Board Game Basel Games of Interest in Essen (2017)
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Here it is our annual watch-list of games for Essen. Please, add your items in here with the following in mind:

d10-1 Share interests and maybe find suggestions on what to buy/get for free.
d10-2 Help fellow members keeping in mind what they want to buy and in case of finding it share the info.
d10-3 Get opinions about games that are in the spotlight.


Happy hunting! arrrh
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1. Board Game: Twilight Imperium: Fourth Edition [Average Rating:8.96 Overall Rank:38]
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A must-check for me. I love my copy of the third edition but it is undeniable that it has some flaws. These are hopefully corrected in the new edition which looks awesome!
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2. Board Game: Near and Far [Average Rating:8.05 Overall Rank:150] [Average Rating:8.05 Unranked]
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I like Ryan Laukat's games! I had a blast with Above and Below, which means that Near and Far is going to be a must for me. I love the idea of a book with different maps and the story driven gameplay.
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3. Board Game: Stuffed Fables [Average Rating:8.12 Overall Rank:1089]
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Yep... I'm a sucker for story driven games. This one has a gorgeous book that has a twofold use: narrates a story and the gameplay happens on it (as in Near and Far). The minis are very cool and the art is wow! We are broken toys that protect a child through her first 10 years of life. How cool is that? I think that it might be a bit too light, so I want to check it. In any case, it is perfect to play with the family.
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4. Board Game: Einstein: His Amazing Life and Incomparable Science [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:3948]
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I like the theme and how they made something, as abstract and complex as making a theory, into a game.
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5. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 [Average Rating:8.53 Overall Rank:33]
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Played first season. Blew my mind. Need this one!
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6. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:345]
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Very nice and clever mechanic that makes sense. Gorgeous components and art. And it is something different!
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7. Board Game: Fallout [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:898]
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I liked the videogame and I will check this one. I have not much info about it apart of the theme and that it is a semi-coop.
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8. Board Game: Fast Forward: FEAR [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:3254]
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It seems that 2F is reusing their Fabelsaft mechanic into a new series of short games (Fear, Fortress, and Flee) belonging to the Fast Forward collection. The box gives you a hint on the theme and the main mechanic, but you know basically nothing about the game. You learn by playing it. I'm getting to love this surprise element in the games, and these ones seem to be exploiting it. A must check for me!

Fear is the first one of the collection and the most familiar/accessible one (7+)
 
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9. Board Game: Fast Forward: FORTRESS [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:2769]
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It seems that 2F is reusing their Fabelsaft mechanic into a new series of short games (Fear, Fortress, and Flee) belonging to the Fast Forward collection. The box gives you a hint on the theme and the main mechanic, but you know basically nothing about the game. You learn by playing it. I'm getting to love this surprise element in the games, and these ones seem to be exploiting it. A must check for me!

Fortress is the second one of the collection and a bit deeper and more for gamers.
 
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10. Board Game: Fast Forward: FLEE [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:3928]
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It seems that 2F is reusing their Fabelsaft mechanic into a new series of short games (Fear, Fortress, and Flee) belonging to the Fast Forward collection. The box gives you a hint on the theme and the main mechanic, but you know basically nothing about the game. You learn by playing it. I'm getting to love this surprise element in the games, and these ones seem to be exploiting it. A must check for me!

Flee is the third one of the collection and a VERY difficult coop game.
 
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11. Board Game: Dark Is The Night [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:5997]
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Very original fast mini game for two-players hunting each other. The mechanics of the monster moving in the shadows is brilliant.
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12. Board Game: Terraforming Mars: Hellas & Elysium [Average Rating:8.37 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.37 Unranked]
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Huge fan of the game. Not a fan of paying too much for just a board, though. Let's see who wins: my collector spirit or my wallet...
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13. Board Game: Terraforming Mars: Venus Next [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
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If this brings new cards and tiles, it will be in my collection... soon!

EDIT: Yep. Confirmed! It brings 49 new project cards and 5 new corporations, besides the new terraformation track of Venus.
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14. Board Game: Gaia Project [Average Rating:8.71 Overall Rank:13]
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Lot of hype with this one. Lovers of Terra Mystica (such as myself) should check this one. Entitled as its successor, this game ports the mechanics of Terra Mystica to a SciFi background. Not sure if this would be for me, though. It depends on how much does it bring that Terra Mystica doesn't.
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15. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:95]
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Not sure if this will be ready for Essen or not. In any case, I'll love to visit the SM booth if they come. So far I loved all Jamey's games, and I'm looking forward to his first attempt in legacy games. A must for me!
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16. Board Game: Downforce [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:644]
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Family-weight racing game. A new gateway game for up to 6 players.

Based on the classic 'Top Race' from Wolfgang Kramer. Very hyped by all of the american reviewer I saw so far.
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17. Board Game: Isle of Skye: Journeyman [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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First 'big' expansion for Isle of Skye. A game I really love for its elegance. Almost a mustbuy for me.
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18. Board Game: Unearth [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1243]
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Push your luck with dice-placement. Each player leads a tribe, represented by five dice (3 six-sided, 1 four-sided, and 1 eight-sided).

Looks amazing and the mechanisms sound interesting.
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19. Board Game: Massive Darkness [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:629] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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The new cooperativ dungeon-crawler from CMON. Awesome minis, mechanics based on zomicide (as I understand).

Not a game for me, but other may be interested.
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20. Board Game: Ethnos [Average Rating:7.59 Overall Rank:244]
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Another hyped game. Easy rules but a lot of depth because of the interaction of the cards and the decisions of the players.

Surely have to play this one.

The components are not as good, especially when you hear, thats also a CMON game. But as long the mechanics are good and the gamne interesting, I'm in.
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21. Board Game: Viral [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1204]
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The new dice-tower essential. Every player play a virus that has just infected a human body and wants to spread out.
Simultaneous Action Selection in which organ you want to be activ. Area controll for the organs and the immune system fighting the players.

And the art is great.
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22. Board Game: Cry Havoc: Aftermath [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
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Another expansion. I like the basegame, but still have not played it enough. Will check it out.
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23. Board Game: Hexcalibur [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
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Hexcalibur is an easy to learn battle game for two players, with an average duration of 30-40 minutes. The action takes place in the first and convulsive years of the reign of Arthur Pendragon.

During the game, players place hexes (representing their troops) over different territories. If you place similar troops next to each other, they will form chains, improving their effectiveness in combat.

When a territory has as many hexagons as its population limit, a battle takes place. You have to win battles in order to conquer the different regions of Britannia.

Of course, there are lots of heroes and villains, such as Merlin, Sir Ector, Sir Agravain, Vivien, Morgause... and a pletora of magic objects, such as The Shield of Evalach or Excalibur!

It will be published right on time for Essen 2017.
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24. Board Game: Custom Heroes [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:1897]
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Card-crafting tricktaking game.

Stil haven't played mystic vale, but would be interested in this one as well.
 
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25. Board Game: Crossfire [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:3635]
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Another bluffing and deduction game with 2 opposing teams. Its from Renegade Games, so I have the take a look.
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