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My One Night in Essen Spiel haul - 2 suitcases and a backpack, 636 Euro budget
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One guy with a day job. Enough frequent flier miles to get a ticket to Germany. Two very large suitcases. 636 Euros in the budget. And a lot of hope.

All the games I purchased are for "One night in Essen", a charity fundraiser for Child's Play. Its taking place at the Chicago Toy and Game Fair on November 21st from the close of the exhibit hall until everyone opts to leave.

Most of what I purchased was based purely on geeklists and buzz here at BGG. With a day and a half to take care of everything, I knew I had to go on recommendations rather than my own experiences. Thanks to all the work that everyone else did, I am hoping this event will be a success.

Rio Grande titles are not included because they are exhibitors at the fair and will be bringing their titles with them. Whether those titles will be in the raffle as well, I cannot say. We'll see!

Without further ado, here is what you can manage to carry home with 2 large suitcases and a day pack without getting hit with baggage charges if you're careful about your packing.
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1. Board Game: Yukatán [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:9018]
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Wolf Fang P.H. wins the "most donated games" award. These guys were very generous, and deserve the number one place on my list for their charitable contributions.
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2. Board Game: Space Pirates [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:9312]
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This was another of the very few donated games I was able to obtain. Many publishers offered at best a 3 Euro discount despite the fact that all of this is going to charity. Some offered no discount at all. So where I found a publisher generous enough to give me a game, I make a special note. Thank you, Sirius Products.

I am a sucker for space themes. Race for the Galaxy is like card heroin to me. The little spaceship models in this game add just the right amount of bling to make me go after it.
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3. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:114]
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Z-Man Games was nice enough to discount three games heavily for me, and this was one of them.

I have a fully pro-painted copy of Descent and all its expansions. I have almost all the Dungeon Twisters, I'll have Prison soon. Can you tell I like Dungeon games?
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4. Board Game: Ghost Stories: White Moon [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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I picked up the collector's edition without the shirt. Hefty box for its size. I loved the original game, so this was a no brainer on the pre-order.
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5. Board Game: The Golden City [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1109]
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I was surprised this game didn't show up on any of the other lists, maybe because its in German. After trying in vain to snag a copy from several distributors, I finally managed to get one as a donation from Kosmos. The board is gorgeous, looking forward to getting it on the table.
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6. Board Game: BasketBoss [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2237]
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A lot of games I picked up based on buzz. With a day and a half to basically buy, I was forced to plan based on what people with more time had to say. I can't say that this title is one I'd seek for my personal collection, but then I can't imagine most game store owners get Candyland to play it either.
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7. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:230]
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I picked up one of the few "Master Print" copies of the game that were available. My dad is a big western fan, I hope its easy enough I can play it with him at some point.
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8. Board Game: Vasco da Gama [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:279]
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Considering that I didn't have time to play almost any of the games I bought, I'm glad that most of my buzz list picks stayed in the top 10. I had no idea where this one would wind up.
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9. Board Game: Colonia [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1435]
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I got the collector's edition, signed by Dirk Henn. Was surprised to see this one drop off the top ten?
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10. Board Game: Last Train to Wensleydale [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:794]
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I haven't been a huge fan of train games, but "Steam" really impressed me with its simple design and depth of play. So I snagged this new Wallace game.
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11. Board Game: World Without End [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:310]
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I enjoyed Pillairs of the Earth and Stone Age quite a bit, this seemed like a no-brainer.
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12. Board Game: Saigo no Kane [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:4260]
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So its not a new release. I've never seen it before. And anime games can be great fun in the right crowd.

Thanks again to Wolf Fang for its terrific generosity.
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13. Board Game: Galaktico [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:6228]
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I seem to recall mentioning I am a sucker for space games?
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14. Board Game: Agricola: Farmers of the Moor [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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Z-Man discounted this heavily along with Dungeon Lords and Skyline. I can appreciate needing to cover costs, and I'm glad they appreciated that I wasn't buying for myself too.
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15. Board Game: Skyline 3000 [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2448]
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Alan Moon and Aaron Weissblum? Future cities? How could I not buy?

Z-Man gave me a nice discount on this for charity.
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16. Board Game: The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Pendants [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1988]
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Thanks once again to Sirius Products for their generosity. The little musketeer pieces make this a candidate for "pimping" if it winds up in my collection.
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17. Board Game: Mustang [Average Rating:5.07 Overall Rank:9937]
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Wolf Fang once again. Plus, a western theme. Looking forward to taking this for a spin!
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18. Board Game: Tàin [Average Rating:5.42 Overall Rank:9607]
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The 4th from Wolf Fang. I love the artwork... I'm definitely a player where presentation matters. While good visuals don't always mean good game play, they certainly help in my book.
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19. Board Game: Savannah Tails [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2548]
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While I never played Snow Trails (I do own it), I loved the racing mechanic Fragor designed. I could tell this game would make a solid addition.
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20. Board Game: Antler Island [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2872]
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Fragor kicked in a copy of this, because they felt that One Night in Essen wouldn't be complete without lots of randy moosple rutting. Love those little pawns...
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21. Board Game: Stronghold [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:297]
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Everyone else said "get it". So I did. I dig castle games, I guess I'll find out what makes this one special later.
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22. Board Game: Opera [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1482]
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I have a background in theater (majored in lighting design), so I gravitated towards this amid the buzz.
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23. Board Game: Nostra City [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2871]
 
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My ONE casualty. The box got a little mangled on the return flight. Considering how horrible the damage to these games could have been, this doesn't phase me. Looks like a fun little gangster game!
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24. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:186]
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Another buzzing title, this one donated by Heidelberger. Many thanks!
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25. Board Game: Small World: Cursed! [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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Days of Wonder kicked in a set of all their small world expansions from the show!
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