Essen 2015 - What I Would Get if I were Going
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This is really my evaluate, and consider buying list.

Essen 2015 captures pre- and post- Essen 2015 releases too.

I'll provide a sentence or two of context. Comments are welcome.

This will be updated when life allows.
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1. Board Game: 3 sind eine zu viel! [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:4456]
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Love those card games! And, I've enjoyed many Reinhard Staupe card game designs.
 
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2. Board Game: 504 [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2074]
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Friedemann Friese games are usually winners for me. I generally love the theme... What is this game about again?

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3. Board Game: Above and Below [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:159] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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I love Ryan Laukat's games -- especially Empires of the Void and Eight-Minute Empire: Legends. So, I'm watching this one closely.

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4. Board Game: Adventure Land [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1221]
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Fantasy, Kramer/Kiesling. SOLD.
 
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5. Board Game: Android: Netrunner – Data and Destiny [Average Rating:8.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.41 Unranked]
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Whoa. Mini-factions! Best constructed deck card game out there.

 
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6. Board Game: Arboretum [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:358]
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At my work, my group conducts research in plant science (agronomy). How appropriate!

 
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7. Board Game: Artifacts, Inc. [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1006]
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Dice? Ryan Laukat! Sign me up.

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8. Board Game: Baseball Highlights: 2045 [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:365]
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Not the base game, but the new expansions #6 and #7: Errors! and Big Fly! and an additional 12 new starter teams of 15 cards each! See this for more.

 
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9. Board Game: Churchill [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:506]
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I am a big Mark Herman game fan and look forward to this GMT war / euro game.

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10. Board Game: Colonial Twilight: The French-Algerian War, 1954-62 [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:1741]
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COIN game alert! Not thrilled it is two player -- this removes my love of metagaming / table smack talk among factions. Super thrilled it is COIN and Brian Train as designer.

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11. Board Game: Coup: Rebellion G54 [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:911]
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Had to Kickstart this one. Should be a lot of fun. We all get a big kick out of playing Coup.

 
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12. Board Game: The Curse of the Black Dice [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:4982]
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Push your luck, cool custom dice. Sounds interesting.

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13. Board Game: CVlizations [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2648]
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Building "resumes" for civilizations and win by making the happiest civs. Sounds like fun.

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14. Board Game: Dark Moon [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:749]
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I enjoy BSG and have played BSG Express. Sounds like this is BSG Express v2.0? I'm in.

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15. Board Game: DOG Cards [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:10872]
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Can't stop Kramer and Kiesling. O have always loved the duo's board games, but last year's Abluxxen was a hit with my group too.

 
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16. Board Game: Dominion: Adventures [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.20 Unranked]
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Yes, I am a collector. So, I must have this. Regular set size. Nice.

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17. Board Game: DRCongo [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:3468]
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Hmm. Players navigate resource extraction vs insurgency. Ragnar Brothers. Sounds like a winner to me.

 
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18. Board Game: Elfenroads [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:2832]
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Remake of an Alan Moon classic. I love Elfenland. It is a heavily played game around here.
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19. Board Game: Elysium [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:316]
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Played it once. Interesting. I like the variety of cards and options.

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20. Board Game: Falling Sky: The Gallic Revolt Against Caesar [Average Rating:8.04 Overall Rank:788]
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The next installment of GMT COIN Series games. Play the Romans, Celtic rivals, Belgic rivals and Germanic rivals. Rumor has it that it is not as good as the others. Doesn't matter. I love them all.

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21. Board Game: Fire & Axe: A Viking Saga [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:774]
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It is being rereleased. I love this game and can't wait to see if they improve upon this new classic.

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22. Board Game: Fleet Wharfside [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2675]
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I love Fleet. The simplicity of gameplay, the multi-use cards, the shortness of the game. This is on my radar.
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23. Board Game: Fury of Dracula (third/fourth edition) [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:174]
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3rd edition announced in this gothic deduction game.

 
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24. Board Game: The Game [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:903]
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Simple rules. Short game. Looks like a great filler.

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OK, I added two already. Here are two more in the pipe that I'm aware of although certainly not for prime time this year.

Pendragon - The Fall of Roman Britain

A Terrible Beauty - The Irish Civil War
 
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