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Nominations, and voting are now closed.

The final results can be found here.

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Back for a fifth year...

Status updates:
Alphabetical listing of nominations

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Yet another year has once again come and gone... actually five now since I started the Most Anticipated of 20xx.


20 Most Desired Reprints of 2014

To run in conjunction with the 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2014 I started a reprint wishlist competition where you can add all those out-of-print grail games that you wish you could add to this list.


Where the 2013 favorites are now.
Last year's winner, Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport is just now gaining traction in the BGG rankings, and the runner-up Kingdom Death: Monster has been delayed and is once more in the voting, along with Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts if it doesn't make it out by the end of the year. I'm sure there are many that would have preferred they were ineligible for this year's competition, because that would mean they would have them in their hands.

A number of the "20 most" from last year are climbing steadily up the BGG rankings, namely Bora Bora which is up to 108 as of this writing. Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic is at #64 in the war game rankings, along with The Guns of Gettysburg at #120.

There are other notable finalists that were in the running for the top 20 and are rating highly after release. These include Kemet, 1775: Rebellion, Rialto, Viticulture, and Caverna: The Cave Farmers.

Kickstarter's influence on anticipated games.
Kickstarter was in its infancy when I started the Most Anticipated series, and last year was perhaps the first that had a significant impact on the nominations. This year, Kickstarter's influence is once again undeniable, but expected. After all, who would back a project and not excitedly anticipate its release?

Most of the bigger publishers will still hold their cards close until Essen next year, but there are still a number of great non-Kickstarter titles to look forward to.

Without further ado nominations are once again open nominations in this very in-formal and un-official contest to determine the 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2014.

Key Dates:
Nominations Open: Tuesday, November 12, 2013
Nominations Close: Thursday, January 2, 2014
Voting Begins: Friday, January 3, 2014
Voting Ends: Saturday, January 18, 2014

Nominating your most anticipated.
As always, if a game you're anticipating the release in 2014 is not on the list feel free to add it. Game designers and publishers are encouraged to nominate their own games by adding them to the list. Don't be humble and wait for someone else to do it. See the notes below for adding games. As in past years, this will be a two-stage process... a nominations phase and a final voting phase.

New this year. Adding category nominations.
I've updated the scripts that generate the categories. If you think a particular game should be in a category, you can add it in a comment using the category notation below, such as [category]wargame[/category]. If your comment has 5 or more thumbs the category will be added to the nomination.

Campaigning for your favorites
Go for it. If you're a publisher, designer, or designer's mom don't hesitate to campaign for your favorites. Bribing voters is fine too. Pretty much anything goes as long as kittens, puppies and small children aren't injured. We have to draw the line somewhere.

Nominations
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 2014. Feel free to suggest new categories.

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.


Nomination Categories:
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. Some of the categories may be combined or eliminated if there aren't enough nominations in the category.

* Original / Innovative [category]original[/category] 15 min status updates
* Reprint [category]reprint[/category] 15 min status updates
* Expansion [category]expansion[/category] 15 min status updates
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category] 15 min status updates
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category] 15 min status updates
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category] 15 min status updates
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category] 15 min status updates
* Wargame [category]wargame[/category] 15 min status updates
* Abstract [category]abstract[/category] 15 min status updates
* Family & Children's [category]family[/category] 15 min status updates
* Party [category]party[/category] 15 min status updates
* Train [category]train[/category] 15 min status updates
* Economic [category]economic[/category] 15 min status updates
* Historical [category]historical[/category] 15 min status updates
* Political [category]political[/category] 15 min status updates
* Science Fiction [category]scifi[/category] 15 min status updates
* Horror [category]horror[/category] 15 min status updates
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category] 15 min status updates
* 4x - Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate [category]4x[/category] 15 min status updates
* American West [category]american west[/category] 15 min status updates
* Sports [category]sports[/category] 15 min status updates
* Novel-based [category]novel[/category] 15 min status updates
* Print & Play [category]pnp[/category] 15 min status updates

Eligibility
Any newly available game or expansion is eligible if it is reasonably expected to ship in 2014. I know, "reasonably" is a fuzzy word... cest la vie.

Voting
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.

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.

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 2014 I may remove it from final voting. The only reason I state this is to separate anticipated 2014 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 2014 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.

