A cantankerous old skeptic and grognard goes to Essen looking for meaty, original games while largely giving the usual euro point-saladers a miss
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Not for the first time, some friends and I will be taking a short fall holiday in the lovely Ruhr district, and wallowing in board games, schnitzel and weissbier (all of these having more or less the same priority).

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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1. Board Game: Greenland [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1956] [Average Rating:7.02 Unranked]
Board Game: Greenland
Sierra Madre Games (3-P100). Preordered.

If I could only keep one game from the last decade or so, I think I would have to go with High Frontier, so yeah, I am pretty much an Eklund fanboy. Anyway, Greenland looks simply fantastic, so forget about camels, meeples or rotating boards and get this!

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2. Board Game: Terra Mystica: Fire & Ice [Average Rating:8.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.45 Unranked]
Board Game: Terra Mystica: Fire & Ice
Z-Man Games (3-P111), €45

OK, a slightly point-salady heavy-weight euro somehow found its way into the top of my list, but it's an exception to the rule, I promise. With more than 50 face-to-face games of Terra Mystica, I can safely say that it is more or less the best thing since the invention of schnitzel, in fact if I could keep only TWO games from the last decade or so, I would have to go with High Frontier and Terra Mystica! So, more Terra Mystica, please.

Rules: English rule book

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3. Board Game: Russian Railroads: Mini-Expansion [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
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Hans im Glück (3-D116, 1-F112)

The final even remotely euro'ish entry on the list, surely! Russian Railroads might be as dry as old cake and about as thematic as a game of tic-tac-toe, but it is a well-crafted, interesting, thinky game, and regardless of how it plays, it's about *trains*, dammit! Its only drawback might be a lack of variation, so what could be better than a small expansion offering exactly that? A big one, I guess, but this is certainly better than nothing.

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4. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – "Tracing Doctor Livingstone" Scenario [Average Rating:8.26 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.26 Unranked]
Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – "Tracing Doctor Livingstone" Scenario
Robinson Crusoe promo pack
Portal Games (1-C120), €26. Preordered.

Robinson Crusoe is, if anything, thematic. Sure, it's an interesting cooperative puzzle in its own right, but to me the more or less bizarre stories taking place before your eyes carry the game: One minute you are feasting on tigers while dodging cursed treasure, the next you are killed by a freak blizzard. I definitely don't get to play the game as often as I should, but that's not going to stop me getting even more *stuff* for it.

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5. Board Game: Lost Legacy: Hyakunen Senso to Ryu no Miko [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:6232] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
Board Game: Lost Legacy: Hyakunen Senso to Ryu no Miko
Japon Brand, etc. (3-R110, 3-R112), €10+€10. Preordered.

I have a weakness for those odd minimalistic Japanese games that we've seen over the last couple of years. So, a selection of Japanese games have been preordered; Lost Legacy: Hyakunen Senso to Ryu no Miko and Lost Legacy: Binbo Tantei to Inbo no Shiro, as well as the next couple of games below.

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6. Board Game: Secret Moon [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:10565]
Board Game: Secret Moon
Japon Brand, etc. (3-R110, 3-R112), €8. Preordered.

Another Japanese minimalist game, this time a team-based social deduction game. At such a minimal price too, how can I resist?

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7. Board Game: The Ravens of Thri Sahashri [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1628]
Board Game: The Ravens of Thri Sahashri
Japon Brand, etc. (3-R110, 3-R112), €14. Preordered.

A two-player, cooperative deduction game with an intriguing theme? Yeah, ok, just take my money, will you!

Rules: English rules of The Ravens of Thri Sahashri

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8. Board Game: The Resistance: Hidden Agenda & Hostile Intent [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.65 Unranked]
Board Game: The Resistance: Hidden Agenda & Hostile Intent
Indie Boards & Cards (3-N102). Reserved.

The Resistance is awesome, and by far the most popular social deduction game in my gaming club (although One Night Ultimate Werewolf is giving it a run for its money). More Resistance stuff, please!

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9. Board Game: Samurai Spirit [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1279]
Board Game: Samurai Spirit
Funforge (1-F117), €18. Preordered.

