Essen 2013 acquisitions and first impressions
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My new acquisitions and initial impression as I play them, will add to this as I go along! Some of the games are on the slow boat so may take a while to get to them. It was great meeting more BGGers in person! Thank you everyone who said hello
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1. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:14]
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Played this with 4. I can't imagine ever wanting to play this with 7. To me it felt more like Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small with the mining/adventure aspect added on. I enjoyed it and certainly look forward trying to better my dismal score.
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2. Board Game: Bremerhaven [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3138]
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Yes it has blind bidding, but like Aladdin's Dragons the numbers available to bid with are limited so I didn't mind it too much. I liked it. The game is a pretty smooth pick up and deliver with a nice timing mechanism. I enjoyed the game. It's important to remember your dock has to have enough bollards to receive a ship.
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3. Board Game: Expedition: Northwest Passage [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1077]
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Finally got to play this. I like exploration games and this one hit the spot. Could definitely be bogged down by AP. Action point driven. Has some neat mechanisms like the freezing and melting of sea areas. It's a bit of a race game but you can still win if you don't actually get to the "flag" as long as you make it back home.
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4. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:138]
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This game was quite interesting. Kind of deck building, resources. Pretty thematic as well, gives feeling of scrabbling through the wilderness.
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5. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:782]
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Yes I stood in line to get one. Found out the next day there was also a small expansion so went back for it.
Better than I expected. I liked the patching mechanism in expanding your empire. It was a bit trickier than you might think. Overall a decent civ type game.
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6. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:210]
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Not quite sure on this one, have played twice, it's a short game only 4 rounds. I like the card play mechanism but the game is too short to get any kind of engine. Pretty tactical as you can't be guaranteed the actions you choose
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7. Board Game: Eat Me If You Can! [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:4460]
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Cute art, ultra light bluffing game
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8. Board Game: Donburiko [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:7010]
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Another cute filler, about acorns
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9. Board Game: Eggs of Ostrich [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:4458]
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Not sure if we played this right, another bluffing game from Japan
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10. Board Game: Sukimono [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:5360]
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This is a beautiful game about searching for antique tea ware. Has a bit of a speed component and a bit of speculation. Fun game.
I like this one better than Machi Koro
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11. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:736]
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English ed and the exp in Japanese
Cute little dice rolling game. Roll dice, collect money (hopefully) and build. Roll the dice and depending on what number comes up activates the corresponding building which can give you money to buy more buildings. First to build all 4 stations wins.
Now to get translations for the expansion...
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12. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2241]
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Magical Restaurant not in the db yet from OKAZU Brand
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13. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:67]
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Decent worker placement, feels like a Feld, didn't feel there was anything that new or exciting so not sure what the hype was for. Still a good game.
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14. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:251]
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For Shane, we finally got this to the table. It has a lot of working parts. It is badly in need of a player aid. Some of the chits are tiny (although not as tiny as in Bremerhaven). Somewhat fiddly but not too bad.
That being said, the games works pretty smoothly. Point salad again (I feel like a boardgame vegetarian!) but it has some interesting mechanisms like secondary actions. If you build on one of the action spaces and another player uses the spot in the future you gain a secondary action. The variable market grid is also interesting but doesn't quite feel entirely new. The action board grid is also variable from turn to turn.
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15. Board Game: Artifact [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:9729]
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Tried the base game tonight. It was a little unintuitive and we made the game more difficult than it should have been by not refilling our action markers at the end of the round to 6, but it makes for an interesting variant!laugh I'll have to try it again with the correct rules and the advance game.
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16. Board Game: Kohle & Kolonie [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:1710]
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Enjoyed this more than I thought I would. Nice economic game.
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17. Board Game: Wildcatters [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:1661]
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Would like to play this again. Another economic game.
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18. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:455]
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Good 2 player game. I enjoy the puzzly aspect of it. Feels pretty abstract.
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19. Board Game: Prosperity [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1478]
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So, a light to middle weight game. Pretty much a game of balancing resources. I enjoyed it. Not that many tiles so the re-playability will come from the random order in which they are drawn. Not sure of long term keeping but for now worth a few more plays.
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20. Board Game: Terra Mystica: 4 Town Tiles [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked]
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The promo tiles
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21. Board Game: Ginkgopolis: The Experts [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
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22. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar – Tribes & Prophecies [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
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23. Board Game: Dungeon Petz: Dark Alleys [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
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24. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:627]
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25. Board Game: Cornish Smuggler [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5874]
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