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Essen 2008: Games of interest
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A working set from my current watch-list. Notes on why they are of interest, primary concerns that may cause them to be discarded and possibly a few notes on their failures.
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26. Board Game Publisher: eggertspiele
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Keep an eye on their Heads of State game.
 
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27. Board Game: Arktia [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:7402]
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Looks clever. Might not be.

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28. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:126]
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Described in terms of Puerto Rico, which is worrisome, and Goa which is more pleasing. The BGN description sounds mostly linear with only a modest growth curve over the game. No real sign of an economic engine/snowball. The individual player boards are also worrisome, but are not as strong a warning away as player shields would be.

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29. Board Game: Nice Weather [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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Not listed on Gone Cardboard. About to read the rules. This appears to have good potential.

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30. Board Game: Duck Dealer [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2504]
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Ahh, the next Splotter Games item! Hopefully it is not in the line of Antiquity and is more in the line of Roads & Boats, Bus or Indonesia. Players appear to have private boards, which is again slightly worrisome, and the sound bite references competitively chasing big economic deals, which suggests a possible economic engine (bad) but could also be a positional/timing/leverage game (very good).

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31. Board Game: Age of Scheme: Routes to Riches [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:6294]
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Harry Wu may be my only automatic-buy designer. The description on BGN strongly suggests a temporary emergent alliances game akin to Wabash Cannonball or Preußische Ostbahn. That's likely enough to warrant a purchase.

The name is clearly more than a little irreverent and quite rude to boot. I find it hilarious, petty and regrettable. I'm not sure I could suck a tooth much harder than I have been today since reading the announcement on BGN.

Summary: Buy.
 
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