorders, such as GMT's P500 program.

Other
If the particular game is part of a series (such as the Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game) I may combine multiple nominations into one entry for final voting if it appears as if the series is anticipated rather than a specific release in the series (this was done for the Dominion expansions in 2010).

Also, if there isn't any justification for why a particular game is anticipated to ship in 2017 I may remove it from final voting. The only reason I state this is to separate anticipated 2017 releases from wishlist items. Yes, it would be nice if Hasbro/Avalon Hill reprinted Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit but at this point I don't believe there is any reason to anticipate a 2017 release.

However, in this respect I would prefer to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

Anything else??? We'll wing it... After all, this is just for fun.
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1. Board Game: Cthulhu Wars [Average Rating:8.06 Overall Rank:219]
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[altname]Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 2[/altname]

More goodness from Petersen Games. Onslaught 2 introduced a number of new expansions and other great add-ons for Cthulhu Wars including:

* Tcho-Tcho Faction Expansion

* Library at Celano Map Expansion

* Great Old One Pack Four: Byatis, Nyogtha, and Tulzscha

* Cosmic Terrors Pack: Dhole, destroyer of worlds; Great Race of Yith; and the demonic Quachil Uttaus, Treader of the Dust

* Ramsey Campbell Horrors Pack One: Great Old Ones Eihort and Gla'aki and three hives for the Insects from Shaggai

* Ramsey Campbell Horrors Pack Two: Great Old Ones Daoloth and Y'Golonac, and three Satyr monsters

* Lovecraft Bust First Player Marker

* Lots of new custom dice

* Glow in the Dark Great Old Ones

* Faction Gates

Nominated Categories:
* Expansion [category]expansion[/category]
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Horror [category]horror[/category]
* Crowd Funded [category]crowd[/category]
* Cthulhu & Lovecraftian [category]cthulhu[/category]
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2. Board Game: Glorantha: The Gods War [Average Rating:9.03 Overall Rank:5258]
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Cthulhu Wars reskinned to the Glorantha mythology? Absolutely not. Our group has enjoyed Cthulhu Wars immensely, and while this features exquisite miniatures like Cthulhu Wars it appears to be completely different.

Before the Kickstarter I had heard for years about Stafford's Glorantha mythology but hadn't really looked into it. However, as the mythology was revealed through the campaign I was thoroughly impressed the the breadth and depth of Stafford's creation, as well as the ties to traditional mythologies.

Nominated Categories:
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Wargame [category]wargame[/category]
* Crowd Funded [category]crowd[/category]
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3. Board Game: Vampire Hunters [Average Rating:8.49 Overall Rank:7772]
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Nominated Categories:
* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Horror [category]horror[/category]
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4. Board Game: Sword & Sorcery [Average Rating:8.53 Overall Rank:6414]
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Another great looking title from Ares, based on the Galaxy Defenders system.

Nominated Categories:
* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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5. Board Game: Shadows of Brimstone: Forbidden Fortress [Average Rating:9.00 Overall Rank:7141] [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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Nominated Categories:
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Horror [category]horror[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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6. Board Game: Super Dungeon Explore: Legends [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Finally, campaigns come to SDE.

Nominated Categories:
* Expansion [category]expansion[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Crowd Funded [category]crowd[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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7. Board Game: High Frontier (3rd edition) [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
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Nominated Categories:
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Reprint [category]reprint[/category]
* Science [category]science[/category]
* Solitaire [category]Solitaire[/category]
* Sci-Fi [category]scifi[/category]
* Crowd Funded [category]crowd[/category]
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8. Board Game: Nemo's War (second edition) [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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Nominated Categories:
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Reprint [category]reprint[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Solitaire [category]Solitaire[/category]
* Crowd Funded [category]crowd[/category]
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9. Board Game: Arcadia Quest: Inferno [Average Rating:8.93 Overall Rank:3907] [Average Rating:8.93 Unranked]
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... and the associated expansions, such as the dragons.

Nominated Categories:
* Expansion [category]expansion[/category]
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Crowd Funded [category]crowd[/category]
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10. Board Game: Folklore: The Affliction [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
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Nominated Categories:
* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Horror [category]horror[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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11. Board Game: Lobotomy [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:7691]
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Lobotomy has suffered production issues, but I still think it looks great. There was concern regarding the English translations on the cards, but after reviewing them I thought they looked acceptable.

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* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Horror [category]horror[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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12. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:8.55 Overall Rank:3179]
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Nominated Categories:
* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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13. Board Game: The 7th Continent [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:3839]
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Nominated Categories:
* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* 4x - Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate [category]4x[/category]
* Novel-based [category]novel[/category]
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14. Board Game: Middara [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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Nominated Categories:
* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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15. Board Game: Deep Madness [Average Rating:9.53 Overall Rank:6083]
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Nominated Categories:
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Sci-Fi [category]scifi[/category]
* Horror [category]horror[/category]
* Cthulhu / Lovecraftian [category]cthulhu[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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16. Board Game: Elder Sign: Omens of the Deep [Average Rating:9.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:9.29 Unranked]
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This is listed as a 2016 release, but as of today Fantasy Flight also has it listed as "At the Printer" and not yet "On the Boat" which makes me suspect it may slip into 2017. Time will tell.

Nominated Categories:
* Expansion [category]expansion[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Horror [category]horror[/category]
* Cthulhu / Lovecraftian [category]cthulhu[/category]
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17. Board Game: Wordsy [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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My daughter adores word games, and one of her favorites is Unspeakable Words. I hope she enjoys this one as well.

As of this nomination, it still has 11 days remaining in the Kickstarter campaign.
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18. Board Game: RuneWars: Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
NM
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The game that some suspect was the cause of the split between Fantasy Flight and Games Workshop. Will it be a true competitor to Warhammer?

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* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
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19. Board Game: Mythic Battles: Pantheon [Average Rating:9.44 Overall Rank:3623]
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
NM
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* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Strategy [category]thematic[/category]
* Wargame [category]wargame[/category]
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20. Board Game: Einstein: His Amazing Life and Incomparable Science [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
NM
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* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Science [category]science[/category]
* History [category]history[/category]
* Crowd Funded [category]crowd[/category]
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21. Board Game: Star Saga: The Eiras Contract [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
NM
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Although Mantic had some issues with the Dungeon Saga release, I was very happy with everything I received. I still have Space Crusade and Advanced Space Crusade and have great hopes for Star Saga.

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* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Sci-Fi [category]scifi[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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22. Board Game: Siege of the Citadel [Average Rating:9.17 Overall Rank:6778]
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
NM
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It's great to see this back in print and yet another great looking Sci-Fi dungeon crawler.

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* Reprint [category]reprint[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Sci-Fi [category]scifi[/category]
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category]
* Dungeon crawl (All themes; Sci-Fi, Fantasy, etc.) [category]dungeoncrawl[/category]
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23. Board Game: Chimera Station [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
NM
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* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Sci-Fi [category]scifi[/category]
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24. Board Game: Blackwater Gulch [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
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Blackwater Gulch seemed to fly under the radar, but it's a great looking skirmish game with phenomenal minis. I have several minis from the first edition that are perfect for Shadows of Brimstone for those like me that are slow in assembling all the plastic minis.

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* Reprint [category]reprint[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Wargame [category]wargame[/category]
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
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25. Board Game: The Walking Dead: No Sanctuary [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
Rick Vinyard
United States
Las Cruces
NM
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* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Horror [category]horror[/category]
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category]
* Crowd Funded [category]crowd[/category]
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