The Buzzlist: Anticipated Releases - Jan/Feb 2010
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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:
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Mar/Apr 2009
Jan/Feb 2009
Nov/Dec 2008

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1. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:303]
Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang
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At the Gates of Loyang
Design: Uwe Rosenberg (Agricola, Le Havre)
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Specs: 1-4 players, 120 minutes, Age 10+
Release: March 2010

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This is the third game in Uwe Rosenberg's "Harvest" trilogy. In this game, players must grow vegetables in order to sell them to customers--both regular customers who demand vegetables every turn, and casual customers who can be fulfilled at the player's leisure. Players must decide how best to buy and sow vegetables so that they can make sure to have the right ones at the right times. This is primarily a card game that once again features the fantastic art of Klemens Franz, and includes a variety of vegetable-shaped wooden bits.
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2. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:487]
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Automobile
Design: Martin Wallace (Brass, Age of Steam)
Publisher: Mayfair Games
Specs: 3-5 players, 120 minutes, Age 12+
Release: 2010

[Previous List: #2; 944 Wishlists]

Originally 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 excess inventory or investing in obsolete factories.
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3. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:186]
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Cyclades
Design: Bruno Cathala (Mr. Jack, Shadows Over Camelot), Ludovic Maublanc (Mr. Jack, Cleopatra)
Publisher: Asmodee Editions
Specs: 2-5 players, 60 minutes, Age 13+
Release: March 2010

[Previous List: #11; 443 Wishlists]

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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4. Board Game: Founding Fathers [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1492]
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Founding Fathers
Design: Christian Leonhard (1960: The Making of the President) & Jason Matthews (Twilight Struggle, 1960: The Making of the President)
Publisher: Jolly Roger Games
Specs: 2-5 players, 90 minutes
Release: 2010

[Previous List: #10; 448 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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5. Board Game: Dominion: Alchemy [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
Board Game: Dominion: Alchemy
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Dominion: Alchemy
Design: Donald X. Vaccarino (Dominion)
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Specs: 2-4 players, 20 minutes, Age 8+
Release: Q2 2010

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Alchemy is a smaller expansion to the hit card game Dominion, which will add 12 new Kingdom cards to the mix. Additionally, there will be a new type of treasure called a "Potion", which will give players a new way to purchase certain Kingdom cards.
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6. Board Game: Mystery Express [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:1963]
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Mystery Express
Design: Antoine Bauza (Ghost Stories, Pony Express) & Serge Leget (Shadows over Camelot, Mare Nostrum)
Publisher: Days of Wonder
Specs: 3-5 players, 75 minutes, Age 10+
Release: April 2010

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Mystery Express is a deduction game--a murder has taken place on the Orient Express, and players must discover the killer's identity as the train travels from Paris to Istanbul. This game is said to be more analytical than Days of Wonder's earlier deduction game, Mystery of the Abbey.
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7. Board Game: Constantinopolis [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1900]
Board Game: Constantinopolis
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Constantinopolis
Design: Giancarlo Fioretti
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Specs: 2-5 players, 90 minutes
Release: ?

[Previous List: #15; 380 Wishlists]

Constantinopolis has been in the works at Fantasy Flight for several years now, and the details of if and when it will be released is not clear at this time. The game will feature heavier Euro-style play 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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8. Board Game: Empires: Builder Expansion [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
Board Game: Empires: Builder Expansion
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Age of Empires III Expansion
Design: Glenn Drover (Railroad Tycoon, Age of Empires III)
Publisher: Tropical Games
Specs: 2-6 players, 10 minutes
Release: 2010

[Previous List: Just Missed; 263 Wishlists]

This anticipated expansion to Age of Empires III will feature a new type of specialist, the Builder, who can be used to either increase victory points scored in the New World or lower the cost of building tiles. Additionally, there will be 20 new building tiles available, and the game will include a new variant that allows players to be specific colonial powers, each with a different starting setup.
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9. Board Game: Battles of Napoleon: The Eagle and the Lion [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:4363]
Board Game: Battles of Napoleon: The Eagle and the Lion
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Battles of Napoleon: The Eagle and the Lion
Design: Sergio Guerri & Ugo Di Meglio
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Specs: 2 players, 90 minutes, Age 12+
Release: ?

[Previous List: #19; 289 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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10. Board Game: Reins of Power [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Reins of Power
Design: Christian Peterson (Twilight Imperium, A Game of Thrones) & Corey Konieczka (Battlestar Galactica, StarCraft: The Board Game)
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Specs: 3-5 players, 240 minutes, Age 12+
Release: ?

