Our post-Essen 2013 List
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This list is to track things we purchased, things we passed on, and our general thoughts at the fair this year.

I got pretty sick last year, so apologies to all our friends who had to smell my hand sanitizer all the time. I didn't stay in perfect health but enough to be at the fair nearly 100% of the time.

A photo journal of our trip is located at
http://www.flickr.com/photos/taintedpsychee/sets/72157637483...
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1. Board Game: American Rails [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:1283]
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I was surprisingly impressed with Chicago Express recently, and I loved what Quined did with Homesteaders last year. Decided to pick this up pretty blindly since it will be practically impossible to get otherwise.
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2. Board Game: Archon: Glory & Machination [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1839]
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Got a rules explanation but didn't play. From the rules explanation I was sold, but Michelle wanted to weigh everything before buying another game.

Glad we waited, as I asked several groups throughout the day how they were enjoying it and pretty much everyone was underwhelmed. Keeping it on my radar but not buying right away.
 
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3. Board Game: Auf Teufel komm raus [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:3485]
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Translated "At any cost" according to some fellow geeks.

I love this publisher and this game looked right up my alley. Michelle and I played two players and it was immediately obvious it would be much better with more.

Played last night. I suck at explaining rules so I think rules questions bogged the game down a bit. Definitely want to play again. Plays 6 quickly.
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4. Board Game: The Blue Lion [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:6662]
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5. Board Game Publisher: Blue Orange Games
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These guys were awesome! We demoed a few of their games and bought everything they had in stock (and a second copy of some). They make great quick playing little games with clever components, great art, and awesome prices.

This company used to be called Jactalea and just reformed as Blue Orange to distribute in the US. They need more exposure.
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6. Board Game: Bruxelles 1893 [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:263]
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So far we have played one game of Bruxelles and I am definitely looking forward to our next game. Multiple paths to victory. The column bonus cards are pretty critical. We were all new players and the bonus cards were severely undervalued in the first half of the game.
 
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7. Board Game: Caverna: The Cave Farmers [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:22]
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We were specifically trying to avoid buying this game due to the weight and it having a US publisher. Getting a rules explanation crushed any hope of that happening. Can't wait to play.
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8. Board Game: Chicago Stock Exchange [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:9478]
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9. Board Game: Concept [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:631]
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Didn't play this, but they had a cool demo where a guy with a megaphone was playing it to passers-by. Hopefully it's fun, as there aren't enough games in the 10+ player space. Not that I have anything against Wits & Wagers.
 
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10. Board Game: Craftsmen [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:3599]
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This was one of the few games I was really excited for based on the description.

Tech trees and resource management and worker placement. Definitely my type of Euro game.

We started a demo with another couple, and after the first turn, I asked how people were enjoying it. The guy to our left said, "I do not like this game. Have you played the Caylus? It is much better." We decided to stop playing.

Unless someone in our group buys it and loves it enough to convince me to try again, I'll be passing on it.
 
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11. Board Game: Dark Darker Darkest [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:3277]
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Queen was pimping this game almost as hard as Amerigo. Looked like typical zombie smashing and dice rolling to me. I would like to try it but it really seems like people enjoy grey plastic as much as they do good games.
 
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12. Board Game: Dixit: Origins [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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Last impulse purchase at the Asmodee booth! If there's a USA pre-order promo I will be sad.
 
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13. Board Game: ebbes [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:4106]
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We have continued to rack up plays. Still loving it. However we should start playing with the variants.
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14. 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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The Asmodee booth was our first stop, as I wanted the new printing of Skull & Roses after playing with James and really liking it. I asked the clerk how much this was, and he said "30 euro but it is gone." Looked over to the right and saw someone lean down and pick up a copy. I ran over and grabbed one of 3 copies left. The other 2 were subsequently snagged.

Complete impulse purchase that I'm not too displeased with. It was very easy to fit into the luggage.
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15. Board Game: Exodus: Proxima Centauri [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:1082]
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They had a "Revised" edition of this game in a sane box which interested me, but we didn't have time to get any details. I've been wanting to try this for awhile.
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16. Board Game: Innovation: Echoes of the Past [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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I bought the Iello version of this as a total impulse purchase. I'm a sucker for this game.
 
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17. Board Game: Jackal & High [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:9968]
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18. Board Game: Ka-Boom [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:5181]
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19. Board Game: Kingdom Builder: Crossroads [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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Picked this up since it would be so easy to toss in another box, and the price was right. Love the game, give me more.
 
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20. Board Game: Lancaster: Henry V – The Power of the King [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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I passed on this game last year because I thought Lancaster was pretty perfect, and I lost all my trust with Queen after the first Fresco expansion.

Michelle bought a few copies of Spielbox for promos and there was a review for this expansion which was extremely positive, so I bought it. Those of you that know me know that I don't need much convincing.
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21. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:601]
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22. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:840]
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23. Board Game: Mauna Kea [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:10956]
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24. Board Game: Nations [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:110]
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Saw the English copies of this game going extremely fast while in line to buy Skull & Roses and Michelle decided to snag one. I think this game looks absolutely awesome but Michelle is skeptical. I'm sure it will get played soon.
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25. Board Game: Nauticus [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1520]
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This game was falling on and off Fairplay's list and I really wanted to try it. Over and over we tried to get a table, to no avail. However I was never shy about asking people how they were enjoying games (while Michelle pretended not to know me).

I asked three groups and all were pretty unimpressed. Definitely waiting for more reviews and buzz before making a decision on this one.
 
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