2017 Essen anticipation - meeple1s choice
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This list comprises games that are on my radar for 2017. It contains some of the obvious candidates for becoming the new hotness of this year. Probably, I will come across most of the latest & greatest in one of the board gaming clubs or game nights around anyway. Therefore,
I also deliberately try to seek out games that:
are difficult to come by after the fair
probably won't be bought by anyone else I game with

As the collection grows and storage space is limited, one important criterium for a potentially new game is, to contain a unique feature that is different from any game I own. So, I will also add to this list games, that:
sound good, but I am somewhat unsure about...
Comments helping me decide are always welcome!
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1. Board Game: 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:606]
Board Game: 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis
Designer: Asger Granerud, Daniel Pedersen
Publisher: Frosted Games
Player count: 2
Ages: 10 +
Playing Time: 30 - 45 minutes
Mechanic: Bluffing, Political, Card Driven Battle

My comment:
Nice to see this being published in German.


Release: 2017
Price: 28 €
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2. Board Game: Gamer Over! A Game Fair Murder Mystery [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:9163]
Board Game: Gamer Over! A Game Fair Murder Mystery
Typically Frosted Games!
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3. Board Game: Captive [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:3416]
Board Game: Captive
This is a chose-your-own-adventure book as a graphic novel.

Maybe not a "game" according to the common definition,
but certainly something original and new.
Not sure, if Pegasus Spiele will bring this to Germany. They did so with Ritter aiming at a younger audience.
 
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4. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:289]
Board Game: Charterstone
Designer: Jamey Stegmaier
Publisher: Stonemaier Games
Player count: 1 − 6
Ages: 10 +
Playing Time: 20 - 60 minutes
Mechanic: Worker placement

My comment:
A "constructive" legacy game --> no ripping cards.
And no Kickstarter surprinsingly, as Jamie Stegmaier seems to have had enough of that.


Quote:

In Charterstone, a competitive legacy game, you construct buildings and populate a shared village. Building stickers are permanently added to the game board and become action spaces for any player to use. Thus, you start off with simple choices and few workers, but soon you have a bustling village with dozens of possible actions.

Your journey through Charterstone’s many secrets will last 20 games, but it doesn’t end there. Your completed village will be a fully-functional worker-placement game with plenty of variability.

Release date: 2017
Price:
Booth:


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5. Board Game: Codenames: Duet [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:156] [Average Rating:7.59 Unranked]
Board Game: Codenames: Duet
Designer: Vlaada Chvátil, Scot Eaton
Board Game: Codenames: Duet

Publisher: Czech Games Edition
Player count: 2
Ages: 11 +
Playing Time: 15 - 30 minutes
Mechanic: word game, deduction

My comment:
The description sounds like it could work really well. That would be quite an achievement to make great party game into a two-player, that is actually interesting.

Release: 2017
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6. Board Game: Custom Heroes [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1687]
Board Game: Custom Heroes
Designer: John Clair
Publisher: AEG
Player count: 2 - 6
Ages:
Playing Time: minutes
Mechanic: trick taking, card crafting

My comment:
Another one of the lighter games introducing card crafting mechanism. I did give Mystic Vale a pass, because I was waiting for the "full" game. Looks like we still have to wait a little while longer though for Edge of Darkness.
I might indeed have a closer look at Custom Heroes then, as I generally like games with climbing tricks.


Release: 2017
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7. Board Game: Dragon Keepers [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:6109]
Board Game: Dragon Keepers
Designer: Catarina Lacerda, Vital Lacerda
Publisher: Knight Works
Player count: 2 -5
Ages: 8 +
Playing Time: 15 - 30 minutes
Mechanic: Push your luck, Dice, Co-op

My comment:
A lighter game aming at a younger audience. Vital designed this together with his youngest daughter.


Release: 2017
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8. Board Game: Ethnos [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:240]
Board Game: Ethnos
 
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Family: Game: Fast Forward
New game family by Friedemann Friese.

With Game: Fast Forward he continues what he started with Fabled Fruit. All of these are "fable games".
Eric Martin summarized in his blog post about fable games:

Quote:
[...]they start with an ordered deck of cards, with which you'll play multiple games — saving your position when you stop should you want to start in the same place next time, while also having the option of starting over from scratch — but beyond that, Friese has embedded the rules within the deck itself. You read nothing prior to play other than perhaps an instructional card that tells you not to shuffle the deck. You place the deck on the table, read the top card, and begin.
Fast Forward: FEAR
Fast Forward: FORTRESS
Fast Forward: FLEE
 
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10. Board Game: Finished! [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2366]
Board Game: Finished!
Designer: Friedemann Friese
Publisher: 2F-Spiele
Player count: solo
Ages: 10 +
Playing Time: 20 - 30 minutes
Mechanic: Hand management, memory

My comment:
A puzzle solving game, which promises not less than to be:
Quote:
a completely new way to play solitaire!
I am curious.

