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Wargames on the Horizon in 2009
Brian Morris
United States
Raytown
Missouri
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2nd, 6th and 7th Wisconsin, 19th Indiana, 24th Michigan
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Been killing time this morning (wife is sick so I'm being a good husband and stayed up most of the night playing nurse) so I was looking at some of the wargames set to come out this year. I was thinking it really looks like a pretty good crop for 2009. Lots of CDGs, block games and even a card driven block game. There's also a few new releases for ongoing game series. So I thought it'd be nice to see what's coming out and what folks are really looking forward to this year.
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26. Board Game: Crown of Roses [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:3298]
Tom Hancock
United States
Charleston
West Virginia
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You forgot one!

This is a war of the roses themed game which combines aspects of CDGs with block games and uses C&C:A style dice.

Add to that multiple victory conditions for each side (military, political, or economic).

PLUS it plays 2, 3, or 4 players!

Here is an interview with the designer.

http://www.boardgamenews.com/index.php/boardgamenews/comment...
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27. Board Game: Nations at War: White Star Rising [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:2039]
Andrew Prizzi
United States
West Newton
Pennsylvania
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I'm really looking forward to this one.
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28. Board Game: Nightfighter [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2217]
Robert Wilson
Canada
Riverview
New Brunswick
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By Lee B-W of Downtown and The Burning Blue fame......



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29. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943 [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:299]
DJ
United States
New Jersey
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No Longer named Storms of Steel! - Eastern Front 1943-1945.

The game designer has announced that they have narrowed down the time period and that the game will now be published as
Storms of Steel! - Kursk 1943.

From the designers web site:

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Storms of Steel witnesses histories greatest tank battle. After the stinging defeat at Stalingrad, the Germans gather their best forces for an all out attack to smash through the Soviet lines. The Soviets, having learned of the German's plan through their spy networks, prepare a trap to stop and then decimate Germany's best Panzer forces.

* All new units including Tiger tanks, Soviet rockets, strafing airplanes, Soviet Red Guards, and much more!
* 4 huge new map boards!
* All new firefights, including detailed historical backgrounds.

Storms of Steel continues the groundbreaking game concepts introduced in Awakening the Bear with new highly integrated airplane and anti-air rules. Stukas dive bomb, Sturmoviks strafe, and FlaKpanzer Wirbelwinds desperately try to fend off the death from above.
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30. Board Game: Waterloo [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1745]
Jon Badolato
United States
Connecticut
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By Martin Wallace of Warfrog Games. Not usually thought of as a war game designer, but this one looks good.
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31. Board Game: Elusive Victory: The Air War over the Suez Canal, 1967-1973 [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:2414]
Terry Simo
United States
Las Vegas
Nevada
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We are working up the final countersheets and map proofs. Hope to see this out the door from GMT in late Summer/early Fall.

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32. Board Game: Rebel Raiders on the High Seas [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:3128]
Gregory Bay
United States
Kernersville
North Carolina
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Really, really looking forward to this one. I have been watching and reading what I can on GMT's website. The system sounds easy to pick up and play and covers the logistics of the naval problem during the civil war as well as the actual battles and confrontations. Pre ordered this today! Any other thoughts?
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33. Board Game: A Victory Denied [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:1635]
 
William Barnett-Lewis
United States
Hayward
Wisconsin
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Having rediscovered life above company level withA Victory Lost this is by far my most eagerly awaited game of 2009. I found the previous game a fun balance and expect this one to only be better.

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34. Board Game: The Spanish Civil War 1936-1939 [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:2326]
Kevin Bernatz
United States
Alexandria
Virginia
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Javier Romero's design covering the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939) and an alternate "what if" German 1940 invasion of Spain. I'm working with Andrew Young on final development of this and I'd say (barring unforseen issues) this game will be out this year.
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35. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1551]
 
Joseph
United States
Arcata
California
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I've been looking forward to this since I ran across it here on the Geek not too long ago. I signed up for play testing and so far have only had a chance to play a couple solo games. It looks very promising and I believe play testing is still open.

From the Publisher: Combat Patrol is a new fast paced game of man-to-man combat set during WWII in 1944-5. Each player controls up to a squad of 12 soldiers across many different scenarios and combat situations. Each counter represents a single man, each hex 2-3 metres and each turn 10-30 seconds. Games take from 45 minutes to a couple of hours.
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36. Board Game: Baltic Gap [Average Rating:8.22 Overall Rank:1704]
Charlie Sheppard
United States
Seattle
Washington
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What, no one added Baltic Gap?? This one looks fantastic even by OCS standards.
 
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37. Board Game: Guderian's Blitzkrieg II [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:1536]
Charlie Sheppard
United States
Seattle
Washington
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Also being reprinted. Case Blue's twin and a monster among monsters. John Kishner posted some amazing smaller scenarios however that work both with GBII and Case Blue.
 
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38. Board Game: Dead of Winter (second edition) [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:3972]
Michael Lavoie
United States
Nashua
New Hampshire
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This is one I pre-ordered as soon as GMT put it on the P500 list. Any game in this series is an automatic order. Of all of Richard Berg's designs and systems, I think that the GBACW system remains his magnum opus. The level of detail is impressive, yet the games remain playable and fun.

I have the original version of this title, published years ago by Berg's SDI. This remake is being designed by Dave Powell, whose work on The Ganers Civil War titles has been outstanding. I'm practically salivating over this game. Is is August yet?

The battle is an interesting one. Bragg and Rosecrans each formulated the same basic battle plan (hold with the right, attack with the left) but Bragg struck first and had victory in his grasp, only to see it slip away. It makes for a very game-able situation. I've enjoyed my three other Murfreesboro/Stones River games. They are the original version of Dead of Winter, The Gamers' No Better Place to Die (Peter Cozzens' book of this title is the definitive history of the battle), and Yaquinto's Murfreesboro (by one RH Berg) which was a novel system that I don't think was ever used again. All in all, as you might have guessed, I am eager for this one!
 
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39. Board Game: The Battle for Normandy [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:1602]
Danny Holte
United States
Fullerton
California
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The final maps are underway right now and it will be out this year.
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40. Board Game: Band of Brothers: Screaming Eagles [Average Rating:7.86 Overall Rank:1277]
Jim Krohn
United States
New York
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Squad level combat using blocks. Very simple, playable, and a good representation of squad combat - very different from other squad games.
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41. Board Game: To Save The Union [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Pete Belli
United States
Florida
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This is a strategic level block game of the American Civil War.

The design features a "lite" CDG system and plays in two hours.

We are planning a playtest at BGG.CON in November.
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