GMT P500 for October 2011
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Welcome to the October 2011 edition of the GMT P500 update list.

Subscribe today: GMT Monthly P500 Geeklist Announcement Thread

First the big news this month - GMT has a new partnership with OSG. See this month's first entry.

Fall is here, football season is in full swing, the World Series is set to begin, and as the days grow shorter and the weather turns colder, thoughts turn more to playing those longer wargames.


I'd like to ask the people to thumb this list every month when they come by. It makes me feel appreciated, and hey, who doesn't like to feel appreciated?

Thanks to everyone for their continued kinds words of support of this monthly geeklist and also for your helpful suggestions.

If you do have any comments or suggestions, please do send me a geekmail message or post in the comments section.

New this month: Thunder Alley

Making the cut: Mr. Madison's War: The Incredible War of 1812

Rising Stars
+147 Urban Sprawl
+111 Navajo Wars
+92 The Battle for Sicily

Shipping/charging news:
October 18, 2011:
Labyrinth 2011 Reprint
Twilight Struggle Reprint
Urban Sprawl

Late October/Early November, 2011:
Combat Commander: Resistance

Late November/Early December, 2011:
Commands & Colors: Ancients: The Spartans
Commands & Colors Napoleonics: The Spanish Army

December, 2011:
FAB: Sicily

January, 2012
Fighting Formations (Reprint Edition)
Space Empires: 4X (Reprint Edition)

1st Quarter, 2012:
Battle for Normandy Expansion Pack
Bomber Command
Crown of Roses
Dominant Species: The Card Game
Virgin Queen
1989

2nd Quarter, 2012: (Tentative, 3-5 games total)
Bloody April, 1917
Next War: Korea

1-3 More - from among the list below, the "Made the Cut" games that are 530+ or so on the GMT P500 website:
Andean Abyss
Fading Glory
Panzer
Pax Baltica
Red Winter

Unscheduled for Now (We will re-evaluate progress on this one when the designer returns later this year):
Great Campaigns of the Thirty Years War
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26. Board Game: Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:2908]
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Current Preorders: 666 (+3)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Made the cut!

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($55)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Climbing a little more slowly than usual. Hopefully it won't stall.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-307-bloody-april-air-war-over-arras-fr...



Game Information: Bloody April, 1917 is a standalone game using a similar format to Elusive Victory/Downtown, modified to cover the unique aspects of air combat during World War 1. The game covers the pivotal air combat over the Arras sector, France from March until the end of May 1917. Players take on the roles of Royal Flying Corps commander or German Imperial Air Service commander for their respective sides and will have a multitude of taskings available to accomplish and complete their objectives. Bloody April, 1917 will include both single mission scenarios and multi-mission/multi-day campaigns to allow players to play out large scale battles in a manageable timeframe.

Game Designer: Terry Simo
Counter and Map Art: Ian Wedge
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27. Board Game: The Supreme Commander [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:4296]
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Current Preorders: 671 (+5)

First announced: May 2009

Current Status: Made the cut.

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($65)

Number of Players: 2-5

Comments: The growth curve continues to be nice and smooth.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-278-the-supreme-commander.aspx



Game Information: The Supreme Commander is a game designed for 2-5 players covering the entirety of World War II in the European Theater of Operations (ETO), from September 1939 to the end of the war. While there are plenty of other ETO games out there, The Supreme Commander effectively models all of the primary aspects of the war in a simple, straight-forward manner.

Murmansk convoy, Lend-Lease, diplomacy, the strategic U-Boat campaign, technological advancement, strategic bombing campaigns, naval invasions, the economy and military production, partisans – All of these elements and more are included in a surprisingly easy-to-learn game.

Note: We are doing much of the final system and balance testing of this game online using a (beautiful) Vassal module. We are definitely interested in additional testers who are new to the game at this stage. If you are interested in helping out, please contact developer Paul Marjoram at pmarjora@gmail.com.

