Essen Loot 2012 - Post Your Pictures Here!
Benjamin Symons
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Made a geeklist last year where everyone could post the loot they gathered at the Essen game fair. This year I can't wait to see what all the attending BGG'ers have bought there, so I'm continuing the tradition! laugh

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1. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
 
Benjamin Symons
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My main goal was to an X-wing 'starter package' (2 base games and one of each expansion) at a decent price. The Equipment Pack for Memoir '44 was on my list as well.

I ended up with 'a little' more...



Besides the things I came for, I also bought 'The Boss' twice (once for a friend) as well as two sets of bonus cards for 'Ghost Stories' (once again for the same friend). Five extra units for 'Samurai Battles' (1x Commanders, 2x Yari Ashigaru and 2x Samurai Nodachi), all six Carcassonne mini-expansions and an OOP box set of metal Games Workshop miniatures: 'The Breaking of the Fellowship'.
All in all it was another great trip to Essen. Hope I'll be able to go again next year!
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2. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:216]
Mark Rivera
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My collection of mostly Indie, Small publisher games which will be tough to find in Blighty for a while, if ever. Hmmm... Really enjoyed playing Wilderness and Love Letter which I suspect may be the surprise hit of the show!
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3. Board Game: River Dragons [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1581]
Guan Chih Huang
Taiwan
Taipei
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2 days, 2 photos of all the loot!

Day 1


Day 2


Limited space, so I can only get some smaller size games rather then big square boxes one
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4. Board Game: Sticky Stickz [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:5545]
Kris Verbeeck
Belgium
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Added price info and links to all games in comments
4 trips to the car

Like allways went above my budget

Also added ratings in comments

Favourite so far is HomeStretch Great tension

Dud so far is Peeper : could do with clearer rules.
The back says Designed for the blind and the not disabled. (That schould be a good hint ...)

this is the fourth picture . And I've seen love letters three times ...

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5. Board Game: 1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:1759]
Eugene van der Pijll
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The biggest surprise of the fair was a single 1861 for sale at the U-shaped Heidelberger booth in hall 12. What was it doing there, and why was it only 40 euros?
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6. Board Game: 1841 [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:2852]
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Cross-posting from this geeklist. 1841 was one of the most noticeable souvenirs. 1st edition though, but will do while waiting for the DTG queue. I only went Thursday.

Pictures of my haul:

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7. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:441]
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8. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:94]
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Eclipse expansion and Clash of Cultures were pre-ordered. Age of Industry with expansion map was offered for 25€, so picked it up.

We played Suburbia when we got home from Essen and we loved it, great game!
Last night we tried CoC and had fun as well, plays very different than the other civ games I have so need to play it again before I make up my mind about it
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9. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:289] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Jan K
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went a little over my budget, but there are so many things I wanted to own and needed to be left behind ...

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10. Board Game: Sheepdogs of Pendleton Hill [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:8334]
David Larkin
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Brighton
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Decided I needed a sheep game this year (as my job is running a conservation grazing project)

My haul

About the same as last year, takes a lot of effort to keep the numbers down!
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11. Board Game: Uchronia [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2102]
Dimitri Gia
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Bummer! I went overboard... Again... While walking through the enormous Essen halls, I could only hear "purchase - purchase - purchase". And so I did... Oh well, let's switch to water and bread the coming few weeks.

As something unfortunate happened during these 4 days (something personal), this might've been my last Essen. But hey, I said the same thing last year...

Played and liked : CO2 / Crude / Saboteur 2 / Il Vecchio / Revolver / Uchronia (unexpected but there it was!) / Thunderstone Advance Edition / ...

Enjoy,
/dimi

PS : Picture taken with an iPhone 3GS, rubbish lightning (taken Sunday evening after I returned back home) and no room to take everything from a decent angle + fit it all on one picture. So for that reason : a combined picture from 2 "angles"...

*EDIT* New picture...

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12. Board Game: Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked]
Sebastian Grawan
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Lehrte
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Here's the pooled loot of my wife and myself.

I bought lots and lots of X-Wing stuff, collected my preorders of the Eclipse, Dungeon Lords and Galaxy Trucker expansions and added in some impulse buys.

