My first Essen: 2011 - Games I am looking 4ward to
Siegfried Steurer
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A.E. = After Essen

Instead of doing a new list, I will record our experiences in this one ...

summary:
games picked up: about 60 (still trying to figure the exact figure out :-))
games played: 11
bargains made: about 8 (added to the games entries)
fun had: innumerable and invaluable

A glance at the loot:





remains of the organisation:




AFTER ESSEN EXPERIENCE WALKTHROUGH

Tuesday night, exactly one night before we would head off for Essen, and after months of investigation on my part, also Jano dealt with some games finally , as he still had one "free" game available for his 13ths birthday in August.

His two choices were either Space Empires: 4X or Gears of War.

The game he loved most in the end was something completely different


Walkthrough (WT) continues HERE: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/67531/item/1828903#item182...


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Yes, I needed the earth to go round the sun 40 times before I finally will make it to Essen for the first time - and, to make things even better, my 12 meanwhile 13 year old son will join in.

This list should help me keep track of what to look forward to and check out in the first two days (and will be updated regularly - pretty often, that is); as I see the numbers rising, the new plan is to grab the must haves at the first half of day 1, check out the 4/5's at the latter, and have day 2 for those 3/5's - still keeping the third day for random experiences and chilling :-) (no, we wont attend Sunday - I guessed that would be suicidal)

Edit 20110524: List hit the 100-game-mark. Farewell, savings ...
Edit 20110529: 132 games; 25 likely buys/pickups; approx. 500 EUR
Edit 20110715: 174 games; 30 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 600-800 EUR; changed scale from 1/5 to 5/5 = must have; added summary with links to listitems
Edit 20110727: 203 games; 38 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 700-900 EUR
Edit 20110803: 228 games; 37 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 700-900 EUR
Edit 20110811: 245 games; 38 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 800-1000 EUR
Edit 20110823: 263 games; 39 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 800-1000 EUR (lmao when I saw that skype offered this as telephonenumbers)
Edit 20110905: 267 games; 40 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 900-1000 EUR (seems we are slowly approaching the finish line)
Edit 20110915: 279 games; 41 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 1000-1100 EUR
Edit 20110928: 291 games; 46 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 1000-1200 EUR
Edit 20111006: 295 games; 49 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 1000-1200 EUR
Edit 20111014: 298 games; 51 likely buys/pickups (5/5); approx. 1000-1200 EUR

Top 3 so far (6/5):

Dungeon Petz - will pick up on day 1
A few acres of snow (special ed.) - maybe try to get hold of one of the 100
Mage Knight Board Game - will preorder if < 55 EUR



summary of "must have's" (5/5) that might also be affordable (klick on them for listitem, not gamepage):

7 Wonders, 7 Wonders Leaders - searching for an offer
Alcatraz - preordered
Alhambra: The Magical Buildings - pickup free exp.
The Big Idea - preordered
The Boss - will buy
Chaos in the old world: the horned rat - searching for an offer
Cité - preordered
Confusion: spionage and deception in the cold war - preordered
Conquest of Planet Earth: The Space Alien Game - if available
Core worlds - preordered
Cyclades, Cyclades: Hades - searching for an offer
Earth reborn - searching for an offer
Eaten by Zombies - preordered
First train to nuernberg - searching for an offer
Flash Point: Fire Rescue - preordered
Funkenschlag: Der Liefervertrag - pickup free exp.
Jab - if available
Julius Caesar - searching for an offer
K2, K2 broad peak - preordered
London - searching for an offer
Maria - searching for an offer
Master of Economy - searching for an offer
Mob Ties - preordered
Navegador - searching for an offer
Outpost - preordered
Panic Station - will get
Paperclip Railways - preordered
Phantom League Exp - preordered
Pictomania - will get on day 1
Poseidon - searching for an offer
Power Grid: Robots - will preorder
Prophecy: Dragon Realm - searching for an offer
Railways through time - searching for an offer
Revolver: The Wild West Gunfighting Game - preordered
Scrumbrawl - will it be at Essen?
Sekigahara - - preordered
Space Maze - preordered
Star Trek: Fleet Captains - if < 55 EUR
Tammany Hall - hoping to find it
Thunderstorm: Dragonspire - searching for an offer
Troyes - searching for an offer
Urban Sprawl - preordered
Yomi - searching for an offer



summary of "try, then decide"'rs (4/5)

1955: The War of Espionage
7 wonders: leaders
airlines europe (? with flugverbot)
arcana
the ares project
arriala
ascending empires
the boss
boze igrzysko
casus belli
colonial: europe's empires overseas
disaster on k2
dominion: conucopia
eclipse
eminent domain
epigo (available?)
erosion
florenza
fortune & glory
freitag
frigiti
gears of war
german railways
goa (available?)
grave business
hearts and minds: vietnam 1965-1975
helvetia
horse fever
ikusa
kaigan
kaivai
king of tokyo
lancaster
liberte (available?)
mage knight
montage
moongha invaders
no retreat!
ora et labora
posthumous z
quarriors
rallyman & exp
sake & samurai
sentinels of the multiverse
shitenno
sid meiers civilization: the board game - fame and fortune
silent war
space bastards
space empires: 4X
sturm europa
sun of york
tc tennis
trajan
travel blog
de vulgari eloquentia
war of honor
we must tell the emperor & exp
x610z


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301. Board Game: Urbania [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2549]
Siegfried Steurer
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seems this wont be in Essen


current attraction level: 3/5 will check out - awfully quiet - will this make Essen?

