This year is THE year. I am going to Essen! Games I'm interested in...
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While I am in the hobby since I was a teen, I've never been to the gamer's Mecca.

This year, due to a perfect storm of different events (mostly work-related), I will be able to finally attend, together with a group of friends! I am really excited by the trip, so I really hope Spiel won't underwhelm me...

This is the list of games I am interested in.

(I know everybody does such lists, but I somewhat felt I had to "celebrate" my first trip with one of my own... and I guess it will be a useful tool to stick to reality for when I'll be fully submerged by gaming goodness!)

Please note: I usually love medium/heavy economic games, but I am quite omnivore in tastes (both for games and food...).

P.S.: Feel free to suggest (in the commemts) any game you think I've missed and I should check!
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1. Board Game: American Rails [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1282]
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Designer: Tim Harrison

Publisher: Quined Games

Players: 3-5

Playing Time: 90 min.

Links: English Rules

Interest Level: Medium/High

Will Buy?: Most likely buy, if the demo wan't fall flat.

Price: MSRP is 35,00€, discounted to 30,00€ for sale at Spiel 2013 and available for 27,00€ via preorder through the Quined Games website prior to October 20, 2013.

Booth: Quined Games (Hall 3 – booth R-109)

Comment: I like Chicago Express very much, and this is inspired by that (and other Winsome games), so I am quite sure I will like it.
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2. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:302]
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Designer: Stefan Feld

Publisher: Queen

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 75 min.

Links: English Rules, Rahdo's walkthrough.

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: Would like to enjoy a demo, then buy a copy.

Price: ??,??€ (but probably on the higher end of the spectrum)

Booth: Queen Games (Hall 1 - Booth D121)

Comment: I enjoy most of the games designed by Stefan Feld, even if I rarely fall in love with them. This is the fourth Feld design of 2013, and so far I had mixed feelings about the first three (nothing overtly bad, but some felt less inspired). I gladly would like to enjoy it, but could live without it...
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3. Board Game: Archon: Glory & Machination [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1839]
 
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Designer: Nikolas Sakaloglou, Sotirios Tsantilas

Publisher: Artipia Games

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 90 min.

Links: UndeadViking's preview

Interest Level: Low

Will Buy?: I'll demo it if I have the occasion, then we'll see.

Price: ??,??

Booth: Artipia (Hall 1 – booth D-137)

Comment: So far, Artipia games shined mostly for their gorgeous artwork. I own Drum Roll but I am not in love with it. Archon seems quite similar to Kingsburg, but with cards instead of dice. Could be good...
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4. Board Game: Bremerhaven [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:3362]
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Designer: Robert Auerochs

Publisher: Lookout Games

Players: 1-4

Playing Time: 75 min.

Links: Gameplay overview

Interest Level: Low

Will Buy?: Will try to demo it. An italian edition will be published by Uplay, so I will probably buy that if I like what I see.

Price: ??,??€

Booth: Lookout (Hall 1 – booth C-105)

Comment: The game is shrouded in mystery... Thanks to mfaulk80, I have finally some clue about gameplay... Lookout thought about the marketing trick of using the same graphic design of Le Havre, and of course it catched my interest! I will probably check the Lookout booth anyway for some goodies, so will probably try a demo of the game...
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5. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:263]
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Designer: Etienne Espreman

Publisher: Pearl Games

Players: 2-5

Playing Time: ?

Links:

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: Try before buy.

Price: ??,??€

Booth: Pearl Games (Hall 1- Booth C136), Z-man (Hall 3 - Booth K103).

Comment: Pearl Games has an impressive score record with their past games, and I own and enjoy them all but one (Tournay, and will probably get this one too). This is a worker placement, a genre I seemingly don't tire of, and features the same great artwork by Alexandre Roche. I have good hopes for this one.
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6. Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1482]
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Designer: Frédéric Henry

Publisher: Bombyx

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 30 min.

