Spiel 2013: another kind of list
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Since the 2013 edition of Spiel occurred during the autumn break of our 2 girls (8 and 10), and they were really wanting to come with us to Essen, we took them along. This resulted of course in a completely different Essen experience, with a focus on lighter and more kids-friendly games.

We had a great time (even though they completely messed up the hall plans, and we did not always find our 'normal' addresses for cheap game offerings), and got to play a few 'real' games in the evening with our favorite Swedes.

The list is in no special order.
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1. Board Game: Glastonbury [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:4086]
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We played this game, but were not sure on buying it, so we passed.

It's a game in which you need to collect ingredients for a potion that will score you points in the end of the game. You need to remember what ingredients you already collected, and you must plan ahead a bit by selecting the right ingredients that will also allow you to select onther right ingredients in turns to come.

 
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2. Board Game: Tales & Games: The Three Little Pigs [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2029]
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Played this one, but decided it was too light to warrant buying. Plus I don't like dice.

You build houses by rolling 5 dice, and sometimes one of the other player can 'blow' your house to pieces, as acting big bad wolf.
 
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3. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:409] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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We would have liked to try this one, but the booth was too crowded, and I guess the girls would've found it to be too heavy. Looked nice enough though.
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4. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:159]
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High on our 'try before you buy' list, but same problem as the previous game.
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5. Board Game: DuCo [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:12932]
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Glanced at it and got a short overview at the booth. Looked like it could lead to a lot of analysis paralysis, because the options are simply overwhelming. A cross breed between Dragons and Qwirkle. We will continue to play both of them.
 
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6. Board Game: Galapagos [Average Rating:5.34 Overall Rank:14825]
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Played it to the end with the girls and really liked it. Not too heavy for the girls. Our youngest proved to have good insight in what was needed to get to the turtles. Some say it resembles Settlers, but that is really only the form factor. Not even close when it comes to game play.
 
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7. Board Game: Kenya [Average Rating:5.78 Overall Rank:13027]
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Bought this one unplayed because it looked nice, I recently went to Kenya PLUS I got great art inside my box by the author.
 
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8. Board Game: Koryŏ [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1699]
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Just took a peak
 
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9. Board Game: Relic Runners [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1582]
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Another look but don't even consider to buy. Too expensive these days for a game, and not a game that would see much of our table, since we have lots of good heavier games.
 
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10. Board Game: Rockwell [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2190]
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This was a nice surprise. We got to sit down to play a few rounds of this worker placement game, with very nice mechanics. It took a long time to explain, but playing proved to be not that hard. Very nice game, but the gameplay would take too long for now.
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11. Board Game: Coconuts [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:809] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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Little Korean game, very nice for kids. Dexterity game. Would've considered buying if it had not sold out on Friday...
 
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12. Board Game: Five Cucumbers [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:4756]
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Friedemann Friese trick taking card gaming. Bought it without a trace of a doubt.
 
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13. Board Game: Eat Me If You Can! [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:5053]
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Japon brand game. They make nice games, so just bought it without much thinking. The same goes for the next game...
 
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14. Board Game: Donburiko [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:7605]
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15. Board Game: UGO! [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:2838]
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Another trick taking card game with a twist when it came to scoring. Nice, but a bit expensive for a card game. No buy.
 
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16. Board Game: Dark Darker Darkest [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3278]
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A cooperative game about zombies. From Queen Games. What's not to like? Uhm, price tag anyone? And the fact that we have not been able to secure a place to sit at both Queen Game booths. We passed.
 
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17. Board Game: Terror in Meeple City [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:698]
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We played this game of destruction almost to the end, with the assistance of a very helpful game teacher. I managed to destroy what needed to be wrecked, which was fun, but the game suffers from a long setup time, and the rules are a bit too much for a game with a main purpose of destroying (very nice) bits.
 
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18. Board Game: Om Nom Nom [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3907]
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Nice game with psychological war tactics while playing a part of the food chain. Eat or be eaten. We all liked it, so it went home with us. The art was a bit off, the different habitats did not 'come together' as one (look at the picture I choose to represent this game to see what I mean)
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19. Board Game: The Little Prince: Make Me a Planet [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:942]
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Very nice planet building game, with different ways to score points, depending on the roles you select during the game. It worked really well, even with 'grown-ups'. The artwork on this one is adorable, and very good in character with the spirit of the game.
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20. Board Game: Flash 10 [Average Rating:6.25 Overall Rank:9844]
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A light simultaneous play filler. Mildly reminiscent of Ligretto. We all draw from the same stock of cards. The explanation can be a bit tedious, but once everybody understands what needs to be achieved, it is rather straightforward. Bought it, though the girls hated it.
 
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21. Board Game: Banjooli Xeet [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:4127]
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The first game we played at Essen, and the girls loved the theme and gameplay. You race austriches to the finish, but no-one knows which one should become first, and there are some difficulties to be encountered on the way to the finish. Bought it.
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22. Board Game: Speed Cups [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:3323] [Average Rating:6.23 Unranked]
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Just played it for fun. I was supposed to let the girls 'win' from time to time, but I was not very good at that. A bit like Make 'n Break. Or RinglDing. Passed on this one.
 
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23. Board Game: AttrAction [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:5239]
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We stumbled by accident onto this one, but we had so much fun with this little dexterity game that we took it home. Plus the magnets looked so cool!
 
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24. Board Game: One Night Werewolf [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:4970]
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Nice pixel art, werewolf with less people. Japon brand game. I took it with me, even though it had a bit of a steep price tag...
 
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25. Board Game: Wizard [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:706]
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I ALWAYS buy wizard at Spiel. I use up about a deck a year.
 
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