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Essen's influence (from afar) on my Christmas List

Bill Kunes
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Essen always seems to stir gamers with excitement. This is the first year I've really paid more attention. I need to send family the annual Christmas List. In years past it included a number of different categories but in the end I always seem to get books. I currently have a back log of reading to catch up on, so this year it will be all games!

So from afar I watched to see what people were buying and talking about at Essen before finalizing my list. I enjoyed watching BGG interviews (albeit over my constantly interrupted DSL connection) for some last minute ideas.

Here are some random thoughts that I invite others to comment on...

One of the primary games I was interested in following was Panic Station. It sounded interesting and sold out very quickly, however initial reviews have not been kind. Now, I don't know whether I want to keep it on my list or delete it. Keep or remove... why?

In looking at numerous posts of what people bought and it seems like Drum Roll and Flash Point: Fire Rescue were two popular choices. The circus theme doesn't appeal to me upon first impressions, but the second one looks like a potential replacement for Panic Station on my list. 1) What's the appeal of DR? 2) Anyone buy or try both (PS and FP) and have an opinion?

The other hot pick which I knew nothing about was Eclipse. This one sounds and looks interesting for when the guys get together. Is this worth adding to the mix?

When playing with the family it usually means lighter fare. One of our favorites is Ticket to Ride so after reading about the initial takes on Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 1 – Team Asia & Legendary Asia I will be adding it and Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 2 – India & Switzerland to the list this year.

Wilderness was all the BUZZ... so I'm interested in hearing why all the excitement. Anyone want to enlighten me?

Lastly, I added Power Grid: The Robots to add to the mix when there are few players available. I wonder if you can play more than one robot?

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