Games of Interest, Essen Spiel 2017
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Over 500+ games will release during the Essen Spiel fair. These are the games I'd check out.
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1. Board Game: Merlin [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1144]
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It's a Feld...need I say more!
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2. Board Game: Alien Artifacts [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1536]
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A 4x style card game where you play an interplanetary faction. Based on some of my favorite games from Portal Games, Imperial Settlers and 51st State. Really looking forward to hearing more about this.
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3. Board Game: Nusfjord [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:1060]
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Uwe Rosenberg's next BIG BOX game. Compared with Agricola and Ora & Labora. Really like the Scandinavian theme.
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4. Board Game: Agra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:1086]
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Beautiful artwork. Looks like a solid eurogame, and I like the India theme.
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5. Board Game: Transatlantic [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1330]
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We have a serious lack of Mac Gerdts games in the group collection.
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6. Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:416]
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More Euro goodness. From the same design team of Village and the EXIT games.
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7. Board Game: Pulsar 2849 [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:552]
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Anything Czech Games Edition does grabs my attention. And how could you NOT love the space mining theme?
 
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8. Board Game: Nations: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:726]
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This has been out of print and Stronghold games is bringing it back
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9. Board Game: Kepler-3042 [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:1837]
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This is the box cover that will actually be published. Renegade Games is on a roll with hit after hit. Plus, love that space theme
 
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10. Board Game: Gaia Project [Average Rating:8.71 Overall Rank:13]
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Terra Mystica in space? Yes please! But I got to admit, that board layout isn't doing much for me. Needs a little more "pop" in the artwork. Curious what will actually be different from Terra Mystica.
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11. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:262]
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A Martin Wallace reprint. Very highly regarded on bgg
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12. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:94]
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Designed by Jamie Stegmaier (Scythe). A competitive legacy, worker placement game. Permanent changes alter the game as you build your village.
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13. Board Game: Wartime: The Battle of Valyance Vale [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:7480]
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Tom Vasel said he wanted this in his Dice Tower Essential's line, so that gets my interest. I heard it uses sand timers as part of the gameplay, so I'm curious to see how that will work.
 
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14. Board Game: Raiders of the North Sea [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:142] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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This was nominated for the Kennerspiel (best strategy game) for 2017. And Renegade Games is bringing it to the states.
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15. Board Game: Heaven & Ale [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:566]
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Really, I'm just interested in the theme
And I do like that stained glass box cover look.
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16. Board Game: Space Freaks [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:5940]
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I know nothing other than that I'm intrigued by the box cover alone, and that Stronghold is publishing.
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17. Board Game: Majesty: For the Realm [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:818]
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Beautiful layout. From the same designer as Splendor, so I'd like to see if he can make a heavier game.
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18. Board Game: Torres [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:401]
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Another one that's been out of print for a long time. Abstract for sure, but I love the 2nd edition treatment these older games are getting.
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19. Board Game: Flip Ships [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:1562]
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Renegade again! This time a flicking/flipping dexterity game. Looks really, really fun.
 
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20. Board Game: Manhattan [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:991]
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Another old game, this time from mid 90's, getting a brand new edition.
 
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21. Board Game: Dragon's Hoard [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2446]
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Renegade....
Was very please with their other small box games (Fox in the Forest and Blood of an Englishmen)
 
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22. Board Game: The Bottle Imp [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1087]
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I have been waiting for this three player trick game for a long time. Kind of disappointed with the box cover artwork.
 
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23. Board Game: The Cousins' War [Average Rating:7.49 Overall Rank:2745]
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Small box two player games always interest me
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24. Board Game: Scythe: The Wind Gambit [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked]
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Steampunk ships in this post WW1 setting. Would love to see what this expansion adds. Regardless, it's time to play Scythe again.
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25. Board Game: Viral [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1198]
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Don't let the artwork fool you. I thought it looked ugly at first but now it's growing on me. But for the theme of players representing a virus attacking a body, you had to lighten the tone. Big area control fan, I've heard great things about Viral. It's in Vasel's Dicetower Essential's line.
 
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