status: waiting for details

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302. Board Game: Vanuatu [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:417]
Siegfried Steurer
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current attraction level: 3/5 will check out

status: read rules, and the mechanics look nice, but somehow the theme doesnt thrill me. Will check out to make sure what to think

+: "a game of programming, majority, development, blocking, and interaction with many choices"

-: needs 3+ players

Rules: http://www.kroknikdouil.fr/fiche.php?jeu=4
Essen-Price: 40 EUR

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303. Board Game: Ventura [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2673]
Siegfried Steurer
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current attraction level: 3/5 will check out

status: after reading the rules I have mixed feelings. Could be a good game, but 9 different stats on each card, some really tiny? And why do you need this fighting boards - AND the hex maps that you build? Will check out though for sure - always interested in things that leave me ambigous

+: looks interesting

-: bookkeeping exercise?
-: glasses needed to play?
-: $$?

Rules: http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/ffg_content/ventura/Ventur...

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304. Board Game: Veritas [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:5628]
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seems this wont be in Essen


current attraction level: 3/5 will check out

status: will it make it this year?

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305. Board Game: Vintage [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:3036]
Siegfried Steurer
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current attraction level: 2/5 just if there is time

status: read rules, will check out gameplay

+: there can never be too many wine games
+: I like the old vineyard cubes

-: Hansa meets Grand Cru ? Why the boat mechanism? What does it have to do with wine?
-: dont know how it will play
-: Still waiting for that great game about wineMAKING ... ("a year in the life of a vintner" or so?) - not so fond of selling

Rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/66788/vintage-normal-r...

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306. Board Game: De Vulgari Eloquentia [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:504]
Siegfried Steurer
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from 2010

current attraction level: 4/5 want to try and likely buy

status: will go through rules again

+: studied communication science 20 years ago, so ...

-: not sure if the gameplay will get me
-: not sure if this would be on the table often ...

Info: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/62920/how-to-play-de-v...

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A.E.: Heidelberger sold this for just 10 EUR, so I picked one up.
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307. Board Game: Wallenstein (second edition) [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:536]
Siegfried Steurer
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new edition

current attraction level: 3/5 will check out

status: waiting for details

+: yes I love the tower

-: not too exited with the new artwork

Info so far: Wallenstein includes two expansions: "Emperor's Court", in which a player's army tokens that fall from the dice tower at the start of the game become courtiers who compete for favors (special actions) from the emperor; a player can convert armies to courtiers during the game, and whoever has the most courtiers in the court's entrance hall each turn gets first shot at the favors available. "Landsknechte", which can be used with "Emperor's Court" or on its own, consists of a set of four cards for each player stacked in a particular order. If after determining turn order, a player controls counties in four different regions, he removes the top card from the stack, then takes one of the bonuses (such as money or armies in the tray) shown on the newly revealed card. This stack resets after winter ends.


come play at spielbyweb.com

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308. Board Game: War of Honor [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:3052]
Siegfried Steurer
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current attraction level: 4/5 want to try and likely buy

status: the rules are quite challenging - the review below pushed this one up a notch

+: sounds interesting
+: that review (http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/661991/war-of-honor-fina... ) is really written with a lot of heart

-: L5R? never heard before (sorry)
-: ok, MtG and YuGiOh, you have had your time
-: needs 3-4 players: Just how is it for 2 Player?

Review: War of Honor: Everything I Ever Wanted
Rules: http://www.l5r.com/images/L5R-WoH-Rulebook-lores.pdf




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309. Board Game: Warparty [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:3587]
Siegfried Steurer
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unfortunately not at Essen


current attraction level: 4/5

status: waiting for rules

+: looks interesting
+: 1 player

Info: http://warpartygames.net/
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310. Board Game: We Must Tell the Emperor Expansion Kit [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
Siegfried Steurer
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(together with base game: We Must Tell the Emperor)

current attraction level: 4/5 want to try and likely buy

status: read rules, and this definetely looks like a far more complex version of levee en masse - exactly what I was looking for. One try could push this over the edge, but will I get a chance in Essen?

+: 3rd VPG-game on this list
+: looks a lot like Levée en Masse

-: available at essen?

Info: http://victorypointgames.com/details.php?prodId=132





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311. Board Game: Where There Is Discord: War in the South Atlantic [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:1095]
Siegfried Steurer
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from 2010

current attraction level: 5/5 = would buy if available/affordable (both very unlikely)

+: a lot of points

Info: http://fifthcolumngames.co.uk/
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312. Board Game: Wilderness [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:2771]
Siegfried Steurer
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current attraction level: 3/5 will check out

status: going through rules

Info so far: 8 player report 23 sept 2011
Rules: http://www.fryxgames.se/English_rulebook.pdf

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313. Board Game: Wok Star [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1155]
Siegfried Steurer
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current attraction level: 3/5 will check out

status: Space Alert (with Space Alert: The New Frontier) is my #2 game, so I expected a lot from this hectic coop. Reading the rules left me somewhat underwhelmed. Will have to see this in action to really decide.

+: looks interesting
+: coop
+: 1 player (? coop? :-))

-: too light?
-: is 1player-game fun?

Rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/57180/wok-star-ruleboo...




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314. Board Game: Yomi [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:427] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
Siegfried Steurer
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current attraction level: 5/5 = will buy if available and affordable ( < 40 EUR)

status: after reading the rules I finally was sold: its rock-paper-scissors with a twist ...

+: looks nice
+: fast & fun
+: great reviews and recommendations all around

-: rock-paper-what?

Rules: http://www.sirlin.net/yomi/rules




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