[Previous List: #20; 284 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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11. Board Game: Forbidden Island [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:743]
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Forbidden Island
Design: Matt Leacock (Pandemic, Roll Through the Ages)
Publisher: Gamewright Games
Specs: 2-4 players, 30 minutes, Age 10+
Release: Q2 2010

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Forbidden Island is a cooperative game that will feel a lot like Matt Leacock's earlier title Pandemic. However, the game will be faster than Pandemic, and more accessible to younger players. Forbidden Island is primarily a card game, and will be available in a medium-sized game tin.
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12. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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Race for the Galaxy: The Brink of War
Design: Thomas Lehmann (Race for the Galaxy, Phoenicia)
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Specs: 1-6 players, 60 minutes, Age 12+
Release: Q2 2010

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This third expansion to Race for the Galaxy includes 48 new cards, 4 new start worlds, and several new goal tiles. Additionally, it adds the concept of acquiring "Galactic Prestige" to the game. Accumulated Prestige can be spent for various effects, or amassed to gain bonuses at the end of each turn and additional VPs at the end of the game.
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13. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:2027]
Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg
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The Guns of Gettysburg
Design: Bowen Simmons (Napoleon's Triumph, Bonaparte at Morengo)
Publisher: Simmons Games
Specs: 2 players, 180 minutes
Release: ?

[Previous List: Just Missed; 257 Wishlists]

This is a wargame based on the Battle of Gettysburg in the American Civil War, and will feature mechanics similar to those used in the designer's previous games, Bonaparte at Marengo and Napoleon's Triumph. Instead of the typical hexes and counters, units in this game are represented by linear blocks. The game will allow for either single-day scenarios or the entire three-day battle.
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14. Board Game: Washington's War [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:646]
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Washington's War
Design: Mark Herman (We the People, For the People)
Publisher: GMT Games
Specs: 90 minutes
Release: March 2010

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Washington's War is a card-driven wargame based on the American Revolution. One player takes on the role of King George III and his forces, while the other takes the role of the forces of the Continental Congress, trying to rally support for their cause. The game features a face-paced dice-based combat system, as well as many options for clever card play.
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15. Board Game: Sturm Europa! [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked]
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Sturm Europa!
Design: Michael Tan
Publisher: Academy Games
Specs: 2-3 players, 120 minutes
Release: 2010

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Sturm Europa! is a strategic-level wargame that simulates the action of the entirety of the second World War in Europe. Armies are represented by wooden blocks, whose identities are not revealed until engaged in combat. The game has card-driven elements, but plays more like a traditional wargame than a typical CDG. A tech tree allows players to customize their battle plans. The game allows for 2-4 hour scenarios, or a 12-hour full game simulating the entire war.
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16. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:435]
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Egizia
Design: Antonio Tinto (Leonardo da Vinci), Flaminia Brasini (Leonardo da Vinci), Stefano Luperto (Leonardo da Vinci, King Me!), Virginio Gigli (Leonardo da Vinci)
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Specs: 2-4 players, 75 minutes, Age 12+
Release: Q2 2010

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In Egizia, players take on the roles of monument builders in ancient Egypt. This is a worker placement game where the twist is that play of workers must follow the flow of the Nile--once a player take a certain worker spot, every subsequent worker must be played "downstream". Players must accumulate victory points while making sure they can feed their workers, factoring in the uncertainty of how much the Nile will flood.
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17. Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked]
Board Game: Dominion: Prosperity
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Dominion: Prosperity
Design: Donald X. Vaccarino (Dominion)
Publisher: Rio Grande Games
Specs: 2-4 players, 30 minutes, Age 10+
Release: 2010

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This is a large-box expansion to Dominion that will probably be released at Essen this year. Nothing yet is known about what the expansion will contain.
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18. Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1958]
Board Game: Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League
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Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League
Design: Heinrich Glumpler (Techno Witches, Feurio!)
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Specs: 2 players, 30 minutes
Release: April 2010

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Released several years ago as part of the Kosmos 2-player series, Perry Rhodan has not seen a North American release until now. The game is based on the popular German science fiction series. Gameplay feels a lot like a simplified Merchant of Venus: players pick up goods from certain planets and deliver them to other planets that have demand chips, for profit. While accumulating the most money will win you the game, you can also spend your money to upgrade your ship using various cards you acquire throughout the game.
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19. Board Game: BattleLore: Creatures [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
Board Game: BattleLore: Creatures
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BattleLore: Creatures
Design: Richard Borg (Commands & Colors: Ancients, BattleLore)
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Specs: 2 players, 60 minutes
Release: Q1 2010

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This expansion to the C&C-based fantasy wargame BattleLore contains a Rock Elemental unit and a Forest Giant unit, which were previously released as the promo units Earth Elemental and Hill Giant, respectively. Also included is a brand-new unit, the Hydra.
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20. Board Game: Horus Heresy [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1587]
Board Game: Horus Heresy
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Horus Heresy
Design: Jeff Tidball (World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game, Beowulf: The Movie Boardgame) & John Goodenough (Tide of Iron, Talisman 4th Edition)
Publisher: Fantasy Flight Games
Specs: 2 players, 90 minutes, Age 13+
Release: March 2010

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Horus Heresy is a re-imagining of an old Games Workshop game (also named Horus Heresy (1993)), and takes place in the Warhammer 40,000 universe. This two-player battle game pits the forces of the Emperor against his traitorous Warmaster Horus, and features a clever initiative system as well as card-driven combat. As usual for large Fantasy Flight offerings, over a hundred plastic miniatures as well as terrain and palace pieces.
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Board Game Publisher: Z-Man Games, Inc.
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22. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2909]
Board Game Publisher: Elzra Corp. (Elzra)
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