Authors, Beauties, Crowd, Dungeons, Euros, Freebies - and Games! A first timer's Essen Spiel 09 Photo-filled Diary
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I was thinking if I should write about my Essen experiences in a 'what I bought' and/or 'What I played' geeklist form but that wouldn't make you feel how it is to be in Essen. So I decided to make a geeklist about my experiences there, partly based on the order of the photos I did there. So don't expect anything in order or something over-edited; just as my two days at the fair went by with lots of wandering from places to places, this list will be also quite chaotic.
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51. Board Game: The Three Musketeers: The Queen's Pendants [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:2018]
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As it was playable at 5 tables it seems to be unbelievable to me that The Three Musketeers (Die Drei Musketiere) is still not an entry at BGG. Update: Thank you, so it was only its German name that wasn't in the database. It seemed we will play now; she explained the rules to us (it feels Ameritrashy even with its French theme) but then we decided to move on, even if it did not sound bad.
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52. Board Game: Krysis [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4729]
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I had to check the Krysis tables again.

I guess I forgot to mention it before; on the first day I got a Krysis T-shirt and wore it all the day.
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53. Board Game Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
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Then I saw Uwe explaining Loyang.
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54. Board Game: Rise of Empires [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:540]
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Finally we had chance to play. This is a great civ game with a very special core mechanism. Choosing your six actions and then doing them in backward order again is something that felt quite fresh for me.

A 40ish woman joined us three, so we played four-player. She kicked our ass badly.
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55. Board Game: Thunderstone [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:347] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Then we tried the first son of Dominion. It is really based on the same core mechanism but it has a fantasy theme and is more or less different with character development and special values for attacking monsters in a cave. Quite fun.
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56. Board Game: Power Grid: Transformer Station [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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I wanted to get it on Thursday; on Friday I didn't need to stand in a queue. I paid 1 euro for two. They asked for donation.
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57. RPG Item: Orc's Head [Average Rating:6.62 Unranked]
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Sometimes you crossed the fantasy-filled hall and found selected horrors there.
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58. Board Game: Abstracts [Average Rating:6.44 Unranked]
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Then you found a corner full of abstracts, including this beautifully crafted, exclusive one that I also can't find at BGG.

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59. Board Game Designer: Jussi Autio
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He is the designer of The Club and Modern Society.
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60. Board Game: Soul Hunters [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:9174]
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He explained another Finnish author's game to us that we tried. Actually it felt quite different from what the cover suggested and even if it had a sense of humor it really wasn't for us.

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61. Board Game: Inquisitio [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:7273]
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Actually Inquisitio (from the same publisher) looked better.
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62. Board Game Publisher: Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH
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Then I went back to the HiG booth. Of course I still could not find any tables I could play at;

I found only a smiling girl there

and got some fun freebies.
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63. Board Game: Gonzaga [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1568]
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Gonzaga is a family game that looked good and fun...

but even if it had 6 tables

I still could not try it.
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64. Board Game Publisher: Rio Grande Games
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Back to Rio Grande. Maybe I will have an opportunity to join some games.

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65. Board Game: Assyria [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:850]
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But of course I could not. I had to learn it: you can't really get any play in Essen if you are alone (by that time we were going our way). If you are 3 or 4, it's easy to grab a game and get a table.
So I didn't play Assyria even if I wanted to.
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66. Board Game: Ra: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:814]
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Nor Ra: The Dice Game.
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67. Board Game: Shipyard [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:332]
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Nor Shipyard which looked really good.

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68. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:470]
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Nor Fabrikmanager.
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69. RPG Item: Magical Girls [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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I did meet some young fantasy creatures though.
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70. Board Game: Make a Painting [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Also a painter girl.
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71. Board Game: Gods [Average Rating:6.67 Unranked]
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Also the god of BGG.
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72. Board Game: Ramses Pyramid [Average Rating:5.00 Overall Rank:10990]
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I watched some playing Lego games...
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73. Board Game: Minotaurus [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:7412]
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...but didn't buy any. Yet.
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74. RPG Item: Warriors Adventure Game [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Then we relaxed in the middle, between the halls where boys were fighting against each other next to trucks.




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75. Board Game: Cubiko [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:5408]
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Then the designer of Cubiko asked me if I want to play with him. Why not, I said and played it twice. It's really a fun little game, I had fun playing and it even isn't too expensive for 15 euros... But it's still not a game I would buy.
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