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Board Game: Vinhos Deluxe Edition
Board Game: Yokohama

Pre-ordered for later delivery

Board Game: Great Western Trail
Board Game: A Feast for Odin

€40 Great Western Trail/Eggertspiele/Pegasus Spiele/3-M110
€85? Feast for Odin/Zman Games/3-O117
€45 Oracle of Delphi/Hall Games/Pegasus Spiele/3-M110
€? Karuba/Haba/3-F103 (Amazon.co.uk: £27)
€28 Fabled Fruit/Stronghold Games/3-M107
€28 Cottage Garden/Edition Spielwiese/4-D121
€20 Coal Baron Card Games/Pegasus Spiele/3-M110

€16 Targi Expansio/KOSMOS/3-B118


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2F-Spiele/3-M106-M108
dlp games/1-C114
Edition Spielwiese 4-D121
Haba 3-F103
Hans im Glück/3-B113
KOSMOS/3-B118
Ludonaute/3-Q116
PD Verlag 1-C108
Pegasus Spiele 3-M110
R&D Games/3-O101
Repos Production/3-B108
Stronghold Games 3-M107
Whats Your Games Booth 3-M100
Zman Games 3-O117

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1. Board Game: Vinhos Deluxe Edition [Average Rating:8.22 Overall Rank:116]
Board Game: Vinhos Deluxe Edition
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Vinhos Deluxe Edition: Tasting Room Expansion Pack
Vinhos Deluxe Edition: Connoisseur Expansion Pack
Vinhos Deluxe Edition: Experts Expansion Pack
Vinhos Deluxe Edition: Islands Expansion Pack

 
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2. Board Game: Great Western Trail [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:10]
Board Game: Great Western Trail
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America in the 19th century: You are a rancher and repeatedly herd your cattle from Texas to Kansas City, where you send them off by train. This earns you money and victory points. Needless to say, each time you arrive in Kansas City, you want to have your most valuable cattle in tow. However, the "Great Western Trail" not only requires that you keep your herd in good shape, but also that you wisely use the various buildings along the trail. Also, it might be a good idea to hire capable staff: cowboys to improve your herd, craftsmen to build your very own buildings, or engineers for the important railroad line.

If you cleverly manage your herd and navigate the opportunities and pitfalls of Great Western Trail, you surely will gain the most victory points and win the game.

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Authors: Alexander Pfister
Publisher: eggertspiele/Stronghold Games
Essen 2016: (Pegasus Spiele Booth 3-M110)/Booth 3-M107
Price: €40/Tba
Pre-order: no

Eggertsspiele (English/German): https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/193588/item/4821411#i...
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3. Board Game: A Feast for Odin [Average Rating:8.18 Overall Rank:22]
Board Game: A Feast for Odin
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Using the central board in A Feast for Odin, players have to hunt, gather basic materials, refine those materials, develop their production-buildings, build/buy ships, and raid settlements.

The resulting earnings are placed on the players' board in the best possible pattern to produce income and (later) victory points.

At Gen Con 2016, a Z-Man Games representative said that A Feast for Odin is an expected SPIEL 2016 release, but the earlier planned debut for the game at Gen Con 2016 had been delayed by production issues, so until the games are in the warehouse, there are no guarantees.

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Authors: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Z-Man Games
Essen 2016: Booth 3-O117
Price: €85 rumoured
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https://www.boardgamegeek.com/boardgame/177736/feast-odin

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Comments: all Rosenberg games are worth looking at, although not all are worth buying (Hengest, anyone?)
 
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4. Board Game: The Oracle of Delphi [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:562]
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"For once, Zeus, Greek god of thunder and sky, is in high spirits. Hence, he decides to offer a generous gift to a worthy mortal and invite him, or her, to his realm, to Olympus. To determine a sufficient candidate, Zeus hosts a competition for his entertainment. Twelve legendary tasks are imposed upon the fearless participants: to erect graceful statues, to raise awe-inspiring sanctuaries, to offer capacious offerings, and to slay the most fearsome monsters. The first participant to master all the posed assignments wins the favor of the father of the gods himself.

Indubitably, you will not pass up this golden opportunity, so you clear your ship and rally your crew to follow on the trails of legendary Odysseus through the dangerous waters of the Aegean. But how could you find the righteous path onward? There is but one who can help you. Visit the mysterious oracle of Delphi and let her answers guide your ways.

