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To be written properly (reordering, some blurb on each game, the wantometer, the hasty removal of games that get bought pre-Essen...)!

Less excitement this year as it's a "non-attending" year. Bah.

NEWS: I'm now going! Discovered I had 40,000 Avios sitting around so have booked flights & a hotel for the Wed night, so I'll be attending on the Thurs, hoovering up the main games, seeing a few demos and soaking up the atmosphere. EXCITEMENT
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1. Board Game: Keyper [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:1094]
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I missed out on the Kickstarter (voluntarily - not enough money at the time), but am a big fan of Keyflower, and am intrigued by the foldable boards, so this has to be at the top of my list (or thereabouts).

EDIT: Man, I really want this, but may have to wait for a retail release due to constrained funds (and it will be at retail this year, apparently)

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2. Board Game: Altiplano [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:279]
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More-leans?

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3. Board Game: Lorenzo il Magnifico: Houses of Renaissance [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.25 Unranked]
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Love this game! So mean. Hopefully the expansion will come with added meanness.

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4. Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo: Agents of Venice [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.94 Unranked]
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I really enjoy this game, though only get to play it online. Maybe the expansion will encourage me to get it on the table more often.

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5. Board Game: Transatlantic [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:1317]
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The game once called Steam Ship Company gets a rebrand, hopefully signifying its progression towards completion - I've been hankering after this for the last few Essens (Essii?), but saw nary a prototype. As a big fan of Concordia (and I rather like Antike too / two), I can't not be excited by this.

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6. Board Game: Concordia: Aegyptus / Creta [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
Board Game: Concordia: Aegyptus / Creta
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More Concordia is never a bad thing, especially when there are rule tweaks for new maps too.

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7. Board Game: Agra [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:978]
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Quined games are normally pretty fine (I still love me some The Golden Ages from time to time), and first I saw the artwork for Agra, and then read the rules and felt this would be another goody. The rules made it feel a bit like La Granja remixed & on steroids, which would be about right given it's by one of the same designers. I was a little let down by Solarius Mission, mainly due to the component quality and the frustratingly difficult to fathom rules book. If this game was being published by Spielworxx, it'd lose a whole star, but Quined should be a safer pair of hands.

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8. Board Game: Dream Home: 156 Sunny Street [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
Board Game: Dream Home: 156 Sunny Street
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Really like Dream Home - a very smooth, fun little tile laying game (essentially). Expansion for solo, 5 and 6 players (hence the 156) with extra bits, is a definite buy. Just may not pick up at Essen unless it's in a small box!

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9. Board Game: Meeple Circus [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:774]
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Oh, this is like Animal on Animal turned into a proper game! So very cute! It may well end up in my Essen haul this year...

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10. Board Game: Gier [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:7786]
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A small card game made by Alexander Pfister? Don't mind if I do!


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11. Board Game: Port Royal: The Adventure Begins... [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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Port Royal is a great filler, and if this does the same as the Longsdale in Revolt expansion for Oh My Goods, but for Port Royal, I'll be all over it.


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12. Board Game: Tybor the Builder [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1986]
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Another Alexander Pfister card game - recommended by the man himself! At time of writing, very little is known, but I'll definitely be keeping tabs on it.

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13. Board Game: Merlin [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:962]
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Feld's 2017 vintage game has sparse info (at time of writing) - it looks like it may have some area control (Rialto?), but a load of colourful dice selection and a load of iconography. Definitely think I need a rules book before leaping either way on this one, but given his history, I'm more likely to like this game than not (even though AquaSphere wasn't the most compelling, and I still haven't played The Oracle of Delphi yet).

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14. Board Game: Noria [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2265]
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There's a bit of hype about this one, but there's no guarantee of quality. I'll be checking it out at Essen and maybe buying.

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15. Board Game: Victorian Masterminds [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2284]
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An intriguing mix of elements here - Antoine Bauza, Eric M. Lang, and Sherlock Holmes (though the latter having left this celestial sphere) - which looks like it's finally approaching release. Specific worker placement, which sounds a little like City of Spies: Estoril 1942, but clearly it's own thing with a bunch of other things going on.

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16. Board Game: Majesty: For the Realm [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:802]
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This could go either way... Marc André(Splendor = yay, Barony = hmm, Sail Away = yawn), but the publisher is Hans im Glück which bodes very well. Artwork looks nice and the preview-esque stuff on the Z-Man website is pretty promising, so time to wait and see. Grey Elephant's mini-runthrough makes this look really nice!

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17. Board Game: Riga [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:9506]
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Looks like a nice little game from the guy behind Arkwright and Gentes. Should be good value too.

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18. Board Game: Senators [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:3513]
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Tricksy cardplay by Rikki Tahta? Onto the list!

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19. Board Game: Loot Island [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:3627]
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Finally listed!

Will check this out - seems a decent price too, so probably lighter but nothing wrong with that.

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20. Board Game: CV Pocket [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:5661]
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CV is a great game, and this looks like it's caught the essence in a pack of cards. Rude not to buy it.

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21. Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:163]
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The latest Brand release is the second India themed game in my list - makes a nice change from all the esoteric European cities. But what's good about this one? Well, from the rules it felt a little generic at the start (a bit of a grab-bag of typical mechanics), but as I read on I started to become more intrigued as there's a nice tile-laying spatial element to it, as well as the mix between workers and dice (got a little My Village vibe). However, I've still a few concerns that the grab-bag of mechanics may not just link together and result in a few too many things going on that don't really have much in common (the river action in particular seems a little unnecessary). Nice to have a couple of variant modules in the box though!

EDIT: Hunter & Cron gave this a thumbs up, so I've bolstered my rating.

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22. Board Game: Montana [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2059]
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One of the sudden influx of Rudiger Dorn games into this list, and easily the heaviest (but not heavy). I'm quite fond of this game - probably the name of the game appeals - and am sorely tempted to pre-order it to get the bonus cows!

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23. Board Game: Istanbul: The Dice Game [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:842]
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Another Rudiger Dorn game? I've put him on this list so many times people will start to talk...! I do like me a dice game (though own almost none), and this one looks quite a nice ramping-up game. Very tempted.

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24. Board Game: Indian Summer [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1294]
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Second of three smaller Uwe games using his love of tetromino (and similar) shapes-onna-board following the gentle Cottage garden. Hopefully will have a bit more meat than Cottage Garden, which was nice, but ultimately got bumped from my collection by Barenpark.

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25. Board Game: Heaven & Ale [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:267]
Board Game: Heaven & Ale
Nick Davies
United Kingdom
Haddenham
Buckinghamshire
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Like the name. Like the designers (well, Kiesling I know of and is good). Like the publisher. Like beer. And I like hexagons, so this could be a pretty savvy buy.

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