UPDATE POST ESSEN: My Top 10 Must Buys for Essen 2005
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This will be my last Essen for a while as I'll be leaving Europe next year for (gulp) Houston. Assuming these are available, these 10 represent my 'must buys' from this year's crop.
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1. Board Game: Tempus [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1490]
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All Martin Wallace games are a must buy. This one has great word of mouth already.
UPDATE: Not available for sale yet.
 
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2. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Rick Thornquist's review convinced me.
UPDATE: Bought it from Rio Grande after a good demo from Jay for 30 euros. I can see why it ranked highest at Fairplay as Best Game of the Essen Show.
 
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3. Board Game: Conquest of the Empire [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1135]
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Will this be the breakthrough game for Eagle - ie. as good a game as the components? I hope so. Must buy as I love Struggle of Empires.
UPDATE: Bought it for 44 euros.
 
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4. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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A simplified Age of Steam with deluxe components? A must buy!
UPDATE: AAHHHH! Waited until the Sunday and they sold out!
 
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5. Board Game: CATAN 3D Collector's Edition [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
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OK - it's a vanity purchase, like Master Thief last year. But think of the non-gamers you'll attract...
UPDATE: I must be blind but I couldn't find it!
 
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6. Board Game: Mare Nostrum: Mythology Expansion [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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I enjoyed the original - the mythological theme will be a hit with my teenagers.
UPDATE: Bought for 12.50 euros.
 
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7. Board Game: War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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Loved War of the Ring - 'nuff said.
UPDATE: Not out till December.
 
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8. Board Game: Euphrates & Tigris: Contest of Kings [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:3253]
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Can it work as a card game? Must buy and see...
UPDATE: Bought it for 12 euros. Anyone willing to translate the rules into English and upload at BGG? I promise to tip GGs!!
 
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9. Board Game: Byzantium [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1522]
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Martin Wallace must buy.
UPDATE: Had a game with Warfrog and bought it - another classic!
 
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10. Board Game: Bonaparte at Marengo [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:1178]
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My wargamer roots are showing - this one looks very innovative.
UPDATE: Bought this and Friedrich in a pack for 73 euros. Had a demo by a charming young lady. How many times can you say you've been taught a wargame that way! Didn't have to put my hand in my pocket to realise my KitKat had melted...
 
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