Components:
* Rulebook
* (2) 24x36 maps with large hex pattern (one map is back-printed with a standard size 5/8" hex version so you can play the whole game on one map - for you guys with limited table space)
* Diplomatic Track (cardstock)
* Player aid card
* 560 Counters (Corps and Army-sized units)
* 6 x Force Pool cards for France, UK, US, USSR, Italy, Germany
* 2 ten-sided dice

Designer: Dan Holte
Developer: Paul Marjoram
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28. Board Game: Dominant Species: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:2276]
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Current Preorders: 713 (+40)

First announced: April 2011

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $19 ($29)

Number of Players: 2-6

Comments: No signs of slowing down any time soon.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-342-dominant-species-the-card-game...

Game Information: 40,000 B.C. — A great ice age is ending. Another titanic struggle for global supremacy has unwittingly commenced between the animal species.
Dominant Species: The Card Game is a fast-playing game that abstractly recreates a tiny portion of ancient history: the ponderous rescinding of an ice age and what that entails for the living creatures trying to adapt to the slowly-changing earth.

Players will use six major animal classes – mammal, reptile, bird, amphibian, arachnid or insect – to further their goals in various terrain. Through wily card play, players will strive to become dominant at as many different terrestrial and sea biomes as possible in order to claim valuable victory points: It is survival of the fittest.

All of this leads to the end game – the final descent of the ice age – where the player having accumulated the most victory points wins the game.

But somebody better become dominant quickly, because it’s getting mighty warm...

Designer: Chad Jensen

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29. Board Game: Crown of Roses [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:3300]
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Current Preorders: 777 (+12)

First announced: June 2008

Current Status: Made the cut.

Preorder Price (List Price): $55 ($79)

Number of Players: 2-4

Comments: I saw a nice unpunched copy of Kingmaker at a game shop in Calgary recently. I'm waiting for this.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-234-crown-of-roses.aspx



Game Information: Crown of Roses is a 3-hour block game set during the turbulent years of the Wars of the Roses in 15th Century England. This 35-year long conflict saw the extinction of a large number of noble houses, and would eventually set the house of Tudor upon the throne.

In Crown of Roses, players take on the roles of the dynastic giants - the House of Lancaster and their Beaufort cousins, and the House of York. The four player game adds in the powerful House of Stafford, and the ever-scheming Richard Neville and his son, Richard of Warwick, the 'Kingmaker'.

Game Design: Stephen A. Cuyler
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30. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Napoleonics Expansion #1 – The Spanish Army [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 841 (+14)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

Number of Players: 2

Preorder Price (List Price): $37 ($50)

Comments: Grew faster than it's C&C:A counterpart below!

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-328-commands-colors-napoleonics-expans...



Game Information: The Spanish Army is the first expansion for Commands & Colors: Napoleonics.

At the time of the Napoleonic Wars, Spain was only a shadow of its former power. Spanish troops and leaders, as many Napoleonic historians point out, performed badly on a large number of occasions. Yet there are a number of battles, Bailen, Tamames, Alcaniz and San Marcial where the Spaniards fought valiantly and gained victory. Ironically, the point most historians overlook is the fact that the Spanish armies constituted a threat that the French simply could not ignore. As good as Wellington’s Anglo-Portuguese field army was, that army faced multiple French armies. They could only defeat one French army at a time. The Spanish Armies and the accompanying guerrilla warfare against French troops tied down the remainder, allowing the Anglo-Portuguese army to ultimately emerge victorious.

In this expansion you will find 18 historical scenarios that focus on Peninsular battles fought by the Spanish army from 1808 to 1813, plus all the new units you’ll need to field for these engagements.

Designer: Richard Borg
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31. Board Game: Commands & Colors: Ancients Expansion Pack #6 – The Spartan Army [Average Rating:8.46 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.46 Unranked]
 
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Current Preorders: 862 (+13)

First announced: December 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $35 ($55)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Coming soon to a table near you...

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-331-c-c-ancients-exp-6-the-spartan-arm...



