UkGamerSi’s Essen Spiel 2018 Hot List
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Another year and another Essen with the aim of finding games that are either different from anything in my collection or so good that they will replace a game. It’s a hard challenge but one that I attempt every year!
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1. Board Game: Teotihuacan: City of Gods [Average Rating:8.19 Overall Rank:793]
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At the top of my list is the game with the unpronounceable title, nicknamed Theo The Toucan. Plenty of replay ability from the set up options and intricate game play with great pieces.
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2. Board Game: Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:2303]
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This is a must buy following the huge success of Azul with both my family and my gaming group. I’m really pleased it is a new game and not just an expansion.
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3. Board Game: PitchCar Extension 7: The Loop [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:9.00 Unranked]
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An absolute must for Christmas party fun!
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4. Board Game: Fast Forward: FORTUNE [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:10038]
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Another in the Fast Forward series that works so well. No rules reading preparation required.
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5. Board Game: 1906 San Francisco [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:6732]
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From the team that designed 1911 Admunsen vs Scott, this looks like a more complex game.
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6. Board Game: Solenia [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:4681]
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This looks interesting in its layout for a pick up and deliver game.
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7. Board Game: Micropolis [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:2814]
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Tile placement in ant colonies sounds different enough for me.
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8. Board Game: Blackout: Hong Kong [Average Rating:7.81 Overall Rank:2338]
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With an unusual theme of power cuts and card driven turns with a rondel this is high up on my list.
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9. Board Game: Newton [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:2213]
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Point salad style scoring with a bit of tableau engine building.
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10. Board Game: Lift Off [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:5725]
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A game designed by a rocket scientist about space!
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11. Board Game: Architectura [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:8461]
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City building on the cheap.
 
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12. Board Game: Kami-sama [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:8130]
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Family weight cube placement area control game.
 
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13. Board Game: Underwater Cities [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:2689]
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With individual player boards and card driven actions this game could have hidden depths! ?
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14. Board Game: The Forgotten City [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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Some mystical whimsy.
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15. Board Game: Mystical Seeds [Average Rating:6.85 Unranked]
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Colourful garden seed cultivation game with fairies.
 
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16. Board Game: Orbis [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:3322]
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Tile taking, pyramid building game where you have to watch your opponents.
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17. Board Game: Ganymede [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:3268]
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Fast playing lightweight space tableau builder.
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18. Board Game: Immortal 8 [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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Fast card drafting game.
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