Essen 2013
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These are the games on my list for Essen 2013.

I mainly focus on the hamony between theme and mechanics, but have a weakness for elegant (and in particular language-independent) designs. As an old go player, I know that overcomplicated rules does not necessarily make a game deep - which is often a second-tier priority. A game should be new (to me) - as I am not a #cannotgetenoughvariationsofagricola or #willnevertireofdominion kind of person.

This list is made with many people in mind, so I am prone to cheat on the above "rules".
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1. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:455]
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There will be a free expansion and some corrective tiles. Not the top game in my collection, because of mixed graphical elements, some poor iconography and strange design of when to use and not used minitures.. Maybe the expansion can rekindle my enthusiasm.

Asmodee booth it seems 3-B108
 
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2. Board Game: Tokaido: Crossroads [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Preordered

Hall-booth 1-C131
 
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3. Board Game: Sukimono [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:5943]
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Like the design, like the flow.


Hall 3 – booth O-101

Sold out
 
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4. Board Game: Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:144]
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The design looks beautiful.

Should be able to find this 2nd edition around the GMT Games stand.
 
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5. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:73]
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Completely missed this two years ago, like the theme and I have seen some comparrisons to Bora Bora (justified or not?). Will see if I can hunt this down.


Could try
Hall-booth 3-S118
 
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6. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:235]
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Cute game, but collector's edition is too expensive for my taste. The regulsr edition can be had for 35 eur though:

http://www.matagot.com/Essen2013/boutique_EN.html


Booth 12-07, among the Asmodee crowd
 
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7. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:313]
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Appearantly something entirely different, although old may be gotten used.

Maybe try to get "Hanabi Deluxe" for EUR 60


Hall-booth 3-E108 for everything that ABACUSSPIELE has to offer.

Hall-booth 1-G124 should you care to check out the special 2013 Spiel des Jahres-celebrating, Hanabi-playing booth.
 
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8. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:168]
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Missed this one in 2012, should check out if available.



Maybe:

Pegasus Spiele in Hall 3, Booth #3-M110
 
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9. Board Game: Fool's Gold [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:2945]
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Why not! Will read the rules!

Hall-booth 3-S118
 
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10. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:675]
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While Arkam Horror is to be a bit passè, this may be interesting. Not so sure about mixing two fictinoal universes.

However, even if mechanics are diverse, the only video available is at best ... confusing..


Hall-booth 1-F160
 
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11. Board Game: Craftsmen [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:3601]
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How does it compare to Tournay?


Hall 1 – booth F-139
 
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12. Board Game: War of the Suns [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:7409]
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This looks like a fantastic war game. Multi-Man Publishing. Very heavy to nice historical theme.Playing time 5 - 34 hours O.O
 
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13. Board Game: Twin Tin Bots [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:3154]
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May be a good learning game for L?


Hall/booth 1-D139
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14. Board Game: Nothing Personal [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:877]
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Perfect backstabbing game for our group of players.

However, there are concerns about a huge number of printing errors..
 
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15. Board Game: Praetor [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:2110]
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Expected to be out next year, so I hope for a prototype.

Interesting with workers gaining experience.


NSKN Legendary Games @ Hall 1 – booth G-140


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16. Board Game: Agora [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:12219]
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Maybe interesting thematically


Hall-booth 1-D121
 
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17. Board Game: City of Iron [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:967]
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Interesting design
 
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18. Board Game: Sail to India [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1273]
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Hall 3 – booth O-101, in the Japon Brand booth
 
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19. Board Game: Malacca [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:9641]
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Fast paced party game?

Hall/booth 1-F157, sharing space with Czech Board Games
 
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20. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:600]
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it's very hyped, it is worker placement and possibly a lot of player interaction. will check out.

http://portalgames.pl/en/pre-orders-for-the-legacy-are-open/



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21. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:398]
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Should check out, but skeptical about the rethrow ship cube mechanic


Hall-booth 1-C131
 
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22. Board Game: Eclipse: Ship Pack One [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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E should preorder this
 
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23. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:23]
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IT's Uwe, so should be checked out.
 
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24. Board Game: Roll for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:66]
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Maybe there is a playable demo at the rio grande stand?
 
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25. Board Game: Glory of the Three Kingdoms: Guandu Core Set [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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May not even be at Essen, if so at Sunrise Tornado Game Studio. Something for Anders
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