Essen Spiel 2018 - insane amount of games we bought
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Last year at Essen Spiel we got a large amount of games and I though that was the most games we are going to get...I was very wrong.
This year we got an insane amount of games. Some of these are new releases and some are older games we got at good prices. Few we got trough no shipping auction meetup. Some of the games were Kickstarter pickup trough which we saved a whole lot on shipping.
We traveled from Osijek, Croatia to Essen, Germany in a van. There were 6 of us and we filled the vehicle to bursting.
I decided not to include single card promos I got for Harry Potter Hogwarts Battle for the Usaopoly booth who were there the first time and a few other smaller promo editions from other publishers and resellers.
In no particular order here are the games we got:
P.S. I accept geekgold donations for I might be needing professional when the dust finally settles
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1. Board Game: Bad Bones [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:6466]
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This was a game we did not plan to buy. It was a game we only heard about few days before Essen Spiel from one of the Youtube lists by Game4LifeBG: Top 10 Anticipated Games - Essen SPIEL 2018 (In English Board Games). The great thing about this game is that it plays up to 6 people. We had great fun playing it the first night at the hotel. This is actually a game that comes out next year in February and there were only 500 copies exclusive for sale at the fair. Fun factor - 10/10
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2. Board Game: Trappist One [Average Rating:6.66 Unranked]
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This is a game from my list of the games I was interested in. It had very little information or pictures before the fair. I was pleasantly surprised by the price (just under 20 €). I did not get to play it yet but I got the designer to sign my copy. Hopefully I will make some nice pictures for upload on BGG soon or even make a short video for it!
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3. Board Game: Underwater Cities [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:2367]
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This was a preorder pickup! We got the promo green dome for the game as well. I did not get to play it yet and I'm very interested in how it plays
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4. Board Game: Titanium Wars [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:4535]
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This is an older game we got at a great price at Iello booth. I have no idea how it plays but my boyfriend was very eager to get it.
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5. Board Game: Celestia: A Little Initiative [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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We preordered this little expansion. We like the game and the artwork is cool. Can't wait to try it!
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6. Board Game: The Castles of Burgundy: 4th Expansion – Monastery Boards [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
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I love Castles of Burgundy and this is actually a first expansion that I got for it ever! We got this at the BGG booth!
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7. Board Game: Sub Terra [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:1233]
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I was interested in the collectors edition of this game last year but it did not fit into our budget. This year one of the best experiences for our group at Essen Spiel was when all six of us sat down and played the game at the ITB booth. The guy explaining the game was really cool and we had a great time. We got the base game and all three expansions at a great price. The only difference from the collector's edition is that we did not get the flashlight. Instead we got ten (10!) promo thematic tiles for the game. They are not even on the BGG listing yet and I hope I will find the time take some pics and upload them
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8. Board Game: Sub Terra: Annihilation [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.60 Unranked]
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9. Board Game: Sub Terra: Extraction [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.52 Unranked]
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10. Board Game: Sub Terra: Investigation [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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11. Board Game: Discover: Lands Unknown [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:4111]
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This is one of the new hit titles from this year Essen Spiel. It was one of the games we got the very first day at one of the Asmodee shops. The number of english edition games was better than last year but just barely. It was one of the games we were very interested in before the fair and have already planned to play it soon!
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12. Board Game: Armymals [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:6618]
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This is one of the older games we got. It was totally not planned on any of our lists or wishlists. We really liked the miniature components and the game just seemed like something we can play with some of our friends and have a great time. We even learned that there is an add on that lets you play with up to 8 players in a more cooperative game mode. Sadly they did not have it for sale at the fair.
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13. Board Game: Crisis at Steamfall [Average Rating:7.63 Unranked]
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Another Kickstarter pickup! The publisher booth was small but there was always someone playing this game at it! The list of games we need to play after Essen Spiel keeps getting longer!
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14. Board Game: Scarabya [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:4281]
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One of the hits of the Essen Spiel 2018! We preordered it just to be sure we get a copy. I'm looking forward to trying it out.
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15. Board Game: Alchemical Crystal Quest (second edition) [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:7726]
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This was a game that attracted our attention. The sheer size of the box and the price led to some heavy negotiating but in the end we ended up getting it!
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16. Board Game: Mystical Seeds [Average Rating:6.79 Unranked]
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I've preordered this game and even got one extra for free with the preorder. I loved the components and after the settup and the assembly of some of the components I'm very happy with this game. This game was one of those that were sold out by saturday! I will definitely be posting some nice pictures of the game and the components!
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17. Board Game: A Pleasant Journey to Neko [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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Another game we preordered just to be sure to get the copy! Promotional activities at the publisher booth were fun. The game has an appeal for players who like strategy games and I love the theme and artwork. We met the designer and the translator and even got some nice promos and extras with the game
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18. Board Game: Trade on the Tigris [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:6208]
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This one is from my boyfriend's wishlist. We love the high player count since it plays up to 6 players and that is important for we have a large gaming group. Components are strong thick cardboard and we already have plans to get it to the table soon!
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19. Board Game: This War of Mine: Tales from the Ruined City [Average Rating:8.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.82 Unranked]
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Last year we got the base game and this year we got the expansion. It is not a game everyone loves but the experience of it is unlike any other game out there. It was on top of the list of the games we did not preorder.
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20. Board Game: Planet Defenders [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:5217]
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I was interested in EmperorS4 version of this game last year but with the Renegade Games studios the price went up a bit. This year it was offered at a discount we just could not pass up! The robot minis are cool that make me want to try out painting them.
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21. Board Game: A Thief's Fortune [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:6898]
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Kickstarter pickup from one of our favorite publishers Artipia Games. We got the promos and extras and are very happy with the game!
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22. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Armada [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
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Expansion for one of the most played games in our gaming club. while all other expansions and add-ons can be squeezed in to the base game box somehow this last expansion Armada made all the available box inserts useless. Hope the publisher takes a page from the Stonemeier Games book and makes a collectors box to fit everything in by next year.
This expansion will add more meat to the game most of us have played many times before. Not sure how the new players will react to it though...
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23. Board Game: Eat Me If You Can! [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:4807]
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This was a game we got at Iello booth as a reward after playing a game at the ticket machines. We were supposed to get a completely other game but they were out of those so we got this one instead. Lighter family friendly game with fairytale theme.
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24. Board Game: Nyet! [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1260]
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Another Iello bargain. I love the artwork and theme looks interesting.
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25. Board Game: Pocket Mars [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2432]
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One of the games we got interested at last year's Essen Spiel. This year it was on sale at great price!
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