Mr Estall's Essen 2017 Shopping List
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So this will be my second trip to Essen in five years. That makes me a regular, right?

This year I'll be driving, accompanied by the lovely Mrs Estall and equally lovely Mr & Mrs Edwards, and we'll be staying at the Ibis (Geek Central).

The chaps will be at Spiel on Thursday and Friday, while the ladies will be on a geek-free shopping spree in Dusseldorf. It'll be interesting to see which pair spends more. My money is on my Mrs E and her addiction to handbags!

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Here’s the final haul:

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1. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:47] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
Board Game: Azul
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OK this is in my Must Have list - a tile-laying puzzle by Michael Kiesling with beautiful pieces and artwork.

Chance of me running to the Plan B Games booth on Thursday: HIGH
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2. Board Game: Dragon Castle [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:559]
Board Game: Dragon Castle
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Mahjong tiles and spatial awareness? Yeah, you had me at Mahjong.

Chances of me feeding my obsession with chunky tiles: HIGH
 
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3. Board Game: Habitats [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1384]
Board Game: Habitats
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Second edition ordered on Kickstarter for collection at Essen.

Chance of me ordering a set of those small animal figures to pimp the game: HIGH
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4. Board Game: JamSumo [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:3700]
Board Game: JamSumo
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Ordered direct from Gavin at Cubiko for collection at Essen.

Chance of me having disproportionate amount of fun from flicking dice: HIGH
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5. Board Game: Mini Rails [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1753]
Board Game: Mini Rails
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I'm confused, I seem to have bought train development / stock investment game.

I have spent years trying to like 18XX games but I could never get my head around the stock management aspect. For some reason, it's never sat comfortably in my brain, so in the end I decided they were just not for me.

But this is different. A train game where you have two actions per turn - lay track or invest - on a modular board, and the game plays in about 45 minutes? Now this is more my thing.

Pre-ordered and paid!

Chance of me finally playing - and liking - a train stock game: HIGH
 
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6. Board Game: The Palace of Mad King Ludwig [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:2073]
Board Game: The Palace of Mad King Ludwig
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Preordered and paid for collection at Essen
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7. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:416]
Board Game: Photosynthesis
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I was on the bench until I watched Tiffany and Steve play this on their channel, and it actually looks pretty good, with a nice tension between growing trees to earn light points, and decomposing them to earn VPs. It all seems to work well, and moves at a fair pace. Hmm, colour me interested.

Chance of me branching out (sorry) into abstracts: HIGH

Update: preordered with Queendomino
 
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8. Board Game: Queendomino [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:425] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
Board Game: Queendomino
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More stuff? More complexity? More players? Sign me up!

Chance of me going for more domino goodness: HIGH

Update: preordered with Photosynthesis
 
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9. Board Game: Rhino Hero: Super Battle [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:708] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
Board Game: Rhino Hero: Super Battle
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Bought - because I just couldn’t resist it for €20
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10. Board Game: Snowdonia: The Siege of Petersburg / The Channel Tunnel 1881 [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.56 Unranked]
Board Game: Snowdonia: The Siege of Petersburg / The Channel Tunnel 1881
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On the list to complete my collection of Snowdonia scenarios - and because I can’t resist grabbing a bottle of Uncle Tony’s liquid goodness. Ooh err!
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11. Board Game: Tokyo Highway [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1992]
Board Game: Tokyo Highway
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Blimey, this game was made specifically for me. Spacial awareness, small wooden bits and pieces, and tweezers! It's a shame it's only for two players but I don't care, this is a Must Have.

Chance of me buying a quirky box of road-building goodness: HIGH

Update: pre-ordered!
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12. Board Game: Wibbell++ [Average Rating:7.37 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.37 Unranked]
Board Game: Wibbell++
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Bought - because Bez was brilliant at selling
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