GMT P500 for December 2011
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Welcome to the December 2011 edition of the GMT P500 update list.

Subscribe today: GMT Monthly P500 Geeklist Announcement Thread

It's December. Ay caramba. Almost another year of gaming under my belt.

First and foremost - by popular request - the GMT P500 fan microbadge mb

GMT has been very busy since their November sale, and among this month's announcements are 2 new GMT games, 5 games from OSG, 2 from UGG, and 1 Hexasim title.

That's 10 new games!

Egad! This list will be three pages long next month as we're over 50 items!

It seems to me that the wargame hobby, despite any rumours to the contrary, is alive and well and thriving. It's amazing to think I've been privileged to be part of it for over thirty years now.


I'd like to ask the people to thumb this list every month when they come by. It makes me feel appreciated, and hey, who doesn't like to feel appreciated?

Thanks to everyone for their continued kinds words of support of this monthly geeklist and also for your helpful suggestions.

If you do have any comments or suggestions, please do send me a geekmail message or post in the comments section.

New this month: Newton, the widely anticipated expansion to Space Empires, and also five new titles from OSG, 2 from UGG, and 1 from Hexasim.

Making the cut: Rebel Raiders on the High Seas

Rising Stars
+66 Navajo Wars
+64 Virgin Queen
+54 Commands & Colors: Napoleonics - The Spanish Army

Shipping/charging news:

December 15-19, 2011:
Commands & Colors: Ancients: The Spartans
Commands & Colors Napoleonics: The Spanish Army
FAB: Sicily

January, 2012
Fighting Formations (Reprint Edition)
Space Empires: 4X (Reprint Edition)
Commands & Colors: Ancients Base Game (Reprint Edition)

February, 2012:
Virgin Queen
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March, 2012:
Bomber Command
Dominant Species: The Card Game
Dominant Species (New Edition with new art)

April, 2012:
Battle for Normandy Expansion Pack
Ardennes '44 (New Edition)
Reds (Reprint Edition)

2nd Quarter, 2012: (Tentative, 3-5 games total)
Bloody April, 1917
Next War: Korea

1-3 More -
Andean Abyss
Fading Glory
Panzer
Pax Baltica
Red Winter
Saints in Armor

Unscheduled for Now
from among the list below, the "Made the Cut" games that are 530+ or so on the GMT P500 website:
Crown of Roses (component development delay)
Great Campaigns of the Thirty Years War (We will re-evaluate progress on this one when the designer returns later this year)
The Supreme Commander (Once we get a new developer and address one balance issue, we'll add this one back to the schedule)
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1. Board Game Publisher: OSG (Operational Studies Group)
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Here are the four new titles from the P500 for the newly announced OSG/GMT games:

Highway to the Kremlin
The Drive on Moscow
Napoleon at Leipzig (5th ed)
The End of the Empire, 1814







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2. Board Game Publisher: Udo Grebe Gamedesign
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Here are the two newly announced UGG/GMT games:

Command & Strategy, Issue #8
Medieval Conspiracy

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3. Board Game Publisher: Consim Press
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Last but not least, a new Consim Press solitaire game, that I really really want:

The Hunters



All of these new partnership games will get their own entry in next month's list! Stay tuned.
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4. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2466]
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Introducing: SPACE EMPIRES: CLOSE ENCOUNTERS

Current Preorders: 105 (+105) NEW!

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $40 ($59)

Number of Players: 1-4

Comments: This should make Space Empires even better than it already is!

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-376-space-empires-close-encounters...



Game Information: Space Empires: Close Encounters is the first expansion to Space Empires: 4X. Alien races meet up close as they encounter each other for the first time in ship boarding engagements and planetary invasions with different types of ground troops. The strengths and weaknesses of each alien empire are brought out with roughly 20 unique racial abilities. The expansion takes advantage of the streamlined nature of the game system to add more technology and cool sci-fi things in very simple ways. While it is designed to be used as a whole, the expansion is modular and players can choose to use only the parts that they like.

