The Buzzlist: Anticipated Releases - Sep/Oct 2009
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With the myriad sources of game news coming out of hundreds of publishers, large and small, it's difficult for even the informed gamer to know which releases to look forward to. This list is an attempt to aggregate what the BGG community as a whole is anticipating, omitting my own personal biases as much as I can.

Basically, this is a list of new releases sorted by the number of wishlists they are on. I'm using BoardGameNews's excellent Gone Cardboard page as my master list of releases. Of course, BGN only highlights North American releases, so I'll do the same. I'm going to omit reprints of old games, except in the case where they're different enough to warrant new BGG game entries.

I will post an updated version of this list about every two months. Here are previous lists:
Jul/Aug 2009
May/Jun 2009
Mar/Apr 2009
Jan/Feb 2009
Nov/Dec 2008

There is also a subscription thread for this Geeklist series. If you wish to receive a notification when I post future versions of this list, go over to http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/415697 and subscribe.

I am not including Essen 2009 releases that do not yet have US distributors. I may do an Essen-only list next week.
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1. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:267]
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#1: Dungeon Lords
959 Wishlists
Vlaada Chvátil
Z-Man Games
1 to 4 players, 90 minutes
Expected release: Unknown

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Chvátil's latest game turns the concept of dungeon-crawling on its head. Players take the role of dungeon lords, and are tasked with creating dungeons filled with treasure, traps, and monstrous defenders. Throughout the game, you'll have to fend off various adventurers trying to make off with your hard-earned loot. This Essen 2009 release will be published at some point by Z-Man.
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2. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:487]
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#2: Automobile
748 Wishlists
Martin Wallace
Mayfair Games
3 to 5 players, 120 minutes
Expected release: 2010

[Previous List: #2, 628 Wishlists]

Originally set to be published as part of Wallace's Treefrog line, this game has been picked up in wider distribution by Phalanx in Europe and Mayfair in North America. In this game, players will take on the role of turn-of-the-century auto companies, trying to produce cars that best fulfill market demands. You need to make the most money while avoiding building up outdated inventory or investing in obsolete factories.
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3. Board Game: Agricola: Farmers of the Moor [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Board Game: Agricola: Farmers of the Moor
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#3: Agricola: Farmers of the Moor
743 Wishlists
Uwe Rosenberg
Z-Man Games
1 to 5 players
Expected Release: Nov 2009

[Previous List: #6, 394 Wishlists]

This first big-box expansion to the BGG #1 game Agricola introduces the concept of forest and moor tiles to your farmland, instead of just empty spaces. Additionally, your family will consume fuel as well as food at the harvest, and a new animal is available to breed: the horse. The game also adds 14 new major improvements and 118 new minor improvements.
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4. Board Game: Rise of Empires [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1329]
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#4: Rise of Empires
713 Wishlists
Martin Wallace
Mayfair Games
3 to 4 players, 90 minutes
Expected release: Oct 2009

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Martin Wallace's latest take on a civilization-building game, Rise of Empires will span the ages from the ancient era to modern times. Players will build cities, trade goods, and expand their empire to win the game.
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5. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
Board Game: Dominion: Seaside
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#5: Dominion: Seaside
640 Wishlists
Donald X. Vaccarino
Rio Grande Games
2 to 4 players, 30 minutes
Expected release: Oct 2009

[Previous List: Just Missed, 210 Wishlists]

This second expansion to Dominion will contain a number of new kingdom cards that you can mix and match with the cards from the base set and Intrigue. Unlike Intrigue, you cannot play this expansion as a stand-alone.
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6. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:1028]
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#6: Planet Steam
507 Wishlists
Heinz-Georg Theimann
Fantasy Flight Games
2 to 5 players, 120 minutes
Expected release: Nov 2009

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Planet Steam is a heavy economic game that takes place on a futuristic planet called Steam. Players must use the planet's copious geothermal resources to produce energy, ore, and quartz. The game features a large well-illustrated board and a lot of high-quality game pieces. This Essen 2008 release will finally be brought to the U.S. courtesy of Fantasy Flight.
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7. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1455]
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#7: The Adventurers
422 Wishlists
Frédéric Henry & Guillaume Blossier
Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG)
2 to 6 players, 45 minutes
Expected release: Oct 2009

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In this game, players take on the role of adventurers exploring a Mayan temple full of traps and treasure. Players should try to grab as much treasure as they can, but being too greedy can lead to a player's downfall. The game includes a large number of plastic miniatures and other components.
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8. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:962]
Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager
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#8: Power Grid: Factory Manager
418 Wishlists
Friedemann Friese
Rio Grande Games
2 to 5 players, 60 minutes
Expected release: Unknown

[Previous List: Just Missed, 222 Wishlists]

Friedemann Friese's new game in the Power Grid universe is not simply an expansion to Power Grid; it's a completely new game. Players take on the role of Factory Managers, buying the best machines and robots in order to operate their plant the most effectively, and thus make the most money. The price of energy increases as the game progresses, forcing players to constantly upgrade their equipment to avoid taking losses.
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9. Board Game: Constantinopolis [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1901]
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#9: Constantinopolis
371 Wishlists
Giancarlo Fioretti
Fantasy Flight Games
2 to 5 players, 90 minutes
Expected release: Unknown

[Previous List: #7, 345 Wishlists]

Constantinopolis will be a heavier Euro-style game that will draw inevitable comparisons to Puerto Rico. Like Puerto Rico, this is a game in which players select roles in order to build, produce, and ship goods.
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10. Board Game: Witch of Salem [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2127]
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#10: The Witch of Salem
320 Wishlists
Michael Rieneck
Mayfair Games
2 to 4 players, 60 minutes
Expected release: Oct 2009

