Jur's mostly Ameritrash list for Spiel Essen 2013
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For those who are not familiar with my previous lists, my taste in games has shifted the last decade from euros to Ameritrash. And despite its location in the euro heartland and the bulk of the games on offer, Spiel has lots to offer in terms Ameritrash as well.



I've put some new comments under the various games. See my blog for a more extensive report of the games I had a look at. The games we played and the special 'Polish section' will follow later this week







I'm adding opinions and reviews from some people who've played the games in the run up to Essen, so check back once in a while.

I have started with Pete Ruth's excellent report on GenCon and will add games from Eric Martin's preview list

I will be tweeting from the show as @jurdj on the Thursday and Friday and post a few pics if time allows. And Saturday we will play a few of the games we bought. In the run up and afterwards I will also post on my blog.

Last year I splashed out on coverage, so I'm not promising a repeat of that. Here´s my report on the games I played and some surprises. And here are the games that I didn't get to play but had a look at.



This was also the kick off for my Essen 2012 project, ie the attempt to get all the games I bought played before Essen 2013. You can see here that I am still on track but I need to get working on the heavy stuff!

Here on the day coverage of day 1, day 2 and day 3 (mostly a Metro 2033 review). And this was last year's list of euros and fresh themes that I was interested in with Ameritrash and wargames here.


Also, have a look at teh 2011 list and my experiences in that year.

And here's my 2010 list as well with the report.

And for the sentimalists, here's my report on Essen 2009.
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Didn't get to have a look at this
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As I guess this will be in the FLGS in due time, I limited my load b ynot seeking this one out
 
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3. Board Game: Wreck Age [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Didn't see this at Spiel


Check Pete Ruth´s excellent GenCon report
 
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I didn't see this at Spiel soblue but I expect to see this in FLGS some day


See Michael Barnes' rave review
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They were really trying to sell this one, but I don't have a history with this series...

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6. Board Game: Blackwater Gulch [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Didn't see this one in Essen

Check Pete Ruth´s excellent GenCon report
 
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7. Board Game: BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1761]
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Check Pete Ruth´s excellent GenCon report


Quote:
It’s definitely a good game, but its major flaw is that it’s tied to a license that it doesn’t use to its full effect.


from Nate Owen's review

Michael Barnes agrees:

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While I’ve been playing this game, I’ve kept asking myself if I would like it better if it were not Bioshock Infinite,
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This is the game I've played the most the last 2 years, and it's one of the best gifts I've ever given. So there's the expansion for another year of fun.

Got this one in the shop yesterday. Less to carry around in Essen!
 
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The theme of the game appeals, but it's quite heavy and worker placement, not a stand up conflict game

a favourable review at Little Metal Dog

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It’s mean, it’s cruel, it’s filled with people ruing their mistakes – and you should have it at the top of your list if you’re in need of a challenge
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Seven Swords (based on the classic Kurosawa movie Seven Samurai) by Xenos looks good and sounds good. The mechanics are interesting and seem to create a nice dynamic and tactical options. However, I just fear that the rulebook will be as badly written as Luna Llena and others from this company.

Guys, get your ffing act together! You have interesting themes in the Ameritrash genre, but if you can’t write a decent rulebook I just can’t bring myself to recommend you to others. Bloody shame!
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Had Suburban Dispute explained to me, and the background story is interesting enough, but I just couldn’t see it being fun for the full length of the game (2-3 hours)
 
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