Essen 2014 Wishlist
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Since everyone's doing this and since it makes for a nice online archive, I will publish a Geeklist with the things I'm planning on taking home from Spiel 2014 in Essen.

I have added some short information on why I want to buy these items. This list is in no way exhaustive though, since in the past three years I've always returned home with more stuff than I planned on buying. I'm open to be surprised by the fun stuff at the fair.
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1. Board Game: Ave Caesar [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1084]
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I will go looking at the 2nd hand booths for the Ravensburger edition pictured.

This is a piece of childhood nostalgia. We used to go on holiday at Oostduinkerke, and the apartment we rented there had a cupboard full of old games (the owners used to go there during the summer with their kids during the 80's and early 90's) and we played this one before going to bed almost every night (and on rainy days).

I'm looking for this edition and not the reprint, since the tracks have been changed in the reprint, severely limiting the possibility of not having enough cards left to finish the race (which was part of the fun and 'tactics' of the game, to me).

Maximum I'm willing to pay: € 10 - € 15.
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2. Board Game: Carcassonne: Die Klöster [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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Carcassonne is a big favorite with my family, and this expansion seems to be something in the same vein as Carcassonne: The School. Though I'm not from Germany, I like the idea that it are real cloisters depicted on these tiles. And the art is very well done.

Estimated price: € 4,99.
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I came across the video review by

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Now I'm intrigued and not entirely sure I'll be able to walk past this game if I see it at Essen...

Estimated Price: € 18.
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4. Board Game: Ghost Stories: Band of Brothers [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
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I had been looking into the die bag Repos has on pre-order for Essen, and bumped into these cards. If they have them for sale at their booth, and if the price is right, I'll probably pick them up.
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5. Board Game: Ghost Stories: Guard Tower [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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I had been looking into the die bag Repos has on pre-order for Essen, and bumped into this tile. If they have it for sale at their booth, and if the price is right, I'll probably pick it up.
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6. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:276]
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Antoine Bauza's designs are always creative. In my experience the best way to describe each of his games is something you don't quite have in your collection yet. I have often been pleasantly surprised by this, and while researching Samurai Spirit, I discovered this game.

It seems just about complex and entertaining enough to be able to teach it to my gamer and non-gamer friends (and family).
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7. Board Game: Marvel Dice Masters: Uncanny X-Men [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:492] [Average Rating:7.32 Unranked]
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I still only own the starter for Marvel Dice Masters: Avengers vs. X-Men, and am waiting for the Gravity Feed I ordered at my FLGS two months ago. So if this one's for sale at Essen, and Gravity Feeds are available too... Well... Guess what I'll buy?
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8. Board Game: Samurai Spirit [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:979]
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Ghost Stories 2.0? This game was brought to my attention by:

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This game seems to be more compact, which fits my current setup space and seems to be good fun. The guys from Shut Up & Sit Down are positive about it, and that's saying a lot to me too.

I'm on the fence about pre-ordering this.

Pre-order has been placed! whistle
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9. Board Game: Small World: A Spider's Web [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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I really love Small World, and the new races/powers expansions add some welcome variety to the game. So this one is a no-brainer, especially since it comes with a plastic tray that holds the tokens from Small World: Royal Bonus too (they're currently stored both in the base game box and the tray from Small World: Be Not Afraid...).
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10. Board Game: Small World: Realms [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.33 Unranked]
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The idea of a customizable board for Small World sounds attractive to me, and gives yet another way to add variation to the base game. The scenario's in the rulebook look interesting too.
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11. Board Game: Star Wars: Imperial Assault [Average Rating:8.14 Overall Rank:25]
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It seems Heidelberger Spieleverlag is pre-releasing this in English at Essen. My resolve to wait for a cheaper version online (bookdepository) is crumbling by the minute.

Price: € 89,95
 
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12. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Fallen Kingdom Faction Deck [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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Is where this story starts. He purchased Summoner Wars: Master Set at the Plaid Hat Games booth at Essen last year. At first, I didn't think much of the game. I browsed through his cards in the car and thought the artwork was nice.

More than a month later, Jorn invited me to play the game. I knew Rodney Smith had done a rules explanation and playthrough on his Watch it Played show and decided to watch that in preparation. My oh my, did I get hooked. The game was really fun, and I had to have it.

Early this year, I was able to trade Elder Sign for a Master Set, that included Summoner Wars: Guild Dwarves vs Cave Goblins, Summoner Wars: Phoenix Elves – Second Summoner, Summoner Wars: Taliya's Spirit Reinforcement Pack and Summoner Wars: Piclo's Magic Reinforcement Pack too. In addition, I purchased Summoner Wars: Phoenix Elves vs Tundra Orcs, Summoner Wars: Grungor's Charge Reinforcement Pack, Summoner Wars: Bellor's Retribution Reinforcement Pack and Summoner Wars: Rukar's Power Reinforcements Pack.

Now, to round out the collection, I want to add the two decks used by Rodney Smith and his daughter in the video's that started this all. Since I've got the reinforcement packs for all the factions I currently own, I will add their reinforcement pack into the mix as well.
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13. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Goodwin's Blade Reinforcement Pack [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.02 Unranked]
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See the Fallen Kingdom-entry for the motivation to put this on my Essen Wishlist.
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14. Board Game: Summoner Wars: Vanguards Faction Deck [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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See the Fallen Kingdom-entry for the motivation to put this on my Essen Wishlist.
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15. Board Game: Sushi Dice [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:5680]
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While browsing the list of Essen promo items, I stumbled across this game.

My girlfriend likes dice games like Pickomino or Würfel Bohnanza and food like sushi so I'm hoping she'll like this too. It seems different enought from the dice games I already own, which warrants it a place in my collection.
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16. Board Game: Zombicide Survivor: Thiago [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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I bid on this promo survivor + zombivor + dashboard in 2014 Essen no shipping auction.
 
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