[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - ECONOMIC
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Interstellar Trading Reigns Supreme

Farming in Caves --- Guano Involved???


From the Vinyard Vineyard

STEAMPUNK ECONOMICS 101

Spice and Oil Trading Up

Gnomes of Sunrise City Go Green


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After a 3 week nomination period, and a 2 week voting period the results are in.

Economic engines are a background premise of many games, and this year's nominations don't disappoint.

Clearly, people are ready to start interstellar trading with Merchant of Venus whether it's Stronghold Games version or Fantasy Flight. Interestingly, Stronghold's edition is largely favored over Fantasy Flight's edition in every category except this one where they are roughly tied. I think it may have something to do with the practicalities of economists and the fact that they just want to get trading.

Following the two variants of Merchant of Venus is the expansion Alien Frontiers: Factions which promises even more interstellar trading goodness.

The remainder of the titles look equally intriguing, and I have a feeling I will end up owning most, if not all, of this list.

I was particularly glad to see Crude: The Oil Game place here. I was afraid with the whole Merchant of Venus brouhaha it would get buried, but I think it is one of the more intriguing economic titles. Sadly, the original designer passed away this Fall, but not before he provided Stronghold with a number of modifications he's been holding on to for 20+ years.

Without further ado here are the 10 Most Anticipated Economic Games of 2012 as determined in this most unofficial, informal and unscientific experiment.

Previous Year's Results:
Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - ECONOMIC
Most Anticipated Games of 2010 - ECONOMIC
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1. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1001]
Board Game: Merchant of Venus
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Stronghold Games Edition

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2. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1001]
Board Game: Merchant of Venus (Second Edition)
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Fantasy Flight Games Edition

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3. Board Game: Alien Frontiers: Factions [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
Board Game: Alien Frontiers: Factions
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4. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:30]
Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers
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5. Board Game: Goa [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:182]
Board Game: Goa
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6. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:423]
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7. Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1940]
Board Game: Kings of Air and Steam
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8. Board Game: Crude: The Oil Game [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2448]
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9. Board Game: Belfort [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:515]
Board Game: Belfort
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Unnamed First Expansion

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10. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:789]
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11. Board Game: Sunrise City [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2726]
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