Essen 2012 Watchlist - Initial impressions vs actual Gameplay
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With the euphoria of 2012 games waning (or have they?) Some of the games are falling off my watchlist. Here are the left overs...


These are my initial impressions based on the reading of rulebook and geekbuzz on the net...I will follow up with updates after actual gameplay. Do you too find correlation or disparity between your initial impression and your first play of a game? Share your impressions and your first play of the following watchlist titles..please feel free add other Essen titles.


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1. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:37]
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A cooperative game with tight thematic integration. The star of Essen 2012. Will this live up to the buzz?


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2. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:404]
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For fans of the genre, bring them "down to earth", Ant placement game for a change.; ) It's from Ystari so it should be heavy on the mechanism...
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3. Board Game: Goblins, Inc. [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2354]
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Galaxy Trucker on steroids? We'll see.

Actual GP: Those who FEAR randomness and unable to cope with changing situations, Avoid at all cost. There's luck in this tactical game yet it's a lot of fun. It's about managing the hidden mission cards along with watching your opponents robot as they are building, deducing their potential attacking facing, as well as the reaping the points from the destroyed and retained components. We love the 2 player game!.

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http://uandmeeples.blogspot.ca/2012/12/head-to-head-goblins-...
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4. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:285]
 
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Having done my fair bit of "lost in space", me (alien) prefer exploration on planet earth anytime over space "dark and void" exploration.
 
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5. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:217]
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Always looking for quick card games - this was a surprise hit at Essen 2012, I'd just got to try it.
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6. Board Game: Room 25 [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:856]
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Simulated TV game shows with take that! heh heh.
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7. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:555]
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The beautiful watercolored board comes interwoven with layered and unique gameplay. Vital more streamlined sophomore's outing.
 
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8. Board Game: River Dragons [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:1581]
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Fantastic Artwork and bits.
 
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9. Board Game: Copycat [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1203]
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A mixed bag of all the cool mechanics (Worker placement, deck building, Ascending card cost display selection and etc.) from the top games at BGG. Now that piques my interest.
 
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10. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:94]
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Oh Sim City where art thou?
 
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11. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.93 Overall Rank:36]
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Trying really hard to ignore this one, but it keeps crawling back onto the list. Round and round it goes.

Could it suffer the same fate as the forecasted Mayan Apocalypses...puff....
 
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12. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:44]
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Can one interesting auction mechanism carries the whole game?
 
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13. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:423]
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Can't make a decision ? Roll a dice - that's Ameritrash. Made your decision(s) - roll a dice to restrict your options - that's Eurogame. Now this game embraces both fronts. source: Extracted from the narrow-minded plastic soulless space Merchant guide of buying dice.

Not for those with babies at home.
 
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14. Board Game: Terra Mystica [Average Rating:8.23 Overall Rank:8]
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My head hurts 2 minutes into rule explanation. Could this be a good sign for a game with "depth"? On the race to become the reigning soulless euros king of 2012. I owe my soul to check this one out!
 
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15. Board Game: Noblemen [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1480]
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It is noble to offer apology for past mistakes. A great title for the right publisher. : ) The burgundy of 2012 - the one that came too late?
 
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