Columbia Games P500 for March 2009
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This is the monthly list for Columbia Games P500 Games. There isn't too much news on any of these titles but it's a good month for Columbia Preorders nonetheless as every game on the list has had some growth.

Be sure to visit Columbia Games GamePlan website to preorder these titles at:
http://www.columbiagames.com/cgi-bin/query/cfg/allgameplan-w...

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1. Board Game: Richard III: The Wars of the Roses [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1215]
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Current Orders: 811
Net Increase: 5 (0.62%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 162.20%
Preorder Price: $47.99

It's always nice to see a few more people add a preorder for this title. A lot of people are really looking forward to it as the theme and and mechanics of the game sound like a perfect marriage. On ConsimWorld, Jerry Taylor confirmed that the rules would likely stay within Columbia's standard of 8-10 pages and that he is a servant of the Flying Spaghetti Monster (aren't we all).

He also posted a lengthy discussion of the game both on ComsimWorld and here on BGG. Be sure and give it a read if you haven't already.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/380438

Be sure to check out some of the prototype artwork for the game. Labels and Heir Cards are available on the game's page.

There are lots of reasons to be excited for this. Jerry Taylor's previous games have both been great and the artwork for this one is being done by the brilliant Mark Mahaffey. If you haven't read Jerry Taylor's design notes, take some time to look them over as they are a great read and should help to seal the deal if you are on the fence about preordering.

Notes from the company webpage:
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Wars of the Roses expands on the award-winning Hammer of the Scots game system by greatly enriching the card deck. "Holding your cards close to your vest" has never meant more. Players can launch or foil conspiracies, bring Scotland into the wars, hire mercenaries, flee into exile, employ spies, bribe neutral nobles, call up the standing army at Calais, mobilize the powerful Northern or Welsh Marches, or even marshal the fickle winds of fate to threaten the best laid plans of the enemy.
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2. Board Game: Shiloh: April 1862 [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:6250]
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Current Orders: 342
Net Increase: 9 (2.70%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 68.40%
Preorder Price: $47.99

No new info this month, but this is the biggest jump in preorders for the title I've seen in awhile. Once again, this game got more preorders this month than Richard III: The Wars of the Roses!

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Shiloh was a fascinating ACW battle fought in April 1862. A surprise Confederate attack, led by Albert Sydney Johnson, nearly swept encamped Union defenders into the Tennessee River. The next day, a reinforced Union army counter-attacked and drove the CSA line back in confusion and retreat. A CSA victory would have ruined the career of General Ulysses S. Grant. But the battle instead ended with a Union victory, the death of Albert Sydney Johnson, and the eventual demise of Confederate hopes in the West. Both days of Shiloh can be played separately or together.
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3. Board Game: Slapshot [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2765]
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Current Orders: 322
Net Increase: 11 (3.54%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 64.40%
Preorder Price: $15.99

6 months of positive growth for this title - this time with double digit growth. And now, after you preorder, you can buy a microbadge to show your support!
In the January issue of Dicey Business, Columbia Games mentioned that this would likely be the next game published after Richard III: The Wars of the Roses and that preorders for the game will be closed soon. If you want it at the discount price now is the time to preorder!
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2009 will be the year Slapshot is republished. We are now finalizing production decisions. We will definitely have the game back in print in time for the World Boardgaming Championships this summer.

Slapshot preorders will be closed soon.

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Slapshot is a wheeling, dealing game for hockey nuts. Each player assumes the role of team manager. The object is to skillfully manage your team into the playoffs and then win the championship. During the regular season you can improve your team with drafts and trades, but injuries can upset the best of plans. Ultimately, your skill as manager determines if your team wins or loses.

Slapshot includes 49 zany hockey nuts like Slash Gordon, Puck Rogers, Ian Jury, Cheap Shot, Le Goon, and Jack the Tripper.
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4. Board Game: Shenandoah: Jackson's Valley Campaign [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:6859]
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Current Orders: 273
Net Increase: 8 (3.02%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 54.60%
Preorder Price: $47.99

No new info this month, but a few new preorders.

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Shenandoah covers the remarkable Valley Campaign of May/June 1862. Led by Thomas 'Stonewall' Jackson, a smaller Confederate army with audacious marching and fighting paralyzed and defeated three enveloping Union armies. Military students worldwide study Jackson's strategy and tactics to this day.

The CSA player has the advantage of central position, but must use it aggressively to prevent the Union armies from combining against him. The USA player has a clear advantage in numbers, but must cope with a command system that penalizes the wide separation of his three forces.
 
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5. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:715]
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Current Orders: 255
Net Increase: 36 (16.44%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 51.00%
Preorder Price: $39.99

A huge jump in preorders this month for this title - one of the biggest single month jumps I've seen for a CG P500 title! There are a few pictures of the game in play on the game's BGG page now. Columbia continues to promote the game heavily in their Dicey Business email as well as from the designer here on BGG so I assume it will be published quickly once the P500 goals are reached.

Did anyone play the demo of the game at PrezCon in February? I'd love to hear reviews from those who get a chance to play it.

Three months ago, Justin Thompson posted to this geeklist with his contact info in case anyone has any questions about the game.

Notes from the company webpage:
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Rome vs Rome brings the drama of the Roman Civil War to life. Players take control of the legions of Caesar or Pompey and fight to rule Rome as Emperor. There are two campaigns: "Crossing the Rubicon" in which Caesar faces Pompey, and "Augustus", in which Caesar's nephew Octavian battles with Marc Antony and Cleopatra.

The map board depicts the major theatre of operations during the Roman Civil War 49BC-31BC.

Also, the rules for this one have been posted to the Columbia Games webpage. They are still in beta form and will likely be fleshed out a bit in the coming months but they give a pretty good view of what this game will be like.
http://www.columbiagames.com/resources/3071/rome-rules-beta....
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