My wife bought some LARP stuff and added in some boardgames, too.

The only game we damn ourselves for not buying when on the fair is Escape: The Curse of the Temple.


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13. Board Game: Dominare [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:1950]
Emile de Maat
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Hengelo
Overijssel
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I went with a couple of friends, and this is what we took home for myself, my friends and the games club:



Of this stack, this part is mine:



I was supposed to pick up Fallen City of Karez as well, but that wasn't available, and I wanted Goblins, Inc. for the games club, but the English version was already sold out - and many club members prefer English over German.
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14. Board Game: Asgard [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1937]
David Hol
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Another successfull year at Essen. Although we are quite happy with the result, we still have some games on the wishlist we didn't bought yet.



Even the cat was impressed with the pile on the table. Next year we will definitely be there again for the fifth year.
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15. Board Game: OddVille [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1282]
Jesper A
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Frederikshavn
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More photos here: http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/148576/my-essen-2012-haul-...
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16. Board Game: Uchronia [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:2102]
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17. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:64] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
 
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18. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:377] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
Garry Clarke
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Agricola All Creatures... expansion and Carson City expansion were punched and the boxes thrown away.

Also not pictured is Conflict of Heroes 2nd ed. which would have taken me over my baggage allowance on it's own. so that's making the journey home by road (thanks Lance)
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19. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:44]
De Waey Joeri
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Oostende
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My loot this year:

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20. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:430] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
Christina Crouch
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I have played Escape and Big badaboom and Carson City of the games I bought so far. Also played Among the Stars (excellent), Goblins Inc, Coup, Asgard, Copycat.

Sorry for upside down!

It was cool to see so many designers and company owners there.
I'd particularly like to mention the guys demoing Big badaboom who were really enthusiastic and friendly and gave me a cool piece of art with my game and t-shirt.

Best value purchases were Chinatown for EUR5 and Ad Astra for EUR20. Both in German but little language dependence.

Very excited about Tzolk'in. Desprued it yesterday and its very high quality. Nice one Czech games!
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21. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:406]
Jan Richter
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Siegen
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Only one new game this year but a lot of expansions.

Myrmes could have been a new addition IF we could have playtest it - but the whole weekend there was no table aviable.

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22. Board Game: P.I. [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1558]
Jan
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I tend to spend the most of my money in Hall 6, no exception this year...

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23. Board Game: Quarriors! [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:697] [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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Aachen
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Quarriors is my favourite game of the show because I explained it for 2 days straight.

And this is my loot:
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24. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:463]
Ann Th.
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This is what we brought home.
Playing time



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25. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:285]
 
Eike Risto
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Crosspost, since my own list 'did not make it'^^

Thursday: I arrived at 8:30 and spent most of thursday making live broadcasts for German radio Station Einslive. I had tried to offer the topic SPIEL and boardgames for years now (I work as a freelance journalist), but it always got rejected, most often accompanied by lines such as "I don't think our listeners care for boardgames" or "Boardgames? Are those still around?".

This, time, i had planned to visit Essen in private, PLAY ALL THE GAMES, and do my usual annually increasing haul, when they called me: "We know you've got like a gazillion boardgames. You must be our reporter!" So this time around I had the pleasure to do three live takes for the station. I spent them describing the place and the people, praising Hanabi which was about the first game i played at the con (Kudos to Mike and his pals who accompanied me for the ride and weren't bitter when the moderator turned the take upside down and robbed them of most of their planned on-air time), and trying to proudly fly the flag of boardgamers worldwide. Bayern 3, another German broadcasting station, wanted a take as well, and before i knew it, it was 15 PM.

