crazylegs' Essen haul for 2013 (and I didn't even go!)
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Yep, I've definitely caught it. Hook, line, sinker, and to fully mix a metaphor, it's hyper contagious.

I'm talking about Essen fever. After assuming my first year would also be my last, missing out this time has made me determined not to next year!

But that hasn't stopped me from joining in the spending spree by proxy

Thanks to fellow LoBster
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I managed to pick up my main targets. So here's what I got!
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1. Board Game: Coup: Reformation [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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My first game was picked up before Essen even began. After playtesting a new game from Rikki (looking forward to that, it's fun!) I bought this off him to lighten his Spiel pack a little. Adds a great new dimension to an already super game.
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2. Board Game: Say Bye to the Villains [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3433]
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One of the main problems with missing out on Essen is missing out on limited edition/hard to find games. So despite being over 350 miles away I pre-ordered this from Japon Brand.
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3. Board Game: Patronize [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:5361]
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I'm a sucker for new twists on trick-taking games, and this is another gem pre-ordered from Japon Brand.
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4. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:159]
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The art here looks gorgeous, and I like the sound of the gameplay, too. I could have perhaps waited for this as I'm sure it will be available afterwards, but for some reason the pre-order bug was eating away at me D
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5. Board Game: Alliances [Average Rating:4.65 Overall Rank:16262]
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I've been intrigued by this for a while. After a failed Kickstarter attempt I was a little skeptical but again, trick-taking trumps (lol) caution. My final pre-order. I didn't want to push my luck too much
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6. Board Game: Carcassonne: South Seas [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:817]
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Thankfully Paul took a car to Essen so there was a little more space for some of my other wants, including a very exciting Carc edition that adds a lot of things I love onto the basic idea. Instabuy for me so glad to get this as soon as physically possible.
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7. Board Game: Hive: The Pillbug [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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To be honest, I could have waited for this as well but hey, it's out and I'm a Hive completionist so had to get it! Plus you know, it's small and...
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8. Board Game: Speed Cups [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:3321] [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
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Speed Cups is the new Ring L Ding. I had to have it. Had to.

Seriously, someone needs to start selling all these amazing Amigo kids games in the UK, they're hard to get hold of but all brilliant.
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9. Board Game: Stop-Over Essen [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Eight games is probably a lot more sensible than the 40-odd I came back with last year. Not being able to shove loads in a bag really helps to focus on what is worth getting

However there were some tricky ones to leave out and I'm looking forward to trying a lot more to see if I made the right call or not. In particular (although I've probably missed a few more):

Relic Runners - my assumption being someone will definitely get it and it will be easy to buy if I love it
Glass Road - again, probably fairly easy to get and not sure how much I'd like it
Via Appia - Ditto
The Mystery of the Templars - mainly because I thought it was delayed. I'm sure it will be available anyway
Mauna Kea - too similar to Survive: Escape from Atlantis!?
Citrus - Need to try first. It's one of the things I love most about Essen actually; the ability to try so many games both in the halls and at the hotel in the evenings.
Nauticus - ditto
Rococo - theme puts me off but I might like it. Again, want to play first.
Sanssouci - not enough info for me yet.
Steam Park - ditto
Yunnan - always a distant possibility anyway.
Palmyra - not enough info. Did this even make it to Essen?
Origin - tentative interest only.
Sultaniya - not enough info yet.
New Haven - Want to play first.
Le Fantôme de l'Opéra - I own Mr Jack in New York, and I'm not sure I need this.

That's quite a long list, and pretty much shows the reason I couldn't afford to take the trip this year - just too many opportunities for 'I'll get this because it looks like I might like it so I will see' purchases. Not to mention all the older games at fair discounts. Fingers crossed all of these will make their way to LoB via someone or another in the coming weeks.

So thanks to Paul for being my mule this year. Saving for 2014 starts...now!
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