A curmudgeon's Essen 2013 preparation list
Michael Debije
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I admit to it: I'm grumpy and picky and getting really tired of themeless cube pushers to gain points in one of a dozen ways. Feld and I do not see eye-to-eye. I like the weird stuff, the offbeat, the risk-takers. I like to support the guys trying to produce their lifetime dream with mechanics Queen game doesn't want to touch. I will play anything, but will not buy just anything.

This is my list to keep track of potentially interesting stuff for this years Essen fair. I usually go on two days, with 2 full days of gaming in-between so I can see if I missed anything after trying my friend's purchases. Usually we end up with one of us getting all that is really worth getting. This year I need to remember to hold off on those games that will find wide distribution a couple months later: its not like I don't have enough games to occupy me as I wait.

Have any insights on these games? Let me know. See any I should check out? Add a comment at the end. Think I'm a right old curmudgeonly bastard and want to tell me where I'm wrong? Well, you can always try. Now, get of my lawn.
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1. Board Game: Age of Monarchs [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
Michael Debije
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Holy crap, this may be the game for me, if it comes to Essen. Gimmie gimmie gimmie!

Chance to purchase: if it is there, 105%
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2. Board Game: Navajo Wars [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:1107]
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Preordered from Udo grebe, and should be able to pick up.

Chance to purchase: 100%

* copy reserved *

Could not pick it up there, so now I need to wait three more weeks. Bummer.
 
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3. Board Game: Palmyra [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:5225]
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Well, he got Peleponnes right- maybe worth a flyer?

Chance to purchase: 100%

9/23- Preordered and paid for

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4. Board Game: W Zakładzie: Lubelski Lipiec '80 [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:11179]
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I cannot see leaving Essen without this game in tow. Excellent graphics, the dark humor sense of the Eastern Europeans... I have to find this one.

Chance to purchase: 100%

* copy reserved & paid for *
 
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5. Board Game: Sigismundus Augustus: Dei gratia rex Poloniae [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:3696]
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Longer play time, interesting topic, chance of direct conflict. Will need to read the rules closely on this one.

Chance to purchase : 100%

* copy reserved and paid for *
 
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6. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – Voyage of the Beagle (Vol. 1) [Average Rating:8.32 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.32 Unranked]
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If I get the main game, will get this.

Chance to purchase: 100%

* paid for *
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7. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:528]
Michael Debije
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Played the prototype a long time ago, and interested to see waht has changed. I think the artwork of the cover and title a step back from the playtest version. Still, would like to support a local designer.


Chance to purchase: 99%

* copy reserved *
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8. Board Game: The Mushroom Eaters [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:4345]
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Now THIS is my kind of game. Totally bizarre theme, looks to be a unique presentation. If it is there, i will bring a copy home.

Chance to purchase: 95%
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9. Board Game: L'Aéropostale [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:4082]
Michael Debije
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Interesting- seems quite historically based although a shortish playtime. At 55 euros, not cheap, so I will need some more information, but it has wings, perhaps? (Funny, huh? Funny?)

Chance to purchase: 90%

* the reduced Essen price almost guarantees it will come home with me *
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10. Board Game: Coup: Reformation [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
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I will need to have a walk over and see if there is a copy for me.

Chance to purchase: 85%
 
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11. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:34]
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Yeah, missed it last year, and need to repair my mistake.

Chance to buy: 100%

Ordered
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12. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:1379]
Michael Debije
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Would be my first from this designer, but very expensive...

Chance to purchase: 80%

* Looks like a game I need to try, and no one else will probably get it around here, so I'll be the guy to get it *
 
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13. Board Game: Fief [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:2638]
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Looks like an English reprint coming: maybe to Essen?

Chance to purchase: 20%

* running out of money! *
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14. Board Game: Czas Honoru: Operacja Most III [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:6892]
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Now HERE is a new theme!! Will definitely be giving it a look.

Chance to purchase: 50%
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15. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:783]
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Looks different but I fear it may be too gamey and gimmicky to be up to snuff. However, the layout of the prototype does look kind of cool. Worth at least a cursory glance at Essen.

Chance to purchase: 50%

* can I beat the rush?*
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16. Board Game: Snowdonia: Britannia Bridge [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Need to see if this is available individually.

Chance to purchase: 50%
 
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17. Board Game: Might & Magic Heroes [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:2915]
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Looks to maybe be Civ with combat, which would be nice. The art style a bit pedestrian, but will read the rules. Have reserved a copy in case.

Chance to purchase: 50%
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18. Board Game: Power Grid: Australia & Indian Subcontinent [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
Michael Debije
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I don't have many maps, so maybe this a decent addition, depending on cost.

Chance to purchase: 25%

* My spending is limited, and probably four or five gaming buddies will get this, so I probably will live without *
 
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19. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:67]
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Don't know much about it, but all my Geekbuddies on the Train- maybe I should be, too?

Chance to purchase: 25%

* will probably get after Essen as it should be widely available *
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20. Board Game: Dixit: Origins [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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Will certainly buy, but maybe wait until after Essen...

Chance to purchase: 25%
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21. Board Game: Pentos [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:7804]
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A light game, to be sure, but may have some interesting elements to it...

Chance to purchase: 20%
 
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22. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:95]
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Yeah, well, theme is pretty good but the playtime (again) a bit short. The card art looked pretty below average on first look. Hope some more information comes around on this one.

Chance to purchase: 10%

** Hmm... sounds an awful lot like through the Ages minus any direct conflict, a real negative in my mind. Looks to be multiplayer solitaire **

* Wow, looks awfully stripped down... will have a look at it, maybe try if someone gets it, but not planning to get it myself: probably not enough substance for me *
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23. Board Game: Upon a Fable [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4810]
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Need to read the rules, but promising premise.

Chance to purchase: 10%

** Update ** Read the rules, and there doesn't seem much storytelling but a rather straightforward game. I will have a look, but not what I was really looking for, although the theme very nice.
 
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24. Board Game: Cornish Smuggler [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5867]
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Probably will be one I play first with James before makign a decison. Want to like it, and really like the look, but the gameplay did not scream 'buy me'. A wait-and-see game.

Chance to purchase: 10%
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25. Board Game: Field of Glory: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:3191]
 
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probably too light and generic for me.

Chance to purchase: 10%

9/23- Yep. Read the rules, and a bit too generic as well. Sounds like Battle Line Extreme. Will have a look at it being played for a final decision, but a probably not.
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