Also included in the expansion is an experience system so that your ship groups become more proficient over time. There is a big benefit if you can keep ships alive! The game gives more counters of each ship type to accommodate groups at different experience levels. Military academies in your empire can give your new groups a head start in accumulating experience.

Designer: Jim Krohn

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5. Board Game: Fury of Harrows [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 153 (+153) NEW!

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($69)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: This isn't just a fantasy themed version of Manoeuvre. Maps will be 9x9 rather than Manoeuvre's 8x8 and there will be other changes as well. Follow Jeff's blog here on BGG for more insight into the development of this game.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-370-fury.aspx

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Game Information: Fury, GMT’s new game of fantasy warfare, brings the Manoeuvre game system to the lands of the West. Knights and Orcs fight against Dragons and Dwarves to decide the outcome of the 2nd War of the West. Fury takes the bones of Manoeuvre and builds a game that has more of everything you like in the original. More and varied types of movement such as flight and teleportation, more combats in a turn each with their own deadly styles, and devastating spells that can turn the tides of war in your favor. Your ability to control the Fury of the battlefield will determine your fate.
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6. Board Game: Thunder Alley [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:620] [Average Rating:7.35 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 191 (+38)

First announced: September 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $39 ($59)

Number of Players: 2-7

Comments: Nice growth numbers on this one two months in. Let's see if it can keep pace.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-359-thunder-alley.aspx



Game Information: Thunder Alley is a stock car racing game for 2-7 players with the feel and flexibility of a card-driven simulation. Players controls not one car, but a team of 3-6 cars. Each race is not only a run for the checkered flag but an effort to maximize the score for every car on your team. Winning is important but if you race one car to the finish line, your team might end up outside of the winner’s circle looking in.

Designer: Jeff Horger
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7. Board Game: Cuba Libre [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:479]
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Current Preorders: 204 (+204) NEW!

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $48 ($69)

Number of Players: 1-4

Comments: First, because it has to be said: Cuba Libre = 100ml Coke + 50ml white rum.

Cuban Missile Crisis = 100ml Coke cola product + 50ml overproof rum, such as Bacardi 151 (modified to mollify Haring ).

Serve over ice with a wedge of lime. Very refreshing.

Second, last month the item for Andean Abyss got locked because of comments made, ironically, about this game. Please keep it civil and on topic folks.


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Game Information: In December 1956, paroled rebel Fidel Castro returned to Cuba to launch his revolution with virtually no political base and—after a disastrous initial encounter with government forces—a total of just 12 men. Two years later, through masterful propaganda and factional maneuver, Castro, his brother Raúl, and iconic revolutionary Che Guevara had united disparate guerrillas and exploited Cubans’ deep opposition to their dictator Fulgencio Batista y Zaldívar. Castro’s takeover of the country became a model for Leftist insurgency.

Castro’s Insurgency
Following up on GMT Games’ Andean Abyss, the COIN Series next volume, Cuba Libre, takes 1 to 4 players into the Cuban Revolution. Castro’s Marxist “26 July Movement” must expand from its bases in the Sierra Maestra mountains to fight its way to Havana. Meanwhile, anti-communist student groups, urban guerrillas, and ex-patriots try to de-stabilize the Batista regime from inside and out, while trying not to pave the way for a new dictatorship under Castro. Batista’s Government must maintain steam to counter the twin insurgency, while managing two benefactors: its fragile US Alliance and its corrupting Syndicate skim. And in the midst of the turmoil, Meyer Lansky and his Syndicate bosses will jockey to keep their Cuban gangster paradise alive.

Designer: Volko Ruhnke
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8. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2466]
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Introducing: NEWTOWN

Current Preorders: 220 (+220) NEW!

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($65)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Volume VIII in the American Revolution.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-375-newtown.aspx



Game Information: “The Indian country is not merely to be overrun, it is to be destroyed.” With these marching orders from General Washington, Major General John Sullivan set out on a scorched earth campaign designed to bring the Iroquois to their knees.

