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Board Game: Historia
Board Game: Progress: Evolution of Technology
Board Game: Kanban: Driver's Edition
Board Game: Viticulture: Tuscany – Expand the World of Viticulture
Board Game: Fidelitas
Board Game: Musée
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
Board Game: Five Tribes
Board Game: AquaSphere
Board Game: The Battle at Kemble's Cascade
Board Game: Gold Ahoy!
Board Game: Panamax
Board Game Publisher: Pearl Games
Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig
Board Game: Arkwright
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
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Board Game: Bruges: The City on the Zwin
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Board Game: Keyflower: The Merchants
Board Game: Village: Port
Board Game: Snowdonia: The Necropolis Railway & Neuhauser Bockerlbahn
Board Game: Russian Railroads
Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – Voyage of the Beagle (Vol. 1)
Board Game: Mascarade: Expansion
Board Game: Florenza: The Card Game –  War and Religion Expansion
Board Game: Alien Frontiers: Outer Belt
Board Game: 7 Wonders: Babel
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
Board Game: Fresh Fish
Board Game: La Isla
Board Game: Alchemists
Board Game: Kashgar: Merchants of the Silk Road
Board Game: Lost Legacy: Hyakunen Senso to Ryu no Miko
Board Game: Patchwork
Board Game: Murano
Board Game: Orléans
Board Game: ZhanGuo


Essen pickups - prepaid
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1-C123 €44 = £35 Historia
1-G140 $41 = £24 Progress Evolution of Technology
1-G147 $60 = £35 Castle of Mad King Ludwig
2-C126 €60 = £49 Arkwright (don't pickup until Friday)
2-C126 € 0 = £ 0 corrected La Granja card
3-M105 €45 = £36 KanBan
Total €250

Definite buys
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1-C116 €40 = £32 Aquasphere (copy reserved)
1-B103 €25 = £20 La Isla
1-D140 €45 = £35 Alchemists (copy reserved)
1-D140 €25 = £20 Tash Kalar (copy reserved)
1-D140 € 5 = £ 4 League of Six expansion (copy reserved)
1-C108 €15 = £12 Concordia: Britannia and Germania
1-F112 €?? = £?? Russian Railroads mini-expansion
Total €155

3-E102 €54 = £43 Five Tribes
3-M105 €40 = £31 Panamax
3-P111 €?? = £?? Bruges expansion
3-F103 €10 = £ 8 Hansa Teutonica expansion
3-O118 €00 = £00 Lewis and Clark promo
3-Q105 € 7 = £ 5 Snowdonia Necropolis Railway (copy reserved)
3-O101 € 1 = £ 1 Keyflower: Trader
Total €112

Possible buys
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3-O101 €25 = £20 Keyflower: The Merchants
3-D106 €20 = £16 Village Port
3-C104 €10 = £ 8 Mascarade expansion
1-D146 € 8 = £ 6 Florenza: War and Religion
Total € 63

€?? = £?? Nauticus
€?? = £?? Sanssouci
€?? = £?? Rapa Nui
€?? = £?? Age of Industry maps from BGG Store


1-F133 €14 = £11 Gold Ahoy!
3-P111 €35 = £28 Battle at Kemble's Cascade
1-C136 €50 = £40 Deus
3-B108 € = £ Patchwork
3-L103 €27 = £21 Fresh Fish
1-F133 €22 = £17 Johari
1-C114 €45 = £35 Orleans
3-B108 €xx = £xx Murano

1-G140 €30 = £24 Versailles
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1. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3354]
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Essen 2014: Hall 1 Stand C123
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Essen 2014: Hall 1, Booth G-140
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4. Board Game: Kanban: Driver's Edition [Average Rating:7.85 Overall Rank:166]
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Authors: Vital Lacerda
Publisher: Stronghold Games/Giochix
Essen 2014: Booth 3-M105/
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Publisher: Bezier Games
Essen 2014: 1-G147
Price: $60 preorder = £35 Paid
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Publisher: Gryphon Games
Essen 2014: no (delivery Dec 2014)
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10. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:61]
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Authors: Bruno Cathala
Publisher: Days of Wonder
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Price: 54 euro = £43
Pre-order: https://www.daysofwonder.com/en/buy/

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11. Board Game: AquaSphere [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:455]
Board Game: AquaSphere
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Authors: Stefan Feld
Publisher: Hall Games
Essen 2014: Stand 1-C116
Price: price not yet determined, but will not exceed 40 EUR
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07/17/2014: AquaSphere can be reserved now from Hall Games, who will only bring a limited number of games to Essen. Use the contact form to make a reservation. DONE! 22/7/14
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12. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:588]
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Publisher: Stronghold Games / Heidelberger Spieleverlag (multi-lingual)
Essen 2014: Booth 3-M105 /
Price: $60 = £37 / €40 = £31
Pre-order: Stronghold don't do "preorder for pickup" at a con

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13. Board Game: La Isla [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:911]
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14. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:372]
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Authors: Sébastien Dujardin
Publisher: Pearl Games
Essen 2014: booth 1-C136
Price: €50 = £40
Pre-order: http://www.pearlgames.be/page/gb/12/essen-2014

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15. Board Game: Arkwright [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:531]
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Authors: Stefan Risthaus
Publisher: Spielworxx
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16. Board Game: The Battle at Kemble's Cascade [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2011]
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Essen 2014: Hall-booth 3-P111
Price: €35 = £28
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17. Board Game: Gold Ahoy! [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:16544]
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Price: euro 14 = £11
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Looks a nice two player tile laying game


Two bad reviews on the Dice Tower have persuaded me to save my money on this
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18. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3354]
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
Andrew Bond
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19. Board Game: Snowdonia: The Necropolis Railway & Neuhauser Bockerlbahn [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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Price: €12 including coffins
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Sebastian Bleasdale and Tony Boydell
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20. Board Game: Lewis & Clark: Cédrick Chaboussit [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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Lewis & Clark: Benjamin Bord
Lewis & Clark: Bauza & Cathala
Lewis & Clark: Uwe Rosenberg
Lewis & Clark: Martin Wallace
 
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21. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:83]
Board Game: Russian Railroads
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Placeholder for small expansion by Hans im Gluck

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22. Board Game: Concordia: Britannia / Germania [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Authors: Mac Gerdts
Publisher: PD-Verlag
Essen 2014: Hall-booth 1-C108
Price: €15 = £12
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Placeholder for Britannia expansion - double sided map, covers Germany as well. Definite buy, especially at this price
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23. Board Game: Bruges: The City on the Zwin [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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Expansion coming...

New Game Round-up: Nürnberg 2014 — Hans im Glück Brings Sun, Sheep and Stadte, While Teuber Sets Sail
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24. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica: Britannia [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
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Publisher: Argentum Verlag
Essen 2014: 3-E107
Price: 10 euros
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Early details here: New Expansion in Essen! Hansa Teutonica England Map!
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25. Board Game: Mascarade: Expansion [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Authors: Bruno Faidutti
Publisher: Repos Production
Essen 2014: Hall-booths 1-B108, 1-H115 & 1-H116
Price: €10
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