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Your Most Anticipated Wargames of 2012
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The end of the year is nigh,2011 has been a decent one for new wargames. There's some good-looking games set for release next year and I'm probably not the only wargamer here that has a "must have" or two on his gaming radar for 2012. I'll post mine, you post what new wargames, expansions, or reprints you're looking forward to the most in the upcoming year. This list may be a little early but what the Hell, if it results in a couple more pre-orders it's all good.

If your most anticipated game's release (including delays) is "straddling" the new year and the street or pre-order ship date is not definite use your own judgement in posting it.

Which 2012 wargames are you looking forward to?
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1. Board Game: It Never Snows [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:2357]
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This is a Standard Combat Series game of Operation Market-Garden that will have 5 maps. A Market-Garden game on that scale using the easy SCS rules sounds pretty good to me. I'm not 100% sure but I think I read that MMP has already set a production slot aside for it even though it hasn't reached the required 575 orders, though it is close to 575. I'm definitely looking forward to this game.
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2. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal – Pacific Ocean 1942 [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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The rules changes to the Conflict of Heroes series have made it a better game so I'm back to playing the system after growing really bored with the initial game in the series a couple of years ago. CoH Guadalcanal should be interesting and I'm looking forward to the special rules for Banzai charges that one would expect from a WWII Pacific Theater tactical game. I'm just generally looking forward to the Japanese. I hope it's out soon so I can get to playing it.
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3. Board Game: Dien Bien Phu: The Final Gamble [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:4884]
Joao Lima
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Really curious to know more about this one, and to see it released.
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4. Board Game: Lock 'n Load: Heroes of the Pacific [Average Rating:10.00 Unranked]
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My must, must, must have title for the year.
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5. Board Game: Mr. Madison's War: The Incredible War of 1812 [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:2290]
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Card Driven Game on the War of 1812 -- where do I sign up?
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6. Board Game: Weimar: German Politics 1929-1933 [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Daniel Danzer
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Stuttgart
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Not being a "wargamer", but having read the (prototype) rules for this "political" block wargame, I WANT THIS.

There seems to be at least one publisher interested (having tested it at BGG.CON ...?) and with a bit of luck, we will see it next year, don`t we?

Only problem is the discussion at the customs about all the Swastikas and Hitler images ...
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7. Board Game: Crown of Roses [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:3271]
Noel Houben
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This is one I would really like to have. 2-4 player block game about the War of the Roses which uses cards as well
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8. Board Game: The Finnish Trilogy 1939-1945: Winter War 1939-1940 (Vol. 1) [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
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Still waiting for this one.
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9. Board Game: The Blitzkrieg Legend: The Battle for France, 1940 [Average Rating:8.22 Overall Rank:2536]
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I am eagerly awaiting this one! More OCS goodness.
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10. Board Game: Black and Tan War [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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Well it was last year too... But it feels plausible it gets realised that year and as far as I found this is the only game of that war
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11. Board Game: Crusade and Revolution: The Spanish Civil War, 1936-1939 [Average Rating:8.39 Overall Rank:2050]
 
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Looking forward to this one. Could be the definitive SCW game.
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12. Board Game: Angola [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:1316]
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I've heard the hype and am really looking forward to getting this on the table.
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13. Board Game: Codeword Cromwell: The German Invasion of England, 8 June 1940 [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:3231]
Martin Swift
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Been looking forward to this game for a while... apparently put on hold for Lost Battles, but 2012 could be the year. Scratches that solo itch.
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14. Board Game: Thunderbolt/Apache Leader [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:2256]
Martin Swift
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Another offering from the DVG Leader stable...
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15. Board Game: Fleet Commander: Nimitz [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:4700]
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Yet another DVG title.... Keep them coming Dan!
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16. Board Game: Wings of Glory: WW2 Starter Set [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:2578]
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New Wings of War game..... WW2 miniature airplanes, sounds good to me.
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17. Board Game: Hell Over Korea [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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"HELL OVER KOREA" is an expansion module for "B-29 SUPERFORTRESS" and covers B-29 missions in the Korean War from November 1950 through April 1951, covering a standard six-month bomber crew tour of duty in Korea.
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18. Board Game: Virgin Queen [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:292]
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Not quite a wargame, but enough people here
think of it as one.

Really looking forward to it.
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19. Board Game: War of the Suns [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:5097]
Edmund Hon
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Last I heard this is still on track for a 2012 release.
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20. Board Game: Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars, 1845-1872 [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Paul Harmon
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Rochester
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Im not a true war gamer though Id like to do much more than I am able to at the moment. This is something that caught my eye. Im not quite sure why but Im fascinated by and looking forward to this.
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21. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:1058]
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I am going to assume (I know...I know) that this will make it out of the gate in 2012. As such, especially given the long buildup, this is my #1 most anticipated release. It was also probably my 2011 pick as well. Or was that 2010.... LOL!

Fingers crossed! It should be a magnificent game.
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22. Board Game: Festung Budapest [Average Rating:8.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.77 Unranked]
Lucas Emery
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Epically huge treatment (4 maps, 9 countersheets!) of a little-gamed conflict at the tactical scale, a majority of which you'll be able to play w/just Beyond Valor... how is this item 22?
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23. Board Game: Fallschirmjaeger [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:2164]
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German paratroops descend on Fortress Holland in this SCS title. The yin to It Never Snows yang. Hopefully enough folks will pre-order to make this reprint happen.
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24. Board Game: Fading Glory [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.62 Unranked]
Michael Lavoie
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Nashua
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I own a few of the Napoleonic 20 series games by VPG, and am really looking forward to seeing GMT's production of these four battles.
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25. Board Game: Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:2811]
Chris Valk
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Bloomsbury
New Jersey
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WWI aerial operations in Q1 1917. Cut my wargaming teeth on the "Bloody April" campaign in Richthofen's War, so I get palpatations over this one. Nothing on the topic in print (and very few ever made) -- hope it will be first in a series.
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