Most Anticipated TRAIN Games of 2010 - Results
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We made it through a week of nominations and a week and a half of voting and the results are in... after nearly 600 overall votes... the Five Most Anticipated Train Games of 2010.

Of all the subcategories, the Train Games subcategory received the second lightest voting.

Despite that, there really weren't any surprises (to me) in this category. Also, due to the growing doubt over a 2010 release of 1830 we'll expand this list to six game to include five that have a strong probability of release in 2010.
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1. Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:198]
Board Game: 1830: Railways & Robber Barons
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Place: 1st
Votes: 71
Nomination: 1830: The Game of Railroads and Robber Barons

Pulling down 12th place in the overall voting. this long out-of-print title commands a princely sum on eBay. Rumors were rampant in 2009 that it would arrive in 2010.

But, with each passing week without any official word from Mayfair the likelihood of a 2010 release diminishes.
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2. Board Game: Cleopatra's Caboose [Average Rating:5.53 Overall Rank:16498]
Board Game: Cleopatra's Caboose
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Place: 2nd
Votes: 62
Nomination: Cleopatra's Caboose

This newcomer was 35th in overall voting.
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3. Board Game: Spectral Rails [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:6444]
Board Game: Spectral Rails
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Place: 3rd
Votes: 56
Nomination: Spectral Rails

Long in development, another new train game that placed 36th in overall voting... and yet another train game that blends non-traditional themes.
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4. GeekList: Treefrog Line
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Place: 4th
Votes: 32
Nomination: Treefrog Line 2010 --- Series 3

A recent interview on BoardGameNews (http://www.boardgamenews.com/index.php/boardgamenews/comment...) with Martin Wallace provided some insight into the 2010 series, but unfortunately no information as to what the 2010 train game would be.
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5. Board Game: 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:1571]
Board Game: 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight
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Place: 5th
Votes: 26
Nomination: 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight

The reprint is getting a slightly modified rule set and a slightly different mix of tiles.

I actually have this one preordered, and I'm glad to see the recent resurgence of the 18xx series with mainstream publishers.
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Place: 6th
Votes: 25
Nomination: Winsome Games' 2010 Essen Set

Although information about this series is rather closely held until release, the annual Essen series has a strong following.
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