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Thanks to W. Eric Martin for putting up the full Spiel 2013 Preview list. These are my interests for purchase / play.

Made the mistake of entering retail fever last year, and in the end only retained about 1/3 of the games I bought. If you want to see what became of last years games, that is here: Tina's Essen Wishlist 2012

This year I'd like to pick fewer games to see, and hopefully read the rules before demoing, and then only buy if I like them. Simples eh? *squeak*.

Might actually take a couple of games to play at Spiel if they are still unplayed by then.

We are staying at the Hotel Bredeney since entry will be through Messe Sud as well as the usual west entrance.

Hall 1:
Funforge (C131) Quantum
Queen Games (D121) Lost Legends

Hall 3:
Asmodee (B108) Prosperity
Asynchron Games (P106) L'Aeropostale
Ludonaute (P118) SOS Titanic
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1. Board Game Publisher: Feuerland Spiele
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Games to Buy - These games have either been reserved or pre-ordered.
 
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2. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:209]
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Status: Reserved a copy with Feuerland (still to pay)
Reserved a copy through the German part of the Feuerland website (in English). Essen price EUR 35. RRP EUR 39.99. See link: http://www.feuerland-spiele.de/spiele/die_glasstrasse.php

Booth: Hall 3-D100 (Feuerland Spiele)

Rules here: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/93922/english-rules

I am hoping that this is maybe an 'Ora et Labora light' that I might actually be able to get to the table (the main game of Ora being rather a challenge to explain to others). 1 hour playing time sounds good. I also like the mechanic of picking your five helpers and getting a second benefit from them, if only you picked them. It has has a slightly Citadels feel to it!

Loved Agricola: All creatures big and small, so I hope it's a bit like that treatment rather than Le Havre inland port, which looked a bit boring. Being released by Feuerland, which Uwe part owns, but English version will be Z Man.

Glass Road is a game that commemorates the 700-year-old tradition of glass-making in the Bavarian Forest. (Today the Glass Road is a route through the Bavarian Forest that takes visitors to many of the old glass houses and museums of that region.) You must skillfully manage your glass and brick production in order to build the right structures that help you to keep your business flowing. Cut the forest to keep the fires burning in the ovens, and spread and remove ponds, pits and groves to supply yourself with the items you need. Fifteen specialists are there at your side to carry out your orders...

The game consists of four building periods. Each player has an identical set of fifteen specialist cards, and each specialist comes with two abilities. At the beginning of each building period, each player needs to choose a hand of five specialists. If he then plays a specialist that no other player has remaining in his hand, he may use both abilities of that card; if two or more players play the same specialist, each of them may use only one of the two abilities. Exploiting the abilities of the specialists lets you collect resources, lay out new landscape tiles (e.g., ponds and pits), and build a variety of buildings. There are three types of buildings:

Processing buildings
Immediate buildings with a one-time effect
Buildings that provide bonus points at the end of the game for various accomplishments
Mastering the balance of knowing the best specialist card to play and being flexible about when you play it – together with assembling a clever combination of buildings – is the key to this game.

A year on Still got, still love, still my favourite game of the convention.

A year again on Still got, still love, now got on iOS too!

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3. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:14]
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Status: Reserved - still to pay.

Booth: Hall 1-C105 (Lookout Games)

Rules: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/95329/deutsche-regeln-zu-C... note it's a zip file and expanded this is 20 MB.

Pre-order: eMail to buero@lookout-spiele.de with "Caverna Vorbestellung" in the subject line. In the text, please state your name, the number of copies and the language (EN or DE). You'll get an automated reply giving you a pick-up number. Please bring that to the booth (print out if you're not sure that you can remember it).

While MSRP is €70, there's a preorder discount as usual: 1 game for €60 or 3 for €175 (language mix and match possible).

