[POLLS] Nominations for the 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - Nominations Closed
Rick Vinyard
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Last year's 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2010 was a fantastic experience for me personally as I discovered a number of games that I don't think I would have otherwise.

Sure, BGN has their Gone Cardboard page (sadly, it is currently offline). But, the enthusiastic and glowing expectations of you, my fellow geeks, turned my attention to several games that I don't think I would have otherwise noticed.

So, in that spirit I would like to once again open nominations for this very in-formal and un-official contest to determine the 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2011.

Nomination Status Updates:
The nomination lists are quite long, so I have posted them in separate threads here:

Sorted alphabetically: http://boardgamegeek.com/article/5981851

Sorted by nomination votes: http://boardgamegeek.com/article/5981919

Key Dates:
Nominations Open: Thursday, December 16, 2010
Nominations Close: Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Voting Begins: Thursday, January 6, 2011
Voting Ends: Thursday, January 20, 2011

Subcategories:
Subcategories may be changed based on the nominations, but tentatively these are the subcategories I expect us to have:
* Train
* Economic
* Historical
* Political
* Horror
* Science Fiction
* Fantasy
* Wargames
* Expansions
* Print & Play
* Abstract

Eligibility
Any newly available game or expansion is eligible if it is anticipated to ship in 2011. Whether it will actually ship in 2011 is another matter.

Reprints vs. new editions
Reprints of already released games are not eligible, but new editions are. As with many things in the gaming industry this isn't a crisp line as to how many changes are necessary to distinguish a reprint from a new edition, but several factors to consider are artwork and components.

When nominating a new edition, mention why you think this one is different from the previous edition (not necessarily in detail, something as short as "new components" is sufficient).

Long out-of-print reprints
I would prefer to include games that have been generally unavailable for several years and are receiving a reprint. Again, this is a bit of a fuzzy area, but as an example, if Warhammer Quest or Hero Quest were to be reprinted without changes they would be eligible.

Multiple releases
It is not uncommon for a game printing to have multiple release editions for the EU and US markets (such as Mayfair/Lookout Games and JKLM/Z-Man). Many games are released and available at Essen and then (sometimes much later) released in the US with great anticipation.

For many, I think the "buzz" surrounding an Essen release combined with the general unavailability heightens the anticipation.

I would prefer to include these releases and let the voting determine how anticipant people are.

Limited initial release
I would also prefer to include games that had a limited initial release and are preparing for a full re-release. Again, this will be a grey area, but one example I would point to is the approach that Treefrog, Winsome, GMT and other publishers take with typically small pre-order releases that sell out quickly and receive a reprint if they perceive that the game was well received.

What is a small or limited release? Again, another gray area that we'll have to deal with as it comes up, as I'm sure a small release for Hasbro is quite different for a small release from most publishers here on BoardGameGeek.

This would also include games that might have had reviewer copies released, but are not yet generally available for purchase.

Nominations
To nominate a game add it to this geeklist. Please add a short note stating why it is anticipated that the game will ship in 2011.

Nomination name
Nominations may not have a BGG entry yet, or you may want to change the nomination name to indicate a specific edition.

To do so, put the nomination name inside of altname tags such as:
[altname]Favorite game - Unnamed expansion[/altname]

To second a nomination thumb its entry.

The top 50 nominations will be entered into the final vote for the top 20.


Voting
At the conclusion of nominations I will create a poll with the top 50 nominations.

Other
If the particular game is part of a series (such as the Call of Cthulhu: The Card Game) I may combine multiple nominations into one entry for final voting if it appears as if the series is anticipated rather than a specific release in the series (this was done for the Dominion expansions in 2010).

Also, if there isn't any justification for why a particular game is anticipated to ship in 2011 I may removed it from final voting. This only reason I state this is to separate anticipated 2011 releases from wishlist items. Yes, it would be nice if Hasbro/Avalon Hill reprinted Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit or Merchant of Venus but at this point I don't believe there is any reason to anticipate their release in 2011.

However, in this respect I would prefer to be inclusive rather than exclusive.

Anything else??? We'll wing it...

2010 Results
For anyone feeling a bit nostalgic, here are the results and nominations from 2010:

Final Results
Twenty Most Anticipated Games of 2010 - Final Vote Results
Most Anticipated TRAIN Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated ECONOMIC Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated HISTORICAL Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated POLITICAL Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated HORROR Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated SCIENCE FICTION Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated FANTASY Games of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated WARGAMES of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated EXPANSIONS of 2010 - Results
Most Anticipated PRINT & PLAY Games of 2010

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126. Board Game: Ascending Empires [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:477]
Rick Vinyard
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Yet another Sci-Fi title from Z-Man... the only thing I'm hesitant about is the "dexterity based Starship and combat".

However, I'm intrigued by a comment claiming that it was delayed so they could get plastic molded spacemen.

Listed in Issue 25 of Z-Man's newsletter (http://www.zmangames.com/news.htm) as arriving in 2011 "No Date Set".

Subcategory: Economic, Sci-Fi
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127. Board Game: The Phantom League [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2799]
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The first Expansion "Mostly Harmless" should make it this year ...

Phantom League NewsFlash: Extension soon ready for public playtesting
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128. Board Game: 20th Century [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:792]
Jeffrey L.
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This is supposed to be coming out soon and is on my Wishlist for 2011.
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129. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Alvin & Dexter [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.63 Unranked]
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TTR the FA expansion!
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130. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1555]
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[altname]Cargo Noir[/altname]

Days of Wonder new game

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131. Board Game: Dungeon Raiders [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1489]
Zack Stackurski
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Light, Quick, Semi-Cooperative Dungeon Crawl.

Catagory: Fantasy
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