Essen 2013 watch list
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List of games that look interesting for Essen 2013.

Some of which I have already bought.
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1. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:492]
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I liked the prototype and I found the game play to be quite unique and very satisying, requiring good spatial awareness and pattern recognition skills. From what I've seen and heard there will also be excellent artwork. Someone pointed out to me that the original name for this game was "Summoners" and I agree with him that this was a better one. Apparently it had to change due to copyright issues.

 
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2. Board Game: Hegemonic [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2699]
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Looking forward to playing this. Pre-ordered.



 
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3. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:19]
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I was looking for this at Essen 2012 under a different name but it didn't get released. From Mac Gerdts, the guy who brought us Navegador. I love the look of the board - it's like an ancient map and a Roman mosaic.


 
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4. Board Game: Keyflower: The Farmers [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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I liked the prototype. It adds more things to do to the game but I'm not sure if I've even mastered the basic game yet!
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5. Board Game: Cornish Smuggler [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6898]
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Designed by a friend... I've heard great things.
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6. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:398]
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Interesting looking game mechanics where D6 dice are used to represent ship units of varying strength in a race to be the first to build two "massive quantum cubes"! Play time appears to be fast.

Pre-ordered.
 
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7. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:321]
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8. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:110]
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This looks exciting. Could it be like Through the Ages?
 
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9. Board Game: Tokaido: Crossroads [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Hopefully this will add some interesting new options to Tokaido. Pre-ordered.
 
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10. Board Game: Mush! Mush!: Snow Tails 2 [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:3236]
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Something about huskies makes me think the concept of cuteness is acceptable. I wonder if it will be playable with the family.
 
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11. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:513]
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Such a geeky theme which is also refreshingly unique.
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12. Board Game: Kohle & Kolonie [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:1899]
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From designer of Ruhrschifffahrt.
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13. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game: Krang Character Expansion [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Designed by fellow gaming friends. Can't wait.
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14. Board Game: Tomorrow [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:4315]
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15. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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From Ohley and Orgler of 18xx fame.

 
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16. Board Game: Canterbury [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2329]
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Being a fan of Core Worlds I was pleased to see this new game from Andrew Parks. This game's theme is appealing to me and the board looks pretty.
 
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17. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep: Scoundrels of Skullport [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.22 Unranked]
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I like to play the base game sometimes (when I'm not seeking intellectual fulfillment).
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18. Board Game: Byzantio [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:5799]
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Interesting from the historical perspective. Apparently the board can be played on both sides with a different theme on each.
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19. Board Game: Francis Drake [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:373]
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Looks like it has nice components... want to try it at least.
 
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20. Board Game: Rogue Agent [Average Rating:5.75 Overall Rank:10811]
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Looks nice and with a Cyberpunk theme.
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21. Board Game: Freedom: The Underground Railroad [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:345]
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Backed on KS. A brave choice of theme.

 
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22. Board Game: Napoleon against Europe [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:3461]
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Might have trouble finding someone geeky (or tolerant) enough to play this.
 
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23. Board Game: Sail to India [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1274]
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I liked Trains and this is by the same designer.


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24. Board Game: 18OE: On the Rails of the Orient Express [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:2785]
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Kickstarter launch. Don't know if it will make Essen.
 
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25. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:316]
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Reprint of 1999 Splotter game.
 
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