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JonMichael Rasmus
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With big brassy new top tens!

Included is a "volatility" scale that stars games that have fewer than 200 ratings.
*** = Very volatile (30-49 ratings)
** = Volatile (50-99 ratings)
* = Settling (100-199 ratings)

Regular Weekly Chart:
Prime Movers
Blood Bowl: Living RuleBook** +11 #56
Commands and Colors: Ancients* +10 #6
Advanced Squad Leader (ASL) Starter Kit #2** +9 #45
Twilight Struggle* +7 #10
Triumph of Chaos*** +7 #78
Memoir '44 - Eastern Front* +6 #25
Settlers of Catan 10th Anniversary 3-D Special Edition Chest Set** +5 #14

Falling Stars (Also know this week as the ASL Haters List)
Gung Ho! - ASL Module 9** -15 #74
Code of Bushido - ASL Module 8** -11 #55
West of Alamein - ASL Module 5** -10 #82
Red Barricades - ASL Historical Module 1** -7 #19
Yanks - ASL Module 3* -7 #52

Hot Lava Birth
Santiago #99

Top Ten Trends
Commands and Colors: Ancients* +10 #6
El Grande -1 #7
Macher, die -1 #8
Game of Thrones, A: A Clash of Kings Expansion -1 #9
Twilight Struggle* +7 #10

Top 5 Winning Movers
Settlers of Catan 10th Anniversary 3-D Special Edition Chest Set** (4)
Memoir '44 - Eastern Front*
Hammer of the Scots
Ticket to Ride Europe
Railroad Tycoon

New Highest Peaks
Commands and Colors: Ancients* #6
Twilight Struggle* #10
Settlers of Catan 10th Anniversary 3-D Special Edition Chest Set** #14
Memoir '44 - Eastern Front* #25
Advanced Squad Leader (ASL) Starter Kit #2** #45
Blood Bowl: Living RuleBook** #56
Age of Steam Expansion #2 - Western US & Germany* #64
Triumph of Chaos*** #78
Antiquity* #80
Zepter von Zavandor, das #92

Non-Expansion Weekly Chart:
Prime Movers
Commands and Colors: Ancients* +7 #6
Blood Bowl: Living RuleBook** +7 #43
Twilight Struggle* +5 #9
Advanced Squad Leader (ASL) Starter Kit #2** +5 #36

Falling Stars
Runebound - 2nd Edition* -15 #98
Gamut of Games, A* -5 #81

Hot Lava Birth
NONE

Top Ten Trends
Commands and Colors: Ancients* +7 #6
El Grande -1 #7
Macher, die -1 #8
Twilight Struggle* +5 #9
Hannibal: Rome vs. Carthage -1 #10

Top 5 Winning Movers
Advanced Squad Leader (ASL) Starter Kit #1 (2)
Hammer of the Scots
Ticket to Ride Europe
Railroad Tycoon
Downtown: Air War Over Hanoi, 1965-1972**

An assmass to report today. C&C Ancients and Twilight Struggle both fulfill their promise to rise into the top ten in the fourth and fifth weeks respectively. But we'll see if the C&C is more like Caylus (which has stuck to #2 like spaghetti) or Europe Engulfed (which bounced off of #6 like a super ball fired out of an rocket launcher). The Settlers 10th Anniversary game is doing fine as well. On the down side, it's ASL basher week. Santiago is again at #99 making its 10th week on the chart and its sixth at #99 without going any higher since Oct 18, 2005. Weird. The M44 Eastern Front Expansion is about to surpass the original game. A lot of these changes are due to volatility at this time.

Have a good week.
 
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Interesting...Settlers of Catan 3D edition appears to be demonstrating geeks love components. Or maybe it is just that you only buy it if you really like Settlers.

What is the highest a 'wargame' has reached? Seems the top 5 or so are solidly eurogames.
 
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Using the "Wargame" search, here's the top 15 by all-time peak.

1. War of the Ring #5 1 week Mar 22 05
2. Wallenstein #6 10 weeks Jul 12 05
3. Europe Engulfed #6 3 weeks May 17 05
4. Twilight Imperium 3rd E#6 1 week Apr 12 05
5. Commands and Colors: An#6 1 weeks Feb 21 06
6. Hannibal: Rome vs. Cart#8 14 weeks Aug 30 05
7. Paths of Glory #8 3 weeks Jun 28 05
8. Game of Thrones, A: A C#8 1 week Feb 14 05
9. Twilight Struggle #10 1 week Feb 21 06
10. Red Barricades - ASL H#12 1 week Feb 14 06
11. Up Front #22 5 weeks Jul 19 05
12. Hammer of the Scots #22 5 weeks Mar 22 05
13. Warmachine #22 1 week Sep 06 05
14. Bonaparte at Marengo #25 3 weeks Jan 03 06
15. Memoir '44 - Eastern F#25 1 weeks Feb 21 06

Interesting here is that M44 is not a wargame but the Eastern Front expansion is.
 
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A detail: I found VERY annoying (and confusing) to have the asterisks in the titles of each section AND to indicate "volatility".
Wouldn't it be better to have the titles underlined or bold or something like that? (and maybe to have the "volatility" at the BEGINNING of the name, rather than at the end)
Thanks in any case! meeple
 
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Luke the Flaming wrote:
A detail: I found VERY annoying (and confusing) to have the asterisks in the titles of each section AND to indicate "volatility".
Wouldn't it be better to have the titles underlined or bold or something like that?


A good suggestion. I'll change it now.
 
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Triumph of Chaos*** +7 #78


I so have to find this.

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Settlers of Catan 10th Anniversary 3-D Special Edition Chest Set** +5 #14


Pretty soon there will be more ratings than games printed. wow

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Santiago #99


Keep going Running Dark Horse!

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El Grande -1 #7
Macher, die -1 #8


Wait for it old friends, wait for it.

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Twilight Struggle* +7 #10


This may be a year of GMT for me!


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Zepter von Zavandor, das #92


Welcome back. I guess the reprint will give some life into Zeptor.


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Runebound - 2nd Edition* -15 #98


Die! Die! Die!



 
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One guy can make an item fall 15 places? Wow, out there in war game country there are strange things happening
 
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Philip Thomas wrote:
One guy can make an item fall 15 places? Wow, out there in war game country there are strange things happening

That's what happens on the niche gaming fringe.
 
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