My not-going-to-Essen Essen 2013 list
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I'm hoping to only be lured into buying 2-3 games until the end of the year (not including expansions). I've already pre-ordered a few games that I'm interested in (mostly Kickstarter), and those are NOT listed (hence, no Amerigo, etc.).

This is a list of the games I'm considering...
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1. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:22]
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I keep wavering on this one. I love Agricola -> Buy. I don't need another Agricola -> Don't Buy. Donkeeple and Dogeeples -> Buy. Expensive! -> Don't Buy. Rules out and read -> Buy.

Ultimately, I'm pretty sure I'm going to get this one, especially since my wife has already expressed interest...
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2. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:71]
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This garnered enough positive comments at the Gathering of Friends that it's hard to ignore. I wouldn't be surprised if I end up getting this one, although I have quite a few worker placement games...
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3. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:601]
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After watching Rahdo's runthrough, this is almost a for sure buy.
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4. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:698]
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This looks fun. I bet I'll end up getting this at some point, but I'd like to hear some reviews on replayability, etc. It looks fun as a one time experience, but I'd like it to be more than a one time thing...
 
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5. Board Game: Café Melange [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:4947]
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Hopefully an English version is released so that it is at least an option. I enjoy logic games, and I'm looking for a solid one to add to my collection. Could this be it?
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6. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:19]
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Moderately interested in this one just because of the designer. I don't know a lot about the mechanics, so we'll see if the design separates itself from the other euros out there...
 
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7. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:324]
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This looks like a fanstastic game, but it may be complex enough that it won't see very much table time. I really could go either way on this one as I think it's going to be an excellent game from my brief run through of the rules.
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8. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:227]
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A Uwe Rosenburg game makes this an automatic interest. Another one that I'll keep an eye, but I'm unlikely to buy unless the reviews are stellar...

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After a decent rundown of the rules, this one is a bit more interesting than it was initially. It's not enough to push me to purchase, but I'll definitely be looking at comments and reviews closely...
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9. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:263]
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The publisher has a history of putting out great games so I'll keep my eye on it. I have a feeling that this one will get weeded out of this list, but a lot will depend on Essen reviews. It appears to be a solid game, but I'm trying to stick with those games that are going to be more than just solid.
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10. Board Game: Mauna Kea [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10956]
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This is almost surely not a buy, but I'm always open to easy games for teaching non-gamers, and it's the designer of Eclipse and Walnut Grove. Still, probably not a buy.
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11. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:110]
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This game looks awesome....but likely not the type of game that is going to see the table at my place. Still, I'll keep an eye on it.
 
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12. Board Game: Canalis [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:5128]
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This fits within the niche of games I enjoy and it appears to have good components...but the other (non-Love Letter) Tempest games have only had a luke warm reception. Will be watching the reviews...

Edit: After reading the rules, I'm not too excited. I'll still monitor the reviews, but I'd be shocked to see myself picking this up in the future.
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13. Board Game: The Builders: Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1482]
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It appears to be a quick, simple game with some engine building. It might be the perfect filler for my tastes, but I don't think it has an actual English release yet.

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Less interested in this one after reading the rules. I was hoping for a bit of engine building, but the game appears to be even more simple than that. Probably not bad, but not great either..
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14. Board Game: Romolo o Remo? [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:3896]
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I don't really know a lot about this one at this point, but it's worth mentioning. Will likely get weeded out at some point..

Edit: Interesting, but probably not ideal in my collection...
 
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15. Board Game: Prosperity [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1630]
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Listed here just based off of the designers. I'm not too excited about it, but I'll keep an eye on the rules and reviews.

Edit: Probably a solid game, but not for me (after reading the rules)
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16. Board Game: Keyflower: The Farmers [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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This is a must buy for one of my favorite games...even if it doesn't get played nearly enough.
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17. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar – Tribes & Prophecies [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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This is likely a must buy, although I'm concerned it's going to change the game balance too much. Hmm, maybe I'll need to read the rules a little more closely...
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18. Board Game: Dungeon Petz: Dark Alleys [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Very unlikely to purchase this. I enjoy the base game, but it hasn't really seen the table too much...definitely not enough to warrant an expansion purchase.
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