May Day! May Day! New games for May
Tim Kilgore
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April's list was filled with hits and misses. Of the games on last month's list, the only one that I jumped out and got was Plunder - hard to say why I did that, given my avatar . And rather than get a Ticket to Ride: Europe, I instead bought the more distant relative: Union Pacific.

And now May is here and more games are due to be released or reprinted. Here are seven of them that I have been interested in and feel free to add those that you are watching!

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1. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1133]
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I passed on this long ago when it was a Milton Bradley title. I don't know if I will make that mistake again, but I will probably be waiting to see what fellow geeks say about it before considering a purchase.
 
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2. Board Game: Candamir: The First Settlers [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2640]
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Did Klaus Teuber go to the Settler's well once too many times? The ratings thus far suggest that this may be the case, but even so quite a few Geeks want this title.
 
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3. Board Game: Junta [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:950]
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Junta is one of those games that I tracked on ebay and just couldn't bring myself to pop out $50+ for a used game. Supporting up to 7 players is a good thing in my little ole Banana Republic.
 
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4. Board Game: Caravans of Ahldarahd [Average Rating:5.17 Overall Rank:13737]
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This bidding-centric game of trade routes, caravans, and shipping routes could be a winner. I plan riding the fence and waiting to see how the game pans here on the geek.
 
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5. Board Game: Tower of Babel [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1316]
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Reiner Knizia strikes again with the Tower of Babel - or it could be something of whiff, not quite striking the ball squarely as early ratings tend to indicate.
 
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6. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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It missed last month and there is a better than average chance that it won't be released this month, but I am still holding out hope for Age of Steam. Besides, I pre-ordered it and I have got to hope that it gets in sooner rather than later.
 
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7. Board Game: Louis XIV [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:526]
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The English translation of Louis XIV is supposed to be out any time now. The game certainly looks intruiging, and the theme covers an interesting period of French politics.

In addition, Torres is going to be reprinted (though there's still a copy of the old version on sale at my FLGS I've had my eye on for years now) and the deluxe version of LotR:tC is supposed to be out soon.

(Does anyone have an opinion about Torres vs Louis XIV? I won't get more than one of them...)
 
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Probably in the the running for the longest title, this is supposed to ship May 1st-5th. From looking over the rules (Worthington sent out a pdf to those who've been on thier preorder lists) this looks to be a cross between Battle Cry and Liberty!. A nice looking, lighter wargame for those who enjoy Memoir '44.

They also announced this week, a second game called For Honor and Glory: War of 1812 Land and Naval Battles, in what looks to be a series called Wars for America.
 
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9. Board Game: Manila [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:614]
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Was scheduled for April, but will ship in May.
Comes with instructions on a CD-Rom. SdJ contender, well we will see if it gets nominated next Sunday.

 
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