My first Essen story and loots
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This year was my first trip to Essen, so I am overwhelmed and want to share the impressions.
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1. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2276]
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It was decided about three months before Spiel, so there was lots of time to discover everything incoming, to read previous years impressions and tips and book plane tickets and hotel.

It was planned as a 3 day trip, with coming to Essen on friday afternoon and flying back home at 5 a.m. on monday. So, it was necessary to preorder everything whatever might look like a purchase.
 
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2. Board Game: Article 27: The UN Security Council Game [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:2445]
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The first purchased game was this one. Never had a pretty negotiation game in the collection that could be taught to others in 5 minutes. In my gaming group, every game is a negotiation game, especially when it's coming to last rounds. Once we had something like 40 minutes of negotiations on the last turn of Eclipse. So I wanted to try something that has only that. And a gavel. And can be played in half an hour. As I understood, this was sold out later, so I'm lucky to have it.
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3. Board Game: Eclipse: Rise of the Ancients [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.48 Unranked]
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Then I found an Asmodee booth and took preordered RoTA. This game came with a paper bag - what a relief!
 
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4. Board Game: Eclipse: Pulsar [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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This came for free with the RoTA purchase.
 
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5. Board Game: Spellbound [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:3232]
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Another preorder and WOW. This was like double-sized box and no bag. I regretted that real life is not a Munchkin where you could get more hands.

P.S. And shrinkwrap was severely damaged on this. At least, Fragor Games might have left this box to someone else. Not a problem, but sad.
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6. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:442]
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Then it was Tokaido preorder and bag space started to vanish. Did not wait in the line to get the game autographed. Still regret it.
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7. Board Game: Tokaido: The New Encounters [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
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Free with Tokaido
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8. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1600]
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Another preorder, and no bag!!! It became an equilibrium to hold everything.
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9. Board Game: IRONDIE [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:6506]
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Took a stick of irondice in the same booth. Always wanted to have some of those pretty things.
 
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10. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:38]
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Another preorder and NO BAG again. Had to refuse the preordered Kolejka -- had no possibility to take it along.
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11. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island – Trait Cards I [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.89 Unranked]
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This promo came with the game.
 
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12. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:37]
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Finally, the CGE booth and a plastic BAG!!! I was happy.
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13. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Took this game mostly because it gave me another PLASTIC BAG!
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14. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Even-Steven Cards [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.21 Unranked]
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Those came with the expansion.
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15. Board Game: Dungeon Petz: Bonus Pets [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Bonus monsters for Petz from the same booth. Always wanted to have them.
 
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16. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2276]
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Then it was time to run back to car to unload.
 
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17. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:562]
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In the evening, it was a bit more preordered games taken.
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18. Board Game: CO₂: The Arctic Expansion [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Free with CO2.
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19. Board Game: Among the Stars: Ambassadorial Shuttle [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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Essen promo. Game should come in some weeks.
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20. Board Game: Briefcase: Board Game Factory [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
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Free promo.
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21. Board Game: Drum Roll: Dragon Dancers [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Free promo.
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22. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:216]
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The last purchase for the friday was this one. Small shrinked version for 5€.
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23. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2276]
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In the hotel, arose a problem. I had one checked-in baggage space on my return ticket, but the large sports bag that was taken with me was able to hold something like 7-8 games only... And the Messe was just starting... We had an issue rising.

Then, I remembered that some BGG users are sending their games back home by post. So, we needed a post-office.

Saturday morning started from googling for a nearest post. It was just around the corner from the hotel. Went there -- only a small kiosk with some fold-it-yourself boxes that could fit like 3 boxes. With shipping cost of 22€. Not a solution. A very helpful lady there suggested us a Grosse Post-Office that should have Grosser boxes.

We drove in a given direction searching for a post. Eventually have found a building with large yellow stripe -- yes, it was DHL. So, rushing in and discovering that they don't have larger boxes. And it's possible to ship our own box. And post-office is closing on 14:00 on saturday and not going to open until monday.

So, another quest was to find a box. We thought a but and decided just to drive and search for a large store. They should have some boxes. After something like 20km drive, we were unsuccessful. Then parked to think and lucky moment -- we found an unsecured WIFI on the street!

Quick googling -- IKEA is 60 kilometers away. Post-Office is closing in ~2 hours. Seems like a challenge. We liked this and got to IKEA - got two boxes, drove back -- just in 10 minutes before the post closing. And there was a QUEUE. My nerves started to boil. But, luckily, we were just able to give the box filled with games away. Happy start of a saturday. And we got to the Spiel at 15:00 again. Not an earliest possible start.
 
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24. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:229]
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After the baggage relief, it was a joy to search for new games. Always wanted this one and in FLGS it cost something like 40€. In Essen for 40 got the game, the expansion, the promo cards, and the unique Gabriel's gift card. Not bad.
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25. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Power Up! [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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in 40€ bundle with base game.
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