BGTG Essen Anticipation 2013
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This geeklist is really just to serve as my notes for a recent podcast, one where I talk about the games that caught my eye from the Essen (Spiel) preview list. Dave Gullett joined me on the podcast, which is discussed on my blog.

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/blogpost/23486/bgtg-139-essen-a...

If you like, you can play the podcast episode right here using the player below. Warning, it's a long episode, at 2+ hours.



Feel free to comment on the blog or here on the list. Thanks.

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-Mark
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1. Board Game: Five Cucumbers [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:4756]
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I'm usually up for clever card games from Germany (which tend to the traditional, such as trick-taking). It's not Freidemann's design--this is a new publication of a traditional game. But it looks fun.
 
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2. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:313]
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I own & love Hanabi, and was thrilled to see it win SdJ. Maybe this (and Qwixx Deluxe, Qwixx XL) demonstrate how the German industry can succeed even when a "little" game wins the award.
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3. Board Game: Cardline: Globetrotter [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:3467]
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I own & enjoy Timeline. Had missed Cardline:Animals from last year, which is even more of a must-buy for my family. I'm also getting more "palete cleansers" for game night.
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4. Board Game: Prosperity [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1630]
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Ystari+Knizia+60 minutes+Env theme (& I liked Bleasdale’s On the Underground)
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5. Board Game: Mauna Kea [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10953]
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Light stuff (45 min), and Touko Tahkokallio is on my watchlist
 
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6. Board Game: 1911 Amundsen vs Scott [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2317]
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Not wild about Kickstarter, but what a theme!
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7. Board Game: Dig Mars [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:7390]
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Probably just ok, but an obvious lunch game for me

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8. Board Game: American Rails [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1284]
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Been wanting this for a while, waiting for an easy reprint
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9. Board Game: Lectio [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2612]
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“Card” game with chunky blocks
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10. Board Game: Pasha [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:6453]
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Small game from Dorra. I’m there.
 
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11. Board Game: Longhorn [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2006]
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I know so little about this, but I like Bruno Cathala, love the cattle rustling theme, the bits look nice, and 15 minute play time. But it was a prototype at Nurnberg earlier this year. I don't know how long games take to develop, but I'm uneasy about anything shorter than a year.
 
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