My Essen Spiel 2013 should haves
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This is a list of the games I tried in and should have bought in Essen, but for some reason didn't.

Background

Essen Spiel 2013 was my first real Spiel (I attended 2012 but only over the weekend and played the Europe Masters on Saturday leaving me with half of Sunday to attend the fair before the flight home) and I spent the whole four days trying on new games all day and playing new games at the hotel all night.

I also bought a big (for me) bunch of games, basically as much as I could take home with me on the flight, could have crammed in a couple of more items though.

Now, the thing is, most games I bought were games I had already decided I would buy, from researching the games prior to the fair, but of the 20+ games I tried out at Spiel I did not buy almost any of the ones that I liked the most.

Why is this? I do not know, but I think art of it was that my brain was overloaded from the huge barrage of new games it got exposed to and also that I had already bought "so many games" that I did not need to buy the ones I liked, not that I even noticed which ones I liked until afterwards. SO I am now thinking, what was the point in trying out a bunch of new games if I was not to buy the favourites?

I am not dissapointed in the games I did buy, I think all or at least most of them were good decisions and games that I will have fun with, but this list will cover the games I in retrospect feel I should have ociked up when I had the chance. Add to this that it will probably cost me around twice as much to pick these games up in Sweden, if the are available.

Feel free to add your own should haves, so we can wallow in our stupidity and misery together cry
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1. Board Game: Wildcatters [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:1655]
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I tried this game out together with three friends (with whom I tried most of the games during Essen). I really liked the game, a heavy game with lots of decisions where one tries to have the other players working for you as much as possible. Interesting mechanic, nice components and art and on top of this I had the chance to get a free set of wooden trains with the game, alas I did not buy the game, why?

The reason I did not buy this game is, I think, the most clear to me. My three friends hated it, and I do not get why. They said it was too complicated/heavy/they did not get it. Now these guys are in my opinion smart and do never have a problem grasping the heaviest of games, but in this case it apparently just didn't click with them. I really would have bought the game would they have liked it. The problem is that if I can not play the game with the likes of these, there is no-one for me to play the game with, since I will certainly not have a chance to play it with my not-so-boargame-geeky friends who I play some lighter games with.

Conclusion: Did not buy because I would ever get to play it :'(
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2. Board Game: Citrus [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1662]
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This was I game I was very interested in trying out and I walked by the booth many a time only to find that every time all the games had juuuust started. Finally I got a chance to play it and I did like it. I liked the art and the look of everything as it developed and we put out more of our garden tiles and haciendas came out. Gameplay was smooth and very little downtime between turns due to only two actions to choose from (even though each action resulted in a bunch of decisions). I felt relaxed when playing the game and thought it was a nice casual game, but with depth and low luck.

I did not buy it right away because I thought I could pick it up later. Also I started getting close to what I thought I could bring home with me, so I thought I would try other games and buy it if I thought I could fit it in my luggage. In the end I would have had space for it (which I knew before I left the fair) but for some strange reason I didn't buy it. I think I was just tired and they didnät lower the price for the last hour (I know, bad reason) so it was actually strange that I didn't buy it.

Conclusion: Did not buy for uncealr reasons, probably overload in brain.
 
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3. Board Game: Coal Baron [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:470]
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Glück Auf, I played with the same three friends as Wildcatters. I liked it and two of the others did also, one even ended up buying it, but we do not live close so I will never get to play his copy. Pretty smooth gameplay, the workers get worth less and less as time goes by (effectively since you need more of them for an action) and you need to chain together you actions so that you can make a big score/delivery just before the scoring round, or get left behind in the dust. So basically a pick up and deliver game, but with your own mine that you need to administer.

Conclusion: Again the reason I did not buy this game is unclear, probably a combination of overload, waiting to see if I would find other games I liked better and needed room for, and just beeing kind of stupid.
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4. Board Game: Bremerhaven [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3136]
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On Sunday I finally got a chance to play this game, and I had it thaught by no other than MiWi, who was really great at teching the game live, so it is not only in his well edited great teaching videos he is an awesome teacher. I liked the way players secretly bid on the different action locations mainly. On top of this is a bit of planning on how to develop your harbour and a lot of timing to optimize incoming boats and contracts. All in all, again, a very nice game imo.

Now this was on Sunday, and was basically the last game I palyed before leaving, so I can not really blame that I wanted to see if there were any other games I would like better. So why didn't I buy this game? Again, I would have to blame brain overload, though part of the overload is that I just did not have time to digest my impression of the game before it was too late, sadness.

Conclusion: Did not buy due to my brain not acessing its enjoyment of the game until too late (stupid brain and its limitations)
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5. Board Game: Intrigue City [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:5677]
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Played with the same three guys. Thought it was an interesting abstract game with very much player interaction. Every other move you make is to mess with your opponent directly by moving things around on their board, just for the sake of ruining their setup. We had one of the best teachers that I encountered for all the games I was taught, clear and to the point instructions in a well structured manner, well read on the rules and good at reading the group (he suggested we play the advanced version which is the interesting part of the game since he saw that we all understood the game). Now, this should be the minimum level, but more often than not I found that the people teaching the game did not know it very well, had no plan on how to tech it and how to communicate different aspects (this is partly due to not speaking english as native, but in this case it is all the more important to know the game and know how to teach it). I do not remember the teachers name, but hom and MiWi were superior to all other teachers I encountered.

So why did I not buy this? Well to start with, there was a raffle for the game so everyone who tried the game during a day participated in the raffel, and I waited to see if me or any of my friends would take home the price. None of us did, and after this I partly forgot about the game, again due to sooooo much (wonderful) gaming.

Conclusion: Raffle postponed the buying of the game (and I need to get a better brain).
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6. Board Game: King & Assassins [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1835]
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Played with one of the guys (my friends). Going in I was interested and thought it was going to be a very nice little asymmetrical 2P-game. I played as the assassin and lost, mainly due to the fact that I revealed my assassins only to kill some measly guards for nothing. I was a bit underwhelmed and thought that the game was unbalanced in the favour of the King-player. I left the game dissapointed. I returned two days later with the other two guys that had not yet played the game and watched it played a few times. The more I watched the more I started to see different possibilities and started to like the game again. One of the guys liked the game and said he would buy it, but he wanted to play Metallum in the same booth first to see if he was gonna bundle, and I said I might buy it together with him (King that is) and maybe get an even bundlier bundle. In the end I did not buy.

Why? First because I was dissapointed, I think I went in with too high expectations. Then after watching it a bit I saw more potential and depth and again I do not know why I didn't pull the trigger.

Conclusion: Come ON brain, gimme a break
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