Agricola is one of my favourite worker placement games, so of course I am interested in a sequel. The key question for me is whether it really adds something to the original or whether it gilds the lily. The idea of buildings rather than occupations and improvements cards pleases me, as I always felt like I had too many cards on the go.

Current best information: http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/09/12/dale-yu-essen-previe...

A year on Only played once! (rules were a bit of a monster), but love the game and definitely want more plays.
A year on again Sold and went back to Agricola Second Edition.



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4. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:138]
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Status: Pre ordered (paid on paypal)

Booth: Hall 3, P-118 (Ludonaute)

http://www.ludonaute.fr/?page_id=2853
Price: EUR 40 with promo stickers.

Rules here: http://www.ludonaute.fr/lewis/pdf/LCK_rules_EN.pdf

Race game to be the first to reach the Pacific. 1-5 players. Really fantastic artwork. I like the mechanic of dual card use for either their function or to add strength. I also like the idea that too much resource weight will slow the boats down.

On November 30, 1803, the United States purchased Louisiana from Napoleon. U.S. President Thomas Jefferson decided to send two explorers – Meriwether Lewis and William Clark – to discover this huge terra incognita.

Lewis & Clark is a board game in which the players manage an expedition intended to cross the North American continent. Their goal is to be the first to reach the Pacific. Each one has his own Corps of Discovery that will be completed by the Native Americans and the trappers met during the journey. He has to cleverly manage his characters and also the resources he finds along the way. Beware, sometimes frugality is better than abundance.

Lewis & Clark features dual use cards. To be activated, one card must be combined with another one, which becomes unavailable for a while. Thus, players are faced with a constant dilemma: play a card or sacrifice it. During the game, each player acquires character cards that enlarge his hand, building a crew that gives him more options but it needs to be optimized as he will recycle his cards more slowly. This new "handbuilding" mechanism fits strongly the historical background.

Since the aim of the game is to be the first on the Pacific coast, the timing and the opportunistic use of the other players' positions are crucial.

A year on This game was absolutely beautiful, but I didn't totally enjoy the racing mechanics, and I also thought the book should have come with 4-5 suggested board configurations using the covering tokens.

Another year on Repurchased during a sale, and wrote a rules summary. Decided after writing the summary that this game has some pacing problems that I don't like. Decided to sell.

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5. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:529]
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Status: Pre ordered (paid on paypal)

Booth: Hall 1-E142. (Portal Games)

Pre-Order available at: http://portalgames.pl/en/pre-orders-for-the-legacy-are-open/ EUR 40 if pre ordered with magnate expansion.

Rules: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/94111/legacy-the-testament...

Watched the Rahdo Runs Through episode and thought the idea of a game on heredity that tells the story of peoples lives sounds like an interesting fusion of euro and story. Only reservation is that I really like the box art, but less keen on the card art, but want to have a look up close.

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A year on Never made it to the table, and was sold.

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6. Board Game: The Palaces of Carrara [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:534]
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Kiesling and Kramer. Kennerspiel des jahres 2013 nominated. Although it looks a little vanilla and is supposed to be a relatively simple game, it is also supposed to be a good game, worthy of picking up.

Appears to be some supply issues through zman games, but I managed to get the last copy in the UK as far as I could tell from Shire games.

A year on Just found it mildly clever but mostly rather dull. Sold.

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7. Board Game Publisher: R&D Games
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8. Board Game: Keyflower: The Farmers [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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Booth: Hall 3 – booth P-105 (R&D Games)

Price: EUR 25 (£21). Pre order not available.
Rules: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/95355/keyflower-the-farmer...

Richard Breese's explanation of the game is here: Keyflower - the Farmers: an explanation

Got the base game of key flower so looking forward to trying the expansion out. Just a shame they are not taking pre orders so I will need to queue up.

In Keyflower: The Farmers, players develop the agricultural side of their economy by acquiring new farm buildings, growing wheat, and collecting and breeding farm animals (cows, pigs and sheep). Animals are kept in the fields created by the layout of the roads, adding a new dimension and considerations to the base game. Points can now be scored through the acquisition and breeding of the animals, by harvesting wheat, and from the layout of the fields.

