SunnyD's Esssen Experience 2013
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Following on from last year's Essen trip and associated geeklist I decided to do it all again

Comments, suggestions of games etc...are more than welcome.
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1. Board Game: Gear & Piston [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:5925]
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My first 'pre-order' for this years Essen - through the successful Kickstarter

Looks to be a good, quick playing game with an awesome start player token courtesy of the stretch goal funding - really looking forward to getting my hands on it
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2. Board Game: Guilds of London [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1153]
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Looks to be another hit from Mr. Boydell, so I'm looking forward to picking this one up, having already play-tested it a few times.
 
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3. Board Game: Cornish Smuggler [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5874]
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Slight cheat here - as I'm not picking it up at Essen, but it's due to be released at the same time, so I'm going to add it to the list.

Looks to be a game full of interesting little challenges - the transport of different sized / shaped goods via the ships and the landing and movement of goods vs. the customs officer, with a healthy dose of disruptive player influence thrown in.
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4. Board Game: Bremerhaven [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3138]
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Hoping this one makes it, as I love Le Havre and so the appeal of the same artwork, and similar yet distinctive game play makes this a likely purchase for me.
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5. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:210]
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This looks to be another excellent game from Uwe Rosenberg, and a kind of sequel to Ora et Labora.

A definite purchase for me.
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6. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:14]
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Although I think this will probably be another excellent game from Uwe Rosenberg - if it makes Essen, I'm not sure I need it in addition to Agricola. Would like to try it and see how it plays / varies.
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7. Board Game: Kanban: Driver's Edition [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:221]
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Really hoping this makes it as I'm a big fan of both of Vital Lacerda's releases so far.

Saying that I don't think it's likely to be this year as the game page is now saying 2014 for Year Published
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8. Board Game: Suburbia Inc [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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One of my favourite games from last year, is getting an expansion, and it looks really good - so I'll definitely buy it (and hope that the iOS version is available about the same time as well).
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9. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:470]
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Intrigued by this one - I debated about buying Ruhrschifffahrt last year, and in the end didn't, but enjoyed it when I got the chance to play it.

This seems to have a similar theme, and some interesting twists on worker placement (incremental cost of taking actions already selected by other players etc...).

I'll definitely look to get a demo / see it in action.
 
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10. Board Game: Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2417]
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Got a demo of this excellent game at UK Games Expo, and it will be a definite purchase when it's available.

Quick playing, fun, thematic dice rolling - what more could anyone ask for.
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11. Board Game: Canalis [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4578]
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Not much info on this yet, but I do like some of the games in the Tempest range, so I'll look forward to checking this out.
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12. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:467]
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The theme really appeals to me here as I like economic games such as Container, and although info is pretty scarce at the moment, I suspect given what is known, it's a likely purchase for me
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13. Board Game: Rogue Agent [Average Rating:5.82 Overall Rank:9232]
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Not a theme / style that normally appeals to me, but there seems to be something interesting about this. It reminds me of the Android universe in some ways - particularly Infiltration and the novels.

Definitely one to check out, and a probable purchase.
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14. Board Game: Prosperity [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1478]
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This one seems interesting and definitely one I want to check out.

From the descriptions it seems to remind me of both Ginkgopolis and CO2 (and they were both stand out games from last year for me), but I think it will have it's own character as well.

Definitely one to check out.
 
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15. Board Game: Countdown: Special Ops [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:13964]
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Was hoping this made last year's fair, but it didn't, so fingers crossed for an appearance this year.
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16. Board Game: Trains and Stations [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:4622]
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Not sure if this is an Essen release, but given that I like Train games it's definitely on my radar. Seems to have pick up and deliver elements combined with route building.
 
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17. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:251]
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Another one I'm not sure if it's destined for Essen or not, and the information is scarce, but I'd like to check it out if it does.
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18. Board Game: Tin Goose [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:2506]
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Unclear if this is an Essen release, but I Like transport and economic games, so looking forward to hearing more info about it, and hopefully seeing it at Essen
 
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19. Board Game: City Council [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:4286]
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Seems an interesting negotiation / politics style game - definitely interested in checking it out.
 
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20. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:736]
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This looks to be quite a quirky, quick playing, fun game, so I'm very interested in it.

Given how much I enjoyed Trains and Love Letter last year, I keep an eye out for Japon Brand games.
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21. Board Game: Lost Legacy [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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hmmm official spin off from Love Letter... where do I pay for it...
 
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22. Board Game: Spyrium [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:483]
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Having seen some of the GenCon footage of this, this is definitely on my radar now.

I like variable nature of the game and how there seems to be a battle between taking money or actions / cards.
 
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23. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:271]
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The long rumored re-print looks like it might be happening for Essen this year.

I'm assuming it won't be cheap, but I may not be able to resist, as I really liked my previous experience with Splotter Spellen (Greed Incorporated), and Roads & Boats really intrigues me.
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24. Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1388]
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This seems to be a quick, card driven, vp engine building game with a fairly interesting theme. Given its nice price point (€15), its a probable buy for me.

I was interested in the when it first got announced a while back, and then promptly forgot to put it on the list when I started it!
 
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25. Board Game: Kohle & Kolonie [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:1710]
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Thanks to the suggestion from ravinck, I've added this to the list to check out.

I really enjoyed my one play of Ruhrschifffahrt, and so very interested to see how this compares / enhances the system.
 
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