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It is that time of year when I start looking at all the new games that are being released at Essen and what I hope to be checking out at the show. The list will be ranked in order of interest.
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1. Board Game: Terraforming Mars: Venus Next [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked]
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I know, I know. When I first played TM I thought it was OK, but nothing special and flogged my copy not long after Essen last year. I ended up buying another copy on the third print run and I am now hooked. I am not bothering with the Hellas board as it doesn't make that many changes to the gameplay, but I am very keen to get my grubby mitts on this.
 
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2. Board Game: Transatlantic [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:1325]
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Mac Gerdts is my favourite designer. Concordia is just amazing. Autobuy.
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3. Board Game: Concordia: Aegyptus / Creta [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.36 Unranked]
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see above
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4. Board Game: Champions of Midgard: Valhalla [Average Rating:8.45 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.45 Unranked]
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I got the base game last year as a thank you from Grey Fox for working on their booth at Essen last year, I knew little about it and it was a very big surprise that such a good worker placement game had passed my by. I'll get to demo the 2 expansions this year. It's a hard life.
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5. Board Game: Champions of Midgard: The Dark Mountains [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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6. Board Game: Not Alone: Exploration [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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The expansion to the excellent Not Alone. A must.
 
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7. Board Game: Snowdonia: The Siege of Petersburg / The Channel Tunnel 1881 [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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Snowdonia is awesome. This will be an autobuy.
 
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8. Board Game: Mystery of the Temples [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:5094]
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EmperorS4 Games are certainly on my radar after my hit of last year Round House and the excellent Planet Defenders. Same designer as Planet Defenders too.
 
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9. Board Game: Altiplano [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:662]
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A combination of the theme and designer has this one on my radar.
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10. Board Game: Rajas of the Ganges [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:415]
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Worker placement by the designers of The Village and My Village gets my attention, plus R&R do have good form putting out decent games.
 
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11. Board Game: The Ruhr: A Story of Coal Trade [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:3258]
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I haven't played any of this designers games but have heard lots of good things about his games for this to be on my radar.
 
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12. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:345]
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I have to admit this one passed me by originally but a certain Paul Grogan brought it to my attention on his Gaming Rules podcast and now needs to be investigated.
 
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13. Board Game: Iberian Rails [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:4266]
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Another from the Taiwan Boardgame Design Stable. I know very little about this but want to investigate further.
 
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14. Board Game: Viral [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1200]
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I like non PC/bad taste games and a lot of them do leave a lot to be desired. However the designer of Panamax does one.... gets my attention.
 
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15. Board Game: Pit Crew [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:3514]
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A real time team game. These are excellent con/games weekend games. Being a F1 fan too gets my attention.
 
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16. Board Game: Dungeon Digger [Average Rating:6.96 Unranked]
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A kickstarter. *shudder*

The theme grabs me and as much as I like Dungeon Lords it is super complex for the theme. I hope that this is nowhere near as complex.
 
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17. Board Game: Dragon Island [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:8366]
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R&R are always on my radar with an excellent track record of releasing good games, plus the misfortune that hit them last year, I would like to support them. I know nothing of the designer so one to check out.
 
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18. Board Game: Exodus Fleet [Average Rating:7.60 Overall Rank:4671]
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I know very little about this, Sci-Fi gets my attention and the synopsis sounds pretty good. I want to check it out before I part with my hard earned cash.
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19. Board Game: Agra [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:1086]
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Mixed feelings about this one, well the price tag anyway. €65. It looks impressive and it is by the designer of La Granja, the artist has done masterpieces like Pillars of the Earth and World Without End and is a worker placement, but that price tag.... I'll probably give this a miss due to that plus Quined don't have a good track record of putting decent games out. I will check it out though.
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20. Board Game: Konja [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:5800]
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Pleasant Games surprised me last year with the excellent Snowblind.

I love the artwork on this and although it is only a 2 player, which I rarely get to play I will be checking this out.
 
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21. Board Game: Mountains of Madness [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:2441]
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One to check out. Lovecraft with a 'pinch' of real time.
 
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22. Board Game: Roadkill [Average Rating:6.16 Unranked]
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Could be fun, could be pants. The theme grabbed my attention.
 
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23. Board Game: Pulsar 2849 [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:551]
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The promo video of this caught my attention. The designer doesn't have a great track record, so will reserve judgement. If I get this I'll get it in the UK and not Essen due to CGE's recent hiking up prices at Essen.
 
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