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[POLLS] 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2012 --- RESULTS POSTED --- 1600+ Votes


Two Votes

That's all that separates Nexus Ops in the 20th spot and Wok Star in the 21st spot.

Reprints and Expansions

Reprints and expansions continue to dominate the top 20 spots, currently claiming 8 of the top 10, and 14 of the top 20.


Where's the Love from Essen?

Last year's list was replete with titles that had their European releases at Essen, but were awaiting their U.S. releases. This year's list seems devoid of that anticipation. I suspect changes at Z-Man are largely responsible.


Fantasy Flight Dethroned?

Every year Fantasy Flight has had a title in the fight for the #1 spot... the first year Runewars was edged out of the top spot by a mere 4 votes. Last year Mansions of Madness was a runaway winner. This year, none of their games are rising up to defend the title.


Fantasy Flight Dominance

Their expected release of Merchant of Venus may not be generating the anticipation to keep FFG in the running for the #1 spot, but in the remainder of the top 20, their reprints of grail games and new titles in the Star Wars universe have FFG poised to secure almost half of the list.



GMT's 2x Streak to Continue?

Both years, GMT has landed two titles on the final list. They look poised to continue the streak.


Enough!!!

Enough digressing!!! Here's the latest standings...

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20 Most Anticipated of 2012 voting update as of Thu Jan 12 20:17:02 MST 2012


Overall
1. 7 Wonders: Cities (267) Nomination
2. Merchant of Venus - Stronghold Games Edition (247) Nomination
3. Merchant of Venus - Fantasy Flight Games Edition (224) Nomination
4. Star Wars: The Card Game (213) Nomination
5. Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts (203) Nomination
6. Rex: Final Days of an Empire (194) Nomination
7. Wiz-War (193) Nomination
8. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) (179) Nomination
9. D-Day Dice (174) Nomination
10. Alien Frontiers: Factions (157) Nomination
11. Agricola: Cave Farmers (154) Nomination
12. Glory to Rome (151) Nomination
13. Dominant Species: The Card Game (150) Nomination
14. Goa (149) Nomination
15. X-Wing (130) Nomination
16. Virgin Queen (124) Nomination
17. Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion (124) Nomination
18. Quarriors! Quarmageddon (124) Nomination
19. Fortress America (114) Nomination
20. Nexus Ops (113) [listitem=1944144]Nomination[/listitem]
21. Wok Star (111) Nomination
22. 1989: Dawn of Freedom (95) Nomination
23. Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Alliance (94) Nomination
24. Eminent Domain: Unnamed First Expansion (92) Nomination
25. Vinhos (81) Nomination
26. Kings of Air and Steam (77) Nomination
27. The Guns of Gettysburg (73) Nomination
28. Belfort - Unnamed First Expansion (72) Nomination
29. Crude: The Oil Game (64) Nomination
30. Dark Darker Darkest (61) Nomination
31. Space Empires: Close Encounters (59) Nomination
32. Exile Sun (56) Nomination
33. Atlantis Rising (53) Nomination
34. CO2 (53) Nomination
35. Sturm Europa! (50) Nomination
36. Nightfall: The Coldest War (46) Nomination
37. Kingdom of Heaven: The Crusader States 1097-1291 AD (40) Nomination
38. Carnival (38) Nomination
39. Briefcase (37) Nomination
40. Battle Beyond Space (33) Nomination
41. Leviathans (33) Nomination
42. Chicken Caesar (33) Nomination
43. KanBan (32) Nomination
44. FrankenDie (31) Nomination
45. Divided Republic (30) Nomination
46. Rolling Freight (29) Nomination
47. VivaJava: The Coffee Game (29) Nomination
48. Article 27: The UN Security Council Game (20) Nomination
49. Rise! (19) Nomination
50. European Release of Glenn Drover's Empires: The Age of Discovery - Builder Expansion (11) Nomination


Sci-Fi
1. Merchant of Venus - Stronghold Games Edition (271) Nomination
2. Star Wars: The Card Game (223) Nomination
3. Merchant of Venus - Fantasy Flight Games Edition (218) Nomination
4. Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts (216) Nomination
5. Rex: Final Days of an Empire (193) Nomination
6. Alien Frontiers: Factions (158) Nomination
7. X-Wing (143) Nomination
8. Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion (128) Nomination
9. Nexus Ops (122) [listitem=1944144]Nomination[/listitem]
10. Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Alliance (96) Nomination
11. Eminent Domain: Unnamed First Expansion (91) Nomination
12. Kings of Air and Steam (78) Nomination
13. Exile Sun (65) Nomination
14. Atlantis Rising (53) Nomination
15. Space Empires: Close Encounters (51) Nomination
16. Battle Beyond Space (39) Nomination
17. Scorched Earth (38) Nomination
18. Leviathans (36) Nomination
19. AtomPunk (30) Nomination
20. Midnight Men (26) Nomination