In Stefan Feld's new game The Oracle of Delphi, the player's ships travel across a large variable game board of hexagonal tiles showing islands and the surrounding waters. Each player aims to reach certain islands to perform the twelve tasks given by Zeus: e.g., to collect offerings of different colors and to deliver them to corresponding temples, or to slay monsters of a specific type (and color), all of which can be discovered on the islands.

In order to execute these color-dependent actions, you are given three colored dice each turn, the so-called "oracle dice". Rolling the dice (at the start of the turn) is equivalent to consulting the oracle, whereas the results represent her answers. The answers determine which actions you will be able to take, but you will always have three actions per turn. However, a slight divergence from your fate is often possible.

In addition to the oracle, you can request support from the gods and you can acquire favor tokens, companions, and other special abilities that will help you win the race against other competitors.

Differently equipped ships and the variable set-up of the game board will offer new challenging and interesting strategic and tactical decisions with every new game of The Oracle of Delphi that you play.

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Authors: Stefan Feld
Publisher: Hall Games/Pegasus Spiele
Essen 2016: Booth 1-c116 not 3-M110
Price: €45
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Comments: Feld was strangely absent last year, so he's had lots of time to come up with something stellar. Is this it?
 
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5. Board Game: Cottage Garden [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:775]
Board Game: Cottage Garden
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In Cottage Garden, you compete in the art of gardening. You are working two beds with a variety of flowers. Whenever no unplanted box is visible on a bed, you have completed it, then you count your points and replace it with a fresh, unplanted bed. You gain points for all of the visible plant pots and planting bells.

In the final stage, you have to give back points to finish all beds on which you were well advanced. In the end, the player with the most points wins.

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Authors: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Edition Spielwiese
Essen 2016: Booth 4-D121
Price: €28 25
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Comments: Patchwork for 4?
 
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6. Board Game: Karuba [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:459]
Board Game: Karuba
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Authors: Rudiger Dorn
Publisher: Haba
Essen 2016: Booth 3-F103
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7. Board Game: Lorenzo il Magnifico [Average Rating:7.89 Overall Rank:96]
Board Game: Lorenzo il Magnifico
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Publisher: Cranio Creations
Essen 2016: Booth 1-A118
Price: EUR 50
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8. Board Game: Fabled Fruit [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:731]
Board Game: Fabled Fruit
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Once upon a time there was a marvelous forest full of gorgeous fruits. These fruits came in vivid colors with the sweetest tastes. And the best part was the fruits could be squeezed and mixed into the most delicious juices.

You are animals living in this forest, searching for the most savory fruits. You find them with the help of friendly forest-dwellers. They give you fruits, trade them with you or help you in other ways. It is most advantageous to be the first at these locations. If you are already at a location, you get a fruit from the animals arriving after you.

You are greedy and thirsty. Who will be the first to satisfy their appetite for fabled juices?

Fabled Fruit is a Fable game.

A Fable game is one where the gameplay changes over time. The first time you play, the game starts in its initial state, which is a relatively simple state. But as you explore deeper into the game system, the mechanisms and gameplay experience will evolve. You play the game many times, and each play changes the game slightly. However, the game is never permanently changed. At any time you may easily restart a Fable game from the beginning, either after you have run through the entire game system, or at any time during the multiple plays you will get from this game system. The Fable game will remain just as playable on the 20th play as it was on the first play of the game.

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Authors: Friedemann Friese
Publisher: Stronghold Games
Essen 2016: Booth 3-M107
Price: €28
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9. Board Game: Railroad Revolution [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:779]
Board Game: Railroad Revolution
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Ambition and a thirst for wealth have driven humanity to strive for ever greater progress. In America, during the 19th century, battles were waged between huge railway corporations that sought to connect state to state and coast with coast… making themselves filthy rich in the process.
Railroad Revolution drops you straight into the middle of these tempestuous years; a time that changed America forever.
In Railroad Revolution, you will manage your own railroad company, ruthlessly competing to be the most powerful railroad tycoon across all America.
You will build railroads, establish stations in your connected cities, expand the network of telegraph lines, and chase your objectives, increasing the value of your company with every action you take.

You start with mainly a team of non-specialized workers, but during the game you can hire additional ones with specific skill sets. The cost or effect of an action is determined by the type of worker that does it.

To complete your company objectives, you will have to remove some of your workers from your active pool, promoting them to managerial positions.
You must carefully assign each of your workers to perform the right action at the right time in order to exploit their specializations in the best way. You need to decide which ones to promote and which are instead still needed to take actions, as your priorities will change from turn to turn.

Railroad Revolution is a fast paced game with relatively simple rules, and it provides you with interesting and challenging decisions. Having a good strategy and finding the correct timing to implement it, is the key to winning the game.

