My Essen or How am I avoiding stereotypes and fail, 2013 Edition
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Colecting games from Essen can be an expensive task if not carefuly planed.

2013 it's a different Essen for me. First of all because I will have my own game there and secondly, because I'm working on a low budget status. With such a scenario, making the best options seems harder than expected.

My gaming group is getting the usual blockbusters. I'm playing in the gaps trying not to fail. Hopefully won't.

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1. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:321]
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This is my design. If this wasn't in my own personal Essen list I couldn't expect less than returning home and see all my stuff outside the front door. That's how serious my wife is at this point with the 'going to Essen' thing.

Status MADEIRA is the gauge I'm using for the 2013 visit.
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2. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:263]
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Love Pearl Games work. This one is from a new designer like myself. I believe that we are the guys making new and fresh stuff

Status: MADEIRA

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3. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:923]
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Civ game, short and out of the box. That's something I'm expecting from this korean design. The idea of it being slightly too much abstract bothers me. I'm still reading the rules so, not there yet totally.

The interest in this game has now increased to a solid perspective of buying it. It can be one of the biggest successes in Essen as it seems different from the rest.

Update: apparently 50 copies will be available in a first come first served basis. Not a 'professional' production I think. I don't know the price at this point, either. Lots of doubts in my mind and Patchistory is falling behind in the budget race.

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4. Board Game: Yunnan [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1346]
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Yet another game on China. I admit I'm a sucker for these games. Keep doing them and I'll keep buying them. Rules are online for reading so, also not there yet. Must give it a careful reading before making the final call. And yes, this is not playing in the gaps, I know. That's why I fail!

It's a new designer and his own top 10 makes me want to try the game. It's like watching a very important part of my own top 10 and favorite games. High expectations on this one now.

I will get this one. Top reasons are above plus, last but not least, the budget. This game is one of the few that have a good price. Not that the others have higher than deserved prices but there are many expensive games this year. Maybe more than usual. I'm getting this one.

Status: MADEIRA
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5. Board Game: Guilds of London [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1237]
 
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Boydel really impressed me last year with Snowdonia. I don't find it particularly spectacular but quiet interesting to play and also reasonably new. Guilds of London may be too low on complexity for what I prefer but I feel I need to give it a close watch.

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6. Board Game: The Capitals [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1732]
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This one is completely out of the box to me. A different themed game from a new designer. Also love the artwork.

Pre-order + Pickup Essen: 50€


Status: MADEIRA

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7. Board Game: Agora [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:12223]
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Another Agora titled game. This one interests me for 2 main reasons. First it's from a new designer and secondly it won the hippodice award. Although neither of these characteristics is a free pass, they work enough for me.

Status: MADEIRA

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8. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:19]
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Not only Mac Gerdts have designed some of my favorite games, Concordia seems to present something really new, this time. I play-tested Concordia at LeiriaCon, last January, and the game was really interesting at the time. Some important changes were made as far as I know and I'm still very enthusiastic about this rondel free design from the creator of Imperial!

Status: MADEIRA

Each and every year I play Mac's games and they sure maintain a high quality status, in my opinion. This one will for sure be a great game, as usual.
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9. Board Game: Captains of Industry [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:2464]
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I know nothing about this game yet. Little to none info on this. Hopefully I'll get the opportunity to read the rules soon. Not sure why I'm interested in it I just think that an economic game for 2:30 hours may be a good deal for my personal taste. The art deco on the cover makes me want to hear more from it as well. Listed!

Status: NOT GOING TO HAPPEN

This one is from kickstarter and won't be released this year (Essen).
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10. Board Game: Cornish Smuggler [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6898]
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Really want to try this one. The only thing that is detracting me from getting it is the price. Need to see how it goes and decide later.

MADEIRA

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11. Board Game: Francis Drake [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:373]
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Worker placement with the tension of getting the most resources you can but also reaching the harbour fast and being able to play first in the second phase. Seems interesting and challenging. Plus the production is neat although I'm not a huge fan of plastic. Anyway, those chests are terrific!!!

Still deciding. I'll pass by the booth and decide there, in the moment.

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