That lanky Quintin Smith sold me on this, dammit, and I don't even *like* Ghost Stories or any of Antoine Bauza's other games. But… this looks like it might be fun all the same, and I am guessing it just might have a chance with the kids, if I can drag them away from the computer and TV.

Rules: Samurai Spirit Rules (official)

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10. Board Game: Concordia: Britannia / Germania [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
Board Game: Concordia: Britannia / Germania
PD-Verlag (1-C108), €15

OK, we're not quite done with euros after all. After Russian Railroads, Concordia was the other euro hit of Spiel 2013 for me. It's a lean, elegant, no-fuss euro puzzle with a pleasing theme and the moving parts kept to a minimum - in stark contrast to the usual bloated add-every-ingredient-in-the-kitchen-to-the-soup stuff we see these days. The trademark rondel was not to be seen in Concordia, but the light-weight deck-building used instead turned out to be a worthy and surprisingly similar successor.

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11. Board Game: Dice Brewing [Average Rating:6.14 Overall Rank:5474]
Board Game: Dice Brewing
Board & Dice (2-C108), €22

Dice games like this don't usually get a second glance, but… I guess I don't need to specify why Dice Brewing is firmly on my radar. Ok, the theme, people, the theme...! Imagine brewing beer, and playing this during the inevitable lulls in the process. Oh, the joy!

Rules: Dice Brewing English rulebook

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12. Board Game: Brauerei [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:15195]
Board Game: Brauerei
Speaking of beer, Essen has a large number of very nice restaurants, covered in detail in at least one thread in the Essen forum.

Last year, we didn't manage to get a seat at the Rüttenscheider Hausbrauerei (near the halls), but hopefully this year will be better.

Another personal favorite is that old mainstay of the Spiel crowd, the Drago an der Gruga restaurant. Big, noisy, tons of people, and did I mention you can get a plate with *three* schnitzels on it?
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13. Board Game: First to Fight [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:12662]
Board Game: First to Fight
Fabryka Gier Historycznych (2-D118), €37

First to Fight seems to be part of an interesting new trend: World War 2-themed games that are nevertheless not wargames. Like 1944: Race to the Rhine before it, First to Fight takes on a difficult subject, and time will tell how well it manages to do that. Speaking as a wargamer, the fact that the game is *not* a wargame is not exactly a recommendation, but I do find it fascinating to see how game designers can approach the subject from a different angle - even if I end up preferring the old-school approach.

Rules: First to Fight - rulebook

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14. Board Game: Hyperborea [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:652]
Board Game: Hyperborea
Asmodee (3-B108, 3-H115 & 3-H116), €60

The game looks very nice, and the mechanics seem refreshingly unorthodox. Sure, that could still translate into a completely "meh" experience, but my feeling so far is good. It might be a bit too much to hope that this might be the "next Terra Mystica", and I am sure I would end up disappointed if that is what I hoped for, but it definitely seems to be worth a look.

Rules: Hyperborea: Rulebook

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15. Board Game: Nika [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:9518]
Board Game: Nika
Eagle Games (), €22+€3

It is hard to know what to think of this game. It's an "abstract", which is usually the point in the description where my eyes start to glaze over. But unfortunately for my ability to just dismiss the game immediately, it does have a bit of a theme, and the theme happens to be *hoplite warfare*, a subject close to my heart. The theme is even closely interwoven with the mechanics, and that I just gotta see…

Rules: Nika Rules

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16. Board Game: Panamax [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:593]
Board Game: Panamax
Stronghold Games (3-M107), $60

Describing Panamax as a dice-based euro is probably not the way to catch my attention, but mention companies, investments and dividends, and I will be right there at the Stronghold Games booth, you just wait and see! It remains to be seen whether Panamax is an economic game to my tastes (they are particularly fickle, after all) but what I have seen so far looks promising.

Rules: Panamax rules-USA

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17. Board Game: Uruk II: Die Entwicklung geht weiter [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6145]
Board Game: Uruk II: Die Entwicklung geht weiter
DDD Verlag (1-C109/2-A137)

It seems more than a little uncertain whether Uruk II: Die Entwicklung geht weiter will even be available at Essen, and I am not having high hopes. Still, even the remotest possibility earns it a place on this list: The ancient Near East is one of my favorite subjects, and I would just love to see a copy of this.

