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A list of games I'm -considering- getting at Essen 2012...
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1. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:38]
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"Almost certainly get"

Of all the "big box games" out at Essen, this is one I am most likely to put in my suitcase without feeling a need to play it first. The gears look cool, I get the mechanic just from reading the reviews, and I trust the publisher to put out a good game.
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2. Board Game: Dungeon Lords: Festival Season [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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A must-buy. Just about anything by Chvatil will be (except Galaxy Trucker for some reason).

A real shame that you can't pre-order it though!!!
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3. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:569]
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"Pre-Ordered"

I've ploughed through the rules for this now, and whilst I'm not positive this will be a good game, it looks close enough to the kinds of things I enjoy to be worth my ordering it now.

This brings up an interesting aspect of Essen for me - guessing which games will be "hot" and which won't... Because I never get to Essen until the Saturday, there's always a risk that the "hot" games will be sold out by the time I get there, so I like preordering games that I think may be "in demand", or asking a friend to pick one up for me. I reckon that the "hot" games can always be easily traded away if they don't work out for me... and part of the fun of being at Essen is getting your hands on things that others don't have straight away - which for me means I get the fun of teaching a new game to people who don't know it yet!
 
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4. Board Game: Carson City: Gold & Guns [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Pre-ordered.

I like Carson City a lot, but have stopped playing it as it's gotten a bit stale. This will help.
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5. Board Game: Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked]
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Pre-ordered (or more honestly, in the queue for a preorder).

I always get thrashed at this game. Especially when I play with Nato. And I can't imagine ever wanting to play with nine people. Still...
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6. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Power Up! [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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Pre-ordered

-It's a good starter for the Sunday LoB group...
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7. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:449]
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Preordered

The art on this looks beautiful, and I really liked Takenoko (another game by Bauza, who of course also did Seven Wonders). Essentially, looks like a simple race game, with some set collecting along the way, so it's not deep, so I may be buying this on looks alone, but I do like games that look nice!
 
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8. Board Game: City Tycoon [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2257]
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"Almost certainly get"

I loved the look of this game at last year's Essen, but it was only in German. They've taken the language dependency out, so this one is almost certainly in the suitcase as well.
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9. Board Game: City of Horror [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1207]
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"Preordered"

This is the kind of pre-order I like - one where I can reserve a copy of the game, but where I don't have to pay up front, just in case I end up not liking the game. I'll try to play it on Friday night, so I can pick it up (or release the pre-order) on Saturday.
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10. Board Game: BANG! 10th Anniversary [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.99 Unranked]
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"Probably Get"

My friends like this more than I do, but it fits the bill as a good "filler" game that I don't mind playing, and so I'll probably get it.
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11. Board Game: PAX: Nocturnus [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Expansion for the PAX card game from Last Year's Essen. I liked the original a lot, so why not? It's only 7 Euro!
 
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12. Board Game: Ground Floor [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1014]
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"Read Rules First / Play First"

I like SimCity, and so this has a certain kind of appeal. The devil will be in the details though, so want to play this one first before deciding.
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13. Board Game: Room 25 [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:857]
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"Read Rules first"

Sounds like an interesting party-type game, a la Panic Station or Werewolf... might be good, but not sure yet.
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14. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:300] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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Read Rules first.

It's a big-box game from FFG. So I might like it, but there might be TOO many rules for my taste. We'll have to see..
 
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15. Board Game: aufRUHR! [Average Rating:5.88 Unranked]
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Look closer...

The game just looks kind of cool, because I'm a sucker for anything with a map on it, and maps of other countries are especially cool... Because I know the Ruhr fairly well anyway, I'm tempted just by the board!!!
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16. Board Game: Tweeeet [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:4749]
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"Not likely, but maybe"

I typically buy one game simply because it has cute components. This might be that game.
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17. Board Game: Coco Capitano [Average Rating:5.21 Unranked]
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"play"

Doesn't sound like much, but the reviews are pretty positive, so might pick it up if it's in a small box and doesn't cost too much.
 
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