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Possibly a more condensed list this year as my collection is at saturation and I need to clear shelves before I refill them with newness

We have a stand for the first time to sell A-Muse-Ment's 2018 release, Tales of the Northlands, The Sagas of Noggin the Nog. Come and say hi at, 4-J107.

Board Game: Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog
Board Game: Gùgōng
Board Game: Reykholt
Board Game: Teotihuacan: City of Gods
Board Game: Key Flow
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Board Game: Prehistory
Board Game: Concordia Venus
Board Game: Iberian Rails
Board Game: Takla
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Board Game: Great Western Trail: Rails to the North
Board Game: Dixit: 10th Anniversary
Board Game: Wendake: New Allies
Board Game: A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians
Board Game: Nusfjord: Plaice Deck
Board Game: Keyflower: Sorcerer
Board Game: Keyflower: Boat 7
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Board Game: Brettspiel Adventskalender 2018
Board Game: Welcome To...
Board Game: First Class: Module G – The Magician
Board Game: Nippon: Keiretsu


HALL PLANS

Board Game Designer: Nick Case


Beware the Hall numbers have changed from last year, what was Hall 7 is now hall 4 and we have a new Hall-6.

CAVEAT-O'CLOCK
Just as a heads up, this is a list primarily to patch the holes in my terrible memory, unless I take notes I forget everything. It is a menu for my trip to Essen, so it is to help me remember the games that deserve some level of consideration, or even to avoid (with reasons why). Please feel free to add comments if you have an opinion or any experience with these titles. However please do not add new titles for me because I omit considerably more than I include. If you think I might like something, by all means PM me and give me some background.

AND FINALLY
Now the dust has settled I have added my thoughts on the games bought. In short a bit of a disappointing year with many purchases now being sold on.
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1. Board Game: Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:4010]
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Tales of the Northlands successfully Kickstarted in June and will launch at Essen. 300 copies of the game will be available for sale from the stand at Essen with limited copies of the wooden resources and coins.

Family & Solo Rules

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Check the BGG listing and the Facebook page for updates;

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1994230270859019/

Kickstarter: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2028436519/tales-of-the...

Or for a 2 minute preview;



Or for a 10 minute whistle stop tour;



For those that didn't Kickstart there will be a few sets of the wooden resources, specially cast pewter coins available for sale on a first come first served basis, but when they are gone, they are gone;

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CONCLUSION
Running a stand and hosting 24 demos to 96 people is a very different experience to being a punter. Great fun but emotionally and physically exhausting (especially when your consignment has been forgotten by the delivery company and only arrives 1 hour before the door open on Thursday). TotN sold well and received some very generous feedback. A worthwhile exercise.
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2. Board Game: Gùgōng [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:322]
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Kickstarted and lined up for Essen collection. Looks sumptuous and the Heavy Cardboard guys really liked it.

Location: 4-D109
Authors: Andreas Steding
Publisher: Gamebrewer
Kickstarted with collection at the show




CONCLUSION
I backed the Deluxe and wasn't disapointed. A nice mechanism with the gift cards and multiple paths to victory. Awesome production, a keeper.
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3. Board Game: Reykholt [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1550]
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If it wasn't by Uwe Rosenberg then the idea of geo-thermal tomato growing in Iceland to serve the tourist industry would not be my idea of a good game. We'll see but with a 30-60 minute playing time, who knows?

Available to demo at Leiriacon 2018 and although I didn't get to play it got rave reviews from people whose opinions count to me. I will buy this at Essen.

LOCATION: 2-F138 RENEGADE GAME STUDIOS
Authors: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Frosted Games
Price: €50
Mention of promo cards, can anyone confirm?


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CONCLUSION
Played twice and all the bits join up and it works, the experience just left an empty space where fun and good times should be. Sold.
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4. Board Game: Teotihuacan: City of Gods [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:59]
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Heard really good things from people who had demos at UKGE. With an excellent pedigree it's looking like a strong contender for a sale.

Looks very wow!