Since the beginning of the war the Iroquois and other British-allied Indians had been the scourge of the western frontier. Wyoming, Cherry Valley and Schoharie are just some of the names that resonated through American hearths and homes. By the summer of 1779 Washington had had enough. He was determined to not only defeat the great Indian confederacy but also break its ability to make future war. It was to be a campaign that presaged Sherman’s march some eighty five years later.

Designer: Mark S. Miklos

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9. Board Game: Manoeuvre: Distant Lands [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:5850] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 300 (+46)

First announced: August 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $30 ($46)

Number of Players: 2 (although you could have multiple games going at the same time - there are enough tiles and armies to have a mini tournament in your own home!)

Comments: Fury is now on the list also, but this one's at 300 and counting!

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-356-manoeuvre-distant-lands.aspx



Game Information: Manoeuvre: Distant Lands is an expansion for Manoeuvre. Four new armies are included to allow you to bring the fight from the frozen north to the sub-continent and the mythic east. Included in this set are counters and cards for Sweden, the splintered Kingdoms of India, the Chinese 8-Banner Army and the crumbling remains of the Japanese Shogunate. Also included is a set of 8 new land tiles that will force veteran players to learn new tactics among the swamps and fields of the Orient as well as the forests of Scandanavia.

Designer: Jeff Horger
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10. Board Game: Circus Train (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:6101]
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Current Preorders: 330 (+33)

First announced: August 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $39 ($59)

Number of Players: 1-5

Comments: I'm both pleased and surprised to see how quickly this one is growing. It's definitely on my list.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-355-circus-train-deluxe-edition.as...



Game Information: In Circus Train you are the owner and operator of a small circus train in Prohibition-era America. Through clever card hand management, you control the movement of your train around the American Northeast, making strategic business decisions about talent, performances and payroll in this fast-paced strategy game.

Circus Train includes a wonderfully competitive 2-5 player standard game, and a tense solitaire version where money is a very tight resource indeed. Optional rules build upon the game's rich narrative, providing greater management challenges and plenty more opportunities for competitive backstabbing.

Game Designer: Tom Decker

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11. Board Game: Unconditional Surrender! World War 2 in Europe [Average Rating:8.35 Overall Rank:1156]
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Current Preorders: 356 (+2)

First announced: April 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $49 ($70)

Number of Players: 2-4

Comments: Both the ETO games on this list have been growing very slowly. I'm sure part of it that there are two different games covering the same topic/scale, but is it also because strategic level games are out of vogue at the moment?

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-310-unconditional-surrender.aspx



Game Information: Unconditional Surrender! is a strategic level game covering the World War II European Theater. Players make the political decisions and control the military forces of the Axis, Western, and Soviet factions which fought for European dominance and survival.

Game Components

* One Rulesbook with supporting examples and designer notes
* One Playbook with over 15 scenarios, extended examples, design notes, playing tips, and adjustments for Play-by-Email and Solitaire play
* 700 counters on 2-1/2 counter sheets
* Two 22"x34" maps
* Two 11"x17" identical Player Aid sheets
* One 8.5"x11" Factions Pool sheet
* One 8.5"x11" Reinforcements Track sheet
* One 8.5"x11" National Will / Production Tracks sheet
* Two six-sided dice

Designer: Salvatore Vasta
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12. Board Game: Panzer: Game Expansion Set, Nr 2 – The Final Forces on the Eastern Front 1941-44 [Average Rating:8.35 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.35 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 381 (-3)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $28 ($40)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Ouch! It's never nice to go in the red.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-325-panzer-expansion-2-the-final-force...



Game Information: This expansion set completes the German and Soviet forces with focus on the early war, some less common, and Soviet Lend-Lease units. Includes TO&Es for two of the more notable Soviet formations to employ Lend-Lease forces – the 18th Tank Corps (July 1943) and the 1st Guards Mechanized Corps (January 1945). Also included are the next two geomorphic mapboards for expanded play and many more battle combinations.