[Previous List: #16, 270 Wishlists]

In this game based on Wolfgang Hohlbein's book series, players take on the role of warriors attempting to prevent elder demons from entering this world and spreading their darkness. This is a cooperative game that forces players to use a different variety of items and skills to defeat each demon.
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11. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:507]
Board Game: Tobago
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#11: Tobago
315 Wishlists
Bruce Allen
Rio Grande Games
2 to 4 players, 60 minutes
Expected release: 2009

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In this game, each player possesses various pieces of treasure maps. During the course of the game, players are forced to give up information about the location of various treasure chests, making it more clear to everyone where the treasure actually lies. Upon deducing the location of the treasure, a player must reach it first to claim his prize.
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12. Board Game: Treasure Chest [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.24 Unranked]
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#12: Treasure Chest
309 Wishlists
Various Designers
Rio Grande Games
Expected release: 2009

[Previous List: #18, 264 Wishlists]

In celebration of Alea's 10th anniversary, they are printing a "treasure chest" full of expansions for Alea games, which will be published in North America by Rio Grande. This will include mini-expansions for Puerto Rico, Notre Dame, In the Year of the Dragon, San Juan, Louis XIV, The Princes of Florence, and Witch's Brew.
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13. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:497]
Board Game: Carson City
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#13: Carson City
295 Wishlists
Xavier Georges
FRED Distribution
2 to 5 players, 90 minutes
Expected release: Oct 2009

[Previous List: Just Missed, 180 Wishlists]

In this game, players choose a role that give them special advantages, and then proceed to place cowboys on the game board who will construct buildings and other structures in Carson City. However, if two cowboys occupy the same space, they will fight a duel!
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14. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912 [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912
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#14: Ticket to Ride: Europa 1912
291 Wishlists
Alan R. Moon
Days of Wonder
2 to 5 players
Expected release: Oct 2009

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This Ticket to Ride expansion will do to Ticket to Ride: Europe what USA 1910 did to the original Ticket to Ride. The game includes the 46 original TTR:E destination cards, as well as 55 new destination cards. The expansion introduces a number of variants to play with different sets of destination cards, as well as a new Warehouse & Depot mechanic, which allows players to earn additional train cards by reaching a certain point on the map.
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15. Board Game: Reins of Power [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Reins of Power
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#15: Reins of Power
281 Wishlists
Christian Peterson & Corey Konieczka
Fantasy Flight Games
3 to 5 players, 240 minutes
Expected release: Unknown

[Previous List: #15, 277 Wishlists]

Despite apparently having been in the pipeline since 1999, little is known about this game. Players will take the roles of heads of state and engage in global politics in a near-future setting. It remains anyone's guess as to if and when this game will actually be released.
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16. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:186]
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#16: Cyclades
276 Wishlists
Bruno Cathala & Ludovic Maublanc
Asmodee Editions
2 to 5 players, 60 minutes
Expected release: Jan 2010

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In this game, players must compete for the favor of the Greek gods as they try to build cities on Greek islands. Each god will grant you various benefits, but you cannot exclusively cater to one god--you must satisfy all of the gods to win.
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17. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1492]
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#17: Founding Fathers
274 Wishlists
Christian Leonhard & Jason Matthews
Jolly Roger Games
Expected release: 2010

[Previous List: #20, 237 Wishlists]

This game has its roots in the card-driven systems of Twilight Struggle and 1960: The Making of the President, but unlike those games, Founding Fathers will support up to five players. Players take on the role of delegates at the Constitutional Convention, each trying to put their own unique fingerprints on the writing of the U.S. Constitution. Each player will have their own unique abilities and positions with which they will influence other delegates.
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18. Board Game: Campaign Manager 2008 [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1710]
Board Game: Campaign Manager 2008
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#18: Campaign Manager 2008
270 Wishlists
Christian Leonhard & Jason Matthews
Z-Man Games
2 players, 35 minutes
Expected release: Dec 2009

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While this game has the same designers and largely the same theme as 1960: The Making of the President, here you're taking on the role of the campaign managers instead of the candidates themselves. In this game, you'll put together decks of advice for your candidate to help them to set their platforms and influence key swing states.
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19. Board Game: Battles of Napoleon: The Eagle and the Lion [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:4364]
Board Game: Battles of Napoleon: The Eagle and the Lion
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#19: Battles of Napoleon: The Eagle and the Lion
269 Wishlists
Sergio Guerri & Ugo Di Meglio
Fantasy Flight Games
2 players, 90 minutes
Expected release: 2009

[Previous List: #17, 265 Wishlists]

This is the first in a planned series of "Battles of Napoleon" games, in which players will reenact Napoleonic battles. This wargame will be staged at a tactical and operational level, and the rules complexity will accomodate both experienced and neophyte wargamers.
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20. Board Game: The Climbers [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1323]
Board Game: The Climbers
Doug Faust
United States
Malverne
New York
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#20: The Climbers
255 Wishlists
Holger Lanz
Strategic Space
2 to 5 players, 45 minutes
Expected release: Oct 2009

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Already out in Europe, this game features a beautiful set of colored blocks, wooden ladders, and player pawns. Players attempt to move their pawns to the top of the pile of blocks by either climbing or using their ladders, while moving the blocks to aid their pawn or hinder their opponents.
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Board Game Publisher: Z-Man Games, Inc.
Doug Faust
United States
Malverne
New York
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22. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2909]
Board Game: Unpublished Prototype
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