Location: 1-G124
Authors: Daniele Tascini Dávid Turczi
Publisher: NSKN Games
Price: €45


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CONCLUSION
Over engineered and fiddly to an extent that just annoyed everyone around the table. Sold.
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5. Board Game: Key Flow [Average Rating:7.47 Overall Rank:1533]
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Card version of Keyflower and comes with very good reports.

Location: 3-O101
Authors: Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games
Price: €50


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CONCLUSION
Keyflower lite and executed very nicely to create a quick filler for those conversant with the rules. A Keeper.
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6. Board Game: Captains of the Gulf [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:3385]
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Captains of the Gulf (Spielworxx):

Missed out on a play test at Leiriacon (the Horror!!!) but it got fantastic feedback from people who know what they are talking about. Just need Uli to crack the whip and to get it to the show.

 


Update: All the news looks promising for a release at Essen. And a description;

South Louisiana has a long, rich history of delicious Cajun dishes like gumbos and jambalayas. A big part of what makes these meals so great is the seafood in them that is fished from the Gulf of Mexico. The men and women who run the shrimp boats that fish that seafood have to be both hard-working and crafty, finding the optimum strategy to bring in the best catch. They are the "Captains of the Gulf".

Captains of the Gulf is a thematic action selection game, full of flavor. In the game, 2-4 players each operate a fishing boat in the Gulf of Mexico, hoping to make the largest profit over eight game turns. The players try to upgrade their fishing boat, add crew members, then move out to fish crabs, oysters, and shrimp, after which they need to deliver them to ports.

Cards are multi-purpose; they are added to a player's mat on top (licenses), at the left side (crew), or at the right side (boat upgrade). Moreover, when you fish you need to play them out of your hand

Location: 2-D128
Authors: Jason Dinger
Publisher: Spielworxx
Price: €59*


* Update: The pre-order for CotG is now up on the Spielworxx website;

https://www.spielworxx.de/produkte-shop/

Price €64 +€12 for P&P. There is no option for collection at Essen which suggests that it won't make the show.

Scroll down past the postage option and there is a price of €59 for collection at Essen (missed it first time-oops).



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7. Board Game: Prehistory [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:2043]
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Somehow missed this on Kickstarter. It looks like it could be my sort of game.

And so the list gets longer...sigh!

Location: 4-F101
Authors: Attila Szőgyi
Publisher: A-games (Board Game)
Price: €65


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CONCLUSION
Lots of new approaches and lots to like about this one. A keeper.
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8. Board Game: Concordia Venus [Average Rating:8.36 Overall Rank:336]
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Venus Expansion.

Demo'd by Mr Gerdts himself and a very clever stand alone game (NOT just an expansion) that allows team play. A must buy although no BGG page yet.

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Authors: Mac Gerdts
Publisher: PD-Verlag
Price: €35


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9. Board Game: Iberian Rails [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:4395]
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Seems to be only available as a pre-order where the promo pack of 4 new roles can be added on for €7.
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When i saw this on Kickstarter last year, I really didn't like the look of it. However when I got to play it I was very surprised at how wrong I was not to back it. Time to mend that situation.

Location: 4K105 (so close to 4-J107!!)
Author: Tony Chen
Publisher: Monsoon Publishing
Price: €47 (inc promo)
 
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10. Board Game: Takla [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:13219]
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Hands up I am a tree-hugging timber-junkie when it comes to wooden board games. Usually I get my fix from Gavin at Cubiko Games but this year we are actually sharing a stand and I think I have acquired his entire back catalogue (and perhaps a future title!) so I needed to get a hit somewhere else. Hall 1 in fact;

Board Game: Takla


Publisher: STEFFEN-SPIELE
LOCATION: 3-G109
Price: €70
Pre-Order: post@steffen-spiele.de


It's a tactile wooden game of building cantilevered structures toward a central post. At 5kg its not exactly pocket friendly and at €70 it's not exactly wallet friendly but it does look pub friendly and incredibly up my street Avenue.

Pre-ordered.