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13. Board Game: Panzer: Game Expansion Set, Nr 1 – The Shape of Battle on the Eastern Front 1943-45 [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.21 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 404 (+0)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($67)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: No growth is better than a loss.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-324-panzer-expansion-1-the-shape-of-ba...



Game Information: This first expansion set for Panzer includes detailed TO&Es for the German and Soviet forces covering the entire war period from 1940 through 1945. It also includes a focus on what many consider to be the most intense tank battle in history, Kursk, with OBs for both forces and TO&Es for four of the most notable German divisions at the moment they saw action during that historic conflict – Grossdeutschland Panzer Grenadier Division, and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd SS Panzer Grenadier Divisions.

This first expansion set also includes the first four double-sided geomorphic mapboards. With them, players can recreate any number of tactical battles reminiscent of those actions fought out of the seemingly endless steppes of Russia.

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14. Board Game: The Battle for Sicily [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 418 (+48)

First announced: August 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $82 ($125)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: A huge surge pushes this one over 400. Monster games are clearly not dead.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-354-the-battle-for-sicily.aspx



Game Information: Fresh off the success of his "easy to play monster" system in GMT's The Battle for Normandy, Designer Dan Holte now brings us another BIG game, taking the system to the 1943 invasion of Sicily by Allied forces.

The Battle for Sicily uses the base system from GMT's The Battle for Normandy. The German Luftwaffe makes their presence known in this one, while the Allied player has post-invasion "end-around" landings available.

Along with the standard campaign game will be a 3-player "Monty vs. Patton vs. Axis" scenario, where the US & UK players will be competing for total victory, while still trying to maintain victory conditions over the Axis player.

Designer: Dan Holte
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15. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:1364]
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Current Preorders: 419 (+66)

First announced: August 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($69)

Number of Players: 1 (This is a solitaire game, but it has a two player option)

Comments: Speaking of rising stars, a huge bump in orders this month takes it well over 400.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-353-navajo-wars.aspx



Game Information: NAVAJO WARS is a solitaire game which covers one of the longest struggles waged on the North American continent. From the arrival of the Spanish conquistadors in 1595 until Colonel Christopher “Kit” Carson’s brutal Navajo Campaign of 1863, the Diné — the Navajo — fought to preserve their way of life.

In NAVAJO WARS, you the player must use skillful planning and cunning against a constantly changing and aggressive enemy. NAVAJO WARS uses a unique mix of cards and an enemy instruction matrix to drive the actions of the enemy. More than just chart-checking and die-rolling, in NAVAJO WARS, the player has to make lots of meaningful decisions in order to win.

Designer: Joel Toppen
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16. Board Game: The Dark Valley [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:2852]
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Current Preorders: 446 (+22)

First announced: June 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $39 ($59)

Number of Players: 2 (easily playable solo according to the design team)

Comments: Still growing nicely.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-352-the-dark-valley.aspx



Game Information: The Dark Valley is a new game from award-winning designer Ted Raicer, focusing on the entire East Front campaign in World War II. The game components feature a beautiful map from Mark Mahaffey (see GMT web site), stretching from Leningrad in the north to the Caucasus Mountains in the south, and around 600 counters representing every major unit that appeared during the course of the conflict. Initially most Soviet infantry are divisions, but as the game progresses these are replaced by armies and corps, so that players are not overwhelmed by the increasing Soviet Order of Battle. All German mechanized divisions are present in the game, while their infantry is a mix of division and corps.

Although the game is a semi-monster, and covers the entirety of the conflict from the launch of Barbarossa to the end of the war, the game system emphasizes playability rather than rules overhead, allowing the players to concentrate on strategy choices rather than rules minutiae.

The core of the game system is a “chit-pull” activation system. Each turn a variety of action chits are drawn, in a random order, from the Action Chit Pool, and it is this that determines the exact flow of operations on that turn. If a German “Move/Combat” chit is drawn, the German player decides to move or fight (but not both), with all Axis units. If a German PZ HQ chit is drawn, units in command range of that HQ can move and conduct combat (with greater flexibility for armored units). If the Soviet Stavka chit is drawn, units may be deployed from Stavka Reserve to attempt to stem the Axis onslaught. If the Soviet Counterattack chit is drawn, Stalin insists that the attacks are made upon the fascist invaders, possibly to the detriment of the overall defense. When the Logistics chit is drawn, supply status is checked for all units.