Players may choose to use all of the tiles from Keyflower: The Farmers and add tiles at random from Keyflower to make up the required number of tiles or simply mix the two sets of tiles.

A year on Kept, and still awaiting some play!

A year on again Kept, never played, and eventually sold with the base game of Keyflower.

 
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9. Board Game: Keyflower: Storyteller [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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Booth: Hall 3 Stand B-100 (Spielerei Magazine)

Available as an included freebie in Spielerei Magazine in the October issue (101) being sold at Essen. Retail cost of the magazine is EUR 4.

If this tile is not upgraded, a player places a worker on this tile and then takes either a worker or a skill tile, if available. If this tile has been upgraded, a player places a worker on this tile then takes a worker and a skill tile, if available.
 
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10. Board Game: Airlines Europe: New Bonus Connections [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Booth: Hall-booth 3-E108 (Abacusspiele)


Price: Free!
Rules: As for the base game.

A couple of extra routes for the map finally in cardboard.

A year on Kept, and still have base game.
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11. Board Game: Among the Stars: The Ambassadors [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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Status: Kickstarted for Essen pickup (paid).
Booth: Hall 1-D137 (Artipia)

Rules: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/95285/among-the-stars-the-...
Price: Kickstarter $25 including dual location set. Lou and Dave are getting me the resin ships for $12 . Essen price is EUR 23.99

Went for the sleeves rather than the box to save space.

In order to assist in the construction of their space stations, each race has formed a team of ambassadors to visit other space stations in need. These ambassadors are willing to offer their services and strengthen the bonds of the newly-formed alliance.

These ambassadors are introduced in the game with the addition of a fourth action that allows the players to invite them to their station and make them part of their Council. Each ambassador comes with a different ability, based on his race's strengths and capabilities. However, there is limited space in each player's Council so they have to choose wisely who they are going to invite.

Among the Stars: The Ambassadors is a boxed expansion for Among the Stars featuring more than 150 new cards. Apart from the Ambassador cards, it includes more than twenty different new Locations, new Objectives, and a new Alien race.

A year on Sold with the rest of Among the Stars.

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12. Board Game: Suburbia Inc [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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Status: Preordered from Bezier Games for collection at Essen (paid).

Booth: Hall 1 – booth G-147 (Bezier Games)

Rules: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/93520/suburbia-inc-english...

Pre order Price: ($30 / £19). Essen Price EUR 20
Preorder: http://www.beziergames.com/

I enjoy Suburbia, although I do find all the accountancy a bit irritating. I think ultimately the Suburbia app might be the way forward, but for now I am interested to try the expansion and see what happens.

Your borough has decided that it's time to incorporate. What does that mean for you, as its city planner? Well, lots more paperwork, that's for sure – but it also gives you great new possibilities for your little town.

In Suburbia Inc, an expansion for the award-winning Suburbia strategy game, you get to develop your city in new directions: Define borders that are unique and provide you with all-new benefits; build more than a dozen new, powerful buildings to optimize your income and reputation; and take advantage of new Bonuses (to increase your income) and Challenges (to boost your reputation) by achieving mid-game goals.

A year on Sold with Suburbia base game, but still have iOS version.

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13. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar – Tribes & Prophecies [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
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Status: Reserved - pay at Essen

Booth: Hall 1, booth D140 (Czech Games Edition)

Price EUR 25

Rules: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/95840/rules-english

Czech Games Edition is taking reservations for those who want to hold games for Spiel 2013, paying for the games only when picking them up. Additional details from CGE: "For every €55 you spend with us (incl. preorders), you get €5 discount. We will have some new bonus items which will be available only at our booth when buying the appropriate game. We will also have some older bonuses, too."

