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1. Board Game: Azul [Average Rating:8.01 Overall Rank:49] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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It looks purty, but not sure if I need another tile laying game what with Patchwork and all...

EDIT 11.10.17: Positive reviews continue to pour in. The game looks great and would definitely be a hit with my spouse, so moves to the top of the list -- must have!
 
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2. Board Game: Transatlantic [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1343]
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I loves me some Concordia, so any new Max Gerdts design is automatically on the radar.

EDIT 11.10.17: Early returns on this have downgraded it quite a bit for me. It seems that while the design has some interesting elements, it's not significantly better than Concordia to warrant a place in my collection. But there aren't many thorough reviews yet, so the door is still slightly ajar...
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3. Board Game: Mini Rails [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:1845]
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God help me, I'm a sucker for trains. This is lighter than Whistle Stop, but cheaper. Definitely on radar. I must seek out more info.

EDIT 11.10.17: Reviews continue to be positive. Even though I know that this would be a very niche game in terms of appeal to possible opponents, I still want it.
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4. Board Game: Altiplano [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:671]
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A new bag builder from the Orléans designers is almost an auto-buy sight unseen, but I will temper my burgeoning enthusiasm to await reports.

EDIT 11.10.17: Early reports from those who have played indicate that this might be a disappointment. It apparently adds elements to the the Orléans system that increase complexity and playing time. If indeed it's made a clean system heavier and clunkier, I will be giving it a pass, but I await more thorough reviews before deciding.
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5. Board Game: Import / Export [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:2648]
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This seems to have a bit of a Glory to Rome vibe; if so, I am on this like white on rice.

UPDATE: Rahdo's run through video has me totally sold. It is indeed Glory to Rome-esque -- MUST HAVE!

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surprised me with this as a gift, and we played it once. We liked it a lot! It's an unabashed tribute to Glory to Rome, up front about the mechanical similarities. It does, however, feel different, and it is in my opinion a better iteration of the system than Chudyk's own attempts to refine it in Mottanai and Uchronia.

I'm happy to own it so soon after release and I'm eager to play it several more times to explore the system.
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6. Board Game: Nusfjord [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:1069]
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Uwe Rosenberg designs usually come with robust solitaire variants. If Nusfjord follows the pattern, color me interested.
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7. Board Game: Tribes: Early Civilization [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:3678]
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A "thematic prequel" to Nations by one of the designers of the original?! How did I not know about this until now?!

You have failed me, Internet!
 
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8. Board Game: Charterstone [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:94]
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Any Stonemaier title gets an automatic look. I'm not as excited as some about the concept of "legacy," but I am curious to see how it applies to worker placement. And in any case, Stonemaier production values are always top notch.
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9. Board Game: Photosynthesis [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:347]
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Original theme, looks good, potentially playable with family. It's been reviewed a bit already, but sure to get more exposure at Essen.
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10. Board Game: Whistle Stop [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:1059]
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I think this has been out in the wild a bit already, and it got a bunch of GenCon exposure. Theme and initial positive reviews have me interested in seeing how it shakes out with more general release.
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11. Board Game: Cosmogenesis [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:2918]
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I love the original theme which fits right in with my interest in astronomy and cosmology. Looking forward to seeing what kind of reception it gets.
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12. Board Game: Pioneer Days [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:4267]
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Dice drafting can be fun, but I do not know much more about this than that at the moment; will be paying attention.
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13. Board Game: Calimala [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:1567]
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Yes, yes, another trading in renaissance Italy game, but I quite liked Spyrium's place in between things mechanic, and this seems to be close to that.
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14. Board Game: Ex Libris [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:800]
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Already got a bunch of exposure at GenCon, so more of a known quantity. But more data is always welcome.
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15. Board Game: Heaven & Ale [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:579]
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I like the looks and the title, and that's all I know. Paying peripheral attention.
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16. Board Game: Pulsar 2849 [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:557]
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Space! Dice! Czech Games Edition! Curiosity piqued.
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17. Board Game: Finished! [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:2522]
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A new solo game from Friedman Friese?! Shut up and take my money!!!
 
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18. Board Game: Alien Artifacts [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1541]
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Mild curiosity.
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19. Board Game: Reworld [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:3621]
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Slightly intrigued; enough at least to pay attention in a peripheral way.
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20. Board Game: Noria [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:2157]
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Deckbuilding, bagbuilding, cardbuilding, wheelbuilding -- pretty much, I want ALL OF THE BUILDING THINGS!

Plus, the art is cool.
 
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21. Board Game: The Ruhr: A Story of Coal Trade [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:3271]
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There was at least one session of this at the recent FalCon, but the slots filled up too quickly for me to get one. It's obviously available already, but I'll pay attention to any Essen buzz. Not a game I'd probably ever own, but I'm a sucker for economic euros.
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22. Board Game: The Sanctuary: Endangered Species [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:4052]
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Original theme, could be cool? Worth paying attention to.
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23. Board Game: Kitchen Rush [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:1601]
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Family might like this one, so paying attention.
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24. Board Game: The Bloody Inn: The Carnies [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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I like the base game quite a bit, so I will probably end up with this. I am sad, however, that it apparently will not work with the official solitaire rules.
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25. Board Game: The Pursuit of Happiness: Community [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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I have the base game, which is fun solitaire. More cards will be welcome, although I missed the KS campaign which probably means missing the many promo cards?
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