The GMT/MMP demo area at the 2005 WBC
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Hidden in the bowels of the cavernous Lancaster Host, in the twisty passage known as the Paradise Terrace, lurked an array of GMT and MMP demonstration games.

Not many people were aware of this demo area. Most of the time it sat relatively empty, leaving the playtest copies as mere Shadows of Things That Might Yet Be. And yet, some people did pass through it, as the scheduled demos always seemed to have a quorum.

This list is a salute to those games that braved the isolation and found players.

I've listed the GMT games that were out on display on Friday (8/5). If anyone can add any other titles that were demonstrated in Paradise Terrace on any of the other days (GMT or MMP), please feel free to do so. (But let's keep it to the games shown in the Paradise Terrace - the ones that were demonstrated in Cafe Jay had no shortage of visibility!)

[DISCLAIMER: I am the developer on one of these games. However, I do not have a financial interest in GMT, or in any of these titles.]
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1. Board Game: Winds of Plunder [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:2730]
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You really wouldn't expect me to start this list with any other title, would you? arrrh

My one regret is that I didn't blow off my plans, unpack the bits, and get a second game going when two people who mixed up the demo dates showed up after Friday's scheduled game finished.
 
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2. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:98]
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Closing in on its P1000 goal at a good enough pace that it now has a projected release date of November. An advanced proof copy of the rules was out on display.
 
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3. Board Game: Flying Colors [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1552] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Also slated for a November release.
 
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4. Board Game: Conquest of Paradise [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1488]
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I didn't play this one this year, but I did play it in 2003 and enjoyed it. That game (3 players) took less than 90 minutes from explanation to finish, IIRC.

The photo was taken on 8/5/05 and shows the current playtest copy.
 
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5. Board Game: Onward, Christian Soldiers [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4246]
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Another WBC '05 photo.
 
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6. Board Game: Pax Romana [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1685]
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Has already "Made the Cut", but no print date is scheduled at present.
 
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7. Board Game: The Devil's Cauldron: The Battles for Arnhem and Nijmegen [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:1616]
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8. Board Game: Manoeuvre [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:639]
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I forgot to note that the box containing the playtest copy for this game was in the demo area.
 
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