a PO Girl's 2014 ESSEN Watch List
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Incredible as it may be, my excitement building up to GENCON was so much greater than it is for ESSEN. After going through Eric Martin's 593 item Spiel 2014 Preview I found far fewer games that I am over the top anticipating than there was on his similar GENCON geeklist.

In fact, except for a couple of must have expansions, most of the games on this watch list are only mildly interesting to me at this point, having already learned about most of the BIG new releases at GENCON. After eliminating those and the games I already have Kickstarted or bought the remaining games are kind of a letdown.

Still, maybe after seeing some of the ESSEN coverage I will find a couple of diamonds in the rough. That's the hope.

This list will start off with a handful of expansions that I am very keen on and then I will list the remaining games in alpha order as I have no strong feelings about any of them. After the fair I will reorder the list by my interest level.
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1. Board Game: El Gaucho [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1421]
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Well I like the dice corral. I would like to see more.

Just watched Eric Martin's overview and I really liked what I saw. THIS one is officially on the wishlist!!

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2. Board Game: Viceroy [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:714]
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The theme is kind of pasted on and doesn't feel connected to the mechanics at all, but the puzzle-y aspect of the mechanics really carry the game any way. The artwork is attractive and the play looks quick and uncomplicated.

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3. Board Game: Village Port [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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I am mad about Village and have been waiting for months for a reprint of the first expansion, Village Inn, and now there is another expansion! Must have too!!

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4. Board Game: Akrotiri [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:600]
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Sort of underwhelmed by what I've seen of this game. The bits are okay, but nothing really stands out about the production or the game play. Probably not one that i will bother with.

FINALLY saw some decent coverage of this game and have had a complete change of heart! It has moved to the top of my wishlist

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5. Board Game: CV: Gossip [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.59 Unranked]
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I adore my copy of CV. This is such a fun game that builds off the Yahtzee mechanic, with such a neat storytelling aspect that I can't wait to get more cards and expand the CV universe.

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6. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:80]
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7. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:303]
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8. Board Game: Dungeon Bazar [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:10008]
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I just watched the BGG coverage at ESSEN of this game and it looks very promising. It was a little hard to get a full impression because of the brevity of the overview as well as the fact that the streaming video was a bit choppy, but I liked was I saw. I especially was impressed by it being so different from anything else I've seen. It plays up to 5 and if very quick.

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9. Board Game: Beasty Bar [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1064] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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A card game with a unique theme and very humorous artwork. Another Zoch Verlag game that is intriguing that I would like to know more about.

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10. Board Game: Grog Island [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2594]
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11. Board Game: Medina [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:737]
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12. Board Game: La Isla [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:730]
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I think I may be a Feld fan. This looks kind of interesting to me. Would love to see a run through.

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13. Board Game: Saint Petersburg (second edition) [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:480]
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14. Board Game: Spellcaster [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:3293]
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15. Board Game: Ciúb [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:4644]
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16. Board Game: Murano [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:835]
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17. Board Game: La Granja [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:115]
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After a great video from Richard Ham and I was ready to add this to my wishlist, BUT it looks like this one is already pretty much sold out! Guess I will have to hope for a reprint.

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18. Board Game: Johari [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:4133]
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A dismal review from Tom Vasel who found it boring and based on his description of the game play I would have to agree that it seemed pretty boring. I also was not impressed with the component quality. Decent artwork and interesting theme, but that is not enough to propel this onto my wishlist.

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19. Board Game: Medieval Academy [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:772]
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20. Board Game: Robin [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:6886]
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I just watched Tom Vasel's review...sort of left me feeling meh. I like the theme and the artwork, but it just didn't look very interesting. Just not enough to this one. Maybe I'll change my mind if/when I see more about it.

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21. Board Game: Legends of Andor: Journey to the North [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked]
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I love Legends of Andor and am so bummed that FFG has not offered ANY expansion here in the states for this award-winning game!! I would love to get this new expansion and any others if they were picked up and published for the US market.
 
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22. Board Game: Bruges: The City on the Zwin [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.75 Unranked]
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This is another game I haven't played yet, but am very confident about. I look forward to getting the expansion.
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23. Board Game: Keyflower: The Merchants [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked]
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I haven't got my copy of Keyflower to the table yet, but I am confident that I will love it, so why not grab the expansion?
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24. Board Game: Mangrovia [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:1116]
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This one completely flew under the radar and there is hardly any info on it but I listened The Spiel interview with the Zoch Verlag representative and was intrigued. The artwork is gorgeous and the bits are very nice. Would really like to see a video review of this one.
 
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25. Board Game: Town Center (fourth edition) [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.97 Unranked]
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This is a game that I keep meaning to get, but is always sold out, but maybe the time has come. It looks like the new 4th edition does nothing but make this good game better and maybe, finally they will print enough that I can snag a copy before they are gone.
 
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