A cantankerous old skeptic and grognard goes to Essen looking for meaty, original games while largely giving the usual euro point-saladers a miss
- Jens HoppeDenmark
Arriving Thursday and leaving again on Sunday, we will be staying at the Ibis Hotel near the central station. The Ibis is a first for me, but the hotel we'd been staying at for the last couple of years, the Arosa, had become sufficiently gamer-unfriendly that we felt a change was needed.
The following is my prioritized interest/shopping list, based mainly on the information in the Spiel 2014 Preview geeklist.
Now, a bit about my preferences so you, dear reader, know where I am coming from. I have been gaming since the early eighties, and as an old wargamer, my tastes often tend to gravitate to thematic, historical, involved games. Quirky and original games, say minimalistic games, deduction games, and social games, also often get a second look, as do economic games and train games.
The big euros are more hit and miss for me. Yes, like most people I will be drooling over the Terra Mystica expansion (if you don't, you're probably an idiot who doesn't recognize greatness when it's staring you in the face ), but don't expect me anywhere near any of the new Feld games, or the other, more or less indistinguishable move-your-camels-to-score-majorities or place-workers-to-gain-resources games. Show me a deck-builder and I am likely to immediately stalk off in the opposite direction. But, if it has to be a euro, let it be one that allows me to *build* things: Let the endgame be markedly different from the beginning, not just a repetition of the same action selections and resource conversions.
Also, the usual Fantasy Flight offerings are given a wide berth: Generic fantasy themes with a gazillion plastic figures on a brown mapboard supported by twenty different decks of cards are a big turn-off.
Without further ado, here's my interest list, starting with the most promising, but descending quickly to the murky soup of the "maybes"!
At the end of the day, who knows which games end up being the ones worth having? I know that my ability to predict even my own hits is pretty abysmal. At least the schnitzel and the beer - and let's not forget; the company - will be good in Essen!
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