Gefundenes Fr[Essen] 2013 - my 12th Spiel in Essen
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Since 2002 I attend the Essen Spiel 20xx every single year.
I plan to go this year as well for the 12th time - not good to break a good habit!

Time to prepare for it, and these are the games that have drawn my attention.

And I'm afraid the list will only become longer in the next months ...


BTW gefundenes Fressen is a German expression, which - depending on the context - means:
- "easy prey/bait/target" -- I admit, I am an easy prey when in Essen
- "must-have" -- there is always that list of games that are ...
- "exactly what you were waiting for" -- for months in a row

Gefunden means "found": yep, finding new games & good bargains is what's Essen all about.

Fressen means "gorging / to eat like an animal": well, sometimes you get carried away and wind up in a buying frenzy.

Essen means "gaming heaven"

Update 28-Oct-2013
In the meantime my Essen Sunday is over and gone.

Amerigo + 3 expansions - Kickstarted
It Happens - freebie with the above
Canterbury - pre-ordered
Madeira - pre-ordered
Shadows over the Empire + bonus cards + Fallen leaders - Kickstarted
Quebec - finally at a decent price
Kingdom Builder - who can say no to just 13 eur in Kaufhof
Sumeria - looks like a cool game for 3 eur
Bora Bora = Stefan Feld + Alea Big Box = blind buy

Not in the picture = Bucanneer Bones [Kickstarted but haven't received it yet]
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1. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:267]
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Aah, the newest Feld.
I am a big fan of Stefan Feld as he typically offers innovative mechanisms:
- the wind rose in Macao
- the usage of dice in Roma - Castles of Burgundy ...
- the re-implementation of the mancala in Trajan, ...].
I also like the multiple ways to score VPs and the need for disaster management [Notre Dame and especially my all-time favorite In the Year of the Dragon].
The best game designer a this moment.

Amerigo will use the Dice Tower to decide which actions can be used.


Status: Preordered via Kickstarter [so will receive as a KS reward another Feld game: It happens

My first KS, so really wondering whether it will be all worth it [meaning: getting the game earlier for a premium price is not what I was shooting for. I wanted the game to be produced, but I am convinced that when the KS would have failed, Queen games would still have brought it to the market anyway. So in the end it will be about does the regular game have all the KS rewards as well, will the Essen retail price point be lower than the KS pledge level, ...]
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2. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:156]
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Another Feld.

Haven't played it yet, haven't even read the rules or watched a video, but Feld + Alea Big Box ... honestly, what could be wrong? How can I resist?

Update: did a quick read through the rules, and less convinced now

Status: Buy Try before Buy
Did not try, just buy, but I am sure I will not regret it
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3. Board Game: Canterbury [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:2074]
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Also on KS and doubting for a long time to back it or not.

Looked appealing and Rahdo's video convinced me that this is a special game with interesting mechanics.

Not sure it will be for sale in Essen

Update 1: I checked with the designer and yes, it will be available but only 100 boxes; sales will go through Stronghold. Fine, but still a problem as I only go to Essen on Sunday and by then they will be all gone soblue
Update 2: Darn, Stronghold is NOT willing to put one box aside for me to pick up on Sunday
Update 3: Andrew Parks [the designer] offers pre-payment and will arrange with Stronghold to put the box aside. BUT the payment will be non-refundable ... How can I be 100% sure I will be able to make it to essent his year: one never knows.

Status: Buy Pre-ordered to make sure I had a copy
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4. Board Game: Yedo [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:463]
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Another Belgian game from 2 Flemish designers - I am proud of you guys!

Happy that there will be a US release.

You have to agree: the game looks absolutely smashing - and inviting!

I read the rules last year before ging to Essen and was certainly interested but not fully convinced: another worker placement, again bidding [which many players do not really like], ... so nothing new under the sun.

But the reviews were great, it kept on going up in the rankings, I read their designer's diary [really interesting read], they had a Q&A session on the Flemish Boardgame website [Bordspelmania] ... and then came Rahdo with his brain tickle-teasing videos [note to Rahdo, you're eating in my wallet, man!].
I am not big sucker for theme: mechanics, game flow, depth ... are way more important [though I do like the theme consistency in games like Agricola and Bootleggers, ...].
Rahdo showed several examples of how the game supports the thematical setting - a nice bonus.

