Essen 2005 - Bought Sight Unseen
Richard Pardoe
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I couldn't go to Essen. But does that mean the flow of games has stopped. Nope, thanks to a kindly fellow geek who did go to Essen - I now have the following games.

I couldn't play any of the games prior to purchase, so had to use my best judgement looking over all the pre-Essen lists to decide what games might be good buys.
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1. Board Game: Jenseits von Theben [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:1940]
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The game that started it all. When I heard that this would be available at Essen, I asked if someone could get the game for me. This led to the very innocent question, "Anything else?" and it all snowballed from there (it economizes on shipping doesn't it?)

Signed copy.
 
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2. Board Game: Ys+ [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.17 Unranked]
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The first pass of the pre-Essen list was to identify items that might be Essen exclusive and/or not readily available in the US in the near term.
 
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3. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:900]
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Even if was just a mild enhancement to the game.
 
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4. Board Game: China: Erweiterung [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked]
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Especially if it was a free give-away.
 
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5. Board Game: 6 nimmt! Plus [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
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Or a misprint that was pulled from distribution later.
 
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6. Board Game: Freya's Folly [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:3466]
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But it is the new games that lure everyone eventually.

Having enjoyed Sunda to Sahul, I was curious about Don Bone's next game. A chance to read the rules pre-Essen helped make the decision for me and it was added to the list.

Especially as I suspected the eventual price in the US might be quite high.
 
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7. Board Game: Pecunia non olet [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:5160]
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I was intrigued by this one by theme alone. Reading the rules again made me glad that I this one made the list.
 
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8. Board Game: Ahoy [Average Rating:5.97 Overall Rank:7821]
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Having been a fan of all the Cwali games so far (especially Street Soccer) decided to ask for the new Cwali game especially as the US distribution of Cwali can be a bit spotty at times.
 
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9. Board Game: Aloha [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:13045]
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This was actually called Cwali Spiele #2 on my list until I discovered the title just before Essen
 
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10. Board Game: Titicaca [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:5378]
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But for purchasing the above two games, this game was added as a bonus.
 
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11. Board Game: Typo [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4106]
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As was 2 copies of Typo.

So I either got Titicaca for free, or I paid for Titicaca and got one of Aloha/Ahoy for free (depends on which are the best 2 of the games) - either way 3 (or 5, if I include Typo) games for the price of 2 is quite nice.
 
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12. Board Game: Phantom Rummy [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:11993]
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As I have all 3 prior Yuhodo games, made sense to add their newest game to the shopping list. At least saves shipping from Japan, which is normally how I acquire their games.

Signed copy.
 
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13. Board Game: Railroad Dice 2 [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:5032]
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I actually enjoyed the first game, as well as the Deutschland expansion. Another natural for me to add the next game in the series. Can't get enough of those railroad dice.
 
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14. Board Game: Sushi Express [Average Rating:5.15 Overall Rank:14448]
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I'm a fan of Sushi. I like some of Schacht's stuff (especially InterUrban which deserves a higher quality reprint)...so this was a risk. But cheap enough, why not.
 
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15. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Falling under the expansions criteria, but given the time it took Age of Steam to return to these shores, thought I could get the expansion quickly. (I missed out on the SF Bay Area / Reunion Island / Moon expansions though.)
 
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16. Board Game: Indonesia [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:189]
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The preview in Counter magazine intrigued me. So based on Splotter's reputation, decided Essen would be the most economical way to acquire my first Splotter.
 
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17. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:732]
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Doesn't hurt to check out the used game market.
 
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18. Board Game: Caylus [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:45]
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The last game I added to the list. I knew RGG was issuing the game in the US, but again reading the rules pre-Essen I decided I really wanted to have this game. Besides, I could then get the Essen goodie with the game. (Extra tile)
 
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19. Board Game: Il Principe [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2188]
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This one wasn't on my list, but had requested that any good games that fit in the budget could be added. This was what was added.
 
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20. Board Game: Niagara: Diamond Joe [Average Rating:6.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.27 Unranked]
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As was this.
 
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21. Board Game: Shear Panic [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:1581]
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Technically not an Essen purchase as I ordered this directly from Fragor pre-Essen.
 
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