So, on the downside, I spent most of my first day at Spiel 2012 working instead of gaming and shopping for games like a maniac. On the upside, I earned a nice sum which I plan to spend on boardgames, so everything worked out nicely. When all was done, i went on a mad shopping spree and filled my bags till i couldn't carry anymore. Here's what I got:

Loot - First day
Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients with Eclipse: PulsarI haven't even played the base game yet... but a preorder is a preorder.
Space Alert along with Space Alert: The New Frontier Have been hearing rave reviews, and it's from Vlaada, so...
Chaos in the Old World Can it live up to the hype? I hope so
Seasons Wanted this for a long time, some Belgian retailer had some spare copies
Giants Missed it last year at the Heidelberger sale
Macao 10 euros, no-brainer
20th Century Settlers in space, appealing
Ad Astra
Artus
Deadwood
War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age ... does this even work with second Ed?
Neuroshima Hex! Steel Police A pity they portal.pl doesn't have Neuroshima Hex! Babel13 Artillery Outpost "THUNDER" and Neuroshima Hex! Duel in anymore...
Neuroshima Hex! Dancer
Wizard Anniversary Edition
Basilica

So much for self control... can't wait for tomorrow, no work, all fun!

Friday: Sadly, the people who I had intended to meet on friday could not make it to the fair, so I was mostly on my own. But since Essen is not lacking in potential gaming partners, i managed to get some games played. I played two rounds of Escape: The Curse of the Temple, but left mostly unimpressed. Sure, it's frantic dice rolling and only lasts 10 minutes, but it feels way too forgettable. I simply don't get the hype. Then I stumbled into a game of A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) that was one player short and was invited to take over House Greyjoy. To me, the game felt like a pimped-up, fluffy incarnation of diplomacy. Despite my lackluster grasp of the rules, I managed to secure my position (mainly due to squabbling brothers among my opponents) and when we quit the game after round 5, I found myself in the lead. I was so impressed with the game that I just had to pick up a copy. Then followed Seasons: I have spectated a number of games on www.boardgamearena.com and knew what I got myself into, which seemed to give me a clear advantage when drafting the cards. I'm looking forward to play this a lot at home.

Loot - Second day:
Nexus Ops The new FFG version, pretty hard to come by on the fair for some reason
Rex: Final Days of an Empire
Gears of War: The Board Game Played all the videogames to death (bad pun), so why not, it's on sale for 30 euros
Letters from Whitechapel
Twilight Imperium (Third Edition): Shards of the Throne "Damaged copy" with a teeny-tiny scratch, 25 euros.
A Game of Thrones: The Board Game (Second Edition) same here
Hanabi
Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion Vlaada is the man
Eminent Domain German Pegasus version
Smash Up dito
And some promos: King of Tokyo: Heidelbärger Brockenbär (promo character), King of Tokyo: Promo Cards, Rune Wars addon heroes and Civilization Greeks.

Saturday: I played a game of Among the Stars with two Belgian chaps, explained to us by the designer himself. Vangelis suffered from what sounded like the mother of sore throats, doubtlessly from having to explain his fair-hotness over and over again. The game feels very much like 7 Wonders with a spatial element (this is not where the game draws it's inspiration btw, I asked^^), which generates some opportunities for clever play, but makes this game even more of a table-crawl monster than the former. I liked it very much. Hopefully it gets picked up by a German publisher soon (the necessary English is very easy though). Vangelis confirmed that there are some proceedings in this direction, but could not go into specifics.

Loot - Third day
Archipelago I was in a demo session, but the other players decided to leave after the explanation was over. There sure is a lot going on, plus the production is absolutely gorgeous. Bought on a whim.
Infinite City AEG had these on sale for 3 euros. Bought three copies. Either as a gift or to create a truly 'infinite' city.
Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game Finally got my own copy.
Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game On sale at the Heidelberger booth.
Genoa
Cuba with Cuba: El Presidente
Village
Runebound: The Island of Dread and Runebound: Sands of Al-Kalim bundle for 15 euros.
Lord of the Rings: Battlefields expansion
Rise of Empires
Tournay
Sumeria
Boomtown

Sunday: I had not planned to go on sunday, but my girlfriend, wanting to know what I had done the past days, insisted. Since she was rather overwhelmed and did not have the patience to wait at the gaming-tables, we just went around for some hours and I spent another large bill on games. Sadly, Ikusa had been gone by then, I feel some remorse that I did not pull the trigger on that one.

Loot - Fourth day:
Horus Heresy (2010)
Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game
Arkham Horror: Miskatonic Horror Expansion
Chaos in the Old World: The Horned Rat Expansion
Unnamed Object

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