Designer: Ted Raicer
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17. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #4 – The Prussian Army [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 453 (+453) NEW!

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $37 ($55)

Number of Players:

Comments: off to a roaring start.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-368-commands-colors-napoleonics-ex...



Game Information: The Prussian Army is a Coalition expansion for Commands & Colors Napoleonics.

During the Seven Years’ War, small Prussia under Frederick the Great defeated the armies of Austria, Russia, and France to increase the size of its territories two fold and become a major power in Europe. But in spite of Prussia’s reputation as a formidable fighting nation, Prussia withdrew from the First Coalition as an active opponent of the French Revolution and remain on the sidelines until the Fourth Coalition in 1806.

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18. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #3 – The Austrian Army [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.39 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 455 (+455) NEW!

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $37 ($55)

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Comments: Off to a roaring start.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-367-commands-colors-napoleonics-ex...



Game Information: The Austrian Army is a Coalition expansion for Commands & Colors Napoleonics.

Prior to the Napoleon wars, the Austrian Empire stretched from Italy to the Netherlands and from Poland to the Balkans. Its position in the center of Europe, however, made it the perfect target for revolutionary France and in April 1792, France declared war on Austria. The first war lasted for 5 years. Austria renewed the war against France in 1799 and again in 1805, but in both cases was swiftly defeated. In April 1809, judging that Napoleon’s army was bogged down with the fighting in Spain, Austria invaded Bavaria, but Napoleon recovered quickly and Austria’s defeat at Wagram led to another humiliating peace treaty. In 1812 Austria was forced to provide troops for Napoleon’sthe disastrous Russian campaign, but in 1813 Austria again joined the coalition against him.

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19. Board Game: Iron and Oak [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:5523]
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Current Preorders: 456 (+2)

First announced: November 2009

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $42 ($59)

Number of players: 2 or more

Comments: I kinda feel sorry for I&O being stuck right amidst the new C&C:N expansions, but maybe this will give people the incentive to click and place an order for this one. It's only a few decades away.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-293-iron-and-oak.aspx



Game Information: Iron & Oak is game of ship-to-ship combat set during the American Civil War. As a tactical representation of naval warfare, each of the ships is accurately modeled for offensive capability including gunnery, ramming and spar torpedoes; for defensive capability including damage and five distinct armored or wooden hit locations; and for maneuverability, crew size and draft.

You command 70 famous ships of the era, including the Union: Onondaga, Tecumseh, Winnebago, Monitor, Osage, Minnesota, Brooklyn, Hartford, Essex, Carondolet, Kearsarge, Ossipee, Queen of the West, Iroquois, Spuyten Duyvil; and the Confederate: Tennessee, Virginia, Atlanta, Palmetto State, Arkansas, Albemarle, Alabama, Florida, General Beauregard, Sumter; and many more.

Components
* One 11” x 17” map
* Rule Book
* Play Book
* Two 8-1/2” x 11” Player Aid Reference Cards
* Campaign Game Status Sheet
* Ten dice (2 x d10, 4 x d8, 2 x d6, 2 x d4)
* One deck of 94 Action Cards
* One deck of 16 Navy Yard Cards
* 76 4” x 3-1/2” Ship and Fort Data Cards
* 70 1” x 1/2” ship counters
* 114 9/16” status and informational counters
* 140 1/2” status and informational counters

Number of Players: 2 or more

Game Design: James M. Day
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20. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #2 – The Russian Army [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 464 (+464) NEW!

First announced: November 2011

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $37 ($55)

Number of Players:

Comments: Off to a roaring start.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-369-commands-colors-napoleonics-ex...