Taken from Paul Grogans preview posts:

Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar - Tribes & Prophecies, contains the following:

Tribes
Each player begins the game with one of these cards (13 in the game), each showing a particular special ability which affects the game, but only for that player.

Prophecies
There are 13 of these too. At the start of the game, 3 of them are chosen at random and these have an impact on the game for everyone.

5th player
Not only will there be counters for a 5th player, there is a special set of rules for playing with 5 players. There is also a variant where you can use these rules with less than 5 players.

New buildings
4 new buildings for each age bringing new effects to the game.

New gold cubes
No, not real gold. There was a production issue with the gold cubes from the first printing of the game, so CGE are going to put in a whole load of the new style gold cubes to replace the old ones. If you already have the second printing of the game, now you have lots of spare cubes and can spend time in between turns playing 'who can build the highest tower' - Oh come on, admit it, you all do it...

A year on Sold with base game. This expansion was pretty unnecessary IMHO.

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14. Board Game: Dungeon Petz: Dark Alleys [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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Status: Reserved - pay at Essen

Reservations available here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1ikOh37IIbWkknManiwaoeuj8ApB...

Booth: Hall 1, booth A104, D138, D140 (Czech Games Edition)
Rules: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/96012/rules-english

Bringing you more than just new pets, cages and magic items, the Dungeon Petz Expansion has a whole new district in the town. Would you like to hire an illegal worker or buy a pet on the black market? Maybe book a facility that produces food for active dogs, cats and dragons? And what about a fancy ribbon or a cool spiked collar for your pet? Taking care of your pets will never be the same.



Taken from Paul Grogan's post:
Dark Alleys is the name of the expansion for Dungeon Petz which is due out at Spiel 2013.

Designed by Vlaada, developed and produced by CGE and with more insanely cute artwork from David Cochard, the expansion is a welcome addition to the game.

Overview
The main part of the expansion is a new board – a part of city that offers four new spaces for your imps to visit.

• A black market where you can buy almost anything (including an illegal immigrant)
• Facilities you can book and use on future turns (pet food manufacturer, lollipop manufacturer, etc.)
• A seller of pet accessories (spiked collars, personalized bowls, ...)
• A fortune teller that allows you to see the future (who also happens to be the wife of the imp that runs the black market)

Alongside this, there are also new cages, new addons, new customers, new contests, new artifacts….. Oh, and of course, new petz!

There are a number of spaces on the Dark Alleys board where you can place one of your groups of imps. The spaces work just like the spaces in the base game, you place your group of imps on them and perform the appropriate action. The top part of the board that you can see below is the black market. There is only 1 space available for the black market each turn, and visiting there allows you to purchase any one of the items currently available. These items are placed on this board at the start of the game but are not replenished – once gone, they are… erm…. gone.

From left to right, the items available are:

An illegal immigrant
The expansion comes with one additional imp worker, not in any of the player colours. Once you get this little guy, he will work for you happily for the rest of the game. However, he doesn’t have the correct paperwork to be allowed to work here, so if anyone spots him, you’ll be in big trouble. He can only work on your board (cleaning cages, entertaining pets, etc), you can't send him to the city. And if he gets injured, then when the doctors realise he doesn’t have permission to be here, they move him to another hospital outside of town (and you lose him).

A pet
Simply take the pet which is in the location. It starts off at size 2 but doesn’t get any bigger whilst it stays in the black market. Note that the group that you send to buy this pet does not need to contain a gold (like the usual pet spaces on the main board).

A cage
Take the cage in the space. The group that went to the black market does not need to contain 2 imps. Presumably they are offering free delivery.

Food
This space has one of the contests on it. Choose one of the food offerings from that contest and take that amount of food.

Improvement
Take the cage improvement. Nothing special here.

Artifact
You get the Artifact. I’d say “nothing special here” too, but Artifacts are always special, in particular the new Magical Treasure Chest!

