Looking back at my Essen 2013 shopping list
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Seeing Where are they now --- My 2013 Games of Interest, I realized that I still have the shopping list I took with me to Essen, and could produce a similar list. For me, though, 2013 was an excellent year - I currently rate it as the 2nd best year ever, behind only 1997.

I divided my list into seven categories:

Preordered - already committed to purchasing
Math Trade - traded for in the Essen math trade
Buy - fully intend to purchase
Lean Buy - planned to take a look, then likely buy
Borderline - planned to take a look, then decide
Lean Pass - planned to take a look, but unlikely to buy
Just Looking - planned to look, but not buy

So, how well did my planning work?
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1. Board Game: BancoBanco [Average Rating:6.08 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Preordered

Status at fair: Purchased

Results: Not a bad game, but after a couple of plays I'd seen all I needed to.

Rating: 5

Current status: Previously owned
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2. Board Game: Chicago Stock Exchange [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:8294]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Lean pass

Status at fair: Saw, but not drawn to buy

Results: Never played

Rating: N/A
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3. Board Game: Five Cucumbers [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:4407]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Lean buy

Status at fair: Purchased

Results: Interesting game, but missing a spark for us. Gave it two tries to be sure.

Rating: 5

Current status: Previously owned
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4. Board Game: Hanabi [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:274]
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(Hanabi Deluxe, specifically)

Shopping list: Just looking

Status at fair: Couldn't convince myself to spend that much

Results: I still enjoy Hanabi, but it's not enough of a favorite to justify the fancy set.

Rating: 7
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5. Board Game: Light Line [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:11826]
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Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Lean pass

Status at fair: Passed

Results: I did eventually get to try it; I wasn't impressed.

Rating: 4
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6. Board Game: Arche Noah [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:11336]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Lean Buy

Status at fair: Purchased

Results: Pleasant game; while I did let it go, I'd still be willing to play it.

Rating: 6

Current status: Previously owned
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7. Board Game: Galapagos [Average Rating:5.40 Overall Rank:13080]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Math trade

Status at fair: Acquired

Results: Much as with Arche Noah - I'd still be happy to play it.

Rating: 6

Current status: Previously owned
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8. Board Game: Pharaoh Code [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:6814]
Joe Huber

Westborough
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Shopping list: Math trade

Status at fair: Acquired

Results: I actually already owned the original version; this was a sweetener on an item of more interest. I was curious to see which version I'd prefer; I decided to stick with the original.

Rating: 7

Current status: Amigo edition previously owned
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9. Board Game: L'Aéropostale [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:4123]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Buy

Status at fair: Purchased

Results: I wanted to like the game. But the poor rules and level of unnecessary complexity made it more a want than reality.

Rating: 5

Current status: Previously owned
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10. Board Game: Nada! [Average Rating:5.68 Overall Rank:10032]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Just looking

Status at fair: Looked

Results: Looked cute, but not like a game that would stick in my collection.

Rating: N/A
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11. Board Game: Café Melange [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:4646]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Buy

Status at fair: Purchased

Results: Right up there with Old Town as my favorite Proof game.

Rating: 8

Current status: Owned; unlikely to go anywhere
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12. Board Game: Steam Park [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:675]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Buy

Status at fair: Purchased

Results: Another game I wanted to like more than I actually enjoyed it. Too slow, in the end, and just not as fun as the dice and artwork suggested.

Rating: 5

Current status: Previously owned
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13. Board Game: Yellow Jersey [Average Rating:6.74 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Lean pass

Status at fair: Passed

Results: Looked great, but I wasn't convinced I needed another bicycle racing game (and, in fact, I've since let one go). Never played.

Rating: N/A
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14. Board Game: Mayday!Mayday! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:4210]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Just looking

Status at fair: Looked

Results: Didn't seem like my thing; never played.

Rating: N/A
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15. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:447]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Just looking

Status at fair: You know, I don't think I ever got around to even looking at this one

Results: I'd played the prototype, and thought it an interesting game, just not my thing.

Rating: 6

Current status: Never owned; would play
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16. Board Game: Patchistory [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:789]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Lean Pass

Status at fair: Purchased

Results: I did not care for it, as it seemed to have a trailaway loser problem; I like the idea of the patching, but want to see a different implementation. Only picked up because I was in the right place at the right time, so I knew it would be free to try.

Rating: 4

Current status: Previously owned
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17. Board Game: Citrus [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1610]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Borderline

Status at fair: Viewed, but not purchased

Results: I still haven't gotten around to playing this, though I'd definitely be willing.

Rating: N/A
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18. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:207]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Preordered

Status at fair: Purchased

Results: I've had mixed luck with Rosenberg's boardgames (as opposed to his card games, which I've really enjoyed), but this one was a hit for me.

Rating: 9

Current status: Owned; not going anywhere
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19. Board Game: Twin Tin Bots [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2978]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Preordered

Status at fair: Purchased

Results: Works extremely well for me because it fixes the major issue I had with RoboRally - not having control over your programming choices.

Rating: 9

Current status: Owned; not going anywhere
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20. Board Game: Glastonbury [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:3741]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Just looking

Status at fair: Looked

Results: This was the only game I was "just looking" at which I actually had the chance to play in Essen, one evening. Oddly, while I enjoyed it well enough, the main effect playing it had was to convince me that I really didn't still need Kupferkessel Co. in my collection, either.

Rating: 6

Current status: Never owned; would play
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21. Board Game: Quantum [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:372]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Lean pass

Status at fair: Passed

Results: Just didn't grab me; I'd completely forgotten about it until looking through my list. Never played.

Rating: N/A
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22. Board Game: Leonardo [Average Rating:6.10 Unranked]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Just looking

Status at fair: I don't recall actually seeing this - the cover is not familiar

Results: Never played.

Rating: N/A
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23. Board Game: Cornish Smuggler [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5903]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Just looking

Status at fair: Looked, briefly

Results: Never played.

Rating: N/A
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24. Board Game: Letnisko [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3821]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Just looking

Status at fair: Purchased - but for Lobster Trap, rather than for me

Results: I played it at Lobster Trap, and it was interesting enough that I traded for a copy. Didn't stick, but was still fun for a few plays.

Rating: 6

Current status: Previously owned
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25. Board Game: Kenya [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:11867]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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Shopping list: Lean pass

Status at fair: I don't recall having seen this

Results: Never played.

Rating: N/A
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