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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1. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.90 Overall Rank:20]
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Designer: William Attia
Publisher: Ystari Games
 
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2. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:54]
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Looks like Age of Steam Lite. If this is good and it's for 2+ players, this will be at the top of my wish list. I would play this lighter version much more often than AoS.
 
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3. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:166]
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4. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:316]
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Designer: Richard Breese
Publishers: What's Your Game?/Z-Man Games

(A reissue of the limited edition Spiel 2004 release by R&D Games.)
 
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5. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:359]
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Designer: Mac Gerdts
Publisher: Eggert-Spiele
 
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6. Board Game: Hacienda [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:472]
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Designer: Wolfgang Kramer
Publisher: Hans im Glück
 
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7. Board Game: Winner's Circle [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:510]
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Designer: Reiner Knizia
Publisher: Face 2 Face Games

(A new version of Royal Turf, released by Alea back in 2001, that will have new horses and play variants, not to mention rules in English.)
 
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8. Board Game: Mission: Red Planet [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:514]
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Sounds like an interesting game. Here is the text from Bruno's website:

This one, designed with Bruno Cathala, started with the theme. We wanted to make a game about colonizing Mars, with shuttles leaving the blu planet towards the red one. the theme is strong, and well caught in the steampunk graphic style decided by Asmodée. In Red Planet Mission, each player plays a colonial power which sends astronauts, in space shuttles, to occupy the most promising zones on the planet. For scholars, the systems merge a majority game, à la El Grande or San Marco, with a character / action card system, somewhere between Citadels and Adel Verpflichtet. Nothing really new here, but there was much work on it and we're really prouyd of the result.

Scheduled for august 2005.


Here is the link to a few pictures (and the above text). Nice artwork.

http://www.faidutti.com/index.php?Module=divers&id=378
 
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9. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:527]
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Designer: Satoshi Nakamura
Publishers: What's Your Game?/Z-Man Games

(A reissue of the Spiel 2004 release by Yuhodo.)
 
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10. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:559]
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Designer: Thorsten Gimmler
Publisher: Queen Games

As usual, Queen provides no advanced publicity because people might get excited and want to purchase the game, thus forestalling bankruptcy a bit longer.
 
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11. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$ [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:623]
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Designer: Ludovic Maublanc
Publisher: Repos Production

(A new version of Killdog, released in 2004 by Jeux sur un Plateau.)
 
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12. Board Game: Wings of War: Burning Drachens [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:696] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Alreadyon its (slow...) way to USA.
I will be in Essen demonstrating it at the Mad Man's Magic or at the Nexus/Phalanx booth. See you there!
 
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13. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:828]
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Designer: Emanuele Ornella
Publishers: Rio Grande/Amigo

(A new, big box version of Oltremare, which was released in a limited edition by Mind the Move at Spiel 2004.)
 
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14. Board Game: The End of the Triumvirate [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:860]
 
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Of the new games I've played so far this is the one with the most long term potential. Has a lot going for it.
A nice 3 player hybrid.
 
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15. Board Game: PÜNCT [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:953]
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Designer: Kris Burm
Publisher: Don & Co.

Gipf project (final game)
 
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16. Board Game: Timbuktu [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1003]
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Designer: Dirk Henn
Publisher: Queen Games

This self-published brain-buster finally hits the mass market -- no more foam pieces!
 
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17. Board Game: Byzantium [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1018]
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Designer: Martin Wallace
Publisher: Warfrog

(Preview available on GameFest: http://www.gamefest.com/news/preview_detail/3048_0_5_0_C/)
 
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18. Board Game: Tempus [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1054]
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Two hour civ game by Martin Wallace.
 
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19. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1201]
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Designers: Gordon and Fraser Lamont
Publisher: Fragor Games

(This game will be published in an edition of 550 copies; visit the Fragor website (http://www.fragorgames.com/) to find out how to reserve a copy.)
 
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20. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Discovery [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1203]
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Designers: Leo Colovini and Klaus Jürgen Wrede
Publishers: Rio Grande/Venice Connection/Hans im Glück
 
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21. Board Game: Jenseits von Theben [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1251]
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Designer: Peter Prinz
Publisher: Prinz Spiele

(A second edition of this Spiel 2004 release, which numbered only 200 copies.)
 
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22. Board Game: Mesopotamia [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1268]
 
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Designer: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede
Publisher: Phalanx
 
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23. Board Game: Beowulf: The Legend [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1292]
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Designer: Reiner Knizia
Publisher: Fantasy Flight/Kosmos
 
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24. Board Game: Havoc: The Hundred Years War [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1427]
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Designer: KC Humphrey
Publisher: Sunriver Games
 
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25. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1558]
 
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