Essen Spiel 2017 Games of Interest
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Update: I did a live stream on my YouTube channel where I talked about the games that interest me:



This year I wanna make this list sooner... More time research, more time to make smart decisions, less games to miss

I'm not sure about many games if they will release at Spiel or sooner, I'll try to update as soon as I get or find that information and will most certainly add more titles as we get closer to Spiel 2017

Oh, and Eric Martin's annual list will go online after GenCon so I guess that will give a load of information.



surprise : must have
wow : try and most likely buy
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K : Kickstarter pick-up
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1. Board Game: Merlin [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:962]
Board Game: Merlin
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Excitement level: surprise

Not much information yet but the theme (I know, as far as Feld really uses theme), Stefan Feld and dice... this will probably be a certain buy.

UPDATE: this is now on Kickstarter but not with an Spiel pick up option. They will be selling it though.

UPDATE: There are some videos online now and after watching I'm still pretty excited.
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2. Board Game: Alien Artifacts [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1697]
Board Game: Alien Artifacts
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A 4x card based game by Portal Games, my favorite publisher.

Now, I know I'm biased, since I'm part of the Benelux demo team, but hey, I'm still very excited about it. I'll probably get a copy from Portal but otherwise, I'm buying this.
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3. Board Game: SUPERHOT: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:3326]
Board Game: SUPERHOT: The Card Game
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I kickstarted this game already with Essen pick up. So, I will be getting this for sure. looks cool and should play fast. Also, solo playable which is perfect for my channel
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4. Board Game: Pocket Mars [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:2447]
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I could order this at a discounted price with my Superhot pledge manager, also with Essen pick up. Looks neat, so why not
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5. Board Game: InBetween [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:2322]
Board Game: InBetween
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The artwork and theme of this game are great. Gives a real Stranger Things vibe. Really curious on how this game will play. Definitely will check this one out.

UPDATE: Well, I decided to pre-order the game
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6. Board Game: Flamme Rouge: Peloton [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.14 Unranked]
Board Game: Flamme Rouge: Peloton
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I bought Flamme Rouge hoping it would finally be a racing game that I would really like, but I was afraid it was yet again an overhyped game. And although the mechanics are actually very simple, this is one of my favorite games of 2017 so far.

So, an expansion that adds some more depth and a new type of road (cobblestones)? Count me in!
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7. Board Game: Ex Libris [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:614]
Board Game: Ex Libris
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This game has all things that make my 'great game radar' go off. Renegade Games, card drafting, set collection, cool artwork and a unique theme. This will probably be a try and buy game.
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8. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 [Average Rating:8.17 Overall Rank:34]
Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 2
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This is a tough one. I really like Pandemic Legacy S1 (we still have to play 4 months) but I have love-late relationship with it. Somehow, I find this game super stressful. Knowing that messing things up, or having bad luck will possibly have so much influence on the board makes me nervous and I've caught myself not willing to play sometimes because the anticipation of possible hard times It's so silly, but it's true.

So, at first I wasn't planning to get the new one, but then they showed the back of the box and the idea of the game, and it sounds pretty cool...

Buy or not? Will depend on next months
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9. Board Game: 21 Days [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:8577]
Board Game: 21 Days
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There are quite a few things that make we want to check out this game: cool theme, the number 21 in the title, solo game and made in the Lowlands... but I'm just a bit cautious. So, I'll probably try a demo before considering a purchase.
 
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10. Board Game: Mountains of Madness [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2043]
Board Game: Mountains of Madness
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Honestly, I don't know anything about this one. The cover looks cool, it's cooperative, it's designed by Rob Daviau and published by Iello... so, it has a lot of positive things going on. So, wanna try it out.
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11. Board Game: Jamaica: The Crew [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
Board Game: Jamaica: The Crew
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I actually didn't expect this game ever to get an expansion. But it will, and color me very excited!

This will add characters to the game with special powers. Sounds great! It will make your own ship more personal and special. Will buy this one for sure!

