Essen 2012 - Inventory
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Well...this was a good year IMO.
Lots of new favorite games and some big surprises.
Lets have a look at the cart.
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1. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:36]
René Holzer
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My favorite game from Essen 2012 so far.
Played a lot 2-player and solo games. No, it doesnt solve some coop problems, but i dont care. The theme is great and always present, the components are awesome, the illustrations are wonderful and the tension is on its peak. The different scenarios keep the replayability on a very high level. Rule problems are solved through a FAQ.
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2. Board Game: Vampire Empire [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2586]
René Holzer
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This was a big surprise.
I bought it blind for two reasons:
1. 2 player game
2. Very special artwork

Had a lot of great battles with this one. I always played as vampire. Some games i won, some i lost. There is so much in this small box: Deduction, Bluffing, Deck building, combat...
Every single game had its own feeling, also caused by the different winning conditions. Well there also happend a very one sided boring round, just followed by the most thrilling one.
The sleves for the citizens are awesome.
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3. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:161]
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I only had one 2-player game so far, but i can see the potential yet.
Artwork is fascinating, the dice are BIG and LOUD.
Hardly cant compare it with other games, although there are familiar mechanics. Theme seems a bit added, but i like it.
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4. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:254]
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Missed it last year. Only played it at the fair but it holds what it promises. Looking forward playing this again.
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5. Board Game: Spellbound [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:3203]
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Guilty! They get me with their components. Hope the game will at least be not completly dull. Lets see
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6. Board Game: Völuspá [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1680]
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This also was a blind buy. Here i got blinded by Piero's art again. Normally i dont like abstract games...well..i'll give the gods a chance
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7. Board Game: Revolver 2: Last Stand at Malpaso [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:2814]
René Holzer
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I loved the first game...so...
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8. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:441]
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Another one that grabbed me with the artwork. Seems like a nice and light family game...hope so at least...normally i like Antoine's games
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9. Board Game: Star Wars: Angriff der Klonkrieger [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:5152]
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Not a wasted license, this time. Thanks to the authors. Its an easy coop for the hole family with some luck involved. I enjoyed my first games. At the game-fair in our city i explained this to some familys. They really liked to play it. Anyway, I doubt the replayability. There is'nt much chaniging from game to game.
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10. Board Game: Room 25 [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:854]
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Preordered it and still waiting for it...who will bring it? Santa Claus? The Christ Child? Chuck Norris? I don't mind, as long it rests under the christmas tree.
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11. Board Game: City of Horror [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1193]
René Holzer
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This game is really mean. It reminds me of lifeboats, but with some more game around. Had some really gruesome rounds with this one. Don't play this with people you really like. At least one persone will be pissed off after game.
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12. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1199]
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A unique one. We were one of the few groups which won the first scenario at the fair. We had soooo much fun. This could also be a great game with non-gamers, but there are a little bit too much rules in it. I will make a try with some unexperienced people sometime. QR-Code rulzzzzz!!
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13. Board Game: Legends of Andor [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:289] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Was also a big success at the fair in our city.
Haven't played it very often till now, but i can see the tension growing with every new legend. With all the rising prices for the games this one is really a surprise. Tons of components but a low price. (no i don't get money for telling this)
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14. Board Game: Dahschur: Die Rote Pyramide [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:10111]
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This one was illustrated by a friend of mine. I think it is his best work on games. The board looks awesome in every detail.
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15. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:216]
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I chose the japon brand version.
The unusual artwork grabbed my eye.
The game is really fast and a perfect filler with a tense feeling.
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16. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:547]
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Just unfoiled it. The idea with the secured expansion inside is great...reminds me to play risk evolution again.
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17. Board Game: Alcatraz: The Scapegoat [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2248]
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I also missed this one last year. I enjoyed a test game at the fair very much, so i grabbed a copy. I think this is also playable with non-gamers.
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18. Board Game: Libertalia [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:304]
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This is promising! No game so far...but eager to play
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19. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:308]
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Couldn't resist this year.
Sounds easy and fun.
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20. Board Game: Old Town [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3806]
René Holzer
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Got the anniversary edition...Yeah!
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21. Board Game: Room 25 [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:854]
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Yeah! My mail box puked this one yesterday...preordered it with essen pickup, but unfortunately it didnt make it there.
 
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