Essen 2011: Discriminating Selections of Someone Who Should Know Better
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My seventh trip to Essen, and this time I decided not to start with any self-imposed "rules" as to what to buy, since I ignore them anyway and just buy what I want.

Note to self: self-imposed rules that I ignore are better than no rules. Whoops.

The items are listed below based on this picture (upper left down each column). Multiple copies are (in this case) for friends.

I kept the total number of unique items under 100, so I have that going for me...

Check out my article on Opinionated Gamers http://opinionatedgamers.com/2011/08/31/purchasing-games-at-... that discusses the buying patterns of Essen Attendees. I should have re-read it last week... Whooops again.

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26. Board Game: Tante Trudels Trödel [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:9381]
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27. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2601]
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Got about a million discs for 10 €
 
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28. Board Game: Thor [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2829]
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29. Board Game: Aquarium [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:5147]
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30. Board Game: Aquarium Expansion [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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31. Board Game: Pala [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:3609]
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Played this the other night and REALLY liked it. Smear and Mix your way to trick-taking victory!
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32. Board Game: Frigiti [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:5319]
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Andrea presented me with a copy of this for helping her with the English translation. I presented her with a copy of TieBreaker 'cause I'm cool that way.
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33. Board Game: Rising Kings [Average Rating:4.85 Unranked]
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Nikolaj at Omni Games shared our booth for a few days, and was gracious enough to give the booth staff a copy of this fun take-thatty game. The three copies shown are for me, my wife and Jeremiah.
 
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34. Board Game: A Fistful of Penguins [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:2590]
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great looking penguins. This sold out by Friday. 200 copies.
 
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35. Board Game: Auf die Birne [Average Rating:5.27 Unranked]
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36. Board Game: Rumble in the House [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3093]
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37. Board Game: Jagdfieber [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:6849]
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38. Board Game: Animal Upon Animal: The Card Game [Average Rating:4.80 Unranked]
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Got this at Kaufhauf in Dusseldorf too, and played it while eating lunch there. It's card-placing dexterity!
 
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39. Board Game: The Orchard: Card Game [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:6790]
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40. Board Game: Wollmilchsau [Average Rating:5.31 Unranked]
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41. Board Game: Yin Yang [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:3309]
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42. Board Game: Verflixxt! kompakt [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3363]
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43. Board Game: Simply Ingenious [Average Rating:5.06 Overall Rank:10868]
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44. Board Game: The Enigma of Leonardo [Average Rating:4.83 Overall Rank:10588]
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45. Board Game: Potion-Making: Practice [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2599]
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46. Board Game: Jungle Speed Electronique [Average Rating:6.27 Unranked]
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47. Board Game: Sandwich [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:3977]
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48. Board Game: 23 [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2410]
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49. Board Game: Monsta [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:9227]
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Didn't care for this that much (figured that out the night after buying it). Will try it again.
 
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50. Board Game: The City [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1267]
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