20 Most Anticipated Board Games of 2015 - NOMINATIONS ARE CLOSED
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Final Results:
20 Most Anticipated Games of 2015
Original/Innovative
Reprints
Expansions
Cooperative
Solitaire
Strategy
Bluffing
Thematic
Wargames
Abstract
Family & Children's
Party
Train
Economic
City Building
Historical
Political
Sci-Fi
Steampunk
Horror
Cthulhu & Lovecraftian
Fantasy
Pirate
American West
Sports
Literature
4x - Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate
Print & Play
Best of the Rest


VOTING IS OPEN
20 Most Anticipated Games of 2015
20 Most Desired Reprints of 2015
20 Most Desired Expansions (Unplanned) of 2015


Back for a sixth year...

Status updates:
Alphabetical listing of nominations

Status Updates and Trends



20 Most Desired Reprints of 2015

For the second year, to run in conjunction with the 20 Most Anticipated Games the Most Desired Reprints wishlist is a place where you can add all those out-of-print grail games that you wish you could add to this list.


By popular request... well... at least two people... I started the 20 Most Desired (Unplanned) Expansions of 2015.

Where the 2014 favorites are now.
Last year's winner, Xia: Legends of a Drift System, is already nearing the top 500, but last year's runner-up, Cthulhu Wars, is still delayed and looking like it will have a shot at this year's title.

Some of last year's top 20 failed to live up to the hype... I'm looking at you Myth. Others are exceeding expectations, such as Shadows of Brimstone, King of New York, and especially Dead of Winter.

Without further ado nominations are once again open in this very in-formal and un-official contest to determine the 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2015.

Key Dates:
Nominations Open: Sunday, December 7, 2014
Nominations Close: Friday, January 2, 2015
Voting Begins: Saturday, January 3, 2015
Voting Ends: Saturday, January 17, 2015

Nominating your most anticipated.
As always, if a game you're anticipating the release in 2015 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.

Adding category nominations.
If you think a game should be in a category not already listed, 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 2015. 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, initially based on 2014 entries. 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] Status updates
* Reprint [category]reprint[/category] Status updates
* Expansion [category]expansion[/category] Status updates
* Cooperative [category]cooperative[/category] Status updates
* Solitaire [category]solitaire[/category] Status updates
* Strategy [category]strategy[/category] Status updates
* Bluffing [category]bluffing[/category] Status updates
* Thematic [category]thematic[/category] Status updates
* Wargame [category]wargame[/category] Status updates
* Abstract [category]abstract[/category] Status updates
* Family & Children's [category]family[/category] Status updates
* Party [category]party[/category] Status updates
* Train [category]train[/category] Status updates
* Economic [category]economic[/category] Status updates
* City Building [category]citybuilding[/category] Status updates
* Historical [category]historical[/category] Status updates
* Political [category]political[/category] Status updates
* Science Fiction [category]scifi[/category] Status updates
* Steampunk [category]steampunk[/category] Status updates
* Horror [category]horror[/category] Status updates
* Cthulhu & Lovecraftian [category]cthulhu[/category] Status updates
* Fantasy [category]fantasy[/category] Status updates
* Pirate [category]pirate[/category] Status updates
* 4x - Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate [category]4x[/category] Status updates
* American West [category]american west[/category] Status updates
* Sports [category]sports[/category] Status updates
* Novel-based [category]novel[/category] Status updates
* Print & Play [category]pnp[/category] Status updates

Eligibility
Any newly available game or expansion is eligible if it is reasonably expected to ship in 2015. 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 2015 I may remove it from final voting. The only reason I state this is to separate anticipated 2015 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 2015 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.

2014 Results
For anyone feeling a bit nostalgic, here are the results and nominations from last year:

Final Results: 20 Most Anticipated Games of 2014
Original / Innovative
Reprints
Expansions
Cooperative
Solitaire
Strategy
Thematic
Wargames
Abstract
Family & Children's
Party
Train
Economic
Historical
Political
Sci-Fi
Horror
Fantasy
American West
Sports
Novel Based
4x - Explore, Expand, Exploit, Exterminate
Best of the Rest
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76. Board Game: Magic: The Gathering – Arena of the Planeswalkers [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2259] [Average Rating:6.35 Unranked]
Derek Johnson
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Being a board gamer and a Magic player this is a no brainer for me. Should be interesting to see how they add the Magic universe of characters into a board game. It seems very much like Heroscape, which sounds great to me. Can't wait for it's release.
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77. Board Game: Crossbones: The Swashbuckling Pirate Adventure Game [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
Tom Razo
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Experience a tale of piracy on the high seas. Hoist the Jolly Roger, divvy the rum, plunder like pirates!

Because... what ever happened to "Fund and Follow Creativity".. and not just the next cool mini or pre-order pumped through the Kickstarter pipeline.

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78. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:113]
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[altname]The Next Suburbia Expansion[/altname]

I don't know what it is called, but Ted Alspach implied that it is coming next year and that it features more players:
5 players too many?