Now, at the start of the game, I mentioned that you place items into the black market, but what I didn’t mention is that you also place 1 gold counter from the bank on each space. This counter indicates that to actually take the item, you need to pay an extra gold in addition to any gold that was used in the winning group. The guy who runs the black market knows he can charge more than normal. His wife however can be somewhat persuasive.

In the lower middle part of the board, you will see the brightly coloured wagon occupied by the mystical Seer. Like all good Seers, this one can see your future and can help you in one of the following ways:

• Look at any unrevealed contest or buyer
• Draw 1 of each pet need cards - you have to throw away the extra cards after you deal the cards to your pets

Also, when visiting the Seer, you must remove 1 gold from one of the available items in the market, thus making it cheaper for that item to be bought. It turns out that the guy who runs the black market is married to the Seer, and she has a certain way of persuading him to lower his prices!

The lower left of the Dark Alleys board is where you get access to one or more facilities, and the bottom right is where you pick up an accessory for your pet. Both of these will be explained in a later preview.

That’s all for now, tune in next week for Preview 3 where we see a psychotherapist for pets and some more about the new cages and cage improvements.

A year on Sold with the base game. Again, a bit of an unneccessary expansion
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15. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Halloween [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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Booth: Hall 3-M109 (IELLO).

EUR 15. Pre order not available, but IELLO bringing lots of copies.

More king of Tokyo? Why yes!

King of Tokyo: Halloween, which is subtitled "Collector Pack 1", includes two new monsters for use with the King of Tokyo base game: Pumpkin Jack and Boogey Woogey. What's more, each monster comes with its own set of eight Evolution cards – first introduced in King of Tokyo: Power Up! – so that each monster can mutate into an even more nightmarish version of itself!

King of Tokyo: Halloween also includes six orange-and-black engraved dice (to fit the Halloween theme, of course) and twelve new Power cards to be shuffled into the deck. These cards are all Costumes, a new type of card that provides a powerful effect, but which can be stolen by any monster that rolls three claws and rips the costume off of you.

Finally, King of Tokyo: Halloween includes an exclusive promotional card for a new standalone game, King of New York, which will be released in 2014.

I'd like to try and get the 2011 promo cards if I can.

A year on Sold with KoT base game. Very unnecessary expansion.

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16. Board Game: Power Grid: Australia & Indian Subcontinent [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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Hall/booth 3-L103 (2F Spiele)


Price: EUR 9.
Power Grid: Australia/Indian Subcontinent is a pair of expansions for Power Grid!
NB - Also pick up taxes card for a charitable donation.

• Australia does not have a single connected power network. Only in the populated regions, mainly in the south east, are several cities connected to each other. Because of this, players may connect to any city for a connection cost that's generally higher than normal. Australia does not use uranium for its power production, but it does mine huge amounts of the material to sell to other countries. This offers a completely new game element, even for experienced Power Grid players!

• The Indian Subcontinent is always in danger of suffering huge power outages if the players increase their networks too quickly. Additionally, the players must buy their resources on a limited resource market, which does not always guarantee enough resources for all players.

Other Information:
• Versions in non-German languages will be released by other publishers. While Rio Grande Games won't have a stand at Spiel 2013, 2F-Spiele has come to an agreement with RGG and will have 150 copies of the English-language version of Power Grid: Australia & Indian Subcontinent for sale during the convention. If those run out, there is always the German expansion.

A year on Sold with base game. Too many other copies in the club.
 
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17. Board Game Publisher: Artipia Games
 
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18. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:367] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Booth: Hall 3-M110 (Pegasus Spiele)


Rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/88890/trains-official-...
Price: EUR 35 depending on where you look.

Dominion with a new theme, a map and a waste management strategy.

In the 19th century, shortly after the industrial revolution, railways quickly spread over the world. Japan, importing Western culture and eager to become one of the Grand Nations, saw the birth of many private railway companies and entered the Golden Age of railways. Eventually, as a result of the actions of powerful people and capitalists, many of these smaller companies gradually merged into larger ones.

