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One great thing about the Atlanta Game Fest 25 http://atlantagamefest.com/ being in January (22-25, 2015) is that many of the Essen releases have made their way to the US. I've had the chance to play at least a dozen of the Essen games and have ordered copies of some of my favorites direct from the German publishers and have several games on order in the hopes they will ship before the event. Folks are very generous about bringing the new releases for play, so I'm sure there will be several titles I haven't listed. Feel free to add items that you will be bringing.
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1. Board Game: Alchemists [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:80]
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Leon played this at BGG.con and really enjoyed it so he's ordered a copy and we're hopeful it will arrive in time.
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2. Board Game: AquaSphere [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:355]
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This looks crazy complicated but how can I resist a game from Feld where you program robots? I did the Kickstarter thing and it was due in late December so I certainly expect my copy to arrive for Game Fest.
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3. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:82]
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I haven't bought it yet, but there are at least two copies floating around so I expect someone will bring it. I like it better than Suburbia, which I like OK but it seemed a bit fussy. This is a similar thing but is a lot more straightforward.
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4. Board Game: Concordia: Britannia / Germania [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
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I just pre-ordered this. It would be nice if it arrives, Concordia was certainly a favorite of mine and has been popular with a lot of others as well. The new boards look like a worthwhile addition.
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5. Board Game: The Golden Ages [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:725]
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I bought a Essen copy after playing it because I liked it so well. It is a nice civ building game that only takes 90 minutes or so. Several clever aspects and everyone I played with enjoyed it as well.
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6. Board Game: La Isla [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:730]
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My copy just arrived. I made enlarged versions of the player aid so it can be read by middle-aged eyes :-). I've only played twice. I'm a little worried than it can be unbalanced based on what cards you get, especially at the start of the game. But it is a clever game and for a Feld game fairly short and simple. It was one I definitely wanted to secure a copy of for Game Fest.
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7. Board Game: Linko! [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:707]
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Novel card game, not like anything I've played before. Easy to learn and you can play it by the game or by the hand so it is a good filler.
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8. Board Game: Orléans [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:27]
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I really enjoyed this game that is a bit of deck building (only with worker chits in a bag) and worker placement. Very novel, not too long and fairly easy to learn but with lots of replay value. My copy I ordered from the German publisher has arrived.
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9. Board Game: Saint Malo [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:1790]
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From 2012 but not many copies have made it over. Clever dice rolling game. Would be better at 5 players if there was a second set of dice, it is a bit too much waiting on your turn, but it works well with 3 and OK with 4. Clever Yahtzee-style game about filling in your town with walls, buildings and people.
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10. Board Game: The Staufer Dynasty [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:872]
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I haven't played this but it looks like the kind of game I like and the reviews and ratings here at BGG have remained positive. I rarely buy anything without trying it first, but this looks like a good gamble.
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11. Board Game: ZhanGuo [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:397]
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I've pre-ordered the Z-Man version. I sure hope it shows up as it may be my favorite Essen release (along with Orléans). Elegant with lots of depth. You play 6 cards a round for 5 rounds, and they go on the board to take an action or tucked in your personal display to build your engine, but the things you can do are varied and the modular board means no two games will be the same. I suck at it, but really have enjoyed the three games I played so far.
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12. Board Game: Clash of Cultures: Civilizations [Average Rating:8.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.57 Unranked]
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I got the expansion shortly after it came out, and if you liked the base game, this expansion makes it even better.
 
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13. Board Game: Evolution [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:329]
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Played this for the first time last weekend. Your grow your critters and adapt them with traits. They eat veggies or other critters and then poop it out into your own scoring pouch. How could that not be fun???
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14. Board Game: Timeline: Inventions [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:855] [Average Rating:6.72 Unranked]
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Got this for Xmas... will bring to Game Fest 25
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15. Board Game: Timeline: Music & Cinema [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1125] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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Christmas 2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest.
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16. Board Game: Timeline: Music & Cinema [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1125] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
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Christmas 2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest.
 
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17. Board Game: Forbidden Desert [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:263]
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2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest.
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18. Board Game: Heroes of Graxia [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:11958]
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2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest.
 
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19. Board Game: Machi Koro [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:740]
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2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest.
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20. Board Game: Tsuro of the Seas [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1144]
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21. Board Game: Dungeon Roll [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:2000]
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2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest.
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22. Board Game: Abyss [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:324]
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2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest.
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23. Board Game: Tiny Epic Kingdoms [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:970]
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2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest.
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24. Board Game: IOTA [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:2930]
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2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest.
 
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25. Board Game: Lords of Waterdeep [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:51]
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2014 acquisition. Will appear at Atlanta Game Fest. (includes Scoundrels of Skullport)
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