Status: Buy BOUGHT [couldn't wait until Essen]
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5. Board Game: Kohle & Kolonie [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:1753]
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The 2nd game in the "Coal" trilogy

The 1st one was Ruhrschifffahrt 1769-1890 - yep the only one with 3 f's in a row.
I passed by the stand in Essen and recognized the long board - which was what drew my attention to the game initially. Didn't buy it at Essen - at the end it was a rush and the last game I bought right before leaving the halls 3 steps further was Tzolkin in the CGE.

Driving home I already regretted not buying this Kohle Eins, so I ordered it via the Spielworxx website and I think I got one of the very last ones from Uli.

Good game - not brilliant, but fine mechanics and it all fits well together,

Extremely badly written rules though, but 2 people came to the resue:
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rewrote the rules in a logical way
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introduced me to the game via his Rahdo runs trhough ... video series. He is now the first source to go to when I want to learn more about a game. His videos are not the shortest, but I like him taking the time to explain it all, play a few rounds beginning - mid - end of the game. Not a fine example of efficiency, but certainly very effective. And he has a pleasant voice to listen to anyway.

Status: Investigate more, but as I have already #1 from the trilogy ...
In the end did NOT buy as I wasn't able to fully digest the rules and the vid's that were available did not convince me
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6. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:247]
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The new one from Pearl Games: you know Troyes, Tournay, Ginkgopolis.

It's a Belgian game publisher and
1] these guys already having published really vey good games so far and
2] me being a Belgian, they deserve my full attention when they bring a new game cool

Status: Try before Buy
Wasn't able to try this, but as it will be generally available I can pick this up later ..
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7. Board Game: Canalis [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4678]
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The new game in the Tempest series.

Dominare was one of the games that really peaked my interest last year, to the point where I even translated the 24 page rulebook in Dutch.

The mere idea of having a series of games in the same "universe" where characters are appearing in multiple games, was and remains very appealing. The art work is really amazing.
So I wonder what the new kid in the Tempest town will bring to the table.

Status: Investigate first / Try before buy
No try = no buy
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8. Board Game: The New Science [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:3016]
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I think this was the first one that go me pondering over "should I pledge or not?" on KS.

The concept of having these amazing scientists at the center of a game, the way it looks, .. generated more than just a little interest from my end.

Status: Try before Buy
Did not see a single copy of this, read some reviews and no longer interested

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9. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:44]
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I have and enjoy a lot Keythedral.
I have seen this one played but did not play it myself yet. It looks like an interesting mix of mechanics - which is something I always look for: good mechanics, winning requires adapting your strategy along the way, player interaction [the screw you factor], ..

Status: Want to try, but looks like a Buy
There will be a Dutch version - will wait for that one
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10. Board Game: Lost Legacy [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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I picked up Love Letter last year and an instant smash hit, so will this be the this year's Love Letter?

Status: Need to inform myself better
Nope - could not convince me
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11. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:494]
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The new William Attia who developed Caylus.
Certainly worth a deeper dive into

Status: Try before buy

I have read the rules now, and this is certainly not another Caylus.
The interest barometer is sinking ... so in the end did not buy
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12. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:294]
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Many people waiting for this one as this was expected for Essen 2012 - alas!
We snow ee regularly new posts explaining part of the rules.
But certainly interested ...


Status: try before buy
Based on the rules - pre-ordered with Essen pick-up
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13. Board Game: Shadows over the Empire [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4659]
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It was the art that caught my attention when this was up in a contest.
Then Rahdo put his videos and after 75 minutes of agonizing decision making in his playing-the-game-while-explaining, he was totally convincing me of the depth of this game, so I kickstarted it.
"Fast" and "deep".

Status: Kickstarted with Essen pick-up
Successful campaign and Artipia was so kind to throw in the Fallen Leaders cards though we missed that last stretched goal.
Babis - the designer - autographed a bonus card while I was playing Archon
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14. Board Game: Buccaneer Bones [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:5510]
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Light and simple dice game

Status: Kickstarted
Clear now that stretched goals will make this an 8-player game
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15. Board Game: Québec [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1046]
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Was on my Wish list for a few years, but couldn't find it at a decent price
Now for 15 eur I couldn't resist

Status: Bought
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16. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:456]
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Did play already 8 times and is a good 1 hour game [or even less than 1 hour]

With a 13 eur price point at Kaufhof, a real bargain

Status: Bought
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17. Board Game: Sumeria [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2589]
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Have been told a few years ago that is a really good game.
I knew from the other spelhamels that wenmt to Essen on Friday, that this was going cheap [3 eur] with Heidelberger, so watched the Board to Death video which convinced me.
Glad that on Sunday there were still some copies left.

Status: Bought
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