Links:

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: Will probably buy it if the demo is good.

Price: 15,00€

Booth: Bombyx (?) or probably Asmodee (?)

Comment: This is a quick card game, based (as per its author's claim) on the economic concept of (imperfect) liquidity. The artwork seems gorgeous, and the tin box is cute. I hope the gameplay stands up...
Edit: this won't probably be in Essen for sale, but for demo only.
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7. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:23]
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Designer: Uwe Rosenberg

Publisher: Lookout Games

Players: 1-7

Playing Time: 120 min.

Links: Preview by Dale Yu; English rulebook (ZIP).

Interest Level: High

Will Buy?: Will buy it for sure, but I heard about a forthcoming italian edition published by Uplay, so I may end waiting for that...

Price: MSRP 70,00€, with a Spiel 2013 special price tag of 60,00€.

Booth: Lookout (Hall 1 – booth C-105)

Comment: Big box game by Uwe. Check. Agricola-ish. Check. Shorter playtime and larger player number. Check. English edition available from Lookout. Check.
What else do I need?
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8. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:504]
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Designer: Michael Kiesling, Wolfgang Kramer

Publisher: Eggertspiele

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 70 min.

Links:

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: Will demo it, and then probably wait to buy this at home, since Pegasus will make this broadily available.

Price: 35,00€

Booth: Pegasus (Hall 3 - booth M110)

Comment: The combo Kramer+Kiesling (gameplay) & Eggertspiele+Pegasus (production) is pretty solid, and I am eager to try the game to see if it fits my tastes.
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9. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:19]
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Designer: Mac Gerdts

Publisher: PD-Verlag

Players: 2-5

Playing Time: 100 min.

Links: Preview by Mac Gerdts

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: I am eager to demo it, and probably buy it.

Price: MSRP 43,00€, with a special Spiel 2013 price of 35,00€.

Booth: PD-Verlag (Hall 1 - Booth C108)

Comment: I am a fan of Gerdts' games, even if I don't play them as often as I'd like. This one, as far as I know, is his first game not featuring the rondel for action selection, so I am very curious to see what it has to offer...
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10. Board Game: Cornish Smuggler [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6897]
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Designer: The M.N.G. Collective (???)

Publisher: Grublin Games Publishing

Players: 2-5

Playing Time: 120 min.

Links: English Rulebook

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: I will try it if I can, and I will buy it if it's good. It's a kickstarter, it's an obscure small publisher... If it won't get a reprint from a big publisher, this will be my unique occasion to buy it.

Price: 47,99€ (may be preordered for 36,00€ from Grublin website until october 23rd, 2013.

Booth: Grublin Games (Hall 2, Booth C-105)

Comment: the theme is unusual and intriguing. I usually stay at large from Kickstarter projects, but this one could be interesting.
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11. Board Game: Craftsmen [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:3601]
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Designer: Krzysztof Matusik (he's also the artist!)

Publisher: G3

Players: 2-5

Playing Time: 120 min.

Links: English Rules

Interest Level: Low/Medium

Will Buy?: Will definitely try it, and probably buy if doesn't disappoint, due to the very low price tag.

Price: 25,00€

Booth: G3 (Hall 1 – booth F-139)

Comment: Flew under my radar until I saw it in someone else's Essen list. The combination of low price and gorgeous artwork already lured me in some traps in the past, but this time I will try before buying. I'll try to find the time to peruse the rulebook...
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12. 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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Designer: Touko Tahkokallio

Publisher: Lautapelit

Players: n.a.

Playing Time: n.a.

Links: First Preview; Second Preview.

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: If it not expensive, will probably buy it.

Price: 38,00€

Booth: Asmodee (Hall 3 - Booth B108)

Comment: The new ships seem gorgeous, and I am a sucker for beautiful minis. The pack will contains some other stuff, so it will probably be a worthy purchase, if it not super-expensive.
Edit: it seems this hardly will be delivered in time for Spiel...
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13. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:227]
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Designer: Uwe Rosenberg

Publisher: Feuerland Games (DE), Z-man (ENG)

Players: 1-4

Playing Time: 75 min.