CONCLUSION
5kg of wooden goodness. Played in the pub and at home with the family. Very tactile, simple yet clever and fun. A Keeper
 
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11. Board Game: Flamme Rouge: Meteo [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Next Flamme Rouge expansion, Meteo.

Location: 3-O111
Authors: Asger Harding Granerud
Publisher: Stronghold
Price: €?


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CONCLUSION
Rather disapointing. Adds very little to the excellent base game and the side screens block the view of the track. Little more than a meh promo. I doubt I will use this in the game again.
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12. Board Game: Great Western Trail: Rails to the North [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.51 Unranked]
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GWT is an awesome game so do I want this expansion? I don't 'need' another expansion, my collection seems to be 75% expansions. mmmmmm.

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Authors: Alexander Pfister
Publisher: Eggerspiel
Price: €? (£22,50 cheapest in the UK)
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13. Board Game: Dixit: 10th Anniversary [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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The annual Dixit expansion which is my daughter's present from the show.

Location: 1-F103
Authors: Jean-Louis Roubira
Publisher: Libellud
Price: €20


CONCLUSION
Played with my daughter because it is her annual present. Lovely illustrations APU. We love it.
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14. Board Game: Wendake: New Allies [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.87 Unranked]
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Is an expansion for one of my top two games of 2017 required? In truth, no, not at all but it will be interesting to see what this brings to the party.

Location: 4-C113
Authors: P.S. Martensen, Danilo Sabia
Publisher: Placentia Games
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LOCATION: 4-C113
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15. Board Game: Nusfjord: Plaice Deck [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.08 Unranked]
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and yet another bloody expansion............ I predict a riot.

Update: Looks like a reasonable bloody expansion so a probable bloody purchase.

Location: 1-F135
Authors: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Lookout Games
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CONCLUSION
By the time I got there they had sold out!!
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16. Board Game: A Feast for Odin: The Norwegians [Average Rating:8.98 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.98 Unranked]
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Yet another expansion for an already fantastic game. Can they all make their parent games better? If I were to follow through with the purchase of all of these expansions then they will exceed the purchase of stand alone games 5:1.

The first large expansion for A Feast for Odin, The Norwegians includes four new islands (Isle of Man, Isle of Skye, Islay, Outer Hebrides) with Irish coastal viking-settlements on the backside (Waterford, Wexford, Cork, Limerick), where people from Norway came to stay through the winter (longphort), to trade at, and to settle nearby. This offers new strategies and new puzzle-pieces like horse (6VP, 2x5 spaces)/pregnant horse/leather(green)/vadmal(blue) and pigs (1 VP, breed every round; 2x3 - 1 = 5 spaces)/herbal (orange)/ antler (green)/tools (blue). The game will have a third box for the pieces and the four old islands, too (little different VPs and new graphic-aspects of mini-expansion islands Lofoten/Orkneys/Tierra del Fuego).

The expansion includes another mountain-strip, more two-silver coins, meat/beans and runes/oil and a "little emigration" piece that covers one food instead of two. You get it on a new action-plan for giving away a whaling boat. The plan has three pieces that can be turned around for different numbers of players (version for 1-2, 3, and 4 players), which increases the chances of players getting in each other's way. It contains new opportunities like butchering, elk-hunting, fishing, and thievery, along with changes for some old actions. It's now easier, for example, to play an animal strategy, also because you can now get two of the same animals in one action. There is also a new fifth row to make a (better) action with your last viking. You can smith, for example, now a grey piece with maximum of eight swords by using an ore and only one action. Also for this, there are five new grey puzzle-pieces like pan, hauberk or anvil and a little board for smith-able pieces with fewer than nine swords.

Totally new is also the idea of a random start-building. Everybody gets one of the six boards and can build the front or back with one wood and one action. These buildings offer, covered like stonehouse and longhouse, some stuff (pieces, weapons, commodities), VPs and one silver (horse stable 2 silver), so everybody has another different start-opportunity - like the profession card. In this expansion, you choose the best of two cards to start with. Another new option is, that instead of puting a profession card into the game, you can throw it away for a VP-chip. A nice little competitive element, because there are only two 4-VP-chips, six 3-VP-chips and eight (endless) 2-VP-chips.