In Trains, the players are such capitalists, managing private railways companies and striving to become bigger and better than the competition. The game takes place during the 19th and 20th century in the 2012 OKAZU Brand edition, whereas the 2013 AEG/Pegasus edition is set in modern times, with bullet trains, freight trains and more. You will start with a small set of cards, but by building a more effective deck throughout the game, you will be able to place stations and lay rails over the maps of Osaka, Tokyo or other locations. The trick is to purchase the cards you want to use, then use them as effectively as possible. Gain enough points from your railways and you will ultimately manage the most powerful railroads in modern Japan!

Years on Still got and love this game.
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19. Board Game: Lost Legacy [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Booth: Hall 3 – booth O-101 (Japon Brand)


Price: EUR 10
Rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/weblink/158423/rules-english-pd...

Sequel to love letter.

This game contains two sets of cards - 16 cards for the Basic set ("The starship"), and 16 cards for the Expansion set ("The flying garden"). You are not supposed to use all cards at the same time. Instead, each set is a slightly different game (following the same rules).

Flow of the Game

The game consists of player taking turns clockwise around the table. This continues until the deck runs out of cards.

On a turn, the player does the following:

1. Draw: Draw the top card from the deck and add it to your hand
2. Play: Choose one of the two cards in your hand to play and place it face up in front of you
3. Effect: The played card's effect happens. The card is then considered as a discarded card
4. End: If there is at least one card left in the deck, the turn goes to the next player. If not, the Investigation phase starts

Using the investigation speed indicated on the cards the players have in their hands, players take turn at guessing which player (others or your own) has the Lost Legacy card. The card can also be the one in the 'Ruins' that was discarded at the beginning of the game during preparation. The player that guesses right wins the game. If no player finds the Lost Legacy during investigation, then everybody loses.

Years on Picked up this game and some expansions. Found that this was less popular than Love Letter with my friends and eventually sold it on.

 
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20. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:470]
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Booth: Hall 3-D106 (Eggertspiele) or R&R Games Hall 1-G149

Rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1041302/any-idea-where-t...
Price: EUR 32-35

I am sure that being Kiesling and Kramer that this game will be good. The thing I don't like is pushing other players out of spaces you want.

Coal Baron – or Glück Auf in German, after a greeting German miners use when wishing one another luck – has players sending meeple miners underground to dig tunnels and acquire coal, which comes in four levels of quality and which is used to fulfill contracts.

The game lasts three rounds, and in each round players take turns placing their workers on action spaces; you can go on a space occupied by another player, but you need to place additional workers in order to do so. Each player has an individual elevator shaft, and he'll need to use workers to extract coal and bring it to the surface, while also competing for contracts and scrounging for cash in order to do everything else that needs to be done!

Years on Bought the game about a year after this Essen. Played once, and sold on (not much call for it). Downloaded the iOS app, but the 3D thing was abysmal. Deleted.

 
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21. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:265]
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Booth: Hall 1-D121 (Queen Games)
Rules: http://boardgamegeek.com/filepage/93124/official-queen-games...

I watched Richard Ham's review of this. He's tentatively saying Feld of the year and I can see why. Looks good, and I am a big feld fan.

Essen prices starting at EUR 50.

Bought at the end of the fair.

A year on: Played at the fair. Didn't like it enough. Sold.
 
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22. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:94]
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Booth: Lautapelit.fi (Asmodee Hall 3 B-108 to B-103

Rules: http://www.lautapelit.fi/Nations

Price: EUR 50 (or possibly EUR 40?) - Pre order is unlikely.

I didn't like Eclipse, or dudes on a map games generally, and I didn't like Through the Ages. I do like 7wonders though. I am hopeful that there is a Civ game for me out there - but 3x would suit me better (I am not a big fan of extermination or people smashing up my stuff). Maybe it will be this?