Fantasy/Medieval
1. 7 Wonders: Cities (333) Nomination
2. Wiz-War (257) Nomination
3. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) (216) Nomination
4. Quarriors! Quarmageddon (146) Nomination
5. Dominion Expansions: Spring (Half) and Fall (Full) (139) Nomination
6. Belfort - Unnamed First Expansion (88) Nomination
7. Summoner Wars: The Filth Faction Deck (88) Nomination
8. Kingdom of Heaven: The Crusader States 1097-1291 AD (61) Nomination
9. Island Fortress (60) Nomination
10. Atlantis Rising (51) Nomination
11. Order of Professional Sorcerers (43) Nomination
12. Zong Shi (40) Nomination
13. [thing=113996]World of Warcraft: Clash of Champions[/thing] (34) Nomination
14. Lords of Waterdeep (33) Nomination
15. Cutthroat Caverns: Fresh Meat (32) Nomination
16. Princes of the Dragon Throne (27) Nomination
17. Lyssan (24) Nomination
18. Veritas (18) Nomination
19. Phase (1) Nomination


Horror
1. Dark Darker Darkest (154) Nomination
2. Nightfall: The Coldest War (107) Nomination
3. Sanitarium (95) Nomination
4. FrankenDie (90) Nomination


Abstract
1. Pizza Theory (141) Nomination
2. Rise! (132) Nomination


Wargame
1. D-Day Dice (229) Nomination
2. X-Wing (170) Nomination
3. Virgin Queen (143) Nomination
4. Nexus Ops (124) [listitem=1944144]Nomination[/listitem]
5. Fortress America (115) Nomination
6. The Guns of Gettysburg (96) Nomination
7. Summoner Wars: The Filth Faction Deck (81) Nomination
8. Exile Sun (65) Nomination
9. Kingdom of Heaven: The Crusader States 1097-1291 AD (62) Nomination
10. Sturm Europa! (60) Nomination
11. Battle Beyond Space (42) Nomination
12. The God Kings (38) Nomination
13. Leviathans (37) Nomination
14. Scorched Earth (28) Nomination
15. Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 Village and Defensive Line Map Expansion (28) Nomination
16. Sails of Glory (26) Nomination
17. Lyssan (19) Nomination
18. First Bull Run: 150th Anniversary Edition (18) Nomination
19. Bloody Crossroads: Gettysburg, Day 1 (17) Nomination
20. Crosshairs (4) Nomination


Economic
1. Merchant of Venus - Stronghold Games Edition (255) Nomination
2. Merchant of Venus - Fantasy Flight Games Edition (249) Nomination
3. Agricola: Cave Farmers (164) Nomination
4. Alien Frontiers: Factions (158) Nomination
5. Goa (146) Nomination
6. Vinhos (102) Nomination
7. Kings of Air and Steam (90) Nomination
8. Crude: The Oil Game (81) Nomination
9. Belfort - Unnamed First Expansion (76) Nomination
10. CO2 (61) Nomination
11. Sunrise City (58) Nomination
12. Circus Train (54) Nomination
13. Andean Abyss (52) Nomination
14. Briefcase (41) Nomination
15. Carnival (40) Nomination
16. Zong Shi (34) Nomination
17. VivaJava: The Coffee Game (32) Nomination
18. KanBan (31) Nomination
19. Rolling Freight (29) Nomination
20. European Release of Glenn Drover's Empires: The Age of Discovery - Builder Expansion (16) Nomination
21. Credit Mobilier (15) Nomination


Train
1. Kings of Air and Steam (176) Nomination
2. Circus Train (99) Nomination
3. Steam: Map Expansion #2 (89) Nomination
4. Rolling Freight (59) Nomination
5. Dark Horse (56) Nomination
6. Winsome Games 2012 Essen Set (38) Nomination
7. Credit Mobilier (21) Nomination


