Our Spiel Essen 2017 shortlist
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Some new games and some games from previous years we skipped but would reconsider. This time we plan to go two days instead of just one, so we can try out some games, we skipped last year.

I am a huge fan of X-wing miniatures and enjoy games with a good deal of negative interaction (MTG for instance). Also enjoy a good coop game like Pandemic or 7th Continent.

My wife primarily enjoys coop games or games where she can build her own little empire/house/greenery/whatever, although she enjoys some negative interaction to a lesser extent (like Imperial Settlers).
She likes games like Dice City, Cottage Garden, Dominion, but in my experience such gaming sessions usually end up into both players playing solitaire and at the end of the gaming session compare results to see who has won. So we try to focus on games with a good level of cooperation or interaction.

Thematically we like medieval/science fiction/steampunk games. My wife absolutely detests anything that has something to do with undead or other grotesk monstrosities.

We have a budget for 3-5 mid-sized games (around € 150-200). For my X-wing addiction I've got my own budget.
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1. Board Game: Zephyr: Winds of Change [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:5923]
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We love the theme and it seems to be a nice game, although it does appear to have some flaws (too much randomness in battles). Nevertheless my wife and I do think the game will be enjoyment and fills a niche in our collection, so it's high on our shortlist.

Edit: Turns out Portal Dragon won't attend Essen this year, so we decided to order it instead. Played it once now and we liked it
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2. Board Game: Star Wars: Rebellion [Average Rating:8.49 Overall Rank:6]
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I drooled over this game last year, but never really considered buying it due to the playtime (2-4 hrs).

Forgot about it and came across it again during our search for a more epic game (other than 7th continent). Most of our games are between 30-60 minutes and an occasional 60-90 minutes, so we want some more epic games for those (albeit sparse) evenings/weekends when the kids are staying at grandparents.

My wife and I love the theme and it appears to be a solid game that we'd like.

Buying this would gobble up most of our remaining budget though, so we are a bit on the fence whether to get this one or save it for later and get some other games first.

Edit: After much consideration we decided to buy this game first, because saving up € 90 for a single game is more difficult than saving up € 45 for one game, 25 for another and 20 for another. Not played yet
 
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3. Board Game: Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.63 Overall Rank:3]
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For some time we're thinking about a civilization building game, we narrowed down the list to this one and the FFG's Sid Meier's Civ.

I'm leaning to FFG's Sid meier's Civ and my wife is leaning towards this one. Either game would probably not be played that often, so really depends on the price

Edit:
After having watched the review of 'Shut up and sit down', this game pummeled down our want-list. The prospects of late-game mechanics being the same as early game mechanics, just more points/more resources, didn't really appeal to us much.
 
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4. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:173]
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For some time we're thinking about a civilization building game, we narrowed down the list to this one and the new TTA.

I'm leaning to this one and my wife is leaning to TTA. Either game would probably not be played that often, so really depends on the price (and in this case perhaps a good used version)
 
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5. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game – Alpha-Class Star Wing Expansion Pack [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked]
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Have been waiting for this expansion ever since I discovered X-wing miniatures a couple of years ago.

I want to have several of these, but am not sure whether if it's available at Spiel (and in English). So far Spiel hasn't been a great place to shop around for English-expansions.

Edit:
Only saw it on display at FFG booth, haven't seen it for sale
 
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6. Board Game: Cottage Garden [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:633]
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Borrowed a copy from friends, it's a nice game and my wife loves the theme. Might buy it, but we might buy 'Indian Summer' instead (depends on pricing of either).
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7. Board Game: Indian Summer [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:1659]
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Apparently a new game of the creators of 'Cottage Garden'. I haven't watched any walkthroughs myself, but I've got the impression that it's a similar game with a different setting and some different rules.

Either of them would fill a void in our collection, but I'm not yet convinced that I'd want both.
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8. Board Game: Clank! In! Space! [Average Rating:8.02 Overall Rank:229]
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Heard a lot about Clank! but never really looked into it much further.
This seems to be an improved version in Space, which is more to our thematic liking. Seems to be a cool game, so definately will check it out

Edit: Played the game for a couple of rounds, had no real clue where we should go first, but we understood basic concepts and it appears to be a solid game, so we'll get it at some later date
 
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9. Board Game: Fields of Green [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:775]
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We skipped this game last year, but are now reconsidering it after having watched some more walkthroughs.

I like the strategic aspect where I should place stuff.
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10. Board Game: Vikings Gone Wild [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:784]
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I got bored with Dominion (too little interaction, so we tend to do our thing and impatiently wait for the other player to finish his/her turn).