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Authors: Marco Canetta and Stefania Niccolini
Publisher: What's Your Game?
Essen: Booth 3-M100
Price: €40
Preorder: http://www.whatsyourgame.eu/games/railroadrevolution

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Board Game: Railroad Revolution
 
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10. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.43 Overall Rank:4]
Board Game: Terraforming Mars
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In the 2400s, mankind begins to terraform the planet Mars. Giant corporations, sponsored by the World Government on Earth, initiate huge projects to raise the temperature, the oxygen level, and the ocean coverage until the environment is habitable. In Terraforming Mars, you play one of those corporations and work together in the terraforming process, but compete for getting victory points that are awarded not only for your contribution to the terraforming, but also for advancing human infrastructure throughout the solar system, and doing other commendable things.

The players acquire unique project cards (from over two hundred different ones) by buying them to their hand. The projects (cards) can represent anything from introducing plant life or animals, hurling asteroids at the surface, building cities, to mining the moons of Jupiter and establishing greenhouse gas industries to heat up the atmosphere. The cards can give you immediate bonuses, as well as increasing your production of different resources. Many cards also have requirements and they become playable when the temperature, oxygen, or ocean coverage increases enough. Buying cards is costly, so there is a balance between buying cards (3 megacredits per card) and actually playing them (which can cost anything between 0 to 41 megacredits, depending on the project). Standard Projects are always available to complement your cards.

Your basic income, as well as your basic score, is based on your Terraform Rating (starting at 20), which increases every time you raise one of the three global parameters. However, your income is complemented with your production, and you also get VPs from many other sources.

Each player keeps track of their production and resources on their player boards, and the game uses six types of resources: MegaCredits, Steel, Titanium, Plants, Energy, and Heat. On the game board, you compete for the best places for your city tiles, ocean tiles, and greenery tiles. You also compete for different Milestones and Awards worth many VPs. Each round is called a generation (guess why) and consists of the following phases:

1) Player order shifts clockwise.
2) Research phase: All players buy cards from four privately drawn.
3) Action phase: Players take turns doing 1-2 actions from these options: Playing a card, claiming a Milestone, funding an Award, using a Standard project, converting plant into greenery tiles (and raising oxygen), converting heat into a temperature raise, and using the action of a card in play. The turn continues around the table until all players pass.
4) Production phase: Players get resources according to their terraform rating and production parameters.

When the three global parameters (temperature, oxygen, ocean) have all reached their goal, the terraforming is complete, and the game ends after that generation. Count your Terraform Rating and other VPs to determine the winning corporation!

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Authors: Jacob Fryxelius
Publisher: FryxGames
Essen 2016: Booth 3-O105
Price: €50 incl. promo card
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11. Board Game: Coal Baron: The Great Card Game [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1465]
Board Game: Coal Baron: The Great Card Game
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The city of Essen, Germany at the turn of the 20th century was a center for coal mining in Europe. Immerse yourself in the dark world of coal mining as you extract coal from pits, load coal to wagon trains, and then rail your coal off to distant locations in search of fortunes.

Coal Baron: The Great Card Game is a standalone game based on the very popular board game, Coal Baron, originally published in 2013. With innovative mechanisms and almost 240 cards, Coal Baron: The Great Card Game creates an experience that feels very distinct from, yet is just as intense as, the original game.

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Authors: Kramer & Keisling
Publisher: eggertspiele/Pegasus Spiele
Essen 2016: Booth 3-M110
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Comments: card game version of Coal Baron. It's a coal game, so I've got to have it!
 
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12. Board Game: Dynasties: Heirate & Herrsche [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:1669]
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Authors: Matthias Cramer
Publisher: Zman Games
Essen 2016: 3-O117
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13. Board Game: Barcelona: The Rose of Fire [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:6192]
Board Game: Barcelona: The Rose of Fire
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We are in Barcelona in the late 19th century. The old city walls have just been torn down, finally freeing the city's growth outward towards the old villages that surround it. Based on the plans by Cerdà, the construction of Barcelona's famous Eixample (Catalan for "expansion") has begun. It is a period of great prosperity when the burgeoning upper middle class families found their fortunes and used their wealth to demonstrate their power by constructing unique buildings and supporting initiatives for the city's inhabitants. However, not everything is so pleasant in the city. Its prosperity is drawing more and more people to work in the big city, and revolutionary movements are taking hold among the city's unemployed workers.

