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Essen truly is the Mecca of the board game world.

I'll update this description later when I find more time, but for now just know that it is games that I have personally checked out at Essen 2013.

Again, I'll polish the descriptions in my off time this week when I get a chance.
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1. Board Game: Rockwell [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2189]
This game was the highlight for me at Essen Warm-Up day. It is a mining worker placement game with more player interaction than we normally see, which is a great thing. I got points for sending my drill to the center of the earth.
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2. Board Game: Fog of War [Average Rating:7.03 Unranked]
An abstract tank game for up to four players. By Cubiko games.
 
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3. Board Game: Hole of DOOM!!! [Average Rating:5.75 Unranked]
I forgot my card reader so I'll post pictures later. This is a "push your luck" top spinning game.
 
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4. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:324]
A super-heavy worker placement game. So many tiles, so many places. Supposedly Spielboxx gave it a 10/10.
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5. Board Game: Dungeon Guilds [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:5437]
Representing Taiwan!
I'm looking forward to picking this one up.
 
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6. Board Game: Dark Empire: Revolution [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:5374]
Guess who I ran into at the Warm-up day.(I already got this game in July as part of the crowdfunding.) The cards all laid out on the table and the players discussions and reactions were drawing lots of attention.
 
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7. Board Game: Giftzwerge [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
As far as family games go, I would rank this one as great to play with children. It has simple rules, player interaction, and a fun theme. Mow the lawn, but watch out for those garden gnomes.
 
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8. Board Game: Jää Sulaa [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
I didn't actually play this game, I was just pleased to see a penguin themed game becuase I'd been joking that it is all I wanted to see at Essen. So yay! convention is a success.
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9. Board Game: Kings Under Mountains [Average Rating:5.69 Overall Rank:13349]
Alright! A game from Russia. The artwork made me want to check out this game. Players compete to capture mines and fill it with other players cards as slaves.
 
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10. Board Game: Evolution: The Origin of Species [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2575]
Another Russian game, now with two expansions. The booth was packed with play testers. It is one I will play and am considering getting.
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11. Board Game: Pretty Ugly [Average Rating:4.80 Unranked]
In this satyrical card game players are trying to match their celebrity character's looks to the ever changing ideal of what society thinks is pretty.
 
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12. Board Game: Malacca [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:9639]
Pirates! A card game about stealing, betting, and trading.
 
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13. Board Game: Fox & Chicken [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:8098]
A party game for 30 people!? This game is a kid friendly creation of party games like "werewolf" or "mafia". Players each get a secret role with a special goal and abilities. I read through some of the many cards and they are filled with humor and quirky references. I also enjoyed the artwork a lot. This game will definitely be a favorite to bring out when we have friends over.
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14. Board Game: FrogFlip [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:11658]
Another game from Sprocket Games, This one was designed by a Father and his three year old daughter. It reminds me of a kid friendly pub game. Players are trying to flip and land a token on a goal.
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15. Board Game: Keep Running! [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:12815]
You don't have to run faster than the bear, just faster than your friends
Currently on Kickstarter.
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16. Board Game: The Looney Bin [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:11273]
A game focusing on deduction with a "take-that" mentality!
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17. Board Game: Glastonbury [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4087]
I played this game.
 
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18. Board Game: Vikings: Warriors of the North [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:16270]
I thought the artwork in this game was awesome. Basically the game is a fetch and return style game with the chance to steal from the other players.
 
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19. Board Game: Troll Hunt [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:12640]
 
Did you ever see the movie "Troll Hunters". In this game you have to redirect light beams to turn the cave trolls into stone.
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20. Board Game: Das Labyrinth des Pharao [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:8633]
It took me a bit to figure out how to play this game, but now I want to play it again. Players lay tiles to make a path as well as pick up treasures.
 
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21. Board Game: New Haven [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3765]
Hey, I lived in those towns! cool theme.
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22. Board Game: Mush! Mush!: Snow Tails 2 [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:3245]
This looks like a fun sled racing game using cards to move the sled. In order to turn you have to play a stronger card to the dog on the side you want to turn towards.
 
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23. Board Game: Wooolf!! [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:4922]
This game originated with a publisher in in China and got picked up by Smiling Monster Games. It's a deduction game where players race to guess who everyone else is.
 
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24. Board Game: Steeplechase [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
What I thought was a simple horse racing game turned out to be a wild ride of deduction and player manipulation.
 
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25. Board Game: Going, Going, GONE! [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3007]
A simple auction game where players take turns deciding how long an auction will be open for bidding.
 
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