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Essen 2005 Canonical List
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Eventually this list will include every title released at Spiel 2005, organized by rank so that the cream rises to the top, stepping on the misshapen heads of all the lesser games.

Much of the initial info on this list came from the good folks as Gamefest.com. Add new games to the list as they're announced and added to BGG.
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26. Board Game: Aqua Romana [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1558]
Steve Kearon
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Designer: Martin Schlegel
Publisher: Queen

Big box series (same as Dschunke)
 
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27. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1487]
 
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28. Board Game: Key Largo [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1655]
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Designers: Paul Randles, Mike Selinker, and Bruno Faidutti
Publisher: Tilsit
 
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29. Board Game: Ark [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:1716]
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Designer: Frank Nestel - Doris Matthäus
Publisher: Doris & Frank - Rio Grande Games
 
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30. Board Game: Parthenon: Rise of the Aegean [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1793]
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Designers: Andrew Parks & Jason Hawkins
Publisher: Z-Man Games

(Preview and further images available on Gamefest: http://www.gamefest.com/news/preview_detail/2617_0_5_0_C/)
 
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31. Board Game: Kaivai [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1878]
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Designer: Anselm Ostertag & Helge Ostertag
Publisher: Pfifficus Spiele
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32. Board Game: Das Amulett [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1825]
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Designers: Alan R. Moon and Aaron Weissblum
Publisher: Face 2 Face Games

(A new version of Das Amulett, released by Goldsieber in 2001, that will feature a board much friendlier on the eyes and streamlined English rules. At least I hope they're easier to follow than what's currently posted on BGG -- I edited them!)
 
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33. Board Game: Robber Knights [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2104]
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Designer: Rüdiger Dorn
Publisher: Queen Games

Can Dorn maintain his streak of excellent games, or is this game being published by Queen for a reason?
 
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34. Board Game: Gloria Mundi [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:2291]
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Designers: James Ernest and Mike Selinker
Publisher: Rio Grande
 
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35. Board Game: Freya's Folly [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2309]
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Designer: Don Bone
Publisher: Sagacity Games
 
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36. Board Game: Techno Witches [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2442]
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Designer: Heinrich Glumpler
Publisher: Kosmos
 
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37. Board Game: Siena [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:2625]
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Designer: Mario Papini
Publishers: Z-Man Games/ZuGames
 
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38. Board Game: Big Kini [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:2954]
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Designer: Guido Eckhof
Publisher: Playme.de
 
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39. Board Game: Daimyo [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3430]
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Designer: Piero Cioni
Publisher: Red Omega Studio
 
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40. Board Game: Skyline of the World [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3581]
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Publisher: The Game Master
 
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41. Board Game: 1829 Mainline [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:3654]
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This one was finally released in Essen 2005.
 
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42. Board Game: Silk Road [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:3996]
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Designers: Ted Cheatham and Bruno Faidutti
Publisher: Z-Man Games
 
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43. Board Game: The Nacho Incident [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:4200]
 
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Designer: Jim Doherty
Publisher: Eight Foot Llama
 
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44. Board Game: Ostia [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:4339]
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Designer: Stefan Risthaus
Publisher: Pro Ludo/Mayfair Games/PS Games
 
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45. Board Game: Die Insel [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:4641]
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Designer: Reiner Knizia
Publisher: Ravensburger
 
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46. Board Game: Castle Merchants [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:4957]
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Designer: Jerry Dziuba
Publisher: Z-Man Games
 
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47. Board Game: Street Illegal [Average Rating:5.73 Overall Rank:5508]
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Germany
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48. Board Game: Big Manitou [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:5649]
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Designer: Günter Burkhardt
Publisher: What's Your Game?

(Revised version of Manitou, from 1997)
 
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49. Board Game: Angkor [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:5957]
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Designer: Knut Happel
Publisher: Schmidt Spiele
 
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50. Board Game: Gods [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:6068]
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Designer: Michael Schacht
Publisher: Spiele aus Timbuktu

(Originally released in a "cut it up yourself" format in 2001, Gods will be available in a boxed, limited-edition version of 666 copies.)
 
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