Essen 2013 - The Games That Came Back
Kevin O'Sullivan
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My fourth trip to Essen and another opportunity to share 5 days of gaming with a great group of people.
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1. Board Game: Bausack [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:927]
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A brilliant game that I have had a lot of fun with at parties and family gatherings. Works well as a spectator sport as well!
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2. Board Game: Seeland [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1225]
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A gateway level game and the first game I played when I ventured into the modern board gaming hobby 4 years ago at the UK Games Expo. Picked up as part of this years BGG Maths trade and played in the hotel bar with Hazel, Keith and Claire.

A game I really like and am sure should get played more often in my groups.
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3. Board Game: Helvetia [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1095]
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Bought because I liked the theme of this game which seemed particularly interesting when combined with the artwork and a price of Euro 12!!!!

This is a description of the game:

"You and your fellow players run small but busy mountain villages in the Swiss Alps where you work, build and trade. But life isn't only about work. Your village baker longs for a partner, and the farmer's son has his eye on the dashing woodcutter in the neighboring village.

So let the wedding bells ring and marry off that farmer's son in the village of another player, thereby earning you additional income. And surely your village baker will find a man from a neighboring village to move in with her. Before you know it, their offspring will be new citizens in your village.

Your goal in Helvetia is to build new homes, bring culture to your village, and sell essential goods at market. Whatever strategy you choose, this village life won't be boring – especially in the villages that grow and thrive!"
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4. Board Game: Columba [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:5376]
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An gentle yet interesting area control game where ostensibly you are trying to gather pigeons / doves into your dovecotes. It offers the ability to play as a team of two when there are 4 players, something that I thought worked really well in the demo game I played at Essen. A game I hope will be enjoyed by a number of my gaming friends.
 
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5. Board Game: The Hanging Gardens [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:1304]
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Picked up on the maths trade for a game I had never played and felt I never would! This was highly recommended by another Social Gamer and with one of my groups favoring Alhambra I suspect this will go down well once I print out the English rules! :-)
 
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6. Board Game: Crossboule [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:4504]
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A game with many possibilities.
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7. Board Game: Animalia [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:3892]
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Picked up on the maths trade I will admit mainly for the artwork!
 
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8. Board Game: Onk-Onk [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
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An amusing clapping game played to the rhythm of Queens "We will rock you" I think this could be a lot of fun with non gamers

Shame there are no rules in English!
 
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9. Board Game: Gobbit [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:4155]
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Very similar to Jungle Speed. A game that has proven very popular with young friends and my suspicion is that this might be even more popular.
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10. Board Game: Nosferatu [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2824]
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A variant on the very popular Werewolves / Resistance style game where players have concealed identities and there are two factions trying to work out who is who. It was the last game of our 5 day Essen trip, played in the Channel Tunnel over the boot of David and Hazels car.

Thanks to the guys at GamesLore for finding a copy for me. I am looking forward to trying it out on the gamers at my work in particular, with a review following in due course.
 
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11. Board Game: Sanssouci [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:1328]
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Another tile laying game with a green theme. Played twice at the show and.....well I liked it enough to buy it

The game description is:

"Your task in the tile-laying game Sanssouci is to create a flower garden for the world-famous Sanssouci Palace. Competing against up to three other landscape architects, you'll have your own garden layout game board on which you'll build rose gardens and vineyard terraces, labyrinths and fountains – but not just anywhere. No, the landscapers must meet certain building requirements, and unfortunately you won't always have at hand everything that you might need."
 
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