Essen on 125 Euro budget AKA what I will look for when I will not be demoing my game ...
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This year will be my first (and who knows, maybe only) trip to Essen for Spiel. All this thanks to the fact that my game will have its premiere there. This means that most of the time I will be at the publisher booth demoing it so I expect to have very little time to see other games.

There is an additional problem ... I will be there on a very tight budget. I have to say my lovely wife was very generous (and this is not a sarcasm) and we agreed on a sum of 125 Euro for games. Man it sounds like a lot but when I was browsing through Spiel 2013 Preview it turns out to be very, very little ... drop in the ocean ... some of the games that will be premiered at the Spiel would consume half of it by them self (eg. Caverna, Nations).

So with time restrictions and budget restriction ... I came up with following list of games that interest me (i.e. there is at least minimal chance that I will get them).

Quick Notes:
1. It has been a while since I created a geek list so please bear with me.

2. Quite a few interesting games from Poland will debut at Essen. Most of them got leave it rating because frankly it makes more sense to get them back home.

3. If you want to point me to a game please feel free to mention it in the comments.

4. I will be looking for great deals on older games (I've included two of them here as they are very high on my want list).

5. I mostly play two player games with my wife and 4 players games in my gaming group so those are main player counts that I look for.

Current (optimistic) budget allocation:
Core worlds - 35 Euro
Trains - 35 Euro
Nations - 17 Euro (50/4) (I was unable to convince friends to chip-in so it is out
Unexpected gem (Dig Mars or Continental Express) - 20 Euro
Fresco - 25 Euro

Left: around 10 Euro
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1. Board Game: Metallum [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:2547]
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What can I say. This is the reason I will be going to Essen and WOW am I eager to see the final product or what?!
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2. Board Game: Core Worlds [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:593]
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Price: 35 Euro
+ Great theme (space!!!)
+ Good ratings/reviews
+ works both with 2 and 4!
- price

Verdict: Take it (would definitely buy it for 30 Euro)
Yes, I know that the game is "old" but it is very expensive in Poland
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3. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:409] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Price: 35-40 Euro
+ Good theme
+ interesting twist on deck building (board)
+ Works both with 2 and 4!
- price

Verdict: Take it (would definitely buy it for 30 Euro)
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4. Board Game: Fresco [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:269] [Average Rating:7.31 Unranked]
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I would love to find a cheap copy of Fresco. I think my wife would enjoy this one.

Would buy it for 25 Euro or less
 
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5. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:573]
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+ Great theme
+ Works with 2 and 4!
+ been on my wishlist since forever

Verdict: Look for it! (would buy for 20 Euro as it is quite cheap in Poland)
I know that this game is "old" but I am kind of hoping to find cheap copies of the international edition.
 
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6. Board Game: Dig Mars [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:7389]
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Price: 25 Euro

+ Space mining
+ Great artwork
- Unsure about the designer/publisher
- Looks too simplistic

Verdict: ??? (might take it for 20 Euro, depending on the demo)
This might be my "hope for a hidden gem" buy
 
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7. Board Game: Prosperity [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1630]
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Price: 33 euro
+ Interesting theme (city/civ building)
+ 2 players and fairly easy
- So-so artwork, paper money
- price

Verdict: Leave it (but would buy it for 20-25 Euro)
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8. Board Game: Suburbia Inc [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Price:?
+ City building
+ Works with 2 and 4
- so-so artwork
- do not have the base game yet

Verdict: Leave it (would buy with the base game for cheap but I am not sure if can get it cheaper than in Poland)
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9. Board Game: CV [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1010]
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Price?
+ Great theme
+ Works with 2 and 4!
+ Dice game

Verdict: Take it (still depends on the price)
Should wait and get Polish version as it makes more sense but this might be the only game from Poland which I buy on Spiel.
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