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The games I'm interested in checking out at Spiel this year. My shortest list ever!
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1. Board Game: Colony [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1743]
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Colon, why?

This game isn't about intestines, but it is about if Machi Koro and some other game had a love child. Well, that's what someone else said, so I'm going with it.

Dice placement, space colony building theme, sounds fun.
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2. Board Game: Fuji Flush [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1843]
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I like card games, I like Friedman Friese games...shouldn't be too expensive, sounds like a great way to flush away my hard earned euros.
 
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3. Board Game: A Feast for Odin [Average Rating:8.16 Overall Rank:30]
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The latest million-token monster for Uwe.

Like they say every year, with every new Rosenburg, "It is the best of all his other games put together"

If it is more worker placement, building an economic engine, fun with fiddly bits, I'll be buying it.
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4. Board Game: Snowblind: Race for the Pole [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2811]
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From the main page:

Snowblind is a press-your-luck and risk-management dice game in which 1-4 players take control of a polar expedition, racing to be the first to return from the South Pole.

I guess you could say I like dice games. The theme for this one sounds great, especially since my ancestors originally came from Antarctica.
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5. Board Game: Grimslingers [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:3315] [Average Rating:6.55 Unranked]
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I don't think this is new this year, but I think it sounds interesting:

Grimslingers is a strategic, sci-fi fantasy western themed card game that features two different modes of play: versus and co-op. In versus mode, 2-6 players go head-to-head in teams or a free-for-all using a wide selection of spells, items and abilities.

Anyone rolling the tri-fector of sci-fi, fantasy, and western? They get my money.
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6. Board Game: Fields of Green [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:754]
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Players take the role of farm owners trying to expand their property and business. By adding fields, livestock and facilities, they build an economic engine that will bring them closer to victory.

Fields of Green, inspired by Among the Stars, is played over four rounds (years) during which players draft cards and add them to their ever-expanding farms. At the end of each year comes the harvest season when they must water their fields, feed their livestock, and pay maintenance costs in order to receive valuable resources that will allow them to further expand in the next year.

I love farms, I love drafting games, and I love green. win win win
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7. Board Game: Checkpoint Charlie [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:4593]
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Quick deduction game to play with the kids, worth checking out.
 
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8. Board Game: Welcome Back to the Dungeon [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1170] [Average Rating:6.90 Unranked]
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Push your luck fantasy theme...worth a looky-loo.
 
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9. Board Game: Escape from Colditz [Average Rating:6.66 Overall Rank:1476]
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This is supposed to be a redone version of a 1973 game...but the theme sounds great: One player takes the part of the German Guards, whilst the others play "Escape Officers" who are responsible for organizing escape attempts by their team of prisoners. Generally, the winner will be the Escape Officer who achieves the most successful escapes; but it might be the German Forces, if they are able to limit the number of escapes.
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10. Board Game: Shogun Big Box [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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Shogun has been on my radar for a long time. I think this came out last year, but a big box with big bits sounds like big fun for a classic military euro.
 
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11. Board Game: Unicornus Knights [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:3244]
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Seiji's heaviest game yet...I'm a big fan of most of his other micro-games, so I'm pretty sure I'll pre-order.

It is a co-op, but I trust Seiji. From the game page:
Unicornus Knights is a cooperative board game where the players are generals who must assist the Princess of a Kingdom to reach her capital. Chased away from the capital by a sudden attack from the Empire, the Princess is set on returning, and will stop at nothing. The players must pave way for the princess so that she does not run into enemy hands.

The game is played on a modular board, where each board contains an enemy general. When a player closes in upon an enemy general, random "fate" cards are drawn that will represent the connection between the enemy general and the player, adding to the narrative and available tactics.
 
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12. Board Game: Alchemidus [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:8030]
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This sounds cool:
In Alchemidus players try to extract gold by manipulating alchemic formulas drawn from 15 pages of a book of magic. By modifying dice rolls, players puzzle out which processes produce gold. Whoever can get the most gold at the least cost is the winner.

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Alchemidus is a speed puzzle, with players trying to be the fastest to find the cheapest way to convert clay to gold.

gonna pre-order
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13. Board Game: Yokohama [Average Rating:7.94 Overall Rank:92]
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The final pre-order from Japon Brand, heavyweight trading game. "The game emulates the development of international trade in Yokohama during the Meiji era. You play merchants trying to gain contracts with foreign ministers and obtain import goods."

This one is a bit of a gamble, but...The designer has a good track record.
Plus, I just like the way it looks.
 
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14. Board Game: Dream Home [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:793]
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This is one looks like fun for the younger kids as well, so it is worth a look at.
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15. Board Game: Order of the Gilded Compass [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2417]
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I like dice games, and this is a re-theme of one of the grand daddies of dice allocation games, Alia Iacta Est...or something like that.

It should be worth a demo.
 
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16. Board Game: Capital Lux [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1256]
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I like the art for this, and it seems like it is a quick card game with tough decisions. Sounds worth a try if the price is right.

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17. Board Game: Power Grid: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1536]
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I've read several reviews of this, and it sounds like a great way to get the PG experience in a short amount of time. I love PG, but never get/make the time to play it, at least not as much as I'd like. Will check this out.
 
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