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Your 2012 Game of the Year
Brian Bankler
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It's a simple enough question -- What's the game of the year for 2012?

(Yes, it's a bit early to be doing this).

One game. Nothing namby-pamby like split votes, although you can list the others that were close.

I consider a game "from 2012" if you think it's relatively new. Sometimes we don't get games the moment the came out.
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76. Board Game: 1989: Dawn of Freedom [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:209]
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As if the microbadge wasn't clear enough.

Fantastic game that has pushed its big brother TS to the back of the closet.

If Cuba Libre improves on Andean Abyss in the same way, expect to find it here next year.
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77. Board Game: Wiz-War (eighth edition) [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:402]
Mike Fox
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Fort Worth
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2012 hasn't been my best year for playing brand spankin' new games, but I have to say, the latest edition of Wiz-War is its best incarnation to date and its replay value is through the roof. My gaming group wants to play this now more than anything.
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78. Board Game: No Retreat! The Russian Front [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:427]
Brian Evans
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It's definitely been the eye opener of the year for me.
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79. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:28]
David McLeod
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I've played this more than any other game I bought this year. It's very streamlined and easy to play while offering a good challenge for newbies and experineced players. Somehow the theme just works perfect.

When I got the the DNMeeples for this it just made everyone like it more.

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80. Board Game: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:340]
Tony Kotler
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Miami
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Even though it has an earlier release date, it wasn't commonly available until now. This game was for sale at Essen 2012, so it's making my 2012 list.

This is an underrated game that deserves a better following. The design and concept are innovative and the gameplay suggests that a lot of work and thought were put into it.

Other notables of 2012:

The Great Zimbabwe
Ruhrschifffahrt 1769-1890
Terra Mystica
Al Rashid
Keyflower
Myrmes
Archipelago
CO₂

and for just plain fun:
Riff Raff
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81. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:214]
 
Thomas Leitner
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Madison
Wisconsin
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I've played many great games this year, but none has captured my interest more than this one. I absolutely love the balance between the rebellion and player's continued need to expand and exploit. I think this is a game I will want to play for a long time to come.

Others that I thought about:

Mage Wars Arena

Clash of Cultures

Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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82. Board Game: Indigo [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:938]
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I know I know...this game is not as epic as Tzolk'in or Andean Abyss, etc. AND I know Knizia borrowed from other titles for this, obviously one of them being Tsuro. But I do not like playing Tsuro, and I love playing this. It's a fairly quick and competitive abstract with very simple scoring (1 for a yellow stone, 2 for a green, and 3 for a blue). Knizia did add enough of a twist to call this game is own design, IMO, and this game deserves to be listed among his best relatively short abstracts. I thought Knizia was done, but this title, as simple as it is, leads me to believe he has a little more gas in the tank.
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83. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:149]
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This ist really MY best game of 2012 because I created only one game in 2012 ;-)
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