20 Most Anticipated Board Games of 2013 - NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED
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Back for a fourth year...
Nominations and voting are now closed.
The vote is here.
The results are here:
20 Most Anticipated Games of 2013
Party, Family & Children's
Historical & Political
Sci-Fi & Horror
Best of the Rest
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Another year has once again come and gone... the Merchant of Venus dispute that caused two separate entries last year has been resolved, and it seems there are still quite a few from last year's list that I have yet to pick up and/or play... namely Merchant of Venus, Rex: Final Days of an Empire, and Vinhos.
Several others that looked promising for this year suffered production delays such as Kings of Air and Steam and The Guns of Gettysburg. As disappointing as a delay is, it just means they get to come back on the list a second year.
Yet others like Exile Sun, FrankenDie made it onto the shelves, but alas, not on to the gaming table.
Unfortunately, once again I think more made it onto the shelves than on the table.
For the last three years I have found a number of great games through this most informal and unofficial process... so, here it is again, back for a fourth year. As in past years, this will be a two-stage process... a nominations phase and a final voting phase.
So, without further ado 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 2013.
Nominations Open: Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Nominations Close: Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Voting Begins: Thursday, January 3, 2013
Voting Ends: Saturday, January 12, 2013
To nominate a game add it to this geeklist with one or more categories using the category tags below. Please add a short note stating why it is anticipated that the game will ship in 2013. Feel free to suggest new categories.
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.
Categories will be changed based on the nominations, but tentatively these are the categories I expect us to have (feel free to nominate a game for multiple categories):
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category]
* Family & Children's [category]family[/category]
* Party [category]party[/category]
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category]
* Train [category]train[/category]
* Economic [category]economic[/category]
* Historical & Political [category]historical[/category]
* Science Fiction & Horror [category]scifi[/category]
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category]
* Wargame [category]wargame[/category]
* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category]
* Reprint [category]reprint[/category]
* Expansion [category]expansion[/category]
* Print & Play [category]pnp[/category]
* Abstract [category]abstract[/category]
Any newly available game or expansion is eligible if it is reasonably expected to ship in 2013. I know, "reasonably" is a fuzzy word... cest la vie.
At the conclusion of nominations I will create a poll with the top 50 nominations.
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.
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.
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 2013 I may removed it from final voting. This only reason I state this is to separate anticipated 2013 releases from wishlist items. Yes, it would be nice if Hasbro/Avalon Hill reprinted Star Wars: The Queen's Gambit but at this point I don't believe there is any reason to anticipate a 2013 release.
However, in this respect I would prefer to be inclusive rather than exclusive.
Anything else??? We'll wing it... After all, this is just for fun.
For anyone feeling a bit nostalgic, here are the results and nominations from last year:
[RESULTS] 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2012
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - SCI-FI
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - FANTASY / MEDIEVAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - WARGAME
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - HORROR
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - ABSTRACT
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - TRAIN
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - ECONOMIC
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - HISTORICAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - POLITICAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - DICE
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - SPORTS
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - COOPERATIVE
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - BEST OF THE REST
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - ORIGINAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - REPRINT
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2012 - EXPANSION
[POLLS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - VOTING IS CLOSED
[RESULTS] 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2011
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - ORIGINAL GAME
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - EXPANSION
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - TRAIN
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - ECONOMIC
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - HISTORICAL & POLITICAL
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - FAMILY, PARTY, WORD & ABSTRACT
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - SCI-FI & HORROR
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - FANTASY
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - WARGAME
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - SPORT SIMULATION
[RESULTS] Most Anticipated Games of 2011 - THE BEST OF THE REST
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
Nominations & Voting
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