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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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1. Board Game: 1 2 3 Game [Average Rating:4.83 Unranked]
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THE HIT LIST

Here's a list of all the games running at +5 or better net rating (count "plus" votes, subtract "minus" votes). The number in parenthesis is the percentage of all voters that have indicated a positive initial impression.

+77 (80%) Dominion
+37 (85%) Le Havre
+30 (86%) Space Alert
+25 (75%) Ghost Stories
+23 (88%) Snow Tails
+22 (81%) Steel Driver
+21 (88%) Confucius
+16 (82%) Diamonds Club
+15 (75%) 2 de Mayo
+14 (94%) After the Flood
+13 (100%) Duck Dealer
+12 (63%) Byzanz
+12 (62%) Powerboats
+10 (56%) Castle for all Seasons
+10 (43%) The Princes of Machu Picchu
+9 (74%) Battlestar Galactica
+8 (100%) Preussische Ostbahn
+8 (89%) Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas
+8 (75%) Krakow 1325 AD
+8 (73%) Die 3 Gebote
+8 (61%) Sushizock im Gockelwock
+7 (80%) Gulf, Mobile & Ohio
+7 (78%) Wind River
+7 (75%) Wasabi!
+7 (58%) Flussfieber
+6 (53%) Palais Royal
+6 (47%) A Touch of Evil, The Supernatural Game
+6 (47%) Cities
+5 (100%) Witchcraft
+5 (86%) Leader 1
+5 (83%) Mow
+5 (71%) Giants
+5 (62%) Planet Steam

Keep in mind that there is a built in advantage for games that were already available before Essen, and for games that are playable online.
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2. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:684]
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Current tally: +++++++++++++++00000

Net score: +15

Percent positive: 75%



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3. Board Game: The 3 Commandments [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:8527]
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Current tally: ++++++++000

Net score: +8

Percent positive: 73%




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4. Board Game: After the Flood [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1119]
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Current tally: +++++++++++++++-

Net score: +14

Percent positive: 94%



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5. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:6756]
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Current tally: 000-

Net score: -1

Percent positive: 0%




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6. Board Game: Arktia [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:7425]
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Current tally: +-

Net score: 0

Percent positive: 50%




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7. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:29]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++-----

Net score: +9

Percent positive: 74%




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8. Board Game: Bloom [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:3198]
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Current tally: 00000

Net score: 0

Percent positive: 0%



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9. Board Game: Boss Kito [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:6814]
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Current tally: +++0----

Net score: -1

Percent positive: 38%




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10. Board Game: Bump in the Night [Average Rating:5.81 Overall Rank:7347]
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Current tally: +-

Net score: 0

Percent positive: 50%




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11. Board Game: Bushido: Der Weg des Kriegers [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:3589]
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Current tally: +++0

Net score: +3

Percent positive: 75%


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12. Board Game: Byzanz [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1681]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++0000000

Net score: +12

Percent positive: 63%




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13. Board Game: A Castle for All Seasons [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:740]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++0000000----

Net score: +10

Percent positive: 56%




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14. Board Game: Cavum [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1106]
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Current tally: +++++++++00000-----

Net score: +4

Percent positive: 47%




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15. Board Game: Cheaty Mages! [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1527]
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Current tally: +0

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 50%




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16. Board Game: Circus Maximus [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:5199]
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17. Board Game: Cities [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1611]
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Current tally: ++++++++0000000--

Net score: +6

Percent positive: 47%




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18. Board Game: Climb! [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:6613]
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Current tally: ++++

Net score: +4

Percent positive: 100%




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19. Board Game: The Club [Average Rating:4.67 Overall Rank:10897]
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Current tally: 0---

Net score: -3

Percent positive: 0%




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20. Board Game: Comuni [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1247]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++0000000----------

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 41%




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21. Board Game: Confucius [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1318]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++++++++++00-

Net score: +21

Percent positive: 88%




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22. Board Game: Corunea [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:4415]
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Current tally: +-

Net score: 0

Percent positive: 50%




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23. Board Game: Cthulhu Rising [Average Rating:5.21 Overall Rank:10264]
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24. Board Game: Diamonds Club [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:617]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++++++00--

Net score: +16

Percent positive: 82%




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25. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
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Net score: +77

Percent positive: 80%




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