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79. Board Game: Nautilus Industries [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:4832]
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Another kickstarter. Based on a post-Nemo Jules Verne world, the ocean has opened up for commerce.

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80. Board Game: The World of Smog: On Her Majesty's Service [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:2162] [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
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The world and atmosphere sold me on this one. But I'm also interested in the unique rotating board mechanisms.

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81. Board Game: Napoleon Against Russia [Average Rating:7.98 Overall Rank:7197]
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82. Board Game: Krosmaster: Quest [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:4063] [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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83. Board Game: Enemy Action: Ardennes [Average Rating:8.68 Overall Rank:1950]
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84. Board Game: Penny Press [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2655]
Rodney Sheldon
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Looking forward to this one. Turn of the century yellow journalism. Kickstarter, delivery due sometime in January/early Feb 2015.

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85. Board Game: Wilderness Empires [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:8101]
Rodney Sheldon
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Springfield
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From Worthington Games...due in early 2015. One of my favorite historical time periods for Wargames.


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86. Board Game: Tiger Leader [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:7107] [Average Rating:6.39 Unranked]
Nick South
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I know Thunderbolt Apache and Hornet Leader are wildly popular, but I'm more excited about this one. My must have of 2015.

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87. Board Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:810]
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The next game due out in the GMT COIN Series. Scheduled for release in Spring of 2015.

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88. Board Game: Grand Prix [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:3206] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
DW Kelly
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The Horger's follow up to Thunder Alley - if it makes it in time for 2015 via GMT P500 production run (428 pre-orders as of 12/8/14).
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89. Board Game: AquaSphere [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:408]
Francis K. Lalumiere
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I'm a pretty big Stefan Feld whore fan, and this is one of my most anticipated games of 2015. Programming robots underwater? I'm in...

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90. Board Game: MERCS: Recon – Counter Threat [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:5185] [Average Rating:6.75 Unranked]
Kevin L. Kitchens
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[altname]MERCS: Recon[/altname]

Includes MERCS: Recon – Counter Threat and MERCS: Recon – Assassination Protocol and all expansions. Due Q1 2015. Looks amazing and plays solo too.

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91. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Eastern Front – Solo Expansion [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked]
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There is still hope this will see the light of day in early 2015.

If so, supposed to make a great game greater.

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92. Board Game: Hostage Negotiator [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:905] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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Great theme, great design. Was some hope this KS would release this year, but the original goal was early next year to get it right, so we're on schedule.

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93. Board Game: Spell Saga [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
 
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The first volume of three-plus planned decks, The Highlands is the first deck of the Spell Saga cycle, a one-player Tabletop Novel scheduled to ship in March with a stack of bonus content after a stellar Kickstarter campaign.

A free PnP of the 100 card deck is available for those of us unable to wait to begin exploring The Highlands.

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94. Board Game: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:371]
Matt Dawkins
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A new edition of Fantasy Flight Games' oldest Living Card Game title is set for release at GenCon 2015.

You may read about the differences between the first and second editions here in detail, but here's the summarized version that I put together courtesy of the designer's notes:

- Overhauled rules and new core set
- First edition cards will not be compatible with second edition
- New graphic design and original artwork
- Re-engineered timing rules to be more straightforward (no more moribund timing)
- Influence discontinued, was a holdover of the CCG eventually rendered obsolete in the LCG
- Crests have been cut from the new edition, they were glorified traits that unnecessarily complicated the game
- Several timing quirks (save/cancel responses, passive effects with triggers, etc.) are being re-templated in a more user-friendly manner
- Excess keywords are being removed, will now be a smaller set of the most essential and interesting keywords
- Steps are being taken to make the attachment card type a more viable subset of the card pool
- Game's cost curve for gold to be stretched with more gold available to players to allow higher cost slots for deck building
- No more draw cap
- Reserve value added to plot cards that caps hand size in the taxation phase
- More flexible and specialized plot deck building options with new ability to use a second copy of most plot cards in the plot deck
- No more gold penalty for out-of-faction cards, a new loyalty mechanic will allow new support faction and faction mixing options
- Two new factions in addition to the six featured in the first edition


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95. Board Game: Thunderbirds [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:906]
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Australia
North Ryde - Sydney
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Thunderbirds - A co-op version of the classic TV series designed by Matt Leacock, slated for release Q4 2015.

Announced earlier this year, zero information following.

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96. Board Game: Baseball Highlights: 2045 [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:417]
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Brooklyn
New York
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Should be in our hands in time for Spring Training . . .

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97. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.63 Overall Rank:2]
Stephen Eckman
United States
Oviedo
Florida
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98. Board Game: V-Commandos [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:1251]
Thibaud de la Touanne
Canada
Montréal
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First WW2 coop commandos game with unique infiltration / stealth system.
Check the Kickstarter for previews, (WIP) rules and PnP demo version!

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99. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Guadalcanal – The Pacific 1942 [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:2222]
David Siskin
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Playa Del Rey
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It's been in development hell for a long, long time now.

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100. Board Game: Day of Days: The Invasion of Normandy 1944 [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:5202]
Marc Guenette
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