Coop Essen 2017 Geeklist for Tibetgeek and Laputian
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Using this list to prioritize games in which we are interested, which we have pre-orders for, and which we want to make sure to demo.

Also, this time the trip will be through the front door, hey ladies!

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1. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:94]
SanktDavid
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Day to see: Thursday

This one was below my radar (despite it being on everyone else's), so I didn't really get caught up with any hype. I took a closer look and realized that it had many themes and components that I like.

Pre-order: not yet

Playtest: Yes
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2. Board Game: The Lost Expedition [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:868]
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Day to see: Thursday

So far I'm most interested in this game. Which is unusual to me, since I'm not a huge fan of Coops (I've never played one I liked), and I didn't love Robinson Crusoe (way too complicated and too much work to be called "fun"). I do like survival themes, and after watching a video for this, I think that some of my concerns with coops games in this one are mitigated with the no talking about your cards rules.

Pre-order: no, hopefully no need

Playtest: I'd like to, if we have time
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3. Board Game: Meeple Circus [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:1055]
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Day to see: Thursday

Despite my reluctance to play circus-themed games (there are just so many! /s), I really am pretty excited about this one. Original, light, and fun. Should be great for the whole family, or to introduce new gamers.

Pre-order: Hopefully

Playtest: Yes
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4. Board Game: A Tale of Pirates [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:3139]
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Day to see: Thursday

Could be a huge gimmick. Honestly, I thought that Cranio Creations Essen offering in 2013 (Steampark) turned out to be a bud of a dud, and was basically a gimmick game. However...this one looks interesting enough that I'll pre-order. Timers to keep it fast. Cool pirate boat. We'll see.

Pre-order: Yes, 45 euros

Playtest: Yes
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5. Board Game: Shadows in Kyoto [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:3769]
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Day to see: Friday

I read some basic reviews on this, looked at the art, and then saw the price. I like the theme of spymaster vs spymaster set in feudal Japan, looks light, quick, yet interesting.

Pre-ordered: Yes, 20 euros

Playtest: If possible
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6. Board Game: Lovecraft Letter [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1128]
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Day to see: ?

Love Letter was a great hit for me/family/friends for many years, but it has not been played recently.

From what I gather, this new version gives the game series some new life, and adds a new theme (which may not appeal to some folks).

If it is around 20 euros or less, I'm interested.

Pre-ordered: No

Playtest: not necessary, but if we have time
 
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7. Board Game: Flip Ships [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:1562]
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Day to see: Thursday or Friday

Originally I imagined this to be a flicking game...like crokinole or tactika, but I finally watched a vid and realized it is a FLIPPING game, where the ships/tokens are flipped up, like flipping coin, but flipped up from the edge of the table. At any rate, the game looks fun, has a cool theme, and would play great with the kids.

Pre-order: since this is already out in stores, I don't think it is necessary

Playtest: Yes, Friday is fine
 
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8. Board Game: Fugitive [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:711]
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Day to see: Friday

I like cat-and-mouse games, I like the theme, and I like the art. This one is intended to play with my of my children who likes deduction style games.

Pre-order: no, hopefully no need

Playtest: yes
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9. Board Game: Tiny Park [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:7389]
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Day to see: Thursday

I try to find games each trip to Essen for my kids. I saw this and thought my youngest would find it to be fun, and I thought that I would have fun playing it with him. Yatzhe + Tetris mechanic with a park theme, looks pretty decent.

Pre-order: No, probably won't sell out

Playtest: Yes, Thursday
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10. Board Game: Kingdomino [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:186] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Day to see: Friday 11-12 pick up.

I was intrigued by this game since it won game of the year and the vids I saw didn't deter me, then my wife actually watched a vid and said it was a must-buy. So, yeah.

Pre-order: yes, already

Playtest: no need

Signature from Bruno? possibly, but not if the line is long.
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11. Board Game: Queendomino [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:514] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
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See above.
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12. Board Game: Unlock! Escape Adventures [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.57 Unranked]
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Day to see: Friday

I like escape rooms and have played many around the world, so I'd like to see what these escape room games are all about.

Pre-order: no

Playtest: well, no spoilers. Probably just be an impulse depending on what I see.
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13. Board Game: Fast Forward: FORTRESS [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2775]
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Day to see: Friday

Stronghold Games will be selling some Friese games in English. This series of fast forward games looks intriguing, just how different the setup and play is. If the price is right, I'll give it a go. The other ones may be more interesting so I'll need to do some more research.

pre-order: no

playtest: possibly
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14. Board Game: Perfect Hotel [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:9271]
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Day to see: Friday

Browsed all the Japon Games offerings and this one seemed pretty neat.

pre-order: yes

playtest: no
 
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15. Board Game: Werewords [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:1105]
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Day to see: Thursday

I don't love the theme, but I think the combo of mechanics is pretty great (resistance plus 21 questions), and should play fast with all types of gamers. 20 dollars U.S. is almost 15 euros...If I can get this for 15 at the fair, I'll pull the trigger. Otherwise, I'll just get it off amazon, or wait a few months and get it used. It's just a few cards, after all.

Pre-order: Nope

Play test: No need, very simple rules
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16. Board Game: Transatlantic [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1325]
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Day to see: Friday

More and more, I'm a Gertz fan. Antike, Imperial, Navegador...all great games. This doesn't have a rondel, though.

Pre-order: no

Play test: yes, hopefully
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17. Board Game: Alien Artifacts [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1534]
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Day to see: Friday

I like the idea of 4X games, but they are a large time investment, and require gaming buddies as dedicated as you are. This game seems to cut down on the fiddley-ness. I'd like to play to see just how long a game plays out, how the down time feels between players. Art and theme are great.

Pre-order: no

Play test: yes
 
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