What has me buzzing for Essen
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Below is a list of what has me getting excited for Essen. Includes games I have pre-ordered, kickstarted with Essen pick-up or what I'm just hoping to get my hands on.
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1. Board Game: Dragon Slayer [Average Rating:5.66 Overall Rank:7036]
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My game design debut making it's debut at Essen. Of course this is my number 1 buzz! Expect me to be hanging around the Indie Boards & Cards stand at various times.

UPDATE 10/10/14
If you would like to come along to say Hi or play a little Dragon Slayer with me I will be at the Indie Boards & Cards stand 2.30pm to 7pm Thursday, Friday & Saturday (with the exception of 4 to 6 on Thursday as I have a meeting) demoing Dragon Slayer.
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2. Board Game: Snowdonia: The Necropolis Railway & Neuhauser Bockerlbahn [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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I only recently jumped on the Snowdonia train but I love the game. I often read Tony Boydell's blog and his posts regarding this have me salivating. As I don't have any expansions I think I'll make this my first. Hopefully I'll get a chance to pre-order, if not the Suprised Stare stand will be an early stop.

Update: Pre-orders now open and I was in the first 100 so I'll be shelling out for the 5 coffins too
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3. Board Game: Keyflower: The Merchants [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked]
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I was lucky enough to have a chance to play test some parts of this which I really enjoyed. Another one I'll be making a beeline for!

Plus they have this promo for a small donation if you buy the expansion.

Keyflower: Trader
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4. Board Game: [redacted] [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3304]
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Another game I was fortunate enough to play test and it is fantastic. The secret loyalties & deduction elements are tailor made for a spy game.

I've backed this on the kickstarter that is currently running. Hoping to pick my copy up at Essen as it funded on it's first day!
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5. Board Game: Secret Moon [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8601]
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A follow up to love letter. I've pre-ordered from Japon Brand so I will be getting my copy
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6. Board Game: Ninja Taisen [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3734]
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This just caught my eye when I was scrolling down the Japon Brand pre-order list. A punt in the dark but looks fun!
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7. Board Game: Camel Up [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:381]
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Sdj winner and everyone I've spoken to say it's fun. Might be my pick up for playing with my sons.

Update: Thanks to River Song bringing this along to the club I've now tried it out. It was fun and I will definitely be up for playing it again but I don't feel compelled to add it to my collection. I won't be buying this at Essen.

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8. Board Game: Five Tribes [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:52]
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A friend who got to see this before release was very excited about it so I'll be checking it out.
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9. Board Game: Mythotopia [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1248]
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I've always got room in my luggage for a Wallace game. This looks interesting enough whilst I continue to wait for Moongah Invaders which is touch and go for the end of the year now...
 
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10. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:739]
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Missed out on this one last year. Hoping another publisher picked it up in time for Essen fulfilment.
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11. Board Game: Empire Engine [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:4698]
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I have the pnp now I can get a published version! Such a clever use of 18 cards.
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12. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Attack Wing [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:2093]
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This one had both my sons buzzing when they saw it on the BGG Gen Con feed. If it's available at Essen I will have to find room for it. Will probably make a nice Xmas present for them. Not for me at all honest! whistle
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13. Board Game: Lewis & Clark [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:135]
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Snowdonia has got my juices flowing for solitaire games & this looks one of the best released recently.

Plus they have a promo available at Essen!
 
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14. Board Game: Stone Age: Casino [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.22 Unranked]
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Stone Age used to be a family favourite but has been stuck on the shelf for a while. Maybe a new promo will help. It's packaged with a Russian Railroads promo that I'll have to trade on.
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15. Board Game: Impulse [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1163]
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Added on a impulse

From the designer of Innovation

Has anyone played it?
 
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16. Board Game: What's He Building in There? [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3068]
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This one flew under my radar until I read the recent Spielbox review. Was supposed to debut at Essen 2013 but the games got stuck at customs so it's launching this year.

I like the theme so this may be my heavier purchase of 2014.
 
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17. Board Game: Fields of Arle [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:54]
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ninja Don't tell anyone but there will be a few copies of the English versionat Essen. So few in fact they aren't allowing pre orders (only the German language edition can be pre ordered for Essen €45
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18. Board Game: JamSumo [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:3358]
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I'm always surprised just how much game play Gavin squeezes out of his gorgeous wooden games.

I had the pleasure of playtesting both Steeplechase & Yellow Jersey, both of which I can highly recommend particularly if you enjoy family games.

A friend of mine has been raving about JamSumo and he snagged himself the last copy at UK games Expo. Given Cubiko will have less than 50 copies at Essen I've reserved my copy already!
 
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