Links: English Rules; MiWi's prototype walkthrough.

Interest Level: Medium/High

Will Buy?: If there's no available english version (Z-man has it listed, but I don't know if I trust it to be true), I will probably wait to pull the trigger, since this one seems to be not completely language independent. Of course, if it is awesome like Terra Mystica, I will probably buy it even if it's german.

Price: 35,00€ (German version)

Booth: Feuerland (Hall 3, Booth D100), White Goblin Games (Hall 3 - Booth Q114), Z-man (Hall 3 - Booth K103).

Comment: It's a new Uwe's big box game, and it is released by Feuerland of Terra Mystica's fame. What else should I need to know? I'll probably check the rules soon to confirm my gut feelings...

Note: There will be a freebie for Terra Mystica at Feuerland's booth, so I will definitely take the time to make a swing...
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14. Board Game: Hegemonic [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2698]
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Designer: Oliver Kiley

Publisher: Minion Games

Players: 2-6

Playing Time: 180 min.

Links: English Rules; Designer overview and instructional video

Interest Level: Medium/High

Will Buy?: Will demo, and probably buy it right after.

Price: 60,00€

Booth: Minion Games (Hall 1 – booth A-100)

Comment: I often read the author's blog on BGG, and it is certainly one of the most thought of around. The game sounds good and intriguing, I only fear it's too brain burning and AP-inducing for my group...
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15. Board Game: Keyflower: The Farmers [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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Designer: Sebastian Bleasdale, Richard Breese

Publisher: R&D Games

Players:

Playing Time:

Links: Richard Breese explains The Farmers

Interest Level: High

Will Buy?: Will probably buy it, if I am not sure I can get this when I am back home.

Price: 25,00€

Booth: R&D Games (Hall 3 – booth P-105)

Comment: I absolutely love Keyflower, so I will get a copy of The Farmers, be it in Essen or back home!
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16. Board Game: Kohle & Kolonie [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:1899]
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Designer: Thomas Spitzer

Publisher: Spielworxx

Players: 3-5

Playing Time: 150 min.

Links:

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: Try before buy, but the theme (and limited availability) could play in the game's favor...

Price: ??,??€

Booth: Spielworxx (?)

Comment: This is the kind of the economic heavy hitter that could appeal me. It won a special award at Hippodice, so it must be good...
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17. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:600]
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Designer: M.J.E. Hendriks

Publisher: Portal

Players: 1-4

Playing Time: 60 min.

Links: Radho's runthrough of the prototype; Game page with downloadable English Rules; Preorder page on Portal's website.

Interest Level: High

Will Buy?: Will probably buy it, might consider the preorder on Portal's website to get the additional goodies.

Price: 36,00€ (+3,00€ for additional wooden components)

Booth: Portal (?)

Comment: I already made up my mind. Ignaczy is a marketing genius (as well as a suboptimal rules writer, but this is another story...): through his Blog and his enthusiasm he could sell almost every game. Legacy sounded very interesting and I guess Radho's video for me was just the final topping...
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18. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:159]
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Designer: Cédrick Chaboussit

Publisher: Ludonaute

Players: 1-5

Playing Time: 120 min.

Links: GenCon demo provided by Joel Eddy; English Rules; Designer Diary.

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: Definitely a try before buy.

Price: 40,00€

Booth: Ludonaute (Hall 3 - booth P118)

Comment: This game had quite a buzz at GenCon, and this alone (plus the gorgeous components) is enough to put it on my radar.
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19. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:321]
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Designer: Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro, Paulo Soledade

Publisher: What's Your Game?

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 120 min.

Links: rulebook download page.

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: I'll get a demo, and decide if buying it outright or wait and try to get it at home.