Historical
1. D-Day Dice (227) Nomination
2. Glory to Rome (182) Nomination
3. Dominant Species: The Card Game (165) Nomination
4. Virgin Queen (138) Nomination
5. 1989: Dawn of Freedom (121) Nomination
6. The Guns of Gettysburg (82) Nomination
7. Kingdom of Heaven: The Crusader States 1097-1291 AD (65) Nomination
8. The God Kings (43) Nomination
9. Divided Republic (39) Nomination
10. Sails of Glory (33) Nomination
11. Iron and Oak (24) Nomination
12. First Bull Run: 150th Anniversary Edition (23) Nomination
13. Swinging Jivecat Voodoo Lounge (18) Nomination
14. It Never Snows (17) Nomination
15. Rebel Raiders on the High Seas (17) Nomination


Political
1. 1989: Dawn of Freedom (203) Nomination
2. Chicken Caesar (88) Nomination
3. Andean Abyss (87) Nomination
4. Divided Republic (72) Nomination
5. Article 27: The UN Security Council Game (39) Nomination


Sports
1. Blood Bowl (First Edition) (275) Nomination
2. Caveman Curling (125) Nomination
3. Thunder Alley (51) Nomination
4. Take the Bait (20) Nomination


Dice
1. D-Day Dice (350) Nomination
2. Carnival (79) Nomination
3. FrankenDie (73) Nomination


Cooperative
1. Star Wars: The Card Game (316) Nomination
2. Wok Star (176) Nomination
3. Dark Darker Darkest (114) Nomination
4. Atlantis Rising (96) Nomination
5. Crusoe (60) Nomination


Best of the Rest
1. Sentinels of the Multiverse: Rook City (144) Nomination
2. Empires of the Void (121) Nomination
3. Next War: Korea (55) Nomination
4. Pocket Armies: Red Storm (39) Nomination
5. Gunship: First Strike (35) Nomination
6. Super Showdown (34) Nomination
7. Ground Floor (23) Nomination


Original
1. Star Wars: The Card Game (199) Nomination
2. D-Day Dice (192) Nomination
3. Dominant Species: The Card Game (139) Nomination
4. X-Wing (118) Nomination
5. Goa (100) Nomination
6. Vinhos (93) Nomination
7. The Guns of Gettysburg (87) Nomination
8. Kings of Air and Steam (81) Nomination
9. Dark Darker Darkest (73) Nomination
10. Atlantis Rising (59) Nomination
11. Exile Sun (58) Nomination
12. CO2 (51) Nomination
13. Nightfall: The Coldest War (44) Nomination
14. Carnival (41) Nomination
15. Battle Beyond Space (37) Nomination
16. Briefcase (36) Nomination
17. FrankenDie (35) Nomination
18. Rolling Freight (33) Nomination
19. VivaJava: The Coffee Game (32) Nomination
20. KanBan (29) Nomination


Reprint
1. Merchant of Venus - Stronghold Games Edition (265) Nomination
2. Wiz-War (215) Nomination
3. Merchant of Venus - Fantasy Flight Games Edition (205) Nomination
4. Glory to Rome (190) Nomination
5. Rex: Final Days of an Empire (173) Nomination
6. Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) (168) Nomination
7. Blood Bowl (First Edition) (151) Nomination
8. Nexus Ops (139) [listitem=1944144]Nomination[/listitem]
9. Wok Star (120) Nomination
10. Fortress America (119) Nomination
11. Crude: The Oil Game (64) Nomination


Expansion
1. 7 Wonders: Cities (342) Nomination
2. Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts (237) Nomination
3. Alien Frontiers: Factions (174) Nomination
4. Quarriors! Quarmageddon (154) Nomination
5. Dominion Expansions: Spring (Half) and Fall (Full) (149) Nomination
6. Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion (132) Nomination
7. Cosmic Encounter: Cosmic Alliance (116) Nomination
8. Eminent Domain: Unnamed First Expansion (105) Nomination
9. Summoner Wars: The Filth Faction Deck (91) Nomination
10. Belfort - Unnamed First Expansion (88) Nomination
11. Steam: Map Expansion #2 (62) Nomination
12. Space Empires: Close Encounters (57) Nomination
13. Star Trek [Deck Building Game]: The Next Generation - The Next Phase (45) Nomination
14. Nightfall: The Coldest War (44) Nomination
15. Cutthroat Caverns: Fresh Meat (35) Nomination
16. Frontline General: Spearpoint 1943 Village and Defensive Line Map Expansion (27) Nomination
17. European Release of Glenn Drover's Empires: The Age of Discovery - Builder Expansion (15) Nomination
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