Essen 2013 Sunday: Games I tried, games I bought and games that were long sold out
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Foreword for all people who are envious, because they didn't make it to Essen: Don't be, because demo space for the hot games is always occupied, the hiddem gems all sell out on the first day, most games don't cost more at your FLGS and often internet ressources give you better information for your buying choice than a visit to the fair.

Before going to Essen, I prepared by making this geeklist.

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1. Board Game: Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:142]
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I had this on my Essen preparation list, and after watching the how to play videos I decided to buy it. Went to my FLGS a few days before the fair to find that they had received a shipment of the 2nd edition that day. Bought it for 50 €.
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2. Board Game Publisher: Japon Brand
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First booth after our arrival. Wanted to get some of those hidden gems or obscure Japanese games.
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3. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:788]
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4. Board Game: Sukimono [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:5590]
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5. Board Game: Heart of Crown [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:1998] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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6. Board Game: Eat Me If You Can! [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4808]
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7. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:992] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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We went to the Ankama booth. German version sold out. shake
 
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8. Board Game: Romance of the Nine Empires [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:8412]
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So we made our way to the AEG booth for this game. Sold out. shake
 
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9. Board Game: Glory of the Three Kingdoms: Guandu Core Set [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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Wanted to try this. But info on my hallplan was wrong. Apparently I wasn't the first one asking at that booth. Didn't find the correct booth. zombie
 
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10. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Eastern Front – Solo Expansion [Average Rating:8.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.49 Unranked]
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Walked by the Academy Games booth several times. No sign of this being demoed, all demo tables always occupied.
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11. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:280]
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My friend wanted to try this. Queen Games had large booths in every hall and lots of demo tables. And all of them were always occupied when we took a look.
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12. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings: The Card Game – Nightmare Deck: Passage Through Mirkwood [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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After all this frustration I decided to buy something. Purchased the first 3 German nightmare decks for 27,50 €. Saved 1,35 € compared to my FLGS.
 
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13. Board Game: Luchador! Mexican Wrestling Dice [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2473]
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Our first demo. Played tag team with some other gamers. Nice little game that probably will get better with each beer you drink. Bought for 25 €.

We came back later and my friend also bought a copy.
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14. Board Game: C.O.A.L.: Combat-Oriented Armored League [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:7594]
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The enthusiastic Italian at the booth convinced me to buy this. Could't resist steam-powered mechas. Bought for 25 €.
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15. Board Game Publisher: Zvezda
 
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Had the rules explained to us and played a few turns of The Ships - Armada Invincible. Board seems too small and the rules were too simplified for our taste, especially compared to...
 
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16. Board Game: Sails of Glory [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:1312] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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...Sails of Glory. Only one demo table for this, which was occupied every time we walked by. But we had the chance to watch some play and to skip through the rulebook. Much more to our taste. And it has a "grog" counter! arrrh Not available for sale, will come out next month.
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17. Board Game: Krosmaster: Arena [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:992] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
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We don't speak French, so we decided to take another look at Krosmaster at the Japanime booth. Got short rules explanation, played a few turns. Game is beautiful, but not convinced about gameplay. Will try again later, but with full rules.
 
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18. Board Game: Kanzume Goddess [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:3757]
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Since I couldn't get Heart of Crown, I was interested in this one. Had a short rules explanation. Wanted to buy. Was sold out. shake
 
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19. Board Game: Seven Swords [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:10065]
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Had the rules explained to us and played a few turns. Asymmetric gameplay and nice theme. Would have bought for 20 €, but couldn't convince myself to buy it for 30 €.

EDIT: the reason I didn't buy this, is that it would probably not see much gameplay. Too much alternatives for 2 player games. For a longer game, I would probably play Sekigahara, and for shorter games it will be much easier to get Luchador or 8 Masters or C.O.A.L. on the table.
 
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20. Board Game: 8 Masters' Revenge [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:5484]
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My personal highlight of the fair. Simple rules (although I was a bit slow understanding them correctly while my friend grasped them much faster). Plays fast and I liked the martial arts master theme. Instant buy, and this time I didn't mind the 30 € price tag.
 
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21. Board Game: Hive: The Pillbug [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
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My friend wanted to get this. Forced me to play a game . Not a game for me, although I admit that Hive really looks nice. My friend got the small version of the pillbug for 1 €, because he explained the game to the couple sitting next to us and advertised the different versions that were for sale.
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22. Board Game: Wildcatters [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:1396]
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We also had a short gameplay overview for that oil drilling game. Begins with "W", but i can't remember the name. whistle Really nice board and interesting concept, that forces you to cooperate in certain areas like transport or refining. Didn't have German distribution yet, but worth a second look.
 
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23. Board Game: Colonialism [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:3512]
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Short overview of the game. My friend bought it for 45 €. He likes the theme (exploiting colonies and supressing their people devil).
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24. Board Game Publisher: Bouken
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Short stop to ask about the English version of the Meikyu Kingdom RPG. No concrete date yet. Probably Kickstarter.
 
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25. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:11]
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We met up with our friend who was playing just finishing this game. Are there really only 3 chicken in the whole Burgundy?
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