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1. Board Game: Lisboa [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:66]
Board Game: Lisboa
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Our current plan for Lisboa is a Kickstarter which starts in November -- probably early but we have no specific date in mind as of yet. We plan to release Lisboa at Origins, 2017. We pushed things back a bit given that Vital's Vinhos Deluxe game will launch at Essen 2016 as will Glenn Drover's Empires: Galactic Rebellion; Attack Deluxe; and Daedalus Sentence.

kickstarted 16th November 2016
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Authors: Vital Lacerda
Publisher: Eagle Gams
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Pre-order: via Kickstarter, delivery June 2017

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2002188924/lisboa-vital...

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8th June 2017:
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We do realize that we are now into June, and that all of you are anxiously awaiting your copy of Lisboa. Unfortunately the factory ran into some unexpected production difficulties, so they are still finishing up production of the games. These will now leave China in early July, so they should arrive at our warehouses in August. We will let you know once they are on the water.
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The next priority for us is to send the EU backers their games from the US to the EU. Fortunately it looks like there will be enough "left over" that we can send the full quantities backed by all EU individual backers and the retailers who supported us (greatly) for the KS campaign as well. Our plan is that by one week from today (Friday, August 11) all the Lisboa games ordered for the EU will be on their way to Philibert (for France and Belgium); Happy Shops (for Germany, Austria, and others); Boosterbox (for the NL, Scandinavia and others); EGD (for Spain and Portugal); Giochix (for Italy); Hobbity (for Poland); BoardGameGuru (for the UK and others); etc. If I have skipped anyone, sorry but ALL of the games we need for the EU are coming from the US to the EU next week.
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2. Board Game: Brass: Birmingham [Average Rating:8.64 Overall Rank:3]
Board Game: Brass: Birmingham
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Authors: Martin Wallace
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3. Board Game: Clans of Caledonia [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:41]
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Authors: Jouma Al Jou-Jou
Publisher: self published
Pre-order: via Kickstarter, delivery October 2017

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/680649956/clans-of-cale...

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4. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:45] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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Authors: Michel Keisling
Publisher: Plan B Games
Essen 2017: Hall 3, Booth O117
Price: €42 with joker tiles
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Are you attending Essen? We're giving away a set of free Joker Tiles to the first 1,000 fans to purchase Azul from our booth at the show

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5. Board Game: Whistle Stop [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:909]
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Authors: Scott Caputo
Publisher: Bezier Games
Essen 2017: Hall 1 G147
Price: $60
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Joel Eddy highly recommends this:

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6. Board Game: Transatlantic [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:1319]
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Authors: Mac Gerdts
Publisher: PD Verlag
Essen 2017: Hall 2: F110
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7. Board Game: Merlin [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:957]
Board Game: Merlin
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Authors: Stefan Feld
Publisher: Queen Games
Essen 2017: Hall 1 D121
Price: tba
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8. Board Game: Pulsar 2849 [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:214]
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Author: Vladimir Suchy
Publisher: CGE
Essen 2017: Hall 1, booth F 145
Price: €40 pre-order
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9. Board Game: Montana [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2028]
Board Game: Montana
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Authors: Rudiger Dorn
Publisher: White Goblin Games
Essen 2017: Hall 3: O106
Price: €40
Pre-order: Available for preorder for €42.50 for shipment or SPIEL '17 pick-up through the White Goblin Games website. The first five hundred preorders receive painted cows as a bonus.
http://www.whitegoblingames.com/webshop