UPDATE: It's already for sale in stores now so I ordered it.
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12. Board Game: Splendor: Cities of Splendor [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
Board Game: Splendor: Cities of Splendor
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Splendor is a great game but hasn't been played a lot anymore lately. Curious to find out if this expansion will spark the fire again. Wanna try this one out and see if it's worth getting.
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13. Board Game: The Quest for El Dorado [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:175] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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This game sounds pretty cool: deckbuilding, an expedition theme and a respected designer (Reiner Knizia). Question is: these things also remind me of Clank! which I absolutely love, so will this game be worth having as well? Will it be different and special enough? I hope to find out a a demo table.
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14. Board Game: Custom Heroes [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1687]
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I haven't played Mystic Veil yet because of, well, it didn't speak to me to be honest, although the idea of the card building sounds pretty neat. This game has a much cooler theme (imo) so I'm curious. It looks like it's quite different from Mystic Veil, so let's see how it plays at a demo table
 
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15. Board Game: Sonar [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:2337]
Board Game: Sonar
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I love the idea of Captain Sonar! Really! But I still haven't played it as it is sooo hard for me to get 8 people around the table. So, a small and fast 2-4 player version might be a great alternative for me... but will it have enough meat?? I hope to find out!
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16. Board Game: Unlock!: Mystery Adventures [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.49 Unranked]
Board Game: Unlock!: Mystery Adventures
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I just got the first box with three Unlock 'escape rooms' and haven't played it yet. But if they live up to the hype, this might be a must buy.

UPDATE: Played the first one and enjoyed it quite a bit. Will wait for Dutch version of this box.
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17. Board Game: Finished! [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2386]
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Ooh, a solo Friedemann Friese game! I love Friday and the theme of trying to finish work so you can go home sounds pretty fun (I once planned on designing a game with that theme!)

A little bit more information and this might become a must buy.
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18. Board Game: Shaky Manor [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:5437]
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For now this title is added to this list based on the designer and how he managed to surprise me with Flamme Rouge. Simple design but oh so good. Let's check out if he can surprise again
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19. Board Game: Queendomino [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:425] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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Kingdomino won the Spiel des Jahres award and nobody can really complain about that. It's a fun, easy to teach and fast to play game. Now there's this stand alone successor which can also be combined with Kingdomino and offers a bit more challenge... Count me in!

UPDATE: Pre-ordered my copy to pick up at Spiel.
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20. Board Game: Otys [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1364]
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Don't know enough about this one to be say anything about it really but diving for resources sounds neat, so will keep an eye on this one in the coming months.
 
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21. Board Game: Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:3035]
Board Game: Firefly Adventures: Brigands and Browncoats
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Not sure if this is an Essen release but it's planned to be available for preview at GenCOn and will be releases later this year... so maybe Spiel?

I love Firefly and I've been hoping for a cooperative game to be made. And now it's here. So, hopefully this does the stuff right. If so, a copy will be mine.
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22. Board Game: Rhino Hero: Super Battle [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:709] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
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European debute at Essen? If so, this will be played there with friends and very likely be loved and bought. Still, I want to try it out first.
 
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23. Board Game: Victorian Masterminds [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2284]
Board Game: Victorian Masterminds
Kurt Van Hoeyveld
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Well, the theme sounds neat, being the villain but not that much information yet besides the awesome designer duo creating this game in collaboration with a great publisher: Antoine Bauza, Eric Lang and Space Cowboys.

Will keep my eye on this.
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24. Board Game: Viral [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1135]
Board Game: Viral
Kurt Van Hoeyveld
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Excitement level: wow

The preview on the Dice Tower looked pretty cool but then again, it is a game in their Essentials line. So, before deciding about this neat looking and fun themed game, I just have to try it first.
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25. Board Game: Alexandria [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:12136]
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Kurt Van Hoeyveld
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Excitement Level: surprise

I played prototypes of this game in the past. The first time it didn't work at all but a few months later it had been updated and very much improved. Cool theme, great mechanic of the library burning down and the playing field getting smaller.

I might be a bit biased since I know the designer and think he's a great guy, but I'm very, very curious to see the end result!
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