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Just a list of items I have pre-ordered, reserved, and/or find particularly interesting enough to check out at Essen.

Like a lot of people, I'm looking to find games that are different from a lot of the other games that I already own (or my friends own). Out of the 600 or so games on offer, how do we really figure that out though?
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1. Board Game: Chosŏn [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3270]
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Reserved.

I was quite pleased to pick up Koryŏ last year, and am curious to see how this differs (and is it "better"?).

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2. Board Game: Click & Crack [Average Rating:6.06 Overall Rank:8648]
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Pre-ordered. An interesting game that I tried out a few times when visiting my brother. Seems to play best with four players (given the few times that I was able to play).

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3. Board Game: Clinic [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:2742]
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Pre-ordered.

Actually, I have ordered this and it will be delivered to me here in the UK. I decided to do this so as to avoid having to carry it back with me (at the cost of some postage to get it to me).
 
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4. Board Game: Code of Nine [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3822]
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Pre-ordered.

Sounds interesting on paper, some people have said this isn't much more than "just another worker placement game".

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5. Board Game: Colors of Kasane [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:4274]
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Pre-ordered.

Tried this game out a few times when visiting my brother. Seemed quite interesting to play, and want to see how the game play changes with more experience (for every player, not just me).

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6. Board Game: Colt Express [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:297]
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To check out...

This one just looks neat-o!

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7. Board Game: Concordia: Britannia / Germania [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
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Maybe, just maybe, I will pick this up. Concordia doesn't seem to get a whole lot of love in my group.

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8. Board Game: Deus [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:301]
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Pre-ordered.

Hoping it lives up to the hype I might have built up in my head.

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9. Board Game: Empire Engine [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:4696]
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10. Board Game: Flip 9 [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:9375]
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Reserved a copy.


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11. Board Game: El Gaucho [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1420]
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12. Board Game: Greenland [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:1510] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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Pre-ordered, not just one but two copies, one for the big guy:
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Won't be the same without you at Essen this year.

Pax Porfiriana is quite an interesting construction. Hoping this gives similarly fascinating gameplay!

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13. Board Game: Historia [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:978]
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Pre-ordered (via someone else).

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Well, he ordered two copies on Kickstarter. Then I tried Historia at ManorCon (taught by the generous and gregarious Paul Grogan). I enjoyed it, so took the extra copy that Chooi had. I still blame him though.
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14. Board Game: Imperial Settlers [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:128]
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Heard some mixed comments about this one. Want to see it up close before making a decision.

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15. Board Game: Isaribi [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:5742]
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Pre-ordered. This one looks gorgeous. Hope the game play is the same.

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16. Board Game: Jungle Rumble [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:5107]
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17. Board Game: Keyflower: The Merchants [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.18 Unranked]
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Oh, who am I kidding, I will likely pick this up, along with Keyflower: Trader.


Keyflower is excellent, and I need to play it more!

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18. Board Game: Lost Legacy: Binbo Tantei to Inbo no Shiro [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:4845] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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Pre-ordered.

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19. Board Game: Lost Legacy: Hyakunen Senso to Ryu no Miko [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:4613] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Pre-ordered.

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20. Board Game: Ninja Taisen [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3730]
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Pre-ordered. Interested to see how this one plays.

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21. Board Game: Orléans [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:27]
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22. Board Game: The Ravens of Thri Sahashri [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1387]
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Pre-ordered.

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23. Board Game: Rolling Japan [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:3768]
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Pre-ordered.

Interesting game, or just dice-rolling and not much more? We'll see...

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24. Board Game: Secret Moon [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8568]
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Pre-ordered.

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25. Board Game: Snowdonia: The Necropolis Railway & Neuhauser Bockerlbahn [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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Reserved.

Couldn't pass up a chance to get a copy of the latest Snowdonia expansion. I thought I acted quick enough but apparently missed the narrow window to get the "limited edition" coffin tokens that are available.

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