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Back from Essen, here is the collection that came with me! I haven't really used geeklists before, but I figured that the Essen haul would be a great time to start!
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1. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:492]
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We played this one at the warmup day, and though I was afraid at first that it would be a bit too abstract for me, Vlaada again came through with a really engaging game that I can't wait to play again.
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2. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar – Tribes & Prophecies [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
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Our group likes this game quite a bit, so picking up the expansion and promo was a done deal, especially since I was at the CGE booth anyway. I like the idea of some of the additions, so I'm excited to play.
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3. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:227]
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I'm afraid that I bought this one on the strength of the publisher's past works and on the word of mouth rather than from watching or demoing the mechanics. But I have since learned a bit more and look forward to getting it to the table to give it a try!
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4. Board Game: Hegemonic [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2699]
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I've been following this one for a while and wanted to get over to the booth early for a demo since it's likely that after its initial Kickstarter print runs out it'll be scarce on the ground for a while. Our group likes the 4x and so a new title in the genre isn't a bad idea. We sat down for a rules explanation and I like its mix of rules inspirations, so I expect a number of good plays from this one.
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5. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:398]
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One of our number liked the look of this one's graphic design so we went by Fun Forge to give it a look. After a brief overview we were sold (and then we realized that we knew the designer). I got it to the table Saturday night, and I have to say that we were not disappointed. It's a nice middle weight game that doesn't take too long but offers some interesting choices.
 
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6. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – Voyage of the Beagle (Vol. 1) [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.28 Unranked]
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With an upcoming game day where the base game will be played, I decided to pick up the expansion for the instant gratification. I expect it'll hit the table the and more as we have a number of co-op lovers in the gang.
 
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7. Board Game: A Study in Emerald [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:675]
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As soon as I found the booth I was picking up this one. It's a definite "pedigree" buy but I can't imagine us not getting it to the table a few times given the names and genre attached. Plus I (rightly) figured it'd sell out...
 
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8. Board Game: The Witches: A Discworld Game [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:3152]
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Collector's edition, Wallace, Discworld... Though I don't think the Discworld games are all hits, they're always worth a try given the popularity of the fiction in out group.
 
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9. Board Game: Tokaido: Crossroads [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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An add on while buying Quantum. Tokaido has been a medium game for us, so I thought it worth a try adding more content.
 
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10. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:110]
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Civ games are another great fit for certain in our group (me especially) and I know one of the designers, and this game has great word of mouth. Plus, getting it in English was a "commit early" thing so it is in the haul. Probably the game I most want to try of the haul (other than Krang, which I'm not sure is really in the same category).
 
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11. Board Game: Amerigo [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:302]
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I thought the cube (dice) tower might be a gimmick, but it was also Feld so we got a demo. I like the ideas! The Tzolk'in gear was a "maybe gimmick" too, but it makes the game and I feel like the tower will add something to this, so I'm interested to see how it falls out!
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12. Board Game: Suburbia Inc [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.00 Unranked]
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Preordered based on the love of the game our group has and on the great ideas expressed in the previews. What a smart idea to sell it as just the sheets and rules: compact and less waste since I won't have yet another box to throw away!
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13. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:19]
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New Mac Gerts? Take my money! He and Vlaada are almost insta-buys! No rondel on this one and the rules were very simple to understand. Definitely looking forward to this one!
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14. Board Game: Steam Park [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:739]
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Cranio has had some good and some okay. This one looked interesting, so we got a rules dump and I liked the mix of theme and gameplay, so I grabbed an English copy before they ran out. Should be a fun game to try.
 
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15. Board Game: Madeira [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:324]
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I went back and forth most of the show on this one, finally getting a demo on Saturday right before the halls closed (so we only played a round). It's a beefy game and will only work with the right folks for our group, so I was not sure. But then Legacy sold out so I decided to risk it. I do like what I played of it so I hope the full game will pay off!
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16. Board Game: Lost Legends [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2236]
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I played a demo of the prototype last year and remember liking it, and we do have a bit of a fondness for the dungeons. This is Queen (which means it'll be no problem to get later) so I waited to see if I wanted this for this weekend's coming game day or if I wanted something else more now. Obviously I decided to get it for the weekend.
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17. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game: Krang Character Expansion [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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I play Mage Knight weekly. Enough said.
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18. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:313]
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Hasn't been easy to get in the states and was cheap.
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19. Board Game: Trains and Stations [Average Rating:5.86 Overall Rank:5369]
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A pretty nice lighter euro from WizKids, this one is quick and should be good to start or end a game day when we don't want something light.
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A bit more on the complex euro side, the play looks interesting for a smaller group.
 
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21. Board Game: Star Trek: Attack Wing [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:1072]
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Many of us have played X Wing, and I like the feel of capital ships for this rule system, so I'll give it a spin.
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22. Board Game: Eclipse: Ship Pack One [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Though we have kind of let Eclipse stay on the shelf for too long, we like it a lot, so rare bling and a new race? Sure! I was lining up for Nations anyway...
 
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