GMT P500 Orders Placed – Great Deals Abound!

GMT P500 - A Great Deal Now, A Great Deal Later


Like many wargamers, I own my share of GMT games. Twilight Struggle, Labyrinth, Barbarossa to Berlin, Asia Engulfed, No Retreat: The Russian Front, and Air Bridge to Victory make up my current collection. I've also been fortunate to play some others like Dominant Species and, hopefully soon, Here I Stand.

All great games in their own right and from, by all accounts, a great gaming company.

However, it wasn't until recently that I decided to to jump on some of the P500 offers.  P500 is GMT's preorder system for games under consideration for publication. Tell GMT you will buy a game if it get published, and they will give you a nice discount for making that early commitment. Once you and 499 or more fellow gamers do the same, GMT will place that game in the printing cue. A few months later the game is yours! At least that is how it is supposed to work. There are some exceptions.

Two factors are driving my orders (which I'll get to in a second): 1) There are finally enough intersting games to force my hand. Sure, I'll buy what are likely to be games I'll enjoy  2)  Historically, GMT has based its annual 50% off sale on how many P500 orders you place (and are delivered) in the current year. Order 3 games via P500, and you can then buy 3 +1 other games at 50% off. This usually happens later in the calnedar year, so I wanted to get my orders in now in hopes of reaping later benefits via the 50% off sale.

My current P500 orders are:

Andean Abyss ($75.00 Regular Price , $50.00 P500 Price 33% off)- From Volko Ruhnke, the designer of Labyrinth, Andean Abyss models 1990s Columbia and the conflict between the Columbian Government, the FARC, the AUC, and the drug cartels. This is the first in a new game series with a Cuban Revolution game up next. The games supports 1-4 players I believe. My enjoyment of Labyrinth made this an easy order.

 

Bloody April, 1917: Air War Over Arras, France ($55.00 Regular Price , $38.00 P500 Price 30% off) I didn't have too much interest in this one until I heard designer Terry Simo on the Hex Encounter podcast a few weeks back. Something struck my about the way he described the game play and the history behind it. The passion came through and I opened up my wallet. Late draft rule and play books are now posted. Check 'em out and you may be sold too.

 

No Retreat: The North African Front ($65.00 Regular Price , $45.00 P500 Price 30% off) Having come to the No Retreat: The Russian Front late, I didn't want to miss my chance to get in on the ground floor on this one. Promises to have the same high production quality as its East Front counterpart. This one has a long way to go before production, so that will give me time to get some play in on The Russian Front.

Andean Abyss and Bloody April are looking to be published in July or August of this year. I suspect No Retreat: The African Front will be a 2013 release. That lines me up for three GMT games at 50% off if GMT is true to form and runs the same deal again. We'll see how that turns out! Either way, I'll have a ton a great GMT games on hand.

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