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Initial Impressions - Essen 2008 Releases
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It's the time of year to start tracking our collective hit list from Essen 2008. This list is a place to collect BGG users' first impressions of the new games. My goal is to help narrow the field for those looking for the "best new games" to try.

I've done these lists for three years running now. Here are the links to the lists from years past:
Essen 2007
Essen 2006

The Rules

Please only rate games you have played. Please rate them even if you've only played once. These are just initial impressions, not final verdicts. Additional comments are welcome, but not required.

+ means positive first impression
0 means neutral first impression
- means negative first impression

Please post a comment, thumbs will not be counted.

You may indicate ++ for games that you think are outstanding, but these votes will be counted the same as regular + votes.

I will regularly update the results with running totals - see item #1.

GeekMail me if you have suggested additions for the list. I need to add the items myself so that I can edit the entries and update the totals. I don't want the list to get too long, either, so I'm leaving off many of the more obscure titles. Games with very few "users wanting" won't be making an appearance.
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51. Board Game: Mow [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2001]
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Current tally: +++++0

Net score: +5

Percent positive: 83%




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52. Board Game: The Name of the Rose [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:1199]
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Current tally: +++++++000----

Net score: +3

Percent positive: 50%




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53. Board Game: New World: A Carcassonne Game [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1250]
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Current tally: ++++000--

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 44%




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54. Board Game: Nice Weather [Average Rating:5.93 Unranked]
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Current tally: --

Net score: -2

Percent positive: 0%
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55. Board Game: Pack & Stack [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1262]
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Current tally: +++000--

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 38%




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56. Board Game: Piece o' Cake [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1116]
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Current tally: ++0

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 67%




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57. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:405]
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Current tally: +++++000

Net score: +5

Percent positive: 62%




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58. Board Game: Powerboats [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:933]
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Current tally: +++++++++++++++++++++0000---------

Net score: +12

Percent positive: 62%




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59. Board Game: The Princes of Machu Picchu [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:735]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++++++0000000000000000--------

Net score: +10

Percent positive: 43%




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60. Board Game: Pyramid [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:932]
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Current tally: +++00

Net score: +3

Percent positive: 60%




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61. Board Game: Red November [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:1118]
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Current tally: +++++00---

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 50%




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62. Board Game: Rice Wars [Average Rating:5.37 Overall Rank:9697]
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Current tally: +-

Net score: 0

Percent positive: 50%
 
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63. Board Game: Robot Master [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:3526]
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Current tally: ++0

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 67%




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64. Board Game: Royal Palace [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:714]
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Current tally: ++++++++++00000----

Net score: +6

Percent positive: 53%




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65. Board Game: Saigo no Kane [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:4261]
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66. Board Game: Saladin: The Fall of the Crusader States [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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Current tally: +

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 100%
 
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67. Board Game: Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1227]
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Current tally: ++++++++0

Net score: +8

Percent positive: 89%




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68. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:456]
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Current tally: +++++++++++++++++++++++000

Net score: +23

Percent positive: 88%




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69. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:76]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++000--

Net score: +30

Percent positive: 86%




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70. Board Game: Steel Driver [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:605]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++++++++++00000

Net score: +22

Percent positive: 81%




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71. Board Game: Strozzi [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1200]
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Current tally: +++++000000000-

Net score: +4

Percent positive: 33%




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72. Board Game: Sushizock im Gockelwok [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1237]
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Current tally: +++++++++++0000---

Net score: +8

Percent positive: 61%




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73. Board Game: Sutter's Mill [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3170]
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Current tally: +++++00--

Net score: +3

Percent positive: 56%




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74. Board Game: The Swarm [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:2135]
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Current tally: ++++0-

Net score: +3

Percent positive: 67%




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75. Board Game: Switch: Secrets of the Temple [Average Rating:4.76 Overall Rank:9222]
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Current tally: +0

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 50%
 
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