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1. Board Game: Bastille [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:8496]
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Queen Games Location: 1-D121/3-H116


It's the eve of the French Revolution, and you are the leader of a revolutionary group, trying to best position your faction to be ready for when the revolution inevitably begins. To do so, you need money, influence, revolutionary leaders, weapons to arm them, and much more.
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2. Board Game: Vejen [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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LOCATION: 1-D131


Worker placement!


In Vejen, players slip into the role of traders in the late Middle Ages. On many small paths which connect villages in Denmark and Germany, players must set up trading houses, upgrade their ox cart, buy goods, travel long distances, and resell goods. The game has both a Danish and a German currency, which can change at any time.
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3. Board Game: Profiteers [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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La Mame Games Location: 1-F130

Just because it's La Mame.


It is 1861, and the USA is wracked in Civil War. Great issues are at stake — slavery, states rights, the preservation of the Union — but as a British arms manufacturer, you don't care!

Profiteers is a strategic speculation game. Players seek to accumulate gold and bonds (the value of which varies according to the progress each side in the war). Players can choose to invest money in arms factories, which give them more bonds and greater influence over the outcomes; simply speculate; or buy up businesses such as coffin makers and hope for a bloody and prolonged conflict. Ultimately the only thing that matters is the final amount of cash in hand when the war ends.
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4. Board Game: City of Gears [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:8031]
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Grey Fox Games Location: 2-B106

2012 game, English edition? I like the different-setup-tiles-each-time:


City of Gears is a unique steampunk game of exploration, area control, worker placement, and engine building. From your incredible Factory, you must race to claim ownership over the magnificent ruins of an abandoned clockwork metropolis. Each game plays in under an hour, and because only nine of the city tiles (from dozens available) are randomly chosen and placed each game, no two games ever play the same.
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5. Board Game: Rallyman: GT [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Holy Grail Games Location: 2-F146

This reminds me of that racing game in 2017 that was good fun--this one is also a reboot (of only a 2009 game):

The main changes from the old edition are:
Hexagon based track tiles that give you complete freedom to build your own tracks!
a head to head racing system where you'll have to outdrive your opponents on the way to the finish line.
Larger scale tracks and cars for a better playing experience.
All new artwork from award winning illustrator Loic Muzy.
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6. Board Game: The River [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:4230]
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Days of Wonder Location: 3-B107


In The River, you and the other mayoral players each struggle to create the best pioneer settlement by developing land along a river bed in your town, collecting resources from the area, and constructing buildings. As you explore and build up the untouched frontier, your workers will settle down along the way, meaning that your other workers will shoulder more of the burden to do what you want to do, which includes making nicely organized landscapes to please the aestheticians in town.
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7. Board Game: Gobi [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:11292]
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Capsicum Games Location: 3-E111

In turn, players place a tile, then place camels on adjacent tiles. Each tile contains a tribe name. Once a route of camels connects two tiles with the same name, the player chooses a gift, gaining victory points and a power to use later in the game. A route of five or more camels gives access to coffee, a special gift. The game ends when all the tiles have been played.
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8. Board Game: Blue Lagoon [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:1998]
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Blue Orange (EU) Location: 3-M107

Tropical Catan??

The game is played over two phases (the exploration phase followed by the settlement phase). Over the course of both phases, you will expand your presence on the board by adding one new token each turn (either a settler or a village token). The goal is to collect the resources scattered over the map by placing your tokens on top of them. In the first phase, you can place a new token anywhere you like, as long as it is touching either the lagoon OR one of your previously played tokens. In the second phase, the board is cleared, except for the villages, and now you can only expand from the villages you played in the first phase! At the end of both phases, players score points for the sets of resources they collected. Most points wins.
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9. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:48]
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LOCATION: 3-M110/3-M105


A reminder to myself to pick this up!!
 
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10. Board Game: Fertility [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:3845]
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Catch Up Games Location: 3-O106

Fertility is a simple resource management game that raises tough decisions for you to take. Each turn, you collect some of the riches of the Valley of the Nile and immediately decide how to use them : supply one of your Shop to earn money, or spend them to build new districts, offering you new opportunities. Be wise because your choices are irreversible. None of the resources already stocked in your shops can be moved or reused until the end of the game. But any resource unspent by the end of your turn will be definitively lost. Optimize your turns and choices if you want to win.
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11. Board Game: Prehistory [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:3196]
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A-games (Board Game) Location: 4-F101

Do I like the look of this because it sounds like the early bit of Civilisation??


