Argorius' Essen Loot List - Second time in Essen!
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These are the games that I have purchased or played AT Essen 2012. This was my second time in Essen and now it is time to haul this stuff back to the US

Here is my Essen 2012 Watch list: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/140170/argorius-essen-...

This is last year's Essen 2011 Loot List: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/73643/argorius-essen-l...
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1. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:8]
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Reasons I bought it: Lots of variation, a constantly changing playing field, many different factions ensuring high replay-ability, designer of a well-known game. They didnt get in enough copies from the publisher so it was sold out quickly. I suspect that this may become my personal sleeper hit but we will see.
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2. Board Game: Polis: Fight for the Hegemony [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:520]
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Reasons I bought it: Well, I saw a German review of the game and the game seemed like a lot of fun. A two player Civ building game and I think the review helped pushed this game forward. It went from not being on my watch list to oh my gosh I must have this.
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3. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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Reasons I bought it: Obviously the fancy wheel but there also have been reports of great game play. I heard one person say that this is his game of the year so far. I didnt have a chance to play it since I had simply preordered it and I saved my playing sessions for games that I wasnt sure about.
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4. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:78]
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5. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:44]
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Reasons I bought it: I heard a lot about Keymarket so I was hoping that Keyflower was going to be equally as good (I dont own Keymarket). I also just traded a game for Keythedral so now I can give this Key series a go. I also pulled the trigger here because it is a game that could become rare and hard to get.
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6. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:236]
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7. Board Game: Clash of Cultures [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:214]
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Reasons I bought it: Civ building game, Designer who made Merchants and Marauders and can deliver theme, nice components.

This one is creating some buzz apparently. I am happy with the purchase so far.
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8. Board Game: Kemet [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:77]
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Reasons I bought it: Designer of the well known Cyclades...so I thought...but that turned out to be not the case. It is just the same publisher but I had already preordered and paid for it so it was to be mine! However, I also purchased it because of the nice components and the cool looking figures so hopefully it will be fun.
 
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9. Board Game: Spartacus: A Game of Blood & Treachery [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:280]
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Reasons I bought it: It is different than the other games I owe. I loved the TV series and this seems to be a good implementation of it. Gen Con hype. Plus I played a same round before I purchased it and there is some screwage in the game and it seems fun to build up your stable of Gladiators. I guess it would have been too much to ask to play a full game as it can be quite long but I am looking forward to it. They also had these nice tables where the game board was printed on the table!
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10. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:94]
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Reasons I bought it: Some people are buying this because to them it is what Urban Sprawl should have been. I actually like Urban Sprawl but I got this anyway based on Jesse Dean's review of the game. It was sold out pretty quickly so it should be interesting to see how it plays.
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11. Board Game: The Great Zimbabwe [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:339]
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Reasons I bought it: I like a lot of the Splotter games and this has the potential to become rare and expensive (in the US even if freely available). I had the game explained to me and it did sound interesting. In Roads and Boats, Antiquity, and Indonesia, I was wow'd pretty quickly after reading about those games because I got a picture in my head of what you can all do in those design. I didnt really get that with this game yet. There are some much simpler logistics...it is supposed to be interactive, there seems to be variety. I did like the design - it did look beautiful.
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12. Board Game: Merchant of Venus (second edition) [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:597]
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13. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:554]
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Reasons I bought it: Well known designer who made Vinhos which is a heavy game, interesting theme, beautiful components.
 
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14. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:285]
 
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Reasons I bought it: Well known designer who made some good games, traitor mechanic, heavy game play, beautiful components, Civ type game play.

I didn't have a chance to play it yet and dont have any new info.
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15. Board Game: Tammany Hall [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:587]
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16. Board Game: Lyssan [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:4902]
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17. Board Game: Rex: Final Days of an Empire [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:615]
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18. Board Game: Al Rashid [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:3499]
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I watched the buzz...I read the initial comments by others...I went back and watched the game's BGG stream...checked out the rules again and determined that this may be one of the games that my game group really likes. Area majority with worker placement where the workers are different etc. It started to sound like a lot of fun. Plus a yellow box would look so nice on my shelf!
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19. Board Game: Copycat [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1196]
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Here is a write up of my first impressions after playing a full game: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/10324958#10324958
 
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20. Board Game: Dominare [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1946]
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Reasons I bought it: I generally like Area of Control play game and this game seemed complex enough that it seemed worthwhile. I listened in on the rules explanation and it just grabbed me and I already got excite about different ways you can interact with the other players.
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21. Board Game: Spellbound [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:3200]
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Reasons I bought it: It is going to be rare and oh my gosh look at them figures!

Yes, the box is huge and the figures are pretty darn cool. If the game doesnt turn out to be fun I can use the figures as desk decoration so it really is a win win situation for me.
 
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22. Board Game: Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked]
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Reasons I bought it: Now we get to the expansions and usually if you like the base game the expansion is a no brainer. I am not sure if I NEED this expansion yet since I havent played Eclipse that often but here it is.
 
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23. Board Game: War of the Ring: Lords of Middle-earth [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked]
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Reasons I bought it: Might as well keep my copy complete.
 
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24. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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Reasons I bought it: Actually, I got the Anniversary Edition. I never had the game but I figured I would give it a go and it seems like a decent deal.
 
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25. Board Game: Star Trek: Fleet Captains – Romulan Empire [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.98 Unranked]
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