Final Results: 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2017
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Back for an eighth year...

Final Results: 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2017

Throughout nominations and voting it was a close battle between The 7th Continent and Gloomhaven. They fought house to house on the main street (the overall category) and through the alleyways of the crowd funded, cooperative, dungeon crawl and solitaire categories, amongst others, with Gloomhaven narrowly emerging victorious. Congratulations to Isaac Childres (Gloomhaven) and all the other designers, artists, play testers, and other behind-the-scenes-people involved with the publishing of all the titles in all the categories. I can only imagine the total number of hours that have gone into the sum of all these games.

Both Gloomhaven and 7th Continent were finalists last year capturing the #2 (7th Continent) and #3 (Gloomhaven) spots behind the juggernaut (figuratively and literally) of Scythe. Neither title was able to surpass the votes of Scythe last year, and Scythe remains the only title to break the 2K vote barrier.

However, in surging to the top, Gloomhaven nearly doubled the number of votes (up to 1945 from 1145) while 7th Continent remained about the same (up to 1857 from 1793). Perhaps the lack of increased interest in 7th Continent is due to the announcement that it will probably not receive a retail release, thus limiting anticipation growth.

Once again, participation in the contest has surged, nearing the 10K voter mark this year. That is a lot of anticipation, and it wouldn't be possible without the thousands that participated in the nomination process.

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 Charterstone, The Pirate Republic, Rayguns and Rocketships, 878: Vikings – Invasions of England, John Company, Warehouse 13: The Board Game, and Big Trouble in Little China: The Game are those that I was unaware of that most pique my interest.

Without further ado, I present the Twenty Most Anticipated Games of 2017 as decided by the voters in this most in-formal and un-official (but hopefully fun) contest:

1st Gloomhaven (1945)
2nd The 7th Continent (1857)
3rd Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (1803)
4th Charterstone (1558)
5th First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet (1365)
6th Dark Souls: The Board Game (1306)
7th Kingdom Death: Monster v1.5 (1164)
8th Rising Sun (1148)
9th This War of Mine: The Board Game (1006)
10th Tiny Epic Quest (900)
11th Anachrony (883)
12th Mythic Battles: Pantheon (850)
12th T.I.M.E. Stories - 2017 Expansions (850)
14th Near and Far (819)
15th Massive Darkness (780)
16th Unfair (754)
17th Terraforming Mars Expansions (738)
18th Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures (702)
19th Lisboa (696)
20th Vikings Gone Wild (690)
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21. Arkham Horror: The Card Game 2017 Expansions (676)
22. Tiny Epic Galaxies: Beyond the Black (621)
23. Arcadia Quest: Inferno (583)
24. Hero Realms: The Ruin of Thandar Campaign Deck (574)
25. Xia: Embers of a Forsaken Star (563)
26. Thunderstone Quest (559)
27. Yokohama (531)
28. Mansions of Madness: Second Edition – Beyond the Threshold (495)
29. Feudum (493)
30. Santorini (486)
31. Gloom of Kilforth: A Fantasy Quest Game (443)
32. Sword & Sorcery (428)
33. Martians: A Story of Civilization (426)
34. Deep Madness (420)
35. Nemo's War (second edition) (405)
36. Chronicles 1: Origins (395)
37. The Godfather: The Board Game (394)
38. Imperial Assault 2017 Expansions (372)
39. Mint Works (362)
40. Jamaica: The Crew (356)
41. Too Many Bones (346)
42. Outlive (340)
43. Fog of Love (313)
44. Planetarium (297)
45. Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage (288)
45. Siege of the Citadel (288)
47. Conan 2017 Expansions (283)
48. Folklore: The Affliction (263)
49. High Frontier (3rd edition) (253)
50. Days of Ire: Budapest 1956 (252)
51. Cthulhu Wars Onslaught 2 (250)
52. Barnyard Roundup (228)
53. Sol: Last Days of a Star (225)
54. Vampire Hunters (216)
55. Vengeance (215)
56. Middara (199)
57. Tau Ceti: Planetary Crisis (194)
58. Legends Untold (161)
59. Glorantha: The Gods War (140)
60. Mech Command RTS (91)

Final results for categories:
Original/Innovative
Reprint
Expansion
Crowd Funded
Not Crowd Funded
Cooperative
Dice
Solitaire
Strategy
Thematic
Wargame
Grognard
Abstract
Family & Children's
Party
Train
Economic
Historical
Political
Sci-Fi
Science
Steampunk
Horror
Cthulhu & Lovecraftian
Fantasy
Dungeon Crawl
Sports
Superhero
Campaign & Legacy
Best of the Rest


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1. Board Game: Gloomhaven [Average Rating:9.00 Overall Rank:3]
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2. Board Game: The 7th Continent [Average Rating:8.85 Overall Rank:39]
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2nd The 7th Continent

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3. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.67 Overall Rank:1]
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3rd Pandemic Legacy: Season 2

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4. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:2139]
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4th Charterstone

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5. Board Game: First Martians: Adventures on the Red Planet [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1421]
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6. Board Game: Dark Souls: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1489]
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7. Board Game: Kingdom Death: Monster [Average Rating:8.99 Overall Rank:60]
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7th Kingdom Death: Monster v1.5

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8. Board Game: Rising Sun [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:2805]
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9. Board Game: This War of Mine: The Board Game [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:521]
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9th This War of Mine: The Board Game

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10. Board Game: Tiny Epic Quest [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:596]
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10th Tiny Epic Quest

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11. Board Game: Anachrony [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:105]
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11th Anachrony

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12. Board Game: Mythic Battles: Pantheon [Average Rating:9.19 Overall Rank:2392] [Average Rating:9.19 Unranked]
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12th Mythic Battles: Pantheon

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13. Board Game: T.I.M.E Stories: Lumen Fidei [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.92 Unranked]
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12th T.I.M.E. Stories - 2017 Expansions

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14. Board Game: Near and Far [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:217] [Average Rating:8.15 Unranked]
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14th Near and Far

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15. Board Game: Massive Darkness [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:718] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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15th Massive Darkness

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16. Board Game: Unfair [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:685]
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16th Unfair

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17. Board Game: Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked]
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17th Terraforming Mars Expansions

Votes: 738



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18. Board Game: Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:502] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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18th Sherlock Holmes Consulting Detective: Jack the Ripper & West End Adventures

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19. Board Game: Lisboa [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:301]
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19th Lisboa

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20. Board Game: Vikings Gone Wild [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:853]
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20th Vikings Gone Wild

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