From the designers diary it certainly draws inspiration from some great games - power grid, through the ages, eclipse, 7wonders and Sid Meiers Civilisation (albeit the computer game).

Bought at the fair.

A year on Sold, as I could not get to grips with the lengthy rulebook.
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23. Board Game: Rococo [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:197]
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Rules: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/94244/rules-english-eg...
Price: EUR 35

Holding lavish balls ... Hohoho!
Ahem... Cowritten by Kramer and Malz. The have published a designer diary for this which will be worth a look. Good designers, so I hope for a good game. Just seen the Michael Menzel card art which looks fantastic.

Welcome to the Rococo era during the reign of Louis XV when it's safe to say that holding lavish balls is quite trendy. Important personalities wrap up in noble coats and dresses, anxious to outshine one another. As the biggest event is coming up in just a few weeks, everyone is turning to you with their requests: an elegant coat here, a stunning dress there, or a donation to fund the fireworks at the event. Soon you realize that it's not just about your dressmaking business anymore – it's about managing the most prestigous ball of the era...and now it's time to ro(c)k!

Rokoko is a Eurostyle board game with an interesting take on deck-building. Each turn you play one of your employee cards and let that employee perform a task: hire a new employee, buy resources, manufacture a coat or dress, or invest in the ball's decorations. But not every employee is up to every task, so you must choose and lead your employees wisely – especially since each employee grants a unique bonus and some of these bonuses generate prestige points.

After seven rounds, the game ends with the big ball and a final scoring. Then you gain prestige points for certain employee bonuses and for coats and dresses that you rent out to guests at the ball as well as for decorations that you funded. The player who collected the most prestige points wins.

Years on Never played, but would happily play if offered.

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24. Board Game: New Dawn [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2132]
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Booth: Hall 1-D137 (Artipia)

Rules: Not available yet. Apparently the game has been redesigned, so I will not speculate too much until some official information and rules comes out from Artipia!
Price: To be announced in the Kickstarter.

It will be available to demo with a November 2013 Kickstarter launch, with supply in 2014.

I enjoyed Among the Stars and am picking up the Ambassadors expansion, so I'd like to see this while I am at the Artipia stall.

If I understood correctly it has a mechanic where you draft five actions, play three, pass two on, redraft to five. I think this mechanic is interesting. It almost seems like a mix of Notre Dame and Among the Stars

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25. Board Game: Archon: Glory & Machination [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1630]
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Booth: Hall 1-D137 (Artipia)


Price: Kickstarter: USD 45 (about EUR 33). Essen Price EUR 39.99.
Rules: http://bgg.cc/filepage/95276/archon-glory-machination-englis...

Lou and Dave have pre-ordered so I would like a play. Board looks gorgeous!

The land of Cardis has been ruled for many years by King Rhodrig. Cardis is a rich and powerful kingdom controlling all neighboring provinces, which provide valuable resources. All this wealth attracts warlords and raiding parties who more than often launch attacks against the kingdom. So far Cardis has stood against such attacks but with heavy casualties. Thanks to the support of wealthy Archons, the kingdom gets rebuilt so that Science and Arts can flourish once again. At the same time new soldiers are recruited and the army prepares for the inevitable moment when the kingdom will need to be defended once again.

In Archon: Glory & Machination, players are powerful Archons who support Cardis in order to win King's favor. Players use their influence on their Courtiers and on various figures of authority (Magisters).

Each game consists of three Seasons. For each of these Seasons, the King issues different demands that players must fulfill in order to score Victory Points. Each season consists of 3 rounds during which players use a card-driven worker placement mechanism to perform various actions that will allow them to gather resources and income, recruit soldiers and, rebuild the city, and acquire scoring cards (Science & Arts). They will also have the chance to train Elite Warriors to assist in the city's defense. After nine rounds, the game ends and the player with the most Victory Points wins.



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