Essen 2013: the few (new) releases that are drawing my attention
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Every year I attend Essen mainly for its sparkling atmosphere, since 90% and maybe more of the fair’s new releases looks to me as exciting as a toothache: yet surprisingly every year, this one included, even in that thematic waste there are some games that draw my attention.

This list collects those games.

(I compiled such a geeklist for my previous 2011 and 2012 attendances as well)
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1. Board Game: BioShock Infinite: The Siege of Columbia [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1999]
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I don't play videogames thus I didn't even know the game this one is inspired by: anyhow, its components and setting seem intriguing enough for me to take a very interested look at.
Price, as usual, will make the difference.
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2. Board Game: Blood Bowl: Team Manager – The Card Game: Sudden Death [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
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Not a new release, I know, but hopefully I'll manage to buy an English copy of this expansion to a great game without having to resort to the Internet: sadly though the number of good games in English sold at Spiel seem to drop year after year.
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3. Board Game: Coup [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:433]
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The game description sounds interesting: it looks like a very fast game full of interaction among the players.
I skipped it last year but now I think it's worth a try.
 
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4. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:241]
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Last year I've somehow missed Love Letter: this year I expect to fill that gap and put my hands on this little gem at last.
 
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5. Board Game: Pentos [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:8849]
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I must confess I still haven't it clear what this game could be like: but it's by Mr Cathala, who in my book guarantees the quality of a game, which is enough to draw my interest.
Moreover, it looks like it's quite cheap.
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6. Board Game: Relic Runners [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1584]
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Simply out of curiosity: anything about recovering lost treasures and hidden relics lights up my attention.
The components look first-rate so far.
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7. Board Game: Ricochet Robots [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:619] [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Although I've played this wrong for a long time, I still seem to enjoy it, even when playing it with the correct rules: this new edition (more of a reprint) gives me the chance to put my hands on this game at long last.
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8. Board Game: Space Sheep! [Average Rating:5.23 Overall Rank:16288]
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I'm uncertain whether I'll like this game or not: it's set in space, which is good; it's a bluffing game that might include traitors, which is better; it looks like it's light in theme and doesn't take itself too seriously, which is best.

Yet, although I'm quite interested in it, it hasn't won me over yet: I think only a test game will remove any remaining doubt.
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