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Here is a partial list of the new games and newly re-printed games that the month of April is likely to bring us. This is hardly a complete list, nor was it intended to be, so feel free to add something that you've been waiting for....
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1. Board Game: Monsters Ravage America [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:7286]
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Monsters Menace America, Avalon Hill's reworked version of Monsters Ravage America which, I do believe, was the last game printed by the old AH. This game was pretty fun and the right set of plastic bits and a few rule tweaks might really make it something of a monster standard.
 
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2. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Ticket to Ride was a huge success (currently over 300,000 copies sold) and it is no suprise that DoW is turning this into franchise. The question is, if you own Ticket to Ride, do you need Ticket to Ride: Europe?
 
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3. Board Game: Through the Desert [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:435]
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FFG brings us the reprint of Through the Desert, though it isn't clear if the camels are pastel or not...
 
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4. Board Game: Amazonas [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2431]
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Mayfair extends the Kosmos line of game with a game of Jungle Exploration. I am a fan of this line of games and it is nice to see an addition.
 
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5. Board Game: Tower of Babel [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1316]
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Tower of Babel by Reiner Knizia. Building wonders of the world sounds good.
 
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6. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:614]
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Barges, freight and profits tempt gamers to buy Manila. The game comes with a CD-ROM version of the game, too, which might be nice.
 
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7. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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I don't know if this is the most highly anticipate release of the month, but I do know that it is the most grumbled about due to the length of time waited. I have pre-ordered this re-print and I am looking forward to getting it.
 
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8. Board Game: Australia [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1893]
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Players have to balance industrialization with conservation in what may be the most garish game of April, Australia.
 
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9. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:526]
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10. Board Game: Santiago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:522]
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11. Board Game: Ra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:133]
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12. Board Game: Oriente [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:5651]
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13. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:402]
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14. Board Game: Plunder [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3900]
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Arrhh...

This independent game should have already been out, but they weren't happy with the quality of the cards and I believe held-off on releasing it until the component quality went up with a second printing. I am not completely sure if it will make April, but they've been taking pre-orders for a week or two and it seems likely.

This game has a good buzz going for it and the crown for the best pirate game is still very much up for grabs...
 
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15. Board Game: Poisson d'Avril [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:5711]
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Last year's limited print run sold out faster than any previous edition, due to the addition of hand-painted miniatures. The new edition will include slightly improved component quality and a new character card and miniature for Le Compte de Jackalope.
 
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16. Board Game: Funny Friends [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1629]
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I am very curious about this one. Beside I don't like the graphics...

I was searching for a "The Sims" on board and my seller talked me into Chez Geeks. Well... somehow. But FFFF sounds more like that - let's see!
 
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17. Board Game: Obscura Tempora [Average Rating:5.43 Overall Rank:13165]
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It will be distributed in April. So I'd say that it will be available in April online, in may in "real world" shops.
 
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18. Board Game: Attacktix Battle Figure Game: Star Wars [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5695]
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April 2 brings a slew of new Star Wars toys and games. This one's a bit fun but very simple -- get it for those between 6 and 10. The CDRom that comes with the starter is a very nice tool.

I'd recommend watching the clearance bins this fall for this one. After all, we all know that's where a significant number of these new Star Wars toys are going to end up.
 
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