Game Information: The Russian Army is a Coalition expansion for Commands & Colors Napoleonics.


Russia, was ruled until 1796 by Catherine the Great. It would then suffer under "Mad" Tsar Paul I, until his assassination in 1801, which brought his son Alexander I to the throne. Alexander, in command of a Russian army that was as vast as the territory from which it was drawn, did his best by various treaties and alliances to counter the increasing power of France under Napoleon without going to war.

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Current Preorders: 488 (+5)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Not There Yet

Preorder Price (List Price): $39 ($59)

Number of Players: 1-2

Comments: A dozen away from making the cut, gotta like that. I'm following this one with interest.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-315-operation-dauntless.aspx



Game Information: Operation Dauntless is a moderately complex wargame that covers the actions of the British 49th Infantry Division a.k.a "The Polar Bears" near Caen during Operation Martlet (called Operation Dauntless by the British at the time of the battle). Opposing these lads are elements of the 12th SS Panzer Division "Hitlerjugend" (Hitler Youth) and Panzer Lehr- elite panzergrenadier units. The goal of the British division is to seize the town of Fontenay, then press onward to secure the high ground near Rauray in time for the impending Operation Epsom, to be launched the next morning.

The game by designer Mark Mokszycki uses the same system as Red Winter, his game on the Battle of Tolvajärvi from the Russo-Finnish Winter War of 1939. The scale and key mechanics of Operation Dauntless are the same as Red Winter. Proposed future games in the series include Red Winter 2: The Battle of Ägläjärvi, Guadalcanal Land Battles, Scottish Corridor: The Battle for Cheux, and the Breaking the Panzers expansion for Operation Dauntless, covering the German counterattack at Point 110 (all are working titles and subject to change).

The scale is grand tactical- 90 minutes per game turn, 425 yards per hex, and mostly company sized infantry units with platoon sized armor units. Gone are the Winter War specific rules such as ski movement and night raids, and in their place we have a more detailed armor/anti-tank subsystem. There are lots of tanks on both sides in this one!

Designer: Mark Mokszycki
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22. Board Game: Rebel Raiders on the High Seas [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:4851]
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Current Preorders: 502 (+9)

First Announced: ??

Current Status: Made the cut NEW!

Preorder Price (List Price): $48 ($69)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: [COLOR=#0000CC]It's made the cut. Now the Sisyphean climb to production status.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-238-rebel-raiders-on-the-high-seas.asp...

Complexity: Low
Solitaire Suitability: Good

Game Information: Rebel Raiders on the High Seas is a comparatively short and simple game of the naval conflict at sea and on the great rivers in the American Civil War. Easily playable in less than three hours, Rebel Raiders on the High Seas is a strategic contest between two players, one seeking to reunite the Union by force, the other to maintain its new independence in the face of the escalating industrial might and resolve of its northern brother. More of a representation than a detailed simulation of that conflict, the game is intensely engaging, highly interactive and moves along quickly, with players constantly responding and reacting to their opponent’s moves.

Components
One 22 x 28 map
One Short Rule Book
Eight six-sided dice
One deck of 110 cards
6 Plastic Stands for Leaders
4 Blue Cannon Pawns
1 Grey Cannon Pawn
176 5/8” ship, leader and battery counters
100 ½” cargo, victory point, control and informational counters
20 small plastic tokens

Regular Price: $69.00
P500 Price: $48.00

Game Design: Mark McLaughlin
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23. Board Game: FAB: Sicily [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:3569]
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Current Preorders: 535 (+21)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Shipping mid December

Preorder Price (List Price): $42 ($60)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Ok, something happened in November that saw this get a huge spike. I don't know if it was something in the water or what, but it's great news.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-301-sicily-fab-2.aspx

Complexity: Not listed
Solitaire Suitability: Not listed

Game Information: The Fast Action Battle (FAB) games, designed by Rick Young (Europe Engulfed, Asia Engulfed, and FAB: The Bulge), takes you to the Allied invasion of Sicily for volume II of the series.

