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Here is a list of some of GMT's P500 games. These are games that are moving...ok for some inching their way towards the 500 mark but have yet to reach it. Some good titles by some talented game designers on this list.

The point of this list is to allow you folks to make your case. Campaign for the game that you are hoping to see published. Let the folks know why this will be such a good game. Maybe you can get a few more orders towards that magic 500 mark on the game you can't wait to see published.
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1. Board Game: For the People [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:712]
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Current total: 138

A reprint of the reprint so to speak. There really should be a seperate listing on BGG for the GMT version of this game. They actually did a lot of smoothing out of the original Avalon Hill edition with this GMT version. Problem is most of the comments on the BGG page for this game are about the AH version.

Same system as Hannibal and Successors. Designed by veteran designer Mark Herman whose titles include SPQR, Empire of the Sun, Peloponnesian War, We The People and France 1944 to name just a few of his works.
 
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2. Board Game: Winds of Plunder [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2731]
 
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Current total: 450

This game has been sitting on the P500 list since the Roosevelt administration....the first Roosevelt. The game likely has suffered a bit from the release of other pirate games such as Plunder and Pirate's Cove over the last few years which is a pity because those who have play tested it have really enjoyed it from what I hear. It's almost there to the magic 500 mark.
 
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3. Board Game: Typhoon! [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:4811]
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It's big and it's complex but for the hard core WW II gamer that only makes it a better game. This is a new edition and it seems there has been some tweeking of the game to improve it a bit more. It's not a cheap game but if you're a WW II gamer it's something to take a look at.
 
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4. Board Game: Unhappy King Charles! [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:1317]
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Current total: 355

British Civil War. The game is designed by Charles Vasey who is known for his medieval themed games such as The Kings War for Clash of Arms Games. This would be his first GMT publication.
 
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5. Board Game: Clash of Giants [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:3454]
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Yep, a total of 12 orders so far. You might want to pull up a chair with this one because it looks like it's going to be a while. Designed by veteran game designer Ted Raicer who did a lot of WW I games for Command. This is a reprint of the 2001 game.
 
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6. Board Game: The Price of Freedom: The American Civil War 1861-1865 [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:5346]
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Current total: 408

Ok, this game puzzles me. It looks very simplistic and from reading the description it seems that's sort of the goal here. Renaud Verlaque also designed Age of Napoleon which was very highly rated here on BGG. Looks like it is well on it's way to 500.
 
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7. Board Game: Conquest of Paradise [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1485]
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Current total: 318

Of all the P500 games this one kind of stands out. On the surface it simply doesn't seem the kind of game GMT usually produces and that may explain why the slow march to 500 for it. Designer Kevin McPartland however has carved himself out a unique niche by specializing in Polynesian themed games such as Tahiti: Clan Warfare and Maori - Cannibals at War.

The description of this game makes it sound like Civilization in the Pacific. So you folks who like civilization building games and are perhaps interested in something outside of the Mediterranean may want to give this one a good look over.
 
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8. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:641]
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Current total: 479

Almost there! The line between hex game and card game gets blurred even more with this game by the looks of it.
 
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9. Board Game: Prussia's Glory II [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:4806]
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This is what I love about GMT. How many other companies are going to put out a quality game that deals with the Seven Years War? Not a lot! But here the folks who have an interest in the game are on the verge of getting just that.

Bob Kalinowski's sequel to his well recieved 'Prussia's Glory' a few years back. It includes four more battles from the war. A rather a large game with 700 counters and two big maps.
 
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10. Board Game: Onward, Christian Soldiers [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4248]
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Richard Berg tackles The Crusades. I'm hearing really good things about this game. It actually has 7 player game scenarios which is rather unusual for a wargame of this level.

This game is in theory the beginning of a new series of games from GMT called "The Middle Ages". GMT describes it as "play-oriented coverage of half a millennium of the key events in world history … from Charlemagne to The 100 Years Wars; from The Reconquista to Tamerlane; from The Vikings to The Normans."

Berg's Pax Romana made the magic 500 mark last week. This one shouldn't be to far behind it in making 500.
 
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11. Board Game: Gustav Adolf the Great: With God and Victorious Arms [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:2578]
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Current total: 425

There aren't many war games out there where you can play Sweden so here you go. Part of Ben Hull's Musket & Pike Battles series. This series includes the titles 'This Accursed Civil War', 'Sweden Fights On' and 'Under the Lily Banners'.
 
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12. Board Game: Samurai [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:2999]
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Currently somewhere in the low 300s--not too far off. Don't pay big bucks for someone's copy on eBay, put in a pre-order for the new edition.
 
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13. Board Game: The Burning Blue [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:2268]
 
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Current total: 690

Added by popular demand. This game needs 700-750 in order to reach it's magic number. It's almost there.

Designed by BGG's own Lee Brimmicombe-Wood whose previous game 'Downtown: Air War Over Hanoi' has been staggeringly well recieved. Lee is both a game designer and a scholor of the subject so this should be a major treat.
 
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14. Board Game: Maori [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I'd like to see this one get published.

It's currently at just over 200 preorders so it needs a lot of help to ever see the light of day.

This game has a war theme that's unique to New Zealand and I would like to try this game if it's ever published as it's certainly not a topic that has been covered extensively previously.

While this game is listed at the bottom of the GMT P500 page...the details on this game are over on ugg.de at the following links:

Information page for Maori - Cannibals at War @ MUGG.de:
http://www.ugg.de/bg/AW/maori.shtml

Preliminary ruleset:
http://www.ugg.de/bg/AW/MaoriRules.pdf

Hopefully this one can get a bit more publicity and actually have a better chance at reaching 500 preorders.

 
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