2013 Results
For anyone feeling a bit nostalgic, here are the results and nominations from last year:

Final Results
Final Results: 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2013
Final Results: 15 Most Anticipated Strategy Games of 2013
Final Results: 15 Most Anticipated Thematic Games of 2013
Final Results: 10 Most Anticipated Wargames of 2013
Final Results: 10 Most Anticipated Party, Family, & Children's Games of 2013
Final Results: Most Anticipated Train Games of 2013
Final Results: 10 Most Anticipated Economic Games of 2013
Final Results: 10 Most Anticipated Historical & Political Games of 2013
Final Results: 10 Most Anticipated Sci-Fi & Horror Games of 2013
Final Results: 10 Most Anticipated Fantasy Games of 2013
Final Results: 15 Most Anticipated Original/Innovative Games of 2013
Final Results: 10 Most Anticipated Reprints of 2013
Final Results: 10 Most Anticipated Expansions of 2013
Final Results: Most Anticipated Abstract Games of 2013
Final Results: 10 Most Anticipated Solitaire Games of 2013
Final Results: 15 Most Anticipated "Best of the Rest" Games of 2013
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2012 Results
Final Results
[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
Voting
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2011 Results
[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
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2010 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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176. Board Game: Storm Hollow: A Storyboard Game [Average Rating:8.37 Overall Rank:7499]
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Game Salute is show a delivery date of October/November 2014. Let's hope it makes it, the Kickstarter supporters are waiting patiently.

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177. Board Game: Songs of Artha [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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178. Board Game: Pathfinder Adventure Card Game: Rise of the Runelords – Base Set [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:448]
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Not for the Rise of the Runelords base set, but for the just announced

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Its not an expansion, its the next base game.

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179. Board Game: Dungeon Petz: Dark Alleys [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.79 Unranked]
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I know some people already have this but since it's not available to most...

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180. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena – Frigost [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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I know it's available in France but not many other places just yet.
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Great base game. Expecting this one to add a lot of flavor!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/370924922/krosmaster-are...

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181. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2542]
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A sequel to the very popular RttA: Bronze Age. It keeps the Yatzee style dice game of resource generation and the cool wooden pegboards while seeming to make empire expansion and resource management more interesting and creating more player interaction. Should be a very good game.

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182. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Iron Age – The Mediterranean Expansion [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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An expansion to the newly announced Roll Through the Ages: Iron Age that comes with the kickstarter package. Adds a shared wooden map board to the game. Should add some more player interaction and perhaps spatial reasoning to the game.

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183. Board Game: Dreaming Spires [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:8075]
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Just me? Surprised not to see this on the list yet. I've completely fallen in love with the artwork and components, and think this would be a huge hit with my wife and her academic fraternity.

Let's hope there's no zombie-themed expansion, eh?
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184. Board Game: Let's Pumpkin [Average Rating:3.67 Unranked]
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An interesting title I just saw in the Kickstarter announcements thread.

Looks like it might make for a light hearted Halloween party game. And, how many games can make the claim for family, party and horror categories?

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185. Board Game: Mai-Star [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:3016]
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New version of the Seiji Kanai micro card game, from Alderac Entertainment Group with a Setting: Legend of the Five Rings theme.

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186. Board Game: Hero Brigade [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:16255] [Average Rating:5.76 Unranked]
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A Kickstarter game that is most likely sliding into January, though there seems to be a chance they'll start shipping in December.

A competitive superhero card game for 1-2 players. Nice art.

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187. Board Game: Gnominia [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Gnominia - whatever its final title will be - is finally slated for a 2014 release by Asterion Press and its international partners.

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188. Board Game: Triumph & Tragedy: European Balance of Power 1936-1945 [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:510] [Average Rating:8.17 Unranked]
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From the man who brought you the classic block games EastFront and Rommel in the Desert comes this 3-player struggle for Europe.

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Triumph and Tragedy is a geopolitical strategy game for 3 players (also playable by 2) covering the competition for European supremacy during the period 1935-45 between Capitalism (the West), Communism (the Soviet Union) and Fascism (the Axis). It has diplomatic, economic, technological and military components, and can be won by gaining economic hegemony or technological supremacy (A-bomb), or by vanquishing a rival militarily.

