What I brought home from Spiel 2013 - and what happened to them
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Everyone's doing one, so I feel no need to post mine to the front page, but it is handy to have the whole list together.

This list does include the five games I had shipped back from Essen, but not the games I brought home for others of the games I _didn't_ pick up; they are listed in the first comment to the list.

Update 12/3/13 - I've gone through and added an update on what happened to the game, now that I've gotten through them all.
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1. Board Game: Arche Noah [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:12605]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Lean Buy

Why I got it: Doris artwork, and it was small and inexpensive.

What happened: I like the game - but, like 23, not quite enough to hold on to it. Sold to Eric Brosius.
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2. Board Game: Artifact [Average Rating:5.71 Overall Rank:11502]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Paid Preorder (was Lean Buy until late)

Why I got it: Theme + designers. Definitely took a chance here, but we'll see.

What happened: Played once; the rules are problematic, the components not well suited to playing the game, and on the whole the game is more pleasant than well suited for me. On my trade/sale list.
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3. Board Game: BancoBanco [Average Rating:6.13 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Preordered

Why I got it: With a discount for preorders, I decided to take a chance. This might be the biggest chance I took.

What happened: It's a competent game, but not one that after playing (then playing again, correcting a key rule) really caught me. Sold.
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4. Board Game: Bluff in Zoo [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:7804]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Not Present

Why I got it: Hilko demoed the game to me - and in spite of not being my type of game, I really enjoyed it, so I picked up a copy.

What happened: The game continued to grow on me with more play, and is safely in my collection.
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5. Board Game: Bremerhaven [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:3375]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Borderline

Why I got it: Because it fit in the box I was mailing home. Well, I was considering it anyway, but had it been in a different size box, I wouldn't have bought it.

What happened: I wish it had been a different size box. Well, I sold it, so I'm not that bothered, but the game didn't work for me.
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6. Board Game: Café Melange [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:4950]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Buy

Why I got it: Stefan Riedel.

What happened: Great pick up; I really enjoy the game. The theme helps.
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7. Board Game: Circus Grandioso [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:12519]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Buy

Why I got it: Second copy for work.

What happened: At work; only played once there so far, but I'm sure that will change.
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8. Board Game: Decathlon [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Not Present

Why I got it: Part of my trade with Hilko; I wanted a second copy for work.

What happened: At work; not played there yet.
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9. Board Game: Downtown [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:11462]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Lean Buy

Why I got it: It's from the designer of Circus Grandioso; I really couldn't imagine leaving without it.

What happened: Bad call; the game didn't work for me. Sold.
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10. Board Game: Eggs of Ostrich [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:4824]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Paid Preorder

Why I got it: It looked interesting. Bizarre, but interesting.

What happened: I wasn't sure about this game immediately, but I've played it five times now, and I think it has a place in my collection.
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11. Board Game: Five Cucumbers [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4759]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Lean Buy

Why I got it: Henning's description sold me on it.

What happened: Sold. Tried twice, and - it really didn't do anything for me.
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12. Board Game: Galapagos [Average Rating:5.34 Overall Rank:14845]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Lean Pass

Why I got it: Math trade acquisition.

What happened: I'm glad to have tried it - twice - but in the end, it's not a game I needed to keep playing. Sold.
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13. Board Game: Gear & Piston [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:6602]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Borderline

Why I got it: From the demo, it looked worth trying, and I like the theme.

What happened: I wanted to like it more than I did enjoy it. Sold, though after three plays.
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14. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:227]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Preordered

Why I got it: It looked like the (rare, truly) Rosenberg board game I might really enjoy.

What happened: Big hit; solidly in my collection, and I'll look to pick up a spare copy for work.
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15. Board Game: Händler der Karibik [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:3919]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Lean Pass

Why I got it: It was 5 Euro, and when I hit the Österreichisches Spiele Museum booth I couldn't resist.

What happened: I like the game, but not enough not to sell it when Dave Andrews mentioned that it would be a good gift for relatives of his. Would play, but I won't miss it enough to re-acquire.
 
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16. Board Game: Isegrim [Average Rating:4.72 Overall Rank:15446]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Not Present

Why I got it: It was free with Circus Grandioso + Downtown.

What happened: Better than I thought, but still not enough to stick around. On my trade pile.
 
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17. Board Game: Jenseits von Theben [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:2238]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Not Present

Why I got it: I traded three games for the original, 2004 edition, which I've been looking for for some time.

What happened: I _will_ write a History of Thebes review; just not sure when.
 
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18. Board Game: Käse Würfeln [Average Rating:5.24 Overall Rank:14861]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Not Present

Why I got it: Math trade acquisition.

What happened: Cute, but there are better push-your-luck dice games. Sold.
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19. Board Game: Kohle & Kolonie [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:1899]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Preordered

Why I got it: Because I wanted to like Ruhrschifffffffffahrt more than I did, and hoped this might be of more interest.

What happened: This has been a bigger hit with me than I expected. Keeper.
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20. Board Game: Koryŏ [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:1702]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Lean Buy

Why I got it: Looked like an interesting filler.

What happened: The only question I still have is just where it ends up ranking for me as a filler. Good game, and a clear keeper.
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21. Board Game: L'Aéropostale [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:4545]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Buy

Why I got it: I like the theme, and it really caught my eye.

What happened: I wanted to like it. And there's a decent game hiding in there - but it's way too deeply buried and way to difficult to teach for the light game underneath. Sold.
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22. Board Game: Level XI [Average Rating:5.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:5.77 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Not Present

Why I got it: It was free, and when I hit the Österreichisches Spiele Museum booth I couldn't resist.

What happened: OK, I didn't realize what this was. Added to my Easy Play XXL set.
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23. Board Game: Lines of Action [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:2762]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Not Present

Why I got it: Because I'm sure someone will want it, and I thought the price reasonable.

What happened: Sold to a friend.
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24. Board Game: Loreley [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Not Present

Why I got it: It was in the math trade, and is from Pelikan & Rudi Hoffman - so I have to try it.

What happened: I like it! Probably the biggest surprise, for me, as I really just wanted to try it; I never expected to keep it.
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25. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:842]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Status on my Essen list: Paid Preorder

Why I got it: A city building game from Japan? Sure, twist my arm...

What happened: Wish I'd bought two.
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