Essen 2013: the games I've played
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This year I've attended Essen for the third time in a row: it's been my best experience at this fair so far.

Not only did I find many more games matching my taste but I also chanced to play a lot of games, some of which I enjoyed better than others: this is the list of all the games I've been able to try out.
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1. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1488]
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A quick game with a friend as the fair was about to close.
 
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2. Board Game: BANG! The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:498]
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A five-player game with one of the authors, Lukas Zach: I enjoyed this game insomuch that I purchased two copies (one as a present for a friend who greatly likes the card game this one takes its inspiration from).
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3. Board Game: Drako [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1538] [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
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A quick game with a friend: it didn't impress either of us.
 
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4. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:458]
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A four-player game: we had missed it the last year. Anyhow, it didn't impress any of us.
 
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5. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Extreme Danger [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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A three-player game with the author: I greatly enjoyed the game as it's both harder and more varied than the basic Flash Point.
 
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6. Board Game: Guardians' Chronicles [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6048] [Average Rating:6.64 Unranked]
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A five-player game with the author: we played the prototype as the published game isn't...well, published yet. Great fun though.
 
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7. Board Game: Guildhall: Job Faire [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1441] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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A four-player game: it was moderately enjoyable though in my opinion the basic Guildhall is way better. I can see how some of Job Faire's characters could easily integrate in the base game.
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8. Board Game: Karnickel [Average Rating:5.44 Overall Rank:14433]
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A two-player game with a friend: undoubtedly it would play better when kids are around.
 
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9. Board Game: Mage Wars Arena [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:182] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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I played it twice, with two different opponents: this game rocks!
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10. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:248] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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A four-player game under the supervision of the author: I had been coveting it for some time but never had the chance to play it so far. I loved it though: as soon as the game ended I purchased both the base game and the expansion.
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11. Board Game: Relic Runners [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1586]
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A four-player game: it didn't impress me at all.
 
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12. Board Game: Splash Attack [Average Rating:5.31 Overall Rank:15073]
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A quick game with a friend as the fair was about to close.
 
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13. Board Game: Ticket to Ride Map Collection: Volume 4 – Nederland [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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A two-player game: it tries to make the base Ticket to Ride a little harder but isn't worth the effort.
 
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