Twenty Most Anticipated Games of 2010 - Final Vote Results
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We made it through a week of nominations and a week and a half of voting and the results are in... after nearly 600 votes... the 20 21 Most Anticipated Games of 2010.

After voting we ended up with a bonus. Shipyard and All Things Zombie: The Boardgame ended up in a tie for 20th.

Some of these games weren't released at the time of their nominations, but after a nearly three week process they are already available.

Others are dubious as to whether they will actually make it into the hands of gamers before the end of the year.

Only the next 11 months will tell, but there are signs some of these won't make it. For example, when this process started Commands & Colors: Napoleonics was in the BGG database with a release data of 2010; it now has a date of 2011.

Several of these were surprises to me (obviously not to the multitude that voted for them). Perhaps the biggest surprise (to me again) was a title I had heard nothing about... Vinhos... I know surprising that someone with a last name of "Vinyard" hasn't heard about that one.

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So, without further ado... the 20 21 Most Anticipated Games of 2010.
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1. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:50]
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Place: 1st
Votes: 92
Nomination: Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War

Unfortunately, for the #1 position there isn't much known about this expansion.
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2. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:148]
 
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Place: 2nd
Votes: 88
Nomination: Runewars

Subsequent to the nomination process this one has indeed released and is already here.
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3. Board Game: Dominion: Alchemy [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.95 Unranked]
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Place: 3rd
Votes: 87
Nomination: Dominion Expansions X 2

Although this one went through the nominations and voting as a nameless pair of Dominion expansions, at least one now has a name... Dominion Alchemy.
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4. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:423]
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Place: 4th
Votes: 80
Nomination: Betrayal at House on the Hill
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5. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1017]
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Place: 5th
Votes: 69
Nomination: Founding Fathers

This one wasn't even on my radar screen until it rocketed to the top of the nominations voting, actually garnering more votes in nominations than it did in final voting. I suspect the lack of an image in the poll played a large role in this.

I believe this is one of the few I will actually preorder.
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6. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:297]
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Place: 6th
Votes: 67
Nomination: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics

Although originally listed as a 2010 release when nominated, it now has a 2011 release date.
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7. Board Game: Campaign Manager 2008 [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1225]
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Place: 7th
Votes: 61
Nomination: Campaign Manager 2008
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8. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:296]
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Place: 8th
Votes: 58
Nomination: Vinicola

This was another surprise. You would think that with a last name like "Vinyard" I'd be up on all the wine games.
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9. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:150]
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Place: 9th
Votes: 55
Nomination: Glory to Rome

Although long of print, I had second thoughts about allowing this one in the voting, as it was my intention to restrict reprints to those that had a new publisher, artwork, components or something different.

However, this one certainly has an number of BGGers anticipating its arrival.
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10. Board Game: Empires: Builder Expansion [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Place: 10th
Votes: 54
Nomination: Age of Empires III: The Age of Discovery --- Expansion
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11. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Incursion [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.24 Unranked]
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Place: 11th
Votes: 49
Nomination: Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Incursion Expansion

This is another that has reports that it has shipped.
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12. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:166] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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Place: 12th
Votes: 48
Nomination: 1830: The Game of Railroads and Robber Barons

This long out-of-print title commands a princely sum on eBay. Rumors were rampant in 2009 that it would arrive in 2010.

But, with each passing week without any official word from Mayfair the likelihood of a 2010 release diminishes.
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13. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:323]
 
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Place: 12th
Votes: 48
Nomination: Automobile

After recent plays of Brass and God's Playground I am even more eager to try this one.
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14. Board Game: Washington's War [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:429]
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Place: 14th
Votes: 47
Nomination: Washington's War

This is yet another that I think I will actually pre-order. This is a redesign (not just a reprint) of another classic Avalon Hill title We the People.
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15. Board Game: Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Place: 15th
Votes: 46
Nomination: Thunderstone: Wrath of the Elements
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16. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:186] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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Place: 16th
Votes: 45
Nomination: Tales & Legends of Small World
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17. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:588]
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Place: 17th
Votes: 44
Nomination: Forbidden Island
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18. Board Game: Horus Heresy (2010) [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1107]
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Place: 18th
Votes: 41
Nomination: Horus Heresy
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19. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:1391]
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Place: 19th
Votes: 39
Nomination: The Guns of Gettysburg
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20. Board Game: All Things Zombie: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3815]
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Place: 20th
Votes: 38
Nomination: All Things Zombie: The Boardgame
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21. Board Game: Shipyard [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:437]
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Place: 20th
Votes: 38
Nomination: Shipyard

This is another that has had reports of shipping since nominations.
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