Barcelona: The Rose of Fire is a board game for 2-4 players in which the players compete for social prestige and personal wealth while trying to avoid the revolution that is spreading through the city.

In more detail, the players take turns using cards to build their influence by constructing buildings (tiles) in the new city, outside the old medieval walls. The better and more spectacular the construction, the more notoriety they gain. But at the same time, this construction boon brings many workers who are living in much cheaper venues. Building high-class buildings, while rewarding in terms of prestige, may generate unrest amongst the popular classes. In order to avoid strikes and riots, players have to make sure that they construct buildings for the popular classes as well.

During the construction phase, players place workers in the Raval zone depending on the sort of buildings they construct. At the end of each era, all those workers are placed into a bag, alongside peacekeeping soldiers. Depending on the level of unrest, a number of these figures are drawn from the bag and the player with more figures drawn from their color suffers a strike.

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Authors: Marco Maggi & Francesco Nepitello
Publisher: Devir
Essen 2016: Booth 2-D131
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14. Board Game: Power Grid: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1764]
Board Game: Power Grid: The Card Game
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In Power Grid: The Card Game, the players represent CEOs of mighty power companies producing electricity.

During the game, the players bid for power plants at auctions and supply them with resources. Their income depends on the amount of electricity produced in each round. At the end of the game, the player who produces the most electricity wins the game.

Power Grid: The Card Game offers all the tension and tactics well-known of its two big brothers — Power Grid and Power Grid deluxe — without using the different maps. You get the full Power Grid emotions in an intensive playing time of sixty minutes!

To give two players an exciting experience, they will play with the Trust acting as a third player. While challenging the opponent, they must incorporate the schemes of the competing Trust in their plans and use these schemes against their opponent.

This game includes a small variant for the Demolition Contractor. This variant is playable with Power Grid: The Card Game, and all maps of Power Grid deluxe and Power Grid!

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Authors: Friedemann Friese
Publisher: 2F-Spiele
Essen 2016: Booth 3-M106/M108
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15. Board Game: The Colonists [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:414]
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In The Colonists, a.k.a. Die Kolonisten, each player is a mayor of a village and must develop their environment to gain room for new farmers, craftsmen, and citizens. The main goal of the game is full employment, so players must create new jobs, educate the people, and build new houses to increase their population. But resources are limited, and their storage leads to problems that players must deal with, while also not forgetting to upgrade their buildings. Players select actions by moving their mayor on a central board.

The Colonists is designed in different levels and scenarios, and even includes something akin to a tutorial, with the playing time varying between 30 minutes (for beginners) and 180 minutes (experts).

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Authors: Tim Puls
Publisher: Lookout Games/Mayfair Games
Essen 2016: may not make it; may be German only; 300 copies of Mayfair/English version will be available; Hall 1 F-133
Price: €60 €70
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16. Board Game: Key to the City: London [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1794]
Board Game: Key to the City: London
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In Key to the City – London, each player aims to develop their own London borough based around their home tile, using the large hexagonal location tiles. Each location tile gives victory points and may generate resources (skill tiles or connectors that connect two location tiles). Connectors and skill tiles can be used to upgrade location tiles for additional victory points and productivity.

The game is played over four eras, and in each era, new location tiles will be available for bidding. In both era 1 and 2, these tiles consist of six resource-generating tiles, plus some additional building tiles. In era 3, there will be only building tiles, which arrive already upgraded. In era 4, some of the Routemaster tiles become available.

On their turn, a player choses one of five actions. They may use one or more of their team of wooden workers ("keyples") to (1) bid for a location tile, (2) use a location tile to generate resources, or (3) upgrade a location. They may (4) pass, in which case they may play again in that era, or (5) cease playing in that era by setting off in their sailing barge along the Thames. The game finishes after the last river barge sets sail at the end of era 4, at which point the player with the most victory points wins.

Key to the City – London has similarities in structure to the award-winning 2012 R&D game Keyflower.

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Authors: Sebastian Bleasdale and Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games/Huch And Co
Essen 2016: R&D Games (3-O101)
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17. Board Game: Last Friday [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:3086]
Board Game: Last Friday
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Last Friday is a hidden movement, hunting and deduction board game, inspired by the popular "slasher" horror movie genre. In the role of young campers, the players are challenged to survive a long weekend of terror – while one of them takes the role of the undying psychopath hiding in the shadows of the forest. In general, the murderer's goal is to remain hidden and to kill off each of the campers, while the campers are trying to fight back and kill the murderer before they are all killed.

