Essen SPIEL 2017: Ohh the greed..
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My variable watchlist for this years SPIEL! I'm going for the fifth time in a row and I'm still pretty excited the weeks before.

I'm very open minded in terms of games, looking for 1-2 heavy strategic games, some fun/party games, abstract 2/4 player games or a pure solo game. Currently I'm still gathering games until some weeks before the fair. Then I'm going to select my must haves, which I'm going to buy at SPIEL 17

The geeklist is divided into three sections:
1. Must haves, 2. Games I'm undecided on and 3. Games I probably won't buy.

Have fun looking through it as it'll expand over the coming weeks!

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1. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:232]
Board Game: Antiquity
Reprint #1 for me this year.

I'm in love with Food Chain Magnate and The Great Zimbabwe of the Splotter guys. So a reprint of this game is very welcomed! Looking forward to see the Splotter booth again!

Must have: 75 €

Hall 7: C117

Bought it!
 
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2. Board Game: The Climbers [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1237]
Board Game: The Climbers
Reprint #2 for me this year.

We are loving Talo as our filler game. So this is a no brainer, if it is available at the fair. Fingers crossed!

Edit: there will be a preorder on the publishers website!

Must have: 45 €

Hall 6: I104

Edit: Already paid!

Picked it up!
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3. Board Game: Q.E. [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:3531]
Board Game: Q.E.
Great looking auction game with a funny twist at the end! Would love to see this game in my collection. Around 40€.

Hall 7: G121

Edit: Preordered!

Bought it!
 
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4. Board Game: Tokyo Highway [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1977]
Board Game: Tokyo Highway
I'm loving the artwork respective the game components of this game. Just clean and aesthetic! Good critics! Hopefully it is available

Must have: 35 €

Edit: Preordered on the publishers website for Essen pick up!

Hall 8: C136

Bought it!
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5. Board Game: Débrouille-toi! [Average Rating:6.25 Unranked]
Board Game: Débrouille-toi!
We really enjoy Mission Impractical from Hilko and this "follow up" game is very intriguing as well. I hope it is available at the fair as Mission Impractical was sold out pretty quick.

Must have: around 15 €

Hall 3: G110

Bought it!
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6. Board Game: Mission Impractical: 1st Promo Pack [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
Board Game: Mission Impractical: 1st Promo Pack
Mini expansion for Mission Impractical whistle

Hall 3: L116

Note to self: Hilko signs copies on Friday 13:30-14:00

Picked it up!
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7. Board Game: Fast Forward: FLEE [Average Rating:5.95 Overall Rank:5272]
Board Game: Fast Forward: FLEE
That's the most promising one of the new Fast Forward Family from FF. Co-op fun!

Must have: 14 €

Hall 3: L108

Bought it!
 
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8. Board Game: Finished! [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2366]
Board Game: Finished!
Oh, that looks so intriguing. I've yet to play Friday more often, but another solitaire game by FF is welcomed!

Must have: 14 €

Hall 3: L108

Bought it!
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9. Board Game: Urbino [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:5957]
Board Game: Urbino
Another 2 player abstract game. Will take a look at the rules and evaluate if I want to make my own copy. 50€ seems a lot..

Have to check it out and get a feeling for the game as the rules aren't available right now.

Hall 3: G106

Didn't buy it, checked the rules though - might make my own copy.
 
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10. Board Game: Sheriff of Nottingham: Merry Men [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.71 Unranked]
From gallery of nallo
Sheriff of Nottingham gets a long awaited expansion! 5 modules to be added to the base game look very fun to get some nice twists to the gameplay!

Must have: 25 €

Don't know if it's available at the fair, as Arcane Wonders and CMON won't be at the fair..

Didn't find it at the fair..
 
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11. Board Game: Now Boarding [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:2011]
Board Game: Now Boarding
Kickstarter ongoing! (38 $ with shipping)

Edit: Backed on Kickstarter!

Hall 8: A118
 
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12. Board Game: Tak [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:785]
Board Game: Tak
What a great abstract game, very clever rules and short gameplay!

Must have: will try making a homemade wooden version!

Edit: homemade version made
 
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13. Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:460]
Board Game: 1846: The Race for the Midwest
So the must haves above, the games I'm undecided on now following.

If I buy a 18xx game, this would be the right version for my group! But still, the playtime could be a little bit too long for a repeatable experience. We will see.

I hope I'll find it at the UGG booth (Hall 7 - G110)
 
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14. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:33]
Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
Season 1 was very fun and challenging. I played season 1 with my girlfriend and a befriended couple and we are very excited for season 2 as it'll bring wonderful gaming sessions to the winter season!

Hall 1: B108

Bought it as a group
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15. Board Game: The Lost Expedition [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:765]
Board Game: The Lost Expedition
Solo game! Still have to decide if I want to start dig into solo games or not, but this seems to be a good one From the designer of Wir sind das Volk! Promising!

Promo cards available?

Around 25€.

Hall 7: B101
 
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16. Board Game: Arkham Noir: Case #1 – The Witch Cult Murders [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:2376] [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
Board Game: Arkham Noir: Case #1 – The Witch Cult Murders
Cool idea of making a solo investigation game, which is playable more than once!

Hall 3: N100

pre-ordered for 12€, will take a second look though.

Bought it!
 
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17. Board Game: Santorini [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:159]
Board Game: Santorini
As you may noticed, I started to dig into abstract games, and this one is clearly missing in my collection! Looking for the expansions/promos, too.

Must have: price depends on the version, around 30-50 € + The Golden Fleece Expansion.

Will look at reseller booths.
 
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18. Board Game: Santorini: Golden Fleece [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
Board Game: Santorini: Golden Fleece
Only interested when buying the base game
 
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19. Board Game: Captain Sonar [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:152]
Board Game: Captain Sonar
Really love the concept of the game. Saw the game at SPIEL16, but it was english only. Pegasus released the German version in 2017. Maybe I'll snap it for a good price

Maybe as a bundle with the expansion/promos?

Pegasus Booth: Hall 3: M110

Bought the "Matagot Bundle" with the first expansion and three promo maps!
 
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20. Board Game: Captain Sonar: Upgrade One [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
Board Game: Captain Sonar: Upgrade One
Must have, if I get to buy the Captain Sonar base game

Bought the "Matagot Bundle" with the first expansion and three promo maps!
 
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21. Board Game: Flamme Rouge [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:194]
Board Game: Flamme Rouge
Saw this last year at the fair but passed on it. Now I see why it had some serious buzz! Really cool and an expansion coming this year as well.

Hall 3: L116

Maybe available as a bundle with the expansion?
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22. Board Game: Flamme Rouge: Peloton [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
Board Game: Flamme Rouge: Peloton
Only interested, if I'm getting Flamme Rouge

Hall 3: L116
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23. Board Game: Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:2937]
Board Game: Mr. Cabbagehead's Garden
Looks like a neat solo card game, intriguing artwork!

Maybe available at the LudiCreations booth

Hall 1: D129
 
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24. Board Game: Tintas [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:4512]
Board Game: Tintas
This game won a BGG abstract game award 2016 with little advantage over Tak

Looks intriguing, the BGG video has me hooked!

Depends on the price though..

Hall 3: G106

Bought it!
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25. Board Game: La Cosa Nostra: Guns For Hire [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.95 Unranked]
Board Game: La Cosa Nostra: Guns For Hire
The games I probably end up not buying form the last section of this geeklist.

Expansion for a unplayed game... (10 €) + 2 Promo cards!

Hall 2: D116

Bought it and got the promo cards!
 
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