The 22 x 34 area map covers Eurasia to India and the Urals, with the Americas and the eastern British Empire represented abstractly. Military units are 1/2 blocks, of 7 types (Infantry/Tank/Fortress/AirForce/Carrier/Fleet/Submarine), in 6 different colors (Germany/Italy/Russia/Britain/France/USA). The mix of approximately 200 blocks allows great flexibility of force composition. There is a 55-card Action deck and a 55-card Investment deck, plus 30 Peace Dividend chits and 50 markers of various types.

The game starts in 1935, with all 3 Great Powers virtually disarmed: Germany has repudiated the Versailles Peace Treaty, initiating an arms race in Europe. With blocks, the nature of military buildups remain unknown to rivals unless/until military conflict breaks out. The game may end peacefully or there may be war. There are game sanctions for attacking neutral minors or declaring war on an opponent, and rewards for remaining peaceful (you get a Peace Dividend chit of value 0-2 for every year you remain at Peace).
This is multi-player block wargaming at a grand scale.

Check out this most recent session report: TnT AAR November/13

or this one to check out combat example: OverLord Historical Playthrough



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189. Board Game: Pathfinder Dice Arena [Average Rating:9.67 Unranked]
Board Game: Pathfinder Dice Arena
Nick Meenachan
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A new dice-drafting game from Fun to 11 (publisher of Castle Dice), this time with the official Pathfinder license. Build up the iconic Pathfinder characters and gain victory points.

Live on Kickstarter until December 30, with a projected release date of August 2014:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1225737959/pathfinder-ad...
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190. Board Game: Pixel Lincoln: Re-Election [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
Board Game: Pixel Lincoln: Re-Election
Rick Vinyard
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http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/gamesalute/pixel-lincoln...
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191. Board Game: Dungeon Dice [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:4138]
Board Game: Dungeon Dice
Griffin Patterson
United Kingdom
Sheffield
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Backed this guy on KS and, while it looked okay with 100% funding, the overfunding made it a massive dice game with over 100 dice (nearly 70 of them being unique) due to release in March, it is certainly my most anticipated.

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192. Board Game: Tiny Epic Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1302]
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Zack Stackurski
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Another Micro-Game with minimalist components along the lines of a Love Letter or Coup... but this time with Euro and 4x Mechanics! Reviews of the prototype are proclaiming it smooth and surprisingly deep/engaging for the slight components and the publisher is dropping hints about there being a decent number of factions/races available to play. Certainly worth a look for 4x fans and folks that like quick games with lots of choices to make.

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193. Board Game: Warfighter: The Tactical Special Forces Card Game [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:1373] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
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Keiron
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Sittingbourne
Kent
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From DVG Games, the Kickstarter was successfully funded at the end of November and is penciled in to be delivered Spring 2014.

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194. Board Game: Convert [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:7863]
Board Game: Convert
Ian Reed
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Exton
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Just finishing up on the logistics end of things, and repacking to our kickstarter backers real soon. This will be a definite for general public in January 2014!

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195. Board Game: Twisted Texting [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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William Baldwin
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Springfield
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A quick party game based upon recognition of words even when the words are not spelled correctly.

It is a game that you can usually teach people without saying anything at all. It is simple and has a few wrinkles for advanced players.

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196. Board Game: Last Chance for Victory: The Battle of Gettysburg [Average Rating:8.78 Overall Rank:4442]
Board Game: Last Chance for Victory: The Battle of Gettysburg
Carsten Bohne
Germany
Duisburg
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The Gamers' Line of Battle (LoB) system goes Gettysburg. Reached its preorder goal in no time. Expected in early 2014...

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197. Board Game: Reluctant Enemies: Operation Exporter [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:3537]
Board Game: Reluctant Enemies: Operation Exporter
Mike W
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A one map introduction to OCS! Includes 1 16-page OCS starter booklet.
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198. Board Game: Next War: Taiwan [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:4719] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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199. Board Game: Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars, 1845-1872 [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:8923]
Board Game: Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars, 1845-1872
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Needs a bit of momentum to make in 2014, I think.

But it has a beautiful map:
Board Game: Maori Wars: The New Zealand Land Wars, 1845-1872
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200. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1195]
Board Game: Patchistory
Eric Reasoner
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Seattle
Washington
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70 English units sold at Essen. The official release of Patchistory will be in Q2 2014. Excited.


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