Saw some reviews of 'Vikings Gone Wild', my wife and I like the theme and seems to be more versatile than Dominion.
A game we'll want to try out and if we like it, we might buy it, but price is a bit steep for what you get, compared to other games on our list
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11. Board Game: Dale of Merchants [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:792] [Average Rating:7.26 Unranked]
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was recommended by friend, seems to be a bit more interactive than Dominion (which we recently sold), will try and might pick it up
 
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12. Board Game: Caverna: Cave vs Cave [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:642]
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At first, we thought it was just a simplified version of Caverna, but when we watched a Gencon preview for Nusfjord, this game was also shown and it does appear to play much differently. Will try, might buy.
 
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13. Board Game: Roll Player [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:332]
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my wife is looking for a dice modification game, Dice city would be an option, but then she came across Roll Player.

Seems to be a nice game, but I wonder whether it quickly turns into 2 players playing solitaire (like Dice City).

It's also pretty expensive (probably due to being Import & containing lots of dice), so we probably won't buy it even if we are able to find it at Spiel, but would be nice to try out if possible (Publisher isn't at Spiel, but we hope Brave New World has some copies
 
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14. Board Game: Card City XL [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:3853]
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Having watched Rahdo's playthrough of a demo version, my wife likes it, but I'm not so sure yet. One to try out
 
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15. Board Game: Star Wars: The Card Game – Edge of Darkness [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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We picked up 'Star Wars: The Card Game' last year and we like it. We're considering getting this expansion for the extra Scum-faction and some more options, but we're not bored yet with the base game (so many other games to play), so it's not high on our priority list (and it's probably difficult to find in English, because we only found one english version of the base game last year)


Edit: Bought new for € 15,-
 
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16. Board Game: Imperial Settlers: Atlanteans [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
Mark Geertsema
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Wanted to buy this + the base game at Spiel last year, but base game was already sold out (except for German versions).
We bought the base game in Dutch a month later and we like it. Considering this expansion, but depends on our budget (rather buy an entirely new game than an expansion to a game we already have (and don't play that often due to kids))
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17. Board Game: Oh My Goods!: Escape to Canyon Brook [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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We like 'Oh My Goods', so definately will check out one of its expansions if we deem it cheap enough
 
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18. Board Game: Terraforming Mars [Average Rating:8.38 Overall Rank:5]
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Skipped this game last year, because our 2nd son was born and we didn't expect to have time for long games like this.

It seems like a great game to me, yet my wife wants to like it, but isn't sure she will. Considering the price-tag and the scarcity of opportunities to play longer games (children and games like X-wing HotaC, Caverna and Castles of Mad King Ludwig would be severe competition), it might be best to wait for a 2nd hand copy to appear.
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19. Board Game: A Feast for Odin [Average Rating:8.20 Overall Rank:30]
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Friends recommended this game to us. At first we wondered whether it was an improved 'Caverna' (like 'Caverna' was an improved 'Agricula'), but it appears to be a different beast, albeit similar in some aspects.

Probably want to try it out, but a bit expensive for a game that's similar to what we already have or want to buy (workerplacement: Caverna, Tile-puzzle: Cottage Garden/Indian Summer) and game-play doesn't seem as epic as some other expensive candidates.
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20. Board Game: In the Name of Odin [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:2841]
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Made it to our shortlist last year, but time & budget was not on our side
 
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21. Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel [Average Rating:8.15 Overall Rank:10]
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Was on our shortlist last year, but we bought 'Roll for the Galaxy' instead. A game we want to try out.
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22. Board Game: Alhambra [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:393]
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A rather old game, but a game our eldest (6yrs) could learn to play in no time, if we'll find a good deal, we'll probably buy it.
 
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23. Board Game: Castles of Mad King Ludwig: Secrets [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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we enjoy Castles and played with the expansion once. At this point we don't feel the need for extra content and rather want to spend our money on new games, but if we find it with a good discount, we might pick it up
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24. Board Game: Drachenturm [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:6746]
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Perhaps a nice game to play with our eldest (6yr), but perhaps it's already to easy for him, will probably try it
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25. Board Game: Queendomino [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:513] [Average Rating:7.47 Unranked]
Mark Geertsema
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Another game that was recommended to us, but it doesn't appeal to us that much, based on reviews/walkthroughs. Might try it if we have time left, but then again, we probably won't, because there are so many other games that are interesting and not mentioned in our list right now...
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