Release: 2017
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11. Board Game: Fugitive [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:673]
Board Game: Fugitive
Designer: Tim Fowers
Publisher: Fowers Games
Player count: 2
Ages: 10 +
Playing Time: 5 - 20 minutes
Mechanic: Deduction

My comment:
This might be among the most clever little two player games that came out recently. It is certainly among the most beautiful!


Release: 2017
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12. Board Game: Gentes [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:728]
Board Game: Gentes
Designer: Stefan Risthaus
Publisher: Spielworxx
Player count: 2-4
Ages: 12 +
Playing Time: 75 - 120 minutes
Mechanic: worker placement, time track

My comment:
Time track is one of my favorite mechanisms.
Given the designer's and publisher's reputation, it was an easy decision:
--> PREORDERED

Release: July 2017
Price: 55,-€
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13. Board Game: Heaven & Ale [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:265]
Board Game: Heaven & Ale
 
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14. Board Game: Joraku [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2349]
Board Game: Joraku
Trick taking + area control

Highly recommended everywhere.
Will check out.
 
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15. Board Game: Keyper [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1095]
Board Game: Keyper
Designer: Richard Breese
Publisher: R & D Games
Player count: 2 - 4
Ages: 14 +
Playing Time: 90 - 120 minutes
Mechanic: worker placement, area control, set collection, key-series

My comment:
It sounds like typical game of the key-series, just less cut-throat
due to the (temporary) alliances when placing your keyples.
We'll see if this impression holds up.


Release: 2017
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16. Board Game: Lisboa [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:66]
Board Game: Lisboa
Designer: Vital Lacerda
Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
Player count: 2 − 4
Ages: 12 and up
Playing Time: 60-120 minutes
Mechanic: Area influence, hand management, tile placement

My comment:
Vital has impressed greatly with The Gallerist and especially with KanBan. So, all eyes are on his latest game now. Lisboa is not a worker placement game for a change. It is card driven with the option during other player's turns to participate on their action chosen. Similar in that way to Glory to Rome for example.

Release date: 2017
Price: 95 € surprise
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17. Board Game: The Lost Expedition [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:765]
Board Game: The Lost Expedition
Designer: Peer Sylvester
Board Game: The Lost Expedition

Publisher: Osprey Games
Player count: 1 - 5
Ages: 14 +
Playing Time: 30 - 50 minutes
Mechanic: Co-op

My comment:



Release: 2017
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18. Board Game: Memoarrr! [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1548]
Board Game: Memoarrr!
Designer: Carlo Bortolini
Publisher: Edition Spielwiese
Player count: 2 - 4
Ages: 8 +
Playing Time: 10 - 20 minutes
Mechanic:

My comment:
Players are trying to find their way to the treasure. A memory game, where cards are not shuffeled between rounds. Thus, you collect more and more information and can find your way around mmore easily as the game progresses.
This type of mechanic recently was quite successful in Leo.


Release: 2017
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19. Board Game: Merlin [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:965]
Board Game: Merlin
Designer: Stefan Feld, Michael Rieneck
Publisher: Queen Games
Player count:
Ages:
Playing Time: minutes
Mechanic: Dice

My comment:


Release: 2017
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20. Board Game: MyRummy 111 [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:10345]
Board Game: MyRummy 111
Completto das Kartenspiel
(aka Racco)
 
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21. Board Game Publisher: Edition Spielwiese
Board Game Publisher: Edition Spielwiese
NORIA

(Sophia Wagner)
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22. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:416]
Board Game: Photosynthesis
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23. Board Game: Pit Crew [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:4019]
Board Game: Pit Crew
Designer: Geoff Engelstein
Publisher: Stronghold Games
Player count: 2 - 9
Ages: 8 +
Playing Time: 15 - 30 minutes
Mechanic: Real-time, pattern recognition


My comment:

From the BGG entry:
Quote:
Pit Crew challenges players to balance speed and skill in a fast-paced game of teamwork and communication.

Release: 2017
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24. Board Game: Port Royal: The Adventure Begins... [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Designer: Alexander Pfister
Publisher: Pegasus Spiele
Player count: 2 - 5
Ages: 8 +
Playing Time: 25 - 50 minutes
Mechanic: Expansion for Port Royal,

My comment:
This expansion adds a campaign mode to Port Royal.
Even though I have no base for doing so, I imagine this one to be similar to Oh My Goods!: Longsdale in Revolt. Might be totally off though.


Release: 2017
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25. Board Game: Pulsar 2849 [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:211]
Board Game: Pulsar 2849
Designer: Vladimir Suchy
Publisher: Czech Games Edition
Player count: 2 - 4
Ages:
Playing Time: minutes
Mechanic:

My comment:
Not to much is know about this one yet.
But it got some good press after the Asmodee Burgevent.

Release: 2017
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