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10. Board Game: Heaven & Ale [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:262]
Board Game: Heaven & Ale
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Author: Michael Keisling
Publisher: Eggertspiele/Plan B Games (EN)
Essen 2017: Hall 3: D110/Hall 3 O117
Price: €40
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OpGamesr comment: This was one of the most-praised games at the Gathering of Friends, but unfortunately, I didn’t get to try it. The Opinionated Gamers that have tried it have really enjoyed it, and the artwork looks awesome to me, so I’m probably heading to eggerspiele to pick this one up.
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11. Board Game: Queendomino [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:418] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Authors: Bruno Cathala
Publisher: Blue Orange
Essen 2017: Hall 3: M107
Price: €30, or €45 with Kingdomino
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12. Board Game: Keyper [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1086]
Board Game: Keyper
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Author: Richard Breeze
Publisher: R&D Games/Hutch
Essen 2017: Hall 3 O101
Price: €55
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13. Board Game: Majesty: For the Realm [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:790]
Board Game: Majesty: For the Realm
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Publisher: Hans Im Gluck
Essen 2017: German only
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14. Board Game: The Quest for El Dorado [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:180] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
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Author: Reiner Knizia
Publisher: Ravensburger
Essen 2017: will the EN version be there?
Price: $35
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15. Board Game: Nusfjord [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:423]
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16. Board Game: Riverboat [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:897]
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Authors: Michael Keisling
Publisher: Lookout Spiele
Essen 2017: Hall 1 F133
Price: €53 German edition
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17. Board Game: Reworld [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:3299]
Board Game: Reworld
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Authors: Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Keisling
Publisher: Eggertspiele/Plan B Games (EN)
Essen 2017: Hall 3: D110/Hall 3: O117
Price: €40
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18. Board Game: Fast Forward: FORTRESS [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:2985]
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Author: Friedman Friese
Publisher: Stronghold/2F
Essen 2017: Hall 3 O105
Price: €14
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19. Board Game: Calimala [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:1210]
Board Game: Calimala
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Author: Fabio Lopiano
Publisher: ADC Blackfire
Essen 2017: Hall 2 D128
Price: €40
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20. Board Game: Noria [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2214]
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Essen 2017: Hall 1 D122
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21. Board Game: Exit: The Game – The Secret Lab [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:598]
Board Game: Exit: The Game – The Secret Lab
Andrew Bond
United Kingdom
Banstead
Surrey
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22. Board Game: Okanagan: Valley of the Lakes [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:3642]
Board Game: Okanagan: Valley of the Lakes
Andrew Bond
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Authors: Emmanuele Ornella
Publisher: Matagot
Essen 2017: Hall 3 E102
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"An incredibly gateway game'. Looks like Carcassone with Walnut Grove style tiles.
 
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23. Board Game: Magic Maze [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:475]
Board Game: Magic Maze
Andrew Bond
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Publisher: Sit Down!
Essen 2017: Hall 3: Q118
Price: €25, Maximum Security expansion €20
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24. Board Game: Indian Summer [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1310]
Board Game: Indian Summer
Andrew Bond
United Kingdom
Banstead
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Author: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Edition Spielwiese
Essen 2017: Hall 1 D122
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Before winter makes its appearance, a particularly warm fall bathes the forest in a golden shimmer. During the Indian Summer, New England blossoms one last time. Treetops are ablaze with countless colors — a living rainbow, from green to orange to red. Slowly the first leaves are starting to fall. Meanwhile, our steps and the diligent squirrels rustle the colorful foliage.

On our walks through the woods, we discover all kinds of little treasures; we collect berries, nuts, mushrooms and feathers. We pause for a moment to watch the shy inhabitants of the forest before we set off towards home once again. There, a good book and a hot tea are already awaiting.

Indian Summer is firmly geared towards experienced players. At the heart of the game are puzzle tiles with holes that are placed on individual forest boards to cover up treasures. When players get their hands on these, they gain more options and an edge over their opponents. All that counts in the end is to be the first to cover your forest floor completely with leaves.
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25. Board Game: Caverna: Cave vs Cave [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:599]
Board Game: Caverna: Cave vs Cave
Andrew Bond
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Authors: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Mayfair/Lookout
Essen 2017: out now
Price: £23 (ouch!)
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Joel Eddy highly recommends this:
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