Krotok's essen 2013 - what did I bring back, what did I try out
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Okay, so this sad time of the year again... Essen is over and we are back to normal life... I went with one of my geek friend, a vet from France who found someone to stand up for him at his clinic... (actually his wife, who also wanted to come... anyways, next year?)

Based on my watch list: Krotok's watch list for Essen 2013

so what was in the trunk of the car? (well, my share at least...)




some items are missing from the pic, as they were already handed over to some of my colleagues

in details, starting with played games:

edit: in conclusion: as always, it was great fun! looking forwad next year's (it was my 7th time there...)

some pics of the fair, for the atmosphere... Hall 3, from the huge repos prod booth:


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1. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:397]
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Ok, so first one in, QUantum, we started playing at 9:58, yes, we entered by THE door, the one which opened at 9:50... so we rushed to treefrog booth, my buddy bought a study in ZEmerlad, then we started "fairing".

So first game in, Quantum:



We played with 2 Belgians from Oostende. The rythm of the game is nice, components are ok, (dice, cubes and boards... nice graphics, really sober (a bit too much for my taste.) The galme plays well and feels fast, we played for about 45-50 minutes and let it go, as we were not going anywhere (turning round, i destroy three ships, then someone destroyed my three ships, then got destroyed etc. and as the fair was only opening...)

Game is ok, will gladly play it again. would'nt buy it d'oh as the price tag seemed too high for me, especially in Essen (I don't say it is not worth it, it is, but I don't buy much new games at essen... as for 40€ you can have 4-8 games here, I keep those kind of purchases for later on...)
 
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2. Board Game: Fun Farm [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4709]
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While passing by, a table was unoccupied, one of the demo guy asked me if I wanted to try it out (I was looking/touching the foam animals) heel, why not... This is basically like a jungle speed for kids with cards and dice. daw a crad, throw dice if the colours on the dice match the card, grab the foam animal, if not: add a card, throw the dice again... ok fun, for 5 cards, after that I felt that it was dragging on... ok, it was 10h40 and I wanted to see the rest of the fair so it might have influenced my judgement...
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3. Board Game: Galapagos [Average Rating:5.34 Overall Rank:14825]
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Later on we strolled by the amigo (huge) booth, at a table 2 guys were reading the rules, we asked if we could join and sat with them (really nice guys from Luxembourg) and played a game of Galapagos... nice game, throw your dice and try to find the best path possible to catch all the turtles by matchung your dice to the tiles colours. fastest one will start, other ones will have to act fast because as soon as the first player got his path determined, a 30 sec sandtimer is on... fun game, not my kind but wouldn't refuse a game or two...
 
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4. Board Game: Titanium Wars [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:4660]
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So passing by the Iello stand, one of the table of titanium wars was free, we looked at it and a really nice demo guy jumped in and invited us to play. and we did... we didn't play a complete game, just the conquest of one planet to get the feeling of the game... I didn't really like it as I found it to be too repetitive, but the friend I was with really liked it...

 
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5. Board Game: Koryŏ [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1699]
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Last one we played was Koryo at the Korean booth... It has a nice flow to it, addictive, fast, easy to get... I liked it, not enough to buy it new but my friend immediatly bought a copy and I know he already played some more games of it... nice one, I'll remember it for later on...
 
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6. Board Game: Gipsy King [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2854]
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So that was the games we played... now the ones I brought back... first stop, the Heidelberger clearance one... I got 2 Gipsy king for some colleagues
 
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7. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:490]
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... and a K2

nothing for me...
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8. Board Game: Exodus: Proxima Centauri [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:1082]
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from NSKN I preordered Exodus...
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9. Board Game: Warriors & Traders [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:5330]
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and warriors and traders (super cheap)
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10. Board Game: DuCo [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:12932]
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we played Duco and liked it, we tried it out with two french guys passing by and ended up buying 4 copies, so good deal...
 
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11. Board Game: The Rats in the Walls [Average Rating:4.77 Overall Rank:15721]
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preordered a copy of that
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12. Board Game: Say Bye to the Villains [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:3426]
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... and of a lot of the japanese one... this one
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13. Board Game: Lost Legacy [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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this one
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14. Board Game: Sail to India [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:1272]
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this one
 
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15. Board Game: Eat Me If You Can! [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:5053]
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this one
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this one (I love the box!)
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17. Board Game: Eggs of Ostrich [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:4819]
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and this one
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18. Board Game: Donburiko [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:7605]
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and I grabbed a opy of this one to go along...
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19. Board Game: Samurai Battles [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:3633]
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Got a Lot of Units for a friend of mine (8 in total...)
 
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20. Board Game: Bombay [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:2370]
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Last aquisition for my colleagues, new, super cheap...
 
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21. Board Game: Buccaneer Bones [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:6372]
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kickstarted that one, so I picked it up... already hit the table 3 times, nice little filler... good quality components...no regrets
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22. Board Game: Händler der Karibik [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3918]
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Got a copy for a donation at the Austrian spiel museum
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23. Board Game: American Rails [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1285]
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Preordered a copy to complete my MP
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24. Board Game: Warlock [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:5548]
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same here, curious to see how it plays... (please don't tell me that Fabrice worked hard on it, I know and have read it too many times...)
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25. Board Game: Pass the Pigs [Average Rating:5.32 Overall Rank:16871]
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got the giant inflatable version of that one... this is gonna be great with the kids...
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