We are running out of food. The area around our campsite doesn't have enough supplies for this many of us. The tribe has no choice; we again have to move on to survive. Now we must travel to discover new areas, look in every nook and cranny for things to eat. We figure, that our best chance is to go our own ways. Which one of us will succeed in finding the richest soil, building a new home, and founding the strongest tribe?
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12. Board Game: First Contact [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:8093]
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Cosmodrome Games Location: 4-G114

First Contact is a thinky party game set in Ancient Egypt. Each player takes one of two roles—either the Alien that is trying to find parts of their pyramid-shaped ship to fly back home, or the Egyptian that is trying to please the Creature from the Sky. The game take place in several rounds. While Egyptians try their best to learn the alien language, Aliens are trying to explain what parts do they want to repair the ship.
As soon as one of the Aliens has all part they need, the game ends. The Alien who flies away first wins the game, and his Egyptian helpers are declared the wisest people of Egypt.
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13. Board Game: Orbital [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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DMZ Games Location: 4-K103

In Orbital, you design and build your own orbital station and make it as self-sustaining as possible. Your population will need houses, which will in turn need energy. Farms, gardens, facilities — there's a lot of elements to take into account. Get the buildings you need, and design the best station to be the winner!

The game tiles are composed by 1 to 5 buildings in the shape of triangles. Players should try to buy the pieces that fit best from the ones available on the central board and try to arrange them on their station in the most profitable way possible. Depending on their size and the position on the board, pieces are more or less expensive to acquire. Also, players pay by leaving their money on the pieces they reject to try to get to the one they want. Take a piece everyone rejected, and you will get a lot of useful money!
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14. Board Game: Cryptocurrency [Average Rating:6.18 Unranked]
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Capital Gains Studio Location: 5-C119

Topical. Looks like there are THREE Cryptocurrency themed games this year.


Cryptocurrency is a 2-4 players game that puts the players in a battle of wits to make the most amount of money from trading and mining cryptocurrencies. Players can choose to make the following actions during their turn with their Team:

1) Speculate and manipulate the prices of cryptocurrencies
2) Create wealth by mining for new coins through a push your luck
minigame
3) Manipulate rumors to affect your opponents’ investments while benefiting
yours
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15. Board Game: Crazy Neighbors [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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Aegir Games Location: 5-F109

Each player belongs to one of four exaggerated demographic groups, the Hippies, the Rednecks, the Culture Snobs or the Moneybags. The people belonging to the different groups obviously cannot stand each other, and the goal of the game is to make sure that your preferred type of people move in to your neighborhood, and that the properties surrounding your opponents are populated by people they dislike. Meanwhile you can also upgrade your own property and bring all kinds of misfortune to your opponents.

The game plays with all kinds of stereotypes in a tongue-in-cheek manner. For the duration of the game, each player will identify with their own demographic and try to be as outrageously mean as possible to her opponents.
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16. Board Game: Pipeline [Average Rating:7.88 Unranked]
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Capstone Games Location: 5-G108


The refinement of oil has long been part of the government-controlled energy sector. Amassed with an incredibly complex and inefficient system of refineries, the government has felt the severe pressures of worldwide demand and the ever-increasing global standards for refinement. Unable to keep up with demand, the government has only one option: privatizing the oil industry.

This is where you come in. Seeking to capitalize on this new opportunity, in Pipeline you start a company in the oil business. You will focus on building a much more efficient pipeline network in your refinery, hiring experts that provide valuable benefits over your competitors, and managing the logistics of purchasing and selling your refined oil in the various markets. You will need more than strong economic skills – carefully crafting an interweaving network of pipelines just might ensure your victory!
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17. Board Game: The Refuge: Terror from the Deep [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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B&B Games Studio Location: 6-A116

In Terror from the Deep, 2-6 divers compete by racing to the goal and planning movement to outwit their opponents — all while escaping from the Kraken's wrath! The Refuge is an easy to learn, family-friendly racing game, and great gateway game to miniatures! The object of the game is simple: Be the first to the refuge with the treasure, and you are the winner of the game.

The scary version of deep sea adventure!!
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