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Every year almost all of us does a list like this and i'm no stranger to that. I like doing lists and unfortunately i've not done as many as i wanted to, due to absolute lack of time. But it's time to pop one out and since i'll be attending the fair this year, it would be a nice remimder for me this shortlist of games i'll be watching.

So i'll be categorizing these games in 2 tiers:

MUST HAVE
INTERESTED

So... Showtime!!
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1. Board Game: Captains of the Gulf [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:6407]
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INTERESTED

2-4 Players
75-100 Minutes
by Jason Dinger for Spielworxx (2-D128)

I'm a fan of Spielworxx games and i'm very fond of the theme of this game, so i will for sure talk with Uli and Jason about it.
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2. Board Game: Coimbra [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:573]
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INTERESTED

2-4 Players
60-90 Minutes
by Flaminia Brasini and Virginio Gigli for Pegasus Spiele (3-M110/3-M105)

A game about Coimbra, a portuguese city that is close to me and again a theme that i like. The authors already have published games that i enjoy, so i am really curious about this one.
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3. Board Game: Drachenschreck [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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MUST HAVE

2-4 Players
10-15 Minutes
by Benjamin Schwer for HABA (3-F102)

I have a four year old daughter that i want to start playing games with. HABA always has a bunch of cute kids games, so i'll pick this one up for her.
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4. Board Game: Great Western Trail: Rails to the North [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.54 Unranked]
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INTERESTED

2-4 Players
75-150 Minutes
by Alexander Pfister for eggertspiele

I love GWT! It's one of those games that i really want to play over and over, but i'm generally not a big fan of expansions. So i am still wondering if i will pick it up or not. Decisions... decisions...
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5. Board Game: Gùgōng [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:1644]
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INTERESTED

1-5 Players
60-90 Minutes
by Andreas Steding for Game Brewer (4-D109)

This game has grabbed my attention because of it's pretty artwork, clever mechanisms and a interesting theme. I've seen some videos and the hype is positive. I will for sure take a serious look at it.
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6. Board Game: Monster Lands [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:3326]
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1-4 Players
60-120 Minutes
by V.Fernández, G.Mata, S.S.Pascual and D.Schloesser for Second Gate Games (4-D123)

I have already pre-ordered this one. Under the cartoonish and almost lightweight artwork hides a mature gamer's game, full of decisions, tension and fun. At least that's what i am expecting.
 
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7. Board Game: Passing Through Petra [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:8841]
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2-4 Players
60 Minutes
by J. Alex Kevern for Renegade Game Studios (1-C147)

There's almost no info about this game, but there's something there that grabs my attention. I really do not know what it is, but it's enough to grab my attention. Until further info, it stays on the list to keep an eye on.
 
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8. Board Game: Prehistory [Average Rating:7.70 Overall Rank:3372]
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2-4 Players
60-120 Minutes
by Attila Szõgyi for A-Games (4-F101)

I am a sucker for civ games... i admit... i am.
I'm also a sucker for beautiful components and artwork.
Indeed, i love boards with nice maps or landscapes or even tiles to explore... Also, from the reviews i've seen it appears to be a great strategic game with a nice balance between tactics and skillfull planning. Need to say more? Pre-ordered!
 
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9. Board Game: Reykholt [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:4016]
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INTERESTED

1-4 Players
30-60 Minutes
by Uwe Rosenberg for Renegade Game Studios (1-C147)

Uwe is already a classic game designer and every year his new games are always a must see, at least. One of my Rosenberg's favourite games is At the Gates of Loyang and when i heard that this one was a spiritual successor of loyang i got curious.
 
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10. Board Game: Tales of the Northlands: The Sagas of Noggin the Nog [Average Rating:7.63 Overall Rank:7523]
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INTERESTED

1-4 Players
120-150 Minutes
by Nick Case for A-Muse-Ment (4-J107)

When Nick playtested this game at our convention, LeiriaCON, earlier this year, every single player i've talked to that played it, said wonderfull things. So, Nick, see you at the booth, i'm almost certain i'll be picking up one for me.
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11. Board Game: Teotihuacan: City of Gods [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:819]
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INTERESTED

1-4 Players
90-120 Minutes
by D.Tascini and D.Turczi for NSKN Games (1-G124)

Tzolk'in is one of those games that i think almost everyone enjoys playing and i am no exception. I am really interested in seeing what these guys can deliver.
 
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12. Board Game: Underwater Cities [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:2756]
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MUST HAVE

1-4 Players
80-150 Minutes
by Vladimír Suchý for Delicious Games (5-C111)

I am a huge fan of Vladimir's games. They always surprise me by the unique choice of themes, the clever mechanics and the integration of these themes with those mechanics. Pulsar, Last Will, Shipyard, League of Six and others are games i really enjoy and admire. Naturally, this one is a no brainer for me.
 
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13. Board Game: Welcome To... [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:354]
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1-100 Players
25 Minutes
by Benoit Turpin for Blue Cocker Games (4-D119)

It's always a good idea to have a good and fun filler to have around. But after a while, these fillers tend to burn and loose interest due to the fact that they are played so often. When i saw this one the first time i didn't give it much attention, but after some reviews and started to be curious and now i'm convinced. I have already pre-ordered my first flick & write game.
 
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14. Board Game: Architects of the West Kingdom [Average Rating:8.08 Overall Rank:1654]
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1-5 Players
60-80 Minutes
by S.Phillips and S.J.Macdonald for Renegade Game Studios (1-C147)

I Liked alot Raiders of the North Sea and i'm always curious about Shem's games. Also, loooove the artwork. I'll for sure look this one up at Essen.
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15. Board Game: Blackout: Hong Kong [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:2408]
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1-4 Players
75-150 Minutes
by Alexander Pfister for eggertspiele

I love Mombasa, and GWT is already one of my top10 favourite games, so naturally i need to check this one out.
 
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