Update: It's for sale! And it looks awesome!

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18. Board Game: Witness [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:848]
Board Game: Witness
Ystari Games (3-B108, 3-H115 & 3-H116), €30

What a funny, quirky-sounding little game! A social, cooperative game of efficient communication! And if that wasn't enough, it has a Blake & Mortimer theme too (B&M being one of my favorite comics, a series of stories that kept me entertained during those endless summer days and long winter evenings of my long-gone youth)!

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19. Board Game: Fatal Rendez Vous [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:14828]
Board Game: Fatal Rendez Vous
Gigamic (3-D109), €18

Another Werewolf-like social deduction game, which is at the very least worth a look. And it has handcuffs…

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20. Board Game: Fields of Arle [Average Rating:8.09 Overall Rank:59]
Board Game: Fields of Arle
Z-Man Games (3-P111), €45

OK, thematically this one does not exactly score much for originality. Plus, it's a two-player game only, which is about as close to an instant death knell as you can get from me if you're a euro game. And even though I have owned all of Agricola, Le Havre, Ora et Labora and Caverna, the original Agricola is the only one I didn't end up selling. So, Fields of Arle does not have a lot going for it, but like the other sheep in the flock, I can't quite ignore this latest Rosenberg farmyard game, 'cause it just *might* be really good.

Rules: Fields of Arle - Rulebook

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21. Board Game: Historia [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1338]
Board Game: Historia
Giochix.it (1-C123), €45?

As much as I like the topic, presenting the entire technological and military development of the human race as a glorified spreadsheet is not going to sit well with me. Still, I am not ready to completely write off the game at this point.

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22. Board Game: Hoyuk [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:6473]
Board Game: Hoyuk
MAGE Company (3-O103), €35/€50

By now you might have guessed that using the ancient world as a theme is an excellent way of upping my interest level in any game. OK, it's a euro, but on the other hand it's a euro where you get to *build* things! On the other-other hand, it's also a game where the game itself apparently gets to destroy the stuff you've just built, and I have a feeling that might get just a little frustrating.

Rules: Hoyuk Rules / English Version

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23. Board Game: Ivor the Engine [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:4969]
Board Game: Ivor the Engine
Surprised Stare Games (3-Q105), €25

No, I don't think I have ever seen the animated series that this is based on, I grew up in Denmark, after all! Also, I wasn't that fond of Tony Boydell's previous effort, Snowdonia. Still, Ivor the Engine is train game of sorts (even if it is a make-believe train), and just by reading about the damn thing, I feel suffused by the pervasive idyll of the Welsh countryside being promised here, with its green hills, white sheep, and, er, green steam trains. Although, comments here on the site seem to agree that the game itself can be both nasty and random, something which is bound to shatter the idyllic illusion sooner rather than later…

Rules: Full Colour Rulebook v1

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24. Board Game: Mythotopia [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1636]
Board Game: Mythotopia
Treefrog Games (1-F160), €45

Next up is the first of Martin Wallace's Treefrog offerings this year. This one is a generic fantasy, territorial conquest game with a bit of deck-building thrown it, with the mechanics based on those of A Few Acres of Snow. The rules are available and the game looks exciting mechanically, if possible a little bland thematically.

So far I don't know what to think of this one. It could be fantastic, I guess, but Martin's multi-player territorial conquest games have always been the ones I liked the least of his games. I will take a look at it, at least.

Rules: Treefrog link

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25. Board Game: Onward to Venus [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1854]
Board Game: Onward to Venus
Treefrog Games (1-F160), €45

The theme draws me in, and the game looks gorgeous. But of course, if nice components were all I was looking for, I could just throw my game budget at whatever the latest over-hyped, underdeveloped Kickstarter amateur effort happened to be at the moment. Having read the rules, I am totally undecided on this. Pretty is not enough; more is needed to satisfy, much more, but does Onward to Venus have it...?

Rules: Treefrog link

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