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I recently caught the end of "The Last of the Mohicans" the other day and was wondering about games centering on the French-Indian war. Then, just by chance, I ran across Martin Wallace's "A Few Acres of Snow" about an hour ago. It looks great, but it's already difficult to find, though it was just released last Spring.

Is there some algorithm or sales info by which I can determine if the game will be reprinted?

I'm in the same boat with Le Havre. It's not easy to find. Considering its place in the BGG rankings, I assume a reprinting is forthcoming.
 
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The short answer is "no". There is no magic means to know when you should be hunting an old copy rather than waiting for a reprint. Even an announced reprint won't necessarily come about for years and years (if it isn't suddenly cancelled)

Similarly, highly ranked games can easily languish out of print for years. The question in the mind of the published is whether it's worth reprinting the game and hoping that enough people don't have a copy yet, vs printing a new game that no-one has.

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I don't think Treefrog games have been reprinted by them. However, since Mayfair has a deal with Treefrog for both Snow and Discworld, those games might get a reprint if Mayfair pays for it. Just speculating here.

I also find it interesting that Treefrog is out of Snow but still has pre-Mayfair titles (London and Gettysburg) available.

Did they print the same 1500 games and give Mayfair 750 or did they print more?

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Mayfair have been distributing Treefrog copies as well as reprinting some titles (Automobile) outright. Only one of those has anything to do with Mayfair.

Treefrog with Age of Industry moved from a print-1500-once-maybe-licence model to a model where they will try to do smallish (few thousand) copy print runs to meet demand of their own titles. I believe that London and AoI have been reprinted (by Treefrog)

This may well mean that aFAoS comes back into print, but they might be seeing how the rules issues work out before committing. The current free shipping Treefrog sale is probably about them trying to sell during a soft patch when they have no new games.

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Thanks, that's helpful info. Do you know of a forum or geek list covering reprint news? Or is that something that neeeds doing?
 
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Nate_001 wrote:
Thanks, that's helpful info. Do you know of a forum or geek list covering reprint news? Or is that something that neeeds doing?


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One of the best ways to determine if a game is going to reprinted is to go to the particular BGG page for the game you are interested in. Use the search function to get there. Then check the forums section on the game page. That will usually yield some clues as to if or when a reprint is coming.

But as was said... just because a reprint has been announced or even a release date means little.

The wait can be years and many companies are notorious for missing the release dates by more then a few months.

A good example of this is Battlelore. For years this was on the reprint roster of Fantasy Flight Games. Then they finally decided it was too expensive to reprint, repurposed some French sets, and then shelved it in favor of Battles of Westeros.
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I usually ask a vendor or check their website.

CLSGames is a great source for me. I find Dr. Solow usually gets games early and always seems to know when games are hitting the states or being reprinted. (plus, he seems to have better prices than everyone...although, no free shipping quota.)
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FYI: Martin has already said A Few Acres of Snow will be reprinted in Germany. It will be available in April and in other locales sometime after that.

Check out Wallace's post in this thread:

http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/754248/anyone-know-if-a-repr...

Thanks for the comments everyone.
 
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Another, somewhat deeper game covering the same conflict is Wilderness War. It's currently in print and available at the online sellers.
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What I sometimes do is to look for users that have it for trade, and ask them via geekmail if any of my for trade items interest them. I also usually ask whether they would be willing to sell if nothing interests them. I've gotten 3 OOP games this way.
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jazgonz wrote:
What I sometimes do is to look for users that have it for trade, and ask them via geekmail if any of my for trade items interest them. I also usually ask whether they would be willing to sell if nothing interests them. I've gotten 3 OOP games this way.

Absolutely. Cold calling (well, GMing) for-trade users asking whether they'd be willing to sell has netted me some finds that weren't accessible any other way (no copies in the marketplace, none on eBay).
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