Essen 2008 - sounds interesting...
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Below is the list of the games that sounds interesting enough for me to try to play them and/or buy them at Essen 2008.

Will add more if something new catches my eye.

Feel free to add comments "Why to buy" / "Why not to buy" or to propose some other games, which I might overlooked.

Also any information about price and/or avaliability (or necessity to pre-order) will be appreciated.

What I like: eurogame with theme, economic games, player interaction

What I do not like: paste-up theme, abstract, multiplayer solitaire, wargames

Hint to myself: Remember about 20 kg luggage limit... :-)
Hint to myself 2: May need some space for cheap older games

EDIT: I have turned on option to add games to this list. So if you think that a game is interesting enough to be added please do not hesitate to do it.
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1. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:2241]
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Galaxy Trucker expansion

Why to buy: really like GT

Why not to buy: ?

Check before buy? Not necessary

Probability of buying w/o checking? 100 %
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2. Board Game: Supernova [Average Rating:6.07 Overall Rank:5099]
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Where: 5-22, 40 EUR

Why to buy: 90 minutes, space exploration, Doyle graphics, discoveries, earning income, modular board... must-buy?

Why not to buy: ?

Try before buy? If have time.

Probability of buying w/o trying? 90 %
 
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3. Board Game: Constantinopolis [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:1292]
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Why to buy: gamers game, "feels like growing merchant empire", theme, complexity

Why not to buy: too little comments, complexity (chances of beeing not tested enough), "I have seen it before" syndrome?

Try before buy? Hopefully

Probability of buying w/o trying? 70 %

EDIT: Delayed, will not be in Essen.
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4. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Why to buy: like BSG series, FFG quality

Why not to buy: know nothing about it

Check before buy? Preferably

Probability of buying w/o checking? 60 %
 
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5. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:200]
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Why to buy: exploration theme, empire building

Why not to buy: territory control? (already have El Grande and AoE III)

Try before buy? Preferably

Probability of buying w/o trying? 60 %

EDIT: Delayed. Will not be in Essen.
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6. Board Game: Omega Centauri [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:3797]
 
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Why to buy: s-f, civ-like(?), puerto-rico in the space with direct conflict, 2h max time of play, interesting graphics

Why not to buy: to much conflict?, beeing eliminated too early?

Try before buy? Preferably

Probability of buying w/o trying? 50%

EDIT: Delayed. Not in Essen.
 
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7. Board Game: Confucius [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1999]
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Why to buy: struggle for power during Ming Dynastie, theme

Why not to buy: area control (can depend more on other players move then your strategy), not enough comments

Check before buy? Preferably

Probability of buying w/o checking? 40 %

Tried - will NOT buy!
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8. Board Game: Cleopatra's Caboose [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:12024]
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Why to buy: theme, bidding, transporting goods, short playing time

Why not to buy: theme (real or paste-up?), not enough comments

Check before buy? Preferably

Probability of buying w/o checking? 30 %
 
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9. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:190]
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Where: Bootk 9-15, 35 EUR

Why to buy: nice graphic, theme, cooperative

Why not to buy: cooperative (Pandemic was not so good), not enough comments

Try before buy? Definitely

Probability of buying w/o trying? 20 %
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10. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Where: 11-45, 11-46 (Hans im Glück), 10-33 (Rio Grande), 30 EUR

Why to buy: hype?

Why not to buy: hype? compared to Fairy Tale (bleh!) & Race for the Galaxy (medicore at best)
Try before buy? Definitely

Probability of buying w/o trying? 5 %
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11. Board Game: The Princes of Machu Picchu [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:1070]
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Where: 9-34 & 9-108, 39 EUR

Why to buy: liked other games of this designer, theme

Why not to buy: do not have rondel (so may be completely different then previous games), Hamburgum was nothing special

Try before buy? Definitely

Probability of buying w/o trying? 5 %
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12. Board Game: Sylla [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1220]
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Where: 9-38, 45 EUR

Why to buy: Ystari

Why not to buy: Ystari, paste-up theme, too eurogamish

Try before buy? Definitely

Probability of buying w/o trying? 0 %
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13. Board Game: Tulipmania 1637 [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3509]
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Why buy? Short, innovative theme, reflects bubbles nicely

Why not buy? ???

Try before buy? If you want to, it's available at JKML until release

Probability of buying without trying: 100%
 
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14. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:147]
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Where: 4-310, 35 EUR

Why to buy: Chvatil! Through the Ages is my personal no 1 and Galaxy Trucker was good enough to prove that he also knows how to make simpler games.

Why not to buy: Too clumsy for real-time games? Co-op games tend to wear out quickly. CD-player during game means that will need to have proper place to play.

Try before buy? Preferably.

Probability of buying w/o trying? 60 %
 
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15. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:36]
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Why to buy: economic, good for any amount of players, less fiddly then Agricola(?)

Why not to buy: Agricola is overrated and all that mundane moving, adding resources...; is this one not too similar in feeling?

Try before buy? Preferably.

Probability of buying w/o trying? 70 % (probably it will be easy to sell, so no risk there)
 
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16. Board Game: Die Siedler von Catan: Rincewind und der Tourist / Die Gilden von Ankh-Morpork [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Where: 9-10, Free

Why to buy: Nice, free add-on to Settlers of Catan
 
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17. Board Game: The Name of the Rose [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1515]
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Where: 9-11, 11-01, 30 EUR

Why to buy: theme, better Mystery of the Abbey?

Why not to buy: "I have seen it before" syndrome, too repetitive in long-run?

Try before buy? Definitely

Probability of buying w/o trying? 0 %
 
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18. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:665]
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Where: 9-108, 70 EUR

Why to buy: theme, M.U.L.E.

Why not to buy: know nothing

Try before buy? Definitely

Probability of buying w/o trying? 0 %
 
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19. Board Game: Comuni [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1844]
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Where: 12-56, 35 EUR

Why to buy: theme, gamer's game

Why not to buy: know nothing

Try before buy? Definitely

Probability of buying w/o trying? 0 %
 
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20. Board Game: Age of Conan: The Strategy Board Game [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1338]
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Why to buy: theme, short "War of the Ring" for 4 players?

Why not to buy: too repetitive in long-run?, too violent?, too luck-based?

Try before buy? Definitely

Probability of buying w/o trying? 0 %
 
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