The Crop 2009-2010
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Barry has been to Essen and so I have morphed Barry's Essen List into my yearly game tracker - The Crop. I use this list to keep myself updated on how new games are ranked on BGG.

I periodically update the order and content of the list based on current BGG ranking and rating.

Top 30 Fairplay Poll games are so designated. It will be interesting to see how they fare by year's end.

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My friend, Barry, is going to Essen this year. Here's a list of games that have caught MY eye. Barry says there's some space left in his suitcase saved for me! Also, be on the lookout for small expansions and promos. Wish I was going to Essen myself.
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1. Board Game: Runewars [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:73]
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Big box Fantasy Flight game.
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2. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:76]
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Business game.

Probably a pass for Barry, but maybe euro enough to be in the Livingstone category of games. Might be worth a look.

Essen Fairplay Poll #9
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3. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:99]
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Big box, lots of bits & minis...hmm, who could the publisher be?

Nope. It's from Asmodee. Sounds like Space Hulk to me.

This game is for two players, one plays the demons and the other the human Westerners. The two camps are found in the middle of labyrinthine sewers. The board is built during the course of the game.
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4. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:114]
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In Dungeonlords, you are an evil dungeonlord who is trying to build the best dungeon out there. You hire monsters, build rooms, buy traps and the other usual stuff.

This might appeal to Barry. Z-Man will publish in the U.S.

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5. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:130]
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I love this game! A little bit Goa, a little bit civ, a lot of fun!

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6. Board Game: Imperial 2030 [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:101]
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Imperial set in modern times.

I don't know about Barry, but I am so there! I loved Imperial.
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7. Board Game: Space Hulk (third edition) [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:123]
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2-player game with LOTS of mini's. The Space Marines player has a 2 minute timer, so get busy!

It's not cheap!
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8. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943 [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:303]
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Vol. 2 of this tactical war game.
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9. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:195]
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One of Martin Wallace's top 5 designs. Mayfair will release a version this year.

Essen Fairplay Poll #11
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10. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:103]
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Players bid for the favors of the gods to build cities. Very cool minis.

Barry likes building. Barry likes minis.
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11. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:183]
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Barry (and Martin) will definitely like this one. Building monuments along the Nile.

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12. Board Game: The Republic of Rome [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:211]
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Valley Games reprint.

Barry likes Dune. He might like this. He might not.
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13. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:176]
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14. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:189]
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The 3rd Uwe Rosenberg harvest game (Agricola, Le Havre). Harvest a crop and build your economic engine to meet needs determined by card draw. Use money earned to purchase victory points. Interesting card mechanism.

Barry should like this. Paul will definitely like this.

Essen Fairplay Poll #6
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15. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:158]
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Alea big box game #13. Trading and development. Choose jobs. Sounds like Puerto Rico, but six dice play an important role.

This could be a Barry game. It has that distinctly "euro" feel to it.

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16. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:345] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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• A Fantasy Deck Building Adventure.
• Amazing Replay Value.
• Build Up Your Character as you Play.
• Over 500 Cards.

Sounds like Dominion in the dungeon. Barry might go for it since he likes both of those sorts of things.
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17. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:232]
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Players choose 1 of 7 characters to build Carson city. Players can claim ground, erect special buildings, houses or construct roads. duels are fought over disputed land.

A little Citadel + some building. Should be a Barry like.

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18. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:156]
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New from the designer of Friedrich (which I quite enjoyed). War of Austrian Succession. 2-3 players. Very clever use of cards.

This is more for me than Barry. Not too much a wargamer he.
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19. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:229]
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You and your allies must embark on a journey to defend the countryside, repair the tainted lands, and defeat the four creature factions before any of them enter the City. And they approach from all sides!
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20. Board Game: Vasco da Gama [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:277]
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Recruit workers, buy projects, build ships and then open new commercial routes to eastern Africa and India. This is a resource management game with an element of risk management.

Barry. Barry. Barry!

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21. Board Game: Age of Industry [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:253]
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Martin Wallace has streamlined Brass and set it up for multiple board expansions.

Get me a copy!
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22. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:309]
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Each player contributes valuable clues, which determine where the treasures are located. The excitement mounts as the adventurers strive to be the first to arrive at the treasure sites. The 3-piece game board with its innovative design can be set up with 32 different scenarios.

Barry likes deductive reasoning.

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23. Board Game: Stronghold [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:300]
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Two players enact a castle seige. One's in and the other wants to get in. Much hyped. Looks good.

Not sure what Barry will think of this. I'd sure like to play it though.
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24. Board Game: Mr. Jack in New York [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:382]
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More advanced and complex, this stand alone expansion for Mr. Jack has several new twists, including movable manhole covers and gas lamps, as well as police spies and more!

I don't know if Barry ever played the original Mr. Jack. My wife beats me in that on a regular basis.
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25. Board Game: Battles of Westeros [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:336]
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Two players recreate the military conflicts set in George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire series
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