Game Information: We are Sparta… More than a line from a movie, The Spartan Army is the sixth expansion for the Commands & Colors: Ancients game system.

The Spartan Army expansion features over 20 scenarios, which focus on a period of time from 669 BC to 338 BC. In the early battles of Sparta against Argive, we see the development of Hoplite armies. We then move onto the war with the Persian Empire and take a closer look at the battle of Thermopylae, 480 BC. During the Peloponnesian Wars, Sparta takes a leader position among the Peloponnesian states, which would last for almost two centuries. Finally there is a shift in power away from Sparta during the battles of the Theban Era and the rise of Macedon.

Designer: Richard Borg
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32. Board Game: 1989: Dawn of Freedom [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:210]
 
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Current Preorders: 925 (+32)

First announced: March 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $45 ($65)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: A big bump brings this one over 900. Very nice indeed.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-304-1989.aspx


This is actually Twilight Struggle's graphic, but since 1989 is based on TS, this is a handy placeholder

Game Information:
1989 is an exciting, fast paced game simulating the end of the Cold War in 1989. During this amazing year, a series of democratic revolutions ended the 40 year Soviet empire in Eastern Europe. 1989 simulates the political, social and economic aspects of these revolutions using a card driven system similar to Twilight Struggle.

Components:

1 countersheet
1 22" x 34" map
1 rulebook (approx 24 pages)
2 player aid cards
2 strategy decks (110 cards)
1 Power struggle deck (55 cards)

Designer: Ted Torgerson and Jason Matthews
Developer: Bruce Wigdor
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33. Board Game: The Battle for Normandy Expansion [Average Rating:8.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.49 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 927 (+15)

First announced: October 2010

Current Status: Made the cut!

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($59)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Back to back months of +15.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-316-the-battle-for-normandy-expans...



Game Information: This Expansion Set for The Battle for Normandy allows players to extend the campaign game to the end of August, but most importantly includes the area for the Mortain and Falaise Pocket scenarios.

Counters are included to fill out Allied and Axis Order of Battles to the end of August, and also include specific breakdown counters for AT, SP AT, and mechanized infantry.

The Full Color Rules & Scenario books are updated and comprehensive, and include all original rules and scenarios plus all optional rules, and 6 new scenarios.

Designer: Dan Holte
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34. Board Game: Won by the Sword [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:8539]
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Current Preorders: 927 (+7)

First announced: -

Current Status: Made the cut.

Preorder Price (List Price): $38 ($55)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Back to back months of +7.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-41-great-campaigns-of-the-thirty-years...

Complexity: Not listed
Solitaire Suitability: Not listed

Game Information: Great Campaigns of the Thirty Years War (GCo30YW) is a two-player game of operational warfare in the 17th Century. Armies maneuver on a point to point map of Southern Germany based on the road network available at the time. Each game is centered around a major battle or full campaign season. A Turn is a month divided into a variable number of impulses. Each army has a hand of Campaign Cards that control the amount of activity it may perform, the supplies it must expend, and a special action. Each impulse features one card play per army. Forces are concealed off map so players are faced with limited knowledge of the enemy. The major activities are maneuver, foraging, besieging fortifications, and an occasional battle. GCo30YW is a low-complexity game with emphasis on the players maneuvering their forces, but many decisions await. The low rules complexity allows each player, rather than being encumbered with rules, to focus on choices regarding how to manage his campaign.

Design: Ben Hull
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35. Board Game: Combat Commander: Resistance! [Average Rating:8.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.59 Unranked]
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Current Preorders: 947 (+12)

First announced: November 2010

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $35 ($55)

Number of Players: 2

Comments: Moving along nicely. I can't wait for this one as I actually need another box to store all the extra bits that have overflowed from my other CC:E boxes.

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-329-combat-commander-resistance.aspx



Game Information: Combat Commander: Resistance! (CC:R) expands upon CC:Europe and CC:Mediterranean by adding partisans and their war behind the front lines. This fourth volume of the Combat Commander series features special rules and components for fighting with Partisan forces against the Axis nations of Europe.