As the Allied player, you will choose your invasion beaches after seeing where the Axis player has deployed his units. Do you choose Montgomery’s historical ‘Husky’ plan, Patton’s alternate plan, or a hybrid plan of your own?

In this game you will find a few new unit and asset types, and also new challenges for both sides. For the attacker, the challenge is the tough Sicilian terrain; and for the defenders, it’s the worsening Italian morale.

Designer: Rick Young
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24. Board Game: Wild Blue Yonder [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:4342] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 543 (+5)

First announced: November 2009

Current Status: Made the Cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $55 ($79)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: There was an auction here on BGG recently that had the Japanese theatre games using this system. Should I have bid?

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-297-wild-blue-yonder.aspx

Complexity: Not listed
Solitaire Suitability: Not listed

Game Information: In 1992, GMT released Rise of the Luftwaffe, the first Down in Flames WWII air combat card game. That game covered the early part of the War in Europe, from 1939 to early 1942. It was followed a few years later by the 8th Air Force expansion module, which added aircraft and campaigns for the latter part of the war.

Since then there have been two more games, two packs of additional aircraft, and a large number of C3i modules for the series. However, the original two games have been long out of print. GMT has considered a number of options to address that, from straight reprints to a base game/ campaign module arrangement. Finally, though, the company has decided to P500 an entire new game covering the WHOLE war in the ETO.

Wild Blue Yonder will be a true deluxe Down in Flames product. It will contain 16-20 full campaigns, nearly 300 aircraft cards, plus all of the necessary targets, resource sheets etc. needed for play. All of this will be packaged in a large box similar to the ones for the Combat Commander games.

Many of the campaigns will be on the same subjects as those in Rise of the Luftwaffe, 8th Air Force and various C3i modules. However, they will not be simple reprints of those campaigns. For example, due to card mix limitations the Fall of France campaign in Rise of the Luftwaffe included only one type of French aircraft. This will not be the case in the new game.

In addition, Wild Blue Yonder will contain two different types of campaigns, Land Campaigns and Strategic Bombing campaigns. The first type will be the familiar “standard” DiF campaign that players of the system are used to. The second type, though, will give both players a fixed “order of battle” along with reinforcements and replacements that they will have to use throughout the campaign. This will reflect the more attritional nature of these air campaigns.

Wild Blue Yonder will also include a number of Tour of Duty mini-campaigns. Each of these will be a series of dogfights from the careers of various well-known aces of the war. Those of you who want to more about this can check out C3i #21, which contains a Tour of Duty campaign featuring the Pacific ace George Welch.

Finally, the game will include at least one solitaire campaign for players who don’t have an opponent available.

Wild BlueYonder promises to be the best Down in Flames game yet. So strap on your parachute and get ready to take to the skies!
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25. Board Game: Roads to Moscow: Battles of Mozhaysk and Mtsensk, 1941 [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:4839]
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Current Preorders: 546 (+21)

First announced: December 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($55)

Number of Players: 1-2

Comments: Wargame trends come and go but Barbarossa is forever.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-332-roads-to-moscow.aspx



Game Information: "All summer they drove us back through the Ukraine
Smolensk and Vyasma soon fell
By Autumn we stood with backs to the town of Orel
Closer and closer to Moscow they come
Riding the wind like a bell...."
- Al Stewart, Roads to Moscow

Roads to Moscow is a two-player game depicting battles in the Soviet Union during the drive on Moscow in October 1941. The two separate battles shown in this game are named for the main objective city on each map, Mozhaysk to the west of Moscow, and Mtsensk to the south. Perhaps the most dramatic of the many desperate battles fought in front of Moscow, these two battles combined all the elements of the great struggle. The Germans have an excellent fighting machine but are short on fuel and time. They must capture their objectives on a tight schedule or snow and mud will end their offensive. The Soviets are down to the rearward remnants of their once immense armies. If the Soviets can avoid being encircled by the fast moving German forces, high quality reinforcements from the Far East may finally allow them to stop the German advance.

Designer: Vance von Borries
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