So what game(s) are you most looking forward to playing at Ludophilia 4? Please post your thoughts in the comments!
I think I'd have to say that my top choices this year would include, in no particular order:
1) Legacy: Gears of Time -- I got this time travel card game a couple months ago and I still haven't been able to play it. I still have never found the time travel game that really does it for me, but this one has gotten some fairly good reviews.
2) Terra Mystica -- Another new one. A few people played it last game day, but I wasn't in on it. This is one of the most lauded Euros of recent times, and I'd really like to give it a try.
3) Clash of Cultures -- I'm a sucker for civ-building games. This one has been sitting on my shelf since last Ludophilia, and I still haven't been able to get it to the table. It's bound to be pretty lengthy, so that's why it doesn't come out on regular game days, but if you can't play a game like this at Ludophilia, when can you play it?
4) Dune -- Glenn McMaster has drafted a new variant for the Fremen that is bound to make them a heck of a lot more awesome. In a nutshell, it's giving them a second set of 20 tokens that they can try to build up over the course of the game. Imagine a Fremen with 40 tokens on the board -- do you fear them now?? I promised Glenn that if he came down to Ludophilia from Toronto, we would definitely playtest it with him.
5) A Study in Emerald -- Martin Wallace's latest, based on a Cthulhu short story by Neil Gaiman. How could it miss, right? Unfortunately, the lack of discount and the some garish art previews scared me away from the Kickstarter. But since it was released, I've heard a lot of good things about it. I think Wray Ferrell is bringing this to try, and I definitely want in.
6) Time of Crisis -- Hey, speaking of Wray, remember the game he and I have been working on for what, like 5 years now? We playtested it at last Ludophilia. It's been 90% ready for a long time now, and we just haven't quite been able to close that last 10%. Well, Wray has done a lot of streamlining of the game, and it's very close to finally getting listed on GMT's P500, if all goes well. We could sure use another playtest at Ludophilia!