Price: 35,00€

Booth: What's Your Game? (Hall 3 – booth M-100)

Comment: The game had a long and painful gestation, and was initially planned for Essen 2012, but got delayed. The authors are newbies, but also very active portoguese members of BGG. A game to check for sure...
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20. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game: Krang Character Expansion [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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Designer: Vlaada Chvátil, Paul Grogan, Phil Pettifer

Publisher: Wizkids Games

Players: n.a.

Playing Time: n.a.

Links:

Interest Level: High

Will Buy?: Will auto-buy, probably at home if I am able to manage my compulsion to own this as soon as it is released.

Price: 20.00$ (=??,??€)

Booth: Wizkids Games (Hall 1 – booth F-117)

Comment: Mage Knight is one of my few 10. Everything that gets released for this game will be mine, even if I am not the greatest fan of Wizkids.
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21. Board Game: Myrmes [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:455]
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PLACEHOLDER FOR THE SET OF REPLACEMENT TILES

Designer: Yoann Levet

Publisher: Ystari

Players: n.a.

Playing Time: n.a.

Links: Explanation of the misprinted tiles problem

Interest Level: High

Will Buy?: This will be a freebie, as far as I understood, so I will get the replacement tiles.

Price: Free

Booth: Asmodee (Hall 3 - Booth B108)

Comment: This geeklist item is a placeholder for the set of tiles provided as replacement for the misprinted special tiles of the first edition of the game.
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22. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:110]
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Designer: Rustan Håkansson, Nina Håkansson, Einar Rosén, Robert Rosén

Publisher: Lautapelit (italian version by Asterion)

Players: 1-5

Playing Time: 120 min. (I am skeptic)

Links: English Rulebook

Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: Very likely won't buy this, since an italian version will be published by Asterion.

Price: 50.00€

Booth: Asmodee (Hall 3 - Booth B108), Asterion (?)

Comment: Will this be the ultimate (relatively short) Civilization game? I own and love Through the Ages, and it will be hard a comparison for Nations. I will definitely try to demo it, nevertheless.
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23. Board Game: Nauticus [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1523]
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Designer: Michael Kiesling, Wolfgang Kramer

Publisher: Kosmos

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 90 min.

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Interest Level: Medium

Will Buy?: Will try to demo it. If I like what I see, will buy it at home if the game is language independent (Kosoms is widely available).

Price: 40,00€

Booth: Kosmos (Hall 3 – booth B-118)

Comment: There's no info about this at the time I am writing. But a game by Kramer & Kiesling merits a place in this list.
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24. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:408]
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OLDER GAME WARNING! THIS WAS RELEASED DURING ESSEN 2012!

Designer: Phil Eklund

Publisher: Sierra Madre Games

Players: 1-5

Playing Time: 120

Links: Review by Chris Farrell

Interest Level: Medium/High

Will Buy?: Autobuy.

Price: 25,00€

Booth: Sierra Madre (Hall 3 – booth P-102)

Comment: This is a 2012 game I am very keen to own and try... Tableau-building historical card game made by the weird rocket scientist? I'm in!
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25. Board Game: Prosperity [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1629]
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Designer: Sebastian Bleasdale, Reiner Knizia

Publisher: Ystari

Players: 2-4

Playing Time: 60 min.

Links: English Rulebook.

Interest Level: Medium/High

Will Buy?: I will definitely try it, not sure if it's interesting enough...

Price: 33,00€

Booth: Asmodee (Hall 3 - Booth B108)

Comment: The game description and theme are quite intriguing, and the co-authors could have designed a very interesting game: I absolutely love Keyflower (Bleasdale's 2012 game) and, while I am not in love with most of Knizia's recent lighter production, the fact that Ystari publishes this one could mean it is a return to heavier fare for the good doctor.
Edit: rules released (see link)... The game seems quite light, and I am a bit disappointed. Will definitely try and then let's see...
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