The game is played over four chapters — Arrival at the Camp, The Chase, The Massacre, and The Final Chapter — and each chapter plays out differently as the hunter becomes the prey, then comes back from the dead looking for revenge.

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Authors: Antonio Ferrara & Sebastiano Fiorillo
Publisher: Ares Games
Essen 2016: Booth 3-E100
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18. Board Game: Bios: Genesis [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1638] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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In Bios: Genesis, one to four players start as organic compounds shortly after Earth's formation, represented by up to three Biont tokens. The Amino Acids command Metabolism, the lipids create cells, the pigments control energy absorption and storage, and the nucleic acids control templated replication. Their goal is a double origin of life: first as Autocatalytic Life (a metabolic cycle reproducing, yet not replicating, its own constituents), and the second as Darwinian Life (an Organism using a template to replicate in an RNA world). Players can play cooperative, competitive, or solitaire.

Notes designer Phil Eklund, "This subject is the most difficult and ambitious I have ever attempted, and it has taken many years to get it to work right." With Bios: Genesis, Bios: Megafauna, and Origins: How We Became Human, Eklund takes players through almost the whole breadth and scope of life on Earth.

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Authors: Phil Eklund
Publisher: Sierra Madre Games
Essen 2016: 3-O103
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19. Board Game: First Class: All Aboard the Orient Express! [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:385]
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In First Class: Unterwegs im Orient Express, players try to score as many fame points as possible by building a rich network of rails, by building luxurious train cars, or by serving well-paying passengers.

First Class is a card game that feels more like a board game, and since each game is played with the base cards and two of five modules, the game offers lots of variety as not all elements are used in each playing.

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Authors: Helmut Ohley
Publisher: Hans im Glück/Zman Games
Essen 2016: Booth 3-B113/3-O117
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20. Board Game: Ulm [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:998]
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Ulm is at its heyday. The construction of the Ulm cathedral has not yet been completed, but the city is already wealthy and prestigious.

In Ulm, players try to expand their spheres of influence and to make optimal use of the hustle and bustle on the marketplace around the cathedral.

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21. Board Game: La Granja: No Siesta [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1413]
Board Game: La Granja: No Siesta
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La Granja: No Siesta is a standalone dice game following up the boardgame La Granja.

The players need to collect resources to cross them off on their scoring sheet in order to get the most victory points. They can hire helpers to use their special effects. They build a barn to store goods and sometimes they need to have a little time off and have a Siesta!

The dice game singles out the dice mechanism from the boardgame and transfers it into a much lighter game. Every round the players roll the dice and draft them until everybody has at least three dice to score.

Once a player completes the siesta track the game comes to an end. Whoever collected resources in the most effective way will win the game!

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22. Board Game: Martians: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:3286]
Board Game: Martians: A Story of Civilization
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23. Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2374]
Board Game: The Manhattan Project: Chain Reaction
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24. Board Game: Solarius Mission [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:2630]
Board Game: Solarius Mission
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In the distant future, the home planet is overpopulated and
riots loom. The only solution seems to be to advance into space and to
settle planets. Several technically advanced nations emphatically try to put this into practice. Under the name of Solarius Mission they begin a project to explore other planets, build space stations and conduct interplanetary trade. Who is able to use the technical means available and to fulfill the vital Solarius Mission?

With their space ship, the players explore far away planets, develop new technologies with their tech dice, and send settlers into space. They try to prevent space contamination.

Solarius Mission is a very eclectic game – it is important to think ahead and to optimize the personal strategy. Who acts especially prudent, who will win in the end?

Solarius Misson is a tactical and strategic civilization game in a pulp science-fiction setting, with a dice-draft, dice manipulation, and resource-management mechanism. It can best be described as a mid-weight euro-style game.

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Publisher: Spielworxx
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25. Board Game: The Perfumer [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:8610]
Board Game: The Perfumer
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Sniff to win! The Perfumer is a board game played by your nose, a game of real fragrance thanks to a new board game concept that integrates the "sense of smell" into the game rules. With a special printing technology, real fragrances are "printed" onto cards. Get ready for a brand new gaming experience!

A good perfumer needs to have a keen knowledge of fragrance ingredients and be able to distinguish each of the ingredients by smelling their odors. Drawing on their wide range of knowledge about fragrance, players explore all over the world to collect ingredients, then try to fulfill clients' orders of unique perfumes. The secret recipe passed down by the century-old perfumers is another challenge that awaits players as you must identify the specific ingredients used in the secret formula by smelling.

So let the journey began — smell all the way around the world to earn the most honors, and become the most celebrated perfumer of all!

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