Location: 4 C116
Authors: Gernot Köpke, Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Feurlandspiel
Price: 30 Pre-order (https://www.feuerland-spiele.de/index_en.php)

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I lost my pre-order number but went to the FeurlandSpiel stand and they refused to sell me the expansion because their system couldn't search for my name. Not particularly impressed mindful that a paper print out is so easy to use as a back up, even for an amateur stall holder like me.
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17. Board Game: Keyflower: Sorcerer [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
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Another bolt on for Keyflower which seeing how I am so heavily invested now it seems churlish to jip the €5 to get this from the BGG stand.

Predicition time: Following the savage success of the Snowdonia uber bundle Kickstarter, Keyflower will follow suit with a big box special in the next couple of years.

Location: BGG Store
Authors: Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games
Price: ?
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18. Board Game: Keyflower: Boat 7 [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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Released in the Spring for sale in the BGG Store. Would make sense to get this with the Sorcerer.

Boat 7a: When obtaining resources or animals (KFF) from another player’s village, or at the end of a season from a turn order tile (KFF) or a boat (KFM), or from a contract (KFM), then the player may place these on any tile in their village.

Boat 7b: At the end of summer, autumn, and winter, the owner receives one iron, one stone, and one wood onto their home tile from the general supply.

Location: BGG Store
Authors: Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games
Price: ?
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19. Board Game: Keyflower: Developer [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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Keyflower: Developer is a new village tile for the game Keyflower. The rules for the Developer tile are as follows:

The owner of the developer scores 2 points (or 3 points if the tile has been upgraded) for each upgrade icon that is on an adjacent tile.

The chance to score 18 points is not to be sniffed at.

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Obtaininable from R&D's stand, price??
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20. Board Game: Brettspiel Adventskalender 2018 [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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There are some nice promos in this year's calendar, but not enough for my collection to justify the €50 price tag. However if anyone is interested in the spares I have set up an entry on the Essen No-Shipping sale geeklist;

https://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/243137/item/6331071#i...

Promos to be collected from the stand, 4-J107.

Location: 1-D124
Authors: na
Publisher: Frosted Games
Price: €50
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21. Board Game: Welcome To... [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:121]
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Not my usual sort of game but this seems to fit into the pub-game/ end of evening slot, along with Mosaix, No Thanks, the Mind etc. Great review by Shut Up & Sit Down and the price won't kill if it doesn't work out as planned. Glad to see the designer has moved on from working with Elton John

Location: 4-D119
Authors: Benoit Turpin
Publisher: Blue Cocker Games
Price: €22


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Played a lot in Essen and after. A quick and easy filler for the end of evening slot.
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22. Board Game: First Class: Module G – The Magician [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.92 Unranked]
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La La La- even more expansions.

At the last stop in Transylvania, a wizard entered the train. He titled himself a "Good One". But maybe he isn't this one?!?

While you take the wizard cards from First Class: Module G out of the display, you don't know which one you'll get. His tricks will bring you further and will be leave your opponents confused behind

Location: 2-B110/3-B113
Author: Helmut Ohley
Publisher: Hans Im Gluk
Price: ?
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23. Board Game: Nippon: Keiretsu [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.09 Unranked]
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And the expansions just keep on coming;

In Nippon: Keiretsu, a mini expansion for Nippon, twelve new factories are added to the base game for a fresh gameplay experience. With more choices to invest, players can create new strategies in the path to influence the Japanese islands during the Industrial Revolution.

Author: Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro, Paulo Soledade
Publisher: What's Your Game.
Stand: 3-M100
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24. Board Game: 1906 San Francisco [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:2835]
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Totally missed this one in the pre-show reviews and at the show. It was only at the Hastings meeting in November that I was shown this and I was so impressed I ordered a copy from the publisher in Italy. A very big game in a very small box with a modular set up and double sided cards that allow no two games to start the same. Very impressive for €20 and played more than any other Essen 2018 game.
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