Nicht zu vergESSEN 2015
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Third visit to Essen, second time I'm creating a Geeklist.
I've got some spare time and because the research before hand is half the fun I'm following the example of one of my play buddies. (Hi Dirk whistle)

This is a list of games I may not forget to check out at the fair or games which I've kickstarted the last year and which will arrive around the time of the fair or for which I've arranged Essen pick up.
So here we go, kicking of with the kickstarters and adding more games as the official Preview List gets posted and updated.

My Loot from one day Spiel.


My pyramid of games from this year (with 3 free thrash metal cd's I got with Thrash and roll as a thank you for my Dutch translation thumbsup). This was our music during our 2 hour ride home


And as a stack.

And now, how to get these games in this cupboard... whistle


Summary 28/9 MONEY (TO BE) SPENT:
Samara: 23,5€ (paid)
The Ancient World: 32€
Manhattan Project: 22€ (paid)
Oath of the Brotherhood: 30€
Royal Goods: 5-7€
Sheep & Thief: 19€ (paid)
Game of Trains: 7,50€ (paid)
Champions of Midgard: free
Thrash 'n Roll: free
TOTAL: 141€ (69€ not paid yet)

MONEY TO RECEIVE:
Jambo: 12€
Zeus & Hera: 9€
City Council: 25€
Rush 'n Crush: 10€ (exactly what I once paid for it )
TOTAL: 56€

TOTAL COST: 85€, looking good for now cool
Edit 5/10: haha, my total cost just went down with 10€ and the number of games I'll be getting went up by one
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1. Board Game: Samara [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:3667]
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Pre-ordered two copies through kickstarter with Essen pick-up, second copy for a user on BSM.

PRICE: 23,5€
 
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2. Board Game: Between Two Cities [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:480]
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Pre-ordererd through Kickstarter with two users from BSM. Game to be handed over in Spel in Antwerp.

PRICE: 26,60€
 
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3. Board Game: The Ancient World [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:969]
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Contacted the users trading this game in the math trade with the question if they were willing to sell it instead of trading and lo and behold, they both agreed. Made a deal with one of them for 32€.
I had my eye on this one for a long time but it's rather expensive new, but this price is fine by me.

PRICE: 32€, definite buy
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4. Board Game: The Manhattan Project [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:219]
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Bought the German edition of this pretty much language independant game from Allgames4you in Essen for 22€, with Essen pick up thus saving me 10€ shipping costs

PRICE: 22€, definite buy
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5. Board Game: My Village [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:939]
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The publisher stresses this is NOT 'village the dice game' and that's something I like. I really wanted to like Village and loved the theme, but the one play of it didn't really overwhelm me. So a dice game with the same theme and quite some depth goes on this list.
I'll probably have to choose between Discoveries and this so hopefully I'll get try them both.
 
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6. Board Game: Xanadú [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3350]
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Won this game in a contest and I chose Essen-pick-up, so can't forget to pick it up. cool
Will be added to our club collection!
 
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7. Board Game: Oath of the Brotherhood [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:5435]
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5 players. Check.
Pirates. Check.
Gorgeous artwork. Check.
Interesting gameplay. Not sure yet, but well worth keeping an eye on, the mechanic of fighting over locations with your workers isn't new (see 'Carson city') but definitely interesting
At first sight the rest of the game looks a bit like a rather boring set collection game, so need to read the rules.

It reminds me of '21 mutinies' from last year, which had my interest then and which I still have to play sometime.

The only video available (in the preview list) is very tiresome to watch, don't publishers practice explaining their games beforehand?

Compared to some other games on the list a price of 30€ isn't that much.

Edit 21/9: read the rules: still interested. The fighting over the locations is less than I hoped, but there are still some interesting mechanics in play. Variable player powers for example. And extra locations that become available when using a certain location. The tokens you need to complete the contracts also provide extra actions while you have them in your inventory so balancing how long to keep them and when to spend them could provide interesting decisions. But I hope to be able to try before I buy.

Edit 25/9: ok this is going to be a buy. I'm still nog sure about the balance between strategy and amount of rules (to many rules for too little strategy?) but what the heck, let's give it a shot! It looks and sounds to much 'up my alley' to skip it. arrrh

PRICE: 30€, definite buy.
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8. Board Game: Aqua Park [Average Rating:4.53 Unranked]
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Beautiful artwork, unique and interesting theme.
Hopefully this will be a dice filler with some decisions.
Rules reading is on the to do-list.

