This is NOT a "I went to Essen and got a bunch of games" Geeklist. This is a Geeklist of the exact opposite.
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Well, I didn't get to go to Essen this year. In fact, I've never been to Essen. So for those who went, I just have to live vicariously through you guys! These are the games at Essen that has piqued my interest. If anyone has more info about the games or has played these games at Essen, your comments are most welcome! (You blessed folks, you!)

Here's hoping I make it to Essen in 2006!
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1. Board Game: Byzantium [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1523]
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This game just screams "buy me!". I love the "let's co-operate but it's still every man for himself" idea behind the game. Any idea which online store will carry this?
 
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2. Board Game: Antike [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:559]
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Another "Civilisation"-lite game to succeed where others have failed?
 
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3. Board Game: Siena [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3712]
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I love the board. I also like the idea of progressing from "zero to hero" in the game.
 
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4. Board Game: Il Principe [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2192]
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Oltremare put Mind the Move on the map. This game is by the same game designer so it should have something going for it. But do I need another Renaissance building game?
 
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5. Board Game: The End of the Triumvirate [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1305]
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Caught my eye when it hit the Fairplay tote board. But I know nothing else about the game.
 
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6. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2241]
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Placeholder for Big Kini.

http://www.gamefest.com/news/feature_detail/3369_0_3_0_C/

Visually appealing - the bright and coloutful components definitely caught my eye. And the idea of exploration of the islands could lead to interesting gameplay. Reminds me of Settlers of Catan.
 
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7. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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Heard great things about Caylus. Will probably buy it. But will it be the next Puerto Rico?
 
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8. Board Game: Ark [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:2408]
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Another game which I've already decided I will get. I just love the pictures of the cute animals. I can easily convince my wife to play this. I hope it has a 2-player variant!
 
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