Columbia Games P500 for July 2009
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This is the monthly list for Columbia Games P500 Games.

This is sadly not a great month for Columbia Preorders. Several of the games had a net loss in preorder numbers with Slapshot preorders fell by almost 10%. Nonetheless, Richard III (formally Wars of the Roses) was charged this month and will be shipping shortly so that good news makes up for some of the bad.

There was no Columbia email last month other than a Father's Day promotion and I can't seem to access Consimworld this morning so this list will be a little short on company updates.

Here are the stats for the month.




And now, onto the preorders. 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:1231]
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Current Orders: 807
Net Increase: -10 (-1.22%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 161.40%
Preorder Price: $47.99
Designer: Jerry Taylor
Average Preorders per Month: 1.22
Estimated Months until 500 Orders: N/A

This game officially changed title from Wars of the Roses this month. This should be the last time this game appears on the list as it charged earlier this month and should be shipping towards the end of July. Congratulations to everyone who preordered. We shall all be enjoying this shortly.

It lost a few orders likely because Columbia cancelled any orders with expired or invalid credit cards when the game charged.

Columbia reports that this game will be the first in a series of games about the great kings of Shakespeare's plays. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that King Lear will be next!

As of this writing the game is still available for preorder if anyone wants to get an order in at the discounted price.
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2. Board Game: Shiloh: April 1862 [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:6243]
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Current Orders: 345
Net Increase: 2 (0.58%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 69.00%
Preorder Price: $47.99
Designers: Grant Dalgliesh and Tom Dalgliesh
Average Preorders per Month: 1.88
Estimated Months until 500 Orders: 82

Two new preorders last month but not much new information. A few months ago, Stan Hilinski, whom I believe creates most of the Vassal modules for Columbia Games, said that this game would likely be published after Richard III: The Wars of the Roses regardless of preorder numbers to help fix issues in Gettysburg: Badges of Courage.

Notes from the company webpage:
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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:2782]
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Current Orders: 295
Net Increase: -30 (-9.23%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 59.00%
Preorder Price: $15.99
Designers: Alan R. Moon, John Gordon, Lance Gutteridge, Ron Gibson, and Tom Dalgliesh
Average Preorders per Month: -0.77
Estimated Months until 500 Orders: 61

A massive decline in orders for this title this month. I don't know if that's related to expired credit cards or if several people canceled their orders.

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.

Notes from the company webpage:
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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:6949]
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Current Orders: 278
Net Increase: -2 (-0.71%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 55.60%
Preorder Price: $47.99
Designer: Gary Selkirk
Average Preorders per Month: 2.4
Estimated Months until 500 Orders: 91

There's a bit of news on this title. In the Columbia forum for this game, Gary Selkirk let us know that the rules were still being hammered out but he hopes to post them soon.

Notes from the company webpage:
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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:718]
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Current Orders: 295
Net Increase: 11 (3.87%)
Percent of P500 Orders Needed: 56.80%
Preorder Price: $39.99
Designer: Justin Thompson
Average Preorders per Month: 17.33
Estimated Months until 500 Orders: 12

Several new preorders for this title. It sounds like this got extensive playtesting at PrezCon and the game has undergone some changes as a result. Justin Thompson said that there are new movement rules for the Alps, new blocks that players can gain by controlling certain areas of the maps (with elephants and chariot units). Columbia continues to promote the game heavily in their Dicey Business email so I assume it will be published quickly once the P500 goals are reached.

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.

Here is a link to the recently updated rules for the game:
http://www.columbiagames.com/resources/3071/rome-rules.pdf
Justin Thompson also posted a new copy of the map here on BGG:
 


There have been a few discussions about recent changes to the game, including leader numbers, in the Columbia forum for the game.
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