Games to see and/or buy in Essen 2014
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This is a list of games and expansions that I will look for this year at Essen. Some items I simply missed last year, some older games I've only recently discovered.
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1. Board Game: Cyclades: Titans [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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I just found out that it includes rules for team play. I guess that's another item on my must buy list.

EDIT: 40€ *oof*
 
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2. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Veteran and Rescue Dog [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
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Interested in picking this up. Maybe in combination with another Flash Point expansion.
 
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3. Board Game: Coup: Reformation [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
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Tempted to pick this one up. As the new rules might add the little spark to the game, that it needs for me. Sadly, the pre-order/Kickstarter thing didn't really seem to work out for me. I hope I'll still have a chance to pick up a copy in Essen.
 
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4. Board Game: Tragedy Looper [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:505]
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The theme and concept sounds great. Curious about how it plays.

EDIT: As it's going to be a Z-Man release soon, I'm holding off on a pre-order for now. I don't want to spend most of my new games budget before the fair has even begun.

EDIT2: 30€
 
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5. Board Game: Lap Dance [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:9268]
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I laughed at the theme and put this game on my list last year, but sadly not even a prototype made it to Germany. I'm hoping this year I will have a chance to see this game in action.

EDIT: I'll have to gauge how compatible the theme and illustrations will be with my gaming group. There's little point in buying a game, that my friends don't really want to play.

EDIT2: 20€ when pre-ordered
 
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6. Board Game: Belle of the Ball [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4111]
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I guess I am easily amused. The names made me giggle... so I will give this game a try in Essen.
 
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7. Board Game: One Night Ultimate Werewolf [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:264] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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That seems like fun and worth trying out.

EDIT: guesstimate 12€
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8. Board Game: 8 the Liar [Average Rating:4.91 Overall Rank:13666]
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Seems simple and fun. Worth a look at least.
 
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9. Board Game: Abraca...what? [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:1946]
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This might be a Hanabi-style, non-cooperative deduction game. Could be fun. Will have to give it a try first.
 
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10. Board Game: Office 21 [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:7147]
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Yet another fun little game, that looks promising and isn't too expensive. I'm starting to worry all those small games will add up to break my budget this year.
 
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11. Board Game: Adventure Tours [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:6204]
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I like the art style, the designer and the price. Will check it out.

EDIT: Not as inexpensive as I first thought. Will have to try the game first.
 
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12. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:426] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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I've played this game last year and I believe some time before that. I rather liked it, but never actually got around to picking it up. This might change this year. With the new, kickstarted edition out and the expansion available, I'm pretty sure it will be difficult for me to withstand a bundle in Essen this year.
 
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13. Board Game: BANG! Gold Rush [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
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Mostly to complete my Bang! collection.
 
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14. Board Game: 27th Passenger: A Hunt On Rails [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:3558]
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I will need to have a closer look at this game. I'm in a bit of a deduction mood right now.
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15. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:241]
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I've had the original game on my watchlist for a while. This reimplementation sounds like fun. Although I believe I've read somewhere that it won't make it to Essen this year.
 
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16. Board Game: Aristo-Maze [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:8788]
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To be honest I don't really remember if it's the art or something about the game design that stuck in my mind about this game. But I put it on the list, in case I forget about it. Hopefully once I get to see the game in action it will be easier to tell, whether I want to buy it or not.
 
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17. Board Game: The X-Files [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4996]
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I remember enjoying the first couple of seasons of this show. And I like a lot of Kevin Wilson's games. It's worth a look at least.
 
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18. Board Game: Temporum [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:2420]
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A time travel game by Dominion's Donald X Vaccarino. While my circle of friends seem a little burned out on Dominion, this might be a fun addition to our gaming collection. Definitely worth trying out.
 
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19. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:80]
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Suburbia seemed interesting, but also a little dry. This game seems much more fun, so it's definitely worth a look.

EDIT: To be honest, it's the price that is pushing this game down on my list. I want to be a little more budget-conscious this year and I'm already pre-ordering more than I have in all my previous Spiel visits combined. I'm not removing it from the list yet, as I'm not ruling out picking up a copy.
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20. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:738]
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This sounds simple and fun and I believe a German edition has been announced by Kosmos this year.

EDIT: Not a priority since it's a Kosmos release (so widely available in the following months) and I spied it on the list of somebody I know. But it's small and looks fun. I might still pick a copy at the fair.
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21. Board Game: Blue Moon Legends [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.38 Unranked]
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Somebody suggested I try this game. So I've put it on this list, in case I get the chance to do so in Essen.
 
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22. Board Game: Archipelago: War & Peace [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.80 Unranked]
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Expansions have a very strange hold on me. Even though I didn't find Archipelago's cards particularly lacking in interaction, I have this expansion on my radar.

EDIT: As Archipelago doesn't hit the table with our group very often, I will probably hold off on this expansion.
 
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23. Board Game: Say Bye to the Villains [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3065]
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Missed out on it last year in Essen, because it was sold out before the doors opened. Hopefully I'll be able to find a copy this year.
 
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24. Board Game: The Ravens of Thri Sahashri [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1395]
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A short two-player cooperative game might fit our tight schedule after bringing little Z to bed.

EDIT: Pre-ordered.
 
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25. Board Game: Lost Legacy [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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Same as above.

While I know AEG is releasing a translated edition of the game, I'm neither fond of the new art style nor the decision to put out three separate games at once.

I'm hoping to pick up an "original".

EDIT: I will probably pre-order the follow-up sets. Still hoping to pick up the original set at some point.Pre-Ordered the follow-up sets.
 
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