Essen through the Back Door! The 2013 edition!
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A report of games played at the Essen Warmup Day, and purchased on Thursday and Friday at Spiel.

Essen loot Day 1


Essen loot Day 2
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1. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2334]
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Essen Warmup Day, Wednesday.

First game I played was Flamme Rougge, a cycling game be Oskar, a non-cyclist from Denmark. Oskar brought a very polished game to show to publishers, and I think he'll find one, it was a fun game.

Players control two bikes, a sprinter and a roller, and the a deck-thinning hand management mechanism are trying one of their racers across the finish line first. Slip streaming advancement rewarded good positioning, but watch out for exhaustion cards that clog up your deck!

Fun theme, fun game. Would I buy it? No, but only because I do not care much for racing games. If you are into that sort of thing, keep an eye out for this game, hopefully Oskar finds a publisher.

Next up was a few rounds of another prototype, this one less polished, and (gasp!) a cooperative game. Had I known that first, I would have declined. My abhorrence of coops is well known.

Then I played several games from Swan Panasia distribution, which were pretty fun, but ultimately, I do not think are for me. Lunchtime battles was a drinking game (I don't drink, everything is intravenous), so I was very confused by the "there is only one loser! Which is you, so now go get us our drinks."

Wandered around a bit, watched games like Rampage, Rockwell, Coal & Colonoscopy (ok, really it is coal & colonie), Madiera, One Night Ultimate Werewolf, and others. Which I some up collectively as "meh." I'm sure very fine games, but none stuck my fancy and made me want to sit down and wait for my turn to play. Finally saw a copy of Caverna being set up (which I preordered), and it was massive and heavy.
Warm up day was fun, but I was a little disappointed that all of the promised publishers didn't even show up until almost 2 hours (or more, or not even show up) after the event started, boo. Maybe I just set my expectation too high.
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2. Board Game: Steam Park [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:739]
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Spiel, Day 1

Cranio Creations were smart. They set up shop right at the entrance to the fair, gave away free t-shirts and posters, and it also didn't hurt to have a well designed game, which I purchased after playing just 2 rounds. Really liked how you could roll your dice as many times as you wanted, but you had the incentive to be first to finish (all roll at the same time) so as to get a bonus.
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3. Board Game: Longhorn [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2007]
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Next up, scored a copy of this (I heard there would only be fifty available), have played it yet, but looks like a great little 2 player.

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4. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:316]
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110 euros for the base and expansion together...I hope that wasn't a mistake. Hope the hype around this game is true. The donkey looked cool.
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5. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2334]
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32 Suspects.

This one isn't in the database, huh. Designed by a very nice Korean fellow, this is a quick and fun take on "Guess Who!" that I think my kids would like.

Also won a usb flash drive from the booth there, in the "post purchase of our obscure game" lottery. Koreans love me!
 
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6. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:840]
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Yes, I pre-ordered this, put away your pitchforks. Played a game that night after the fair, and my initial assessment is highly favorable, this game needs wider distribution. Very fun.

Also pre-ordered Sail to India, Lost Legacy, Say Bye to the Villains, and Patronize.
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7. Board Game: The Rats in the Walls [Average Rating:4.77 Overall Rank:15731]
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This one was cheap, and seemed like good fun after the designer demoed this for us. So I snagged a copy. Yay rats!
 
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8. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:407]
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I have to apologize to Mr. Elkund for badly mispronouncing this game's title, then accidentally cutting him of mid sentence, because I have a poor sense of conversational timing. But thanks for making great games!

That said, I was super glad to find a copy of this game, is been high on my list for the last year.
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9. Board Game: Friese's Landlord [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2873]
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This just seemed fun, and since I dream of someday becoming a slum lord, this was an instabuy.
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10. Board Game: Koryŏ [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1700]
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Played this after the fair, it's money. Very original hand management mechanisms, great player interaction, cool art. If you have the means, I highly recommend it, it is so choice.
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11. Board Game: Master Merchant [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:5756]
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Rosenberg might be getting a little jealous of all the love I've been giving Kanai, but I love the Japanese micro games!

Managed to arrange to pick this up at the BGG math trade hoe down. That was fun.
 
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12. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:601]
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Picked up my pre-order, I'm excited to try this one, it was high on my list for this year's fair.
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13. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:22]
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I'm sure the nice ladies at the booth were tired of hearing from every single person about just how heavy this game is. It is ridiculously heavy. It does look awesome, though. And it is a Rosenberg, so I'm pretty confident I'll love it.
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14. Board Game: Revolver [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1516]
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The base game and all five expansions for 40 euros! Love this game, love the price, win-win.
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15. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small – Even More Buildings Big and Small [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Spiel, Day 2

Much fewer purchases today (yay wallet!).

Really enjoy the base game to this, so this was a no-brainer.
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16. Board Game: DubbelYatzy [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
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This is pretty much what it sounds like. Five bigger transparent die, with an even smaller one inside. I loved Yahtzee as a kid, so this was in part a nostalgia purchase.
 
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17. Board Game: String Railway [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2128]
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My final purchase at Spiel this year, what an honor for this game! This was very unplanned, an impulse purchase because it sounded different and fun.
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