25€
 
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9. Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:13]
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I really like 7 Wonders but I sometimes find you don't have enough control over the game because you're totally dependent on which cards you'll get from your fellow players.
This game seems to add much more strategical options to the game and eliminates the drafting. It sounds really interesting. I don't play many 2-player games and I already have more than enough of them, but this sounds really good and only takes about 30min which is a plus.
Hopefully the price will be nice too...
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10. Board Game: Antarctica [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:3456]
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Uncommon theme, interesting mechanic (rotation of the sun and the placement of your ships determines when it's your turn) and very nice components!
One drawback to me is the fact that points are gained through all sorts of majorities which is mostly not my favourite mechanic. But this rule book will certainly be read!

30€, price is ok too for a game which such components.
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11. Board Game: The Pursuit of Happiness [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:654]
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Very vague description and the player count (only up to 4 players) and the length (up to 90 minutes) are not to my liking, but the theme sounds too cool! Perhaps this will be what 'Funny Friends' should have been. Love the theme on that game but the rules and mechanics are a bit lacking.
Waiting for more concrete info!

Edit: 3/10: read the rules and totally excited! This sounds really fun and very thematic too But until now it's totally silent from the publishers side, even the website doesn't mention this game, there's also no price known yet so I fear we won't be seeing this game at the fair. And if the price is above 40€ I'm postponing the purchase till the game gets available in my webshop.
 
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12. Board Game: Champions of Midgard [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:107]
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Not sure it will be available at the fair, but interested! Gets compared to Low and liked that game (although not thematicalyy enough for my tastes) but since Dirk has that one, this might be a nice addition to my own collection.
edit 6/9: Saw the dice tower video. Seems right up my alley: thematic, cool graphic design and tension in the form of the dice, but perhaps a bit too simple.... 53€ (preorder) is also a bit too much for my tastes... Plus it only goes up to 4 players and the group I'll have the biggest chances of getting this on the table with consists of 5 or 6 players. Try before I buy (if I can resist...).
@Dirk: battles aren't resolved by 'a simple' dice roll you know, you can very much mitigate the luck by deciding which and how many 'warriors' to send on a quest plus you can use reroll-tokens to reroll any numer of dice


This will definitely be added to the collection. whistle
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13. Board Game: Simurgh [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:2046]
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More information! Images!
Dragons, 2 kind of workers, variable board: interested!

Edit: 2/10: haven't read the rules very thoroughly but it seems this is very much a 'resource conversion' game and I'm not a fan of those... It still looks great though so I hope to be able to play it at the fair.
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14. Board Game: Stellar Conflict [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2606]
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A filler with very unique game play: you have a number of space ships (cards) with cannons and shields and you place them on the table as fast as possible trying to target the other player's ships (line of sight to be determined with a rubber band included in the box) while at the same time trying to avoid being shot yourself. The pure chaos that follows should be hilarious.
Add to that variable player powers and differents ships per player and you have 10€ well spent. cool

Waiting for some images though...

PRICE: 10€
 
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15. Board Game: Oh My Goods! [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:611]
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The Ostereiches Spiele museum (or something like that) always has cheap, portable and fun games (Handler der carribic en Bakerspeed) and for 5-7€ you can't go wrong I guess.
Someone going on Thursday willing to pick up a copy for me? I fear they'll perhaps all be gone on Saturday...

PRICE: 5-7€, definite buy (thanks to Nico)
 
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16. Board Game: Sheep & Thief [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2916]
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This looks like a really cute game with relaxing game play but also tactical and strategic decisions to be made. Still doubting about pre-ordering the Japon Brand Version or waiting and hoping that it will be picked up by another publisher.

PRICE: 19€, pre-ordered
 
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17. Board Game: Game of Trains [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2429]
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Cheap filler with a Guillotine-vibe and very nice graphics, it seems the train wagons are filled with easter eggs (the throne of swords, the A-team van) and I think it should be fun figuring out what the wagons are carrying.

PRICE: 7,50€ Pre-ordered, definite buy
 
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18. Board Game: Thrash'n Roll [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:3814]
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This baby is coming home with me!
As a big metal fan the theme is just perfect (although Thrash isn't in my top 5 of metal subgenres...) and since I'm not buying Discoveries and I'm still not sure about My village this could be my 'deep' dice game of the fair.

PRICE: whistle
 
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