The new CC:R playbook covers the following:

* Random Scenario Generator Update, including the Partisan Leader Table and Fortification OB

* Definition of the Partisan Faction, its Unit Structure, Stats and Weapons

* Rules for Irregular Melee, Sewers and Sighting Markers

* New Orders: Infiltrate and Muster

* New Actions: Knife, No Quarter and Trap

* New Events: Inexperience, Patriotism and Stealth

In addition to the new playbook, the game includes 3 back-printed game maps (6 maps total), 6 double-sided scenario sheets (12 scenarios total), one counter sheet (units and markers), a 36-card Partisan Fate Deck and a 19-card Partisan Force Deck. The new maps depict specific historical locations in Greece, Hercegovina, Eastern Bosnia, Byelorussia, Croatia and Western Bosnia.

Designer: Chad Jensen
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36. Board Game: Urban Sprawl [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:811]
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Current Preorders: 976 (+147)

First announced: November 2009

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $49 ($70)

Game Link: http://gmtgames.com/p-296-urban-sprawl.aspx

Complexity: Not listed
Solitaire Suitability: Not listed

Number of Players: 2-4

Comments: This month's growth king takes a great leap forward just in time for its production month. Charging is supposed to happen late this month, but early reviews are already out. This one looks like it'll be a big hit.

Game Information: Urban Sprawl is a game for 2-4 players. Urban Sprawl abstractly models the growth of a town into a teeming metropolis.

Players assume the roles of entrepreneur, tycoon and politician—each helping in the development of a hypothetical “Anywhere, USA.” Wealth and Prestige will be earned and spent throughout the game. Buildings will rise only to later be demolished for better and larger fare.

Throughout the game, players will gather valuable Permits. These will result in either a wealthy Investment or the foundation of a new building Contract. Players will strive to become dominant in one or more building Zones in order to acquire beneficial political offices.

All of this eventually leads to the end game – a vibrant metropolis that is revered around the world – when the player with the most Prestige will be crowned the winner.

Game Design by Chad Jensen
Game Development by Kai Jensen
Players: 2-4
Play Time: about 45 minutes per player
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37. Board Game: Virgin Queen [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:284]
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Current Preorders: 1092 (+63)

First announced: April 2011

Current Status: Made the cut

Preorder Price (List Price): $59 ($89)

Number of Players: 2-6

Comments: This game is still king queen of the hill as not only the only one with 1000+ orders at the moment, but also closing in on 1100.

I don't have enough superlatives to speak about my excitement over the announcement of this game. I knew it was in development, but that it's finally going to see light of day is simply outstanding to me. Based on what I've read of the game so far, I might even like this one more than Here I Stand, which is a game I simply love.

Of course, this game is another one of those which has a very long playing time. Notwithstanding this however, it's on my personal P500 list. There are some games that one simply must have, and this is a must for me.

Game Link: http://www.gmtgames.com/p-341-virgin-queen.aspx



Game Information: Virgin Queen: Wars of Religion 1559-1598 is a game of grand strategy for two to six players based on the military, political and religious conflicts within Europe during the reigns of Elizabeth I of England and Philip II of Spain. Each player controls one or more of the major powers that presided over European politics in that day. Spain is the juggernaut, able to draw upon the vast riches of their global empire. But such a dominant power is sure to have many enemies. The Ottoman expansion towards Spain’s Mediterranean outposts remains unchecked. Elizabeth’s English sea dogs are poised to raid Spain’s overseas empire. And the forces of Protestant reform will soon drag Spain into eighty years of rebellion in the Netherlands. Will Spain find aid from its Catholic allies? Perhaps not from France, where the Catholic Valois dynasty is soon to engage another group of Protestant believers in the bloody French Wars of Religion. And even Philip’s relatives in Vienna who rule the Holy Roman Empire may dabble in the Protestant faith instead of remaining loyal to their Catholic heritage and Spanish brethren.

Designer: Ed Beach
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