The compulsary Essen buy/play list with initial impressions
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A the title suggests, another Essen'08 list.

I drove with two of my friends to the fair on thursday morning, and left in the evening, so I was only there for one day.

I played most of the games by now, so I give a brief impression with the games I played

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1. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:128]
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Didn't pick this up last year and regretted it ever since.
I pre-ordered it and picked it up =)

Initial impression:
I played this a couple of times with my friends now, and I must say I absolutely love it! What a great and fun game! The components look beautiful and are very sturdy. This might rise up to become my favourite game.
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2. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: The Big Expansion [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.96 Unranked]
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Pre-ordered this with the basegame, since I knew I would regret it if I didn't do it. I opened the box, and read the rules. The expansion seems to be very nice. New parts for your truck, new aliens, components for a 5th player, the rough road ahead expansion and some new cards.

Seems like a lot of fun, but I will only start using it after 10/15+ plays of the original game =)
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3. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:147]
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Another game by Vlaada

I pre-ordered this, and picked it up for €35

Initial impression:
I have played once with 3 players and a couple of times solo. The game is gorgeous! The player handbook nicely guides you through the game in easy steps. The game is a blast, although it takes some getting used to. At the moment I rate it an 8. It will probably go up in rating once I get more familiar with the rules, and play it more often with more people
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4. Board Game: Arkham Horror: The Black Goat of the Woods Expansion [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.48 Unranked]
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Picked this one up for 14€ since I absolutely love Arkham Horror. I was interested in the Dunwich Horror, but I couldn't find it cheap in English, so I picked up this one instead. Haven't played it yet so can't give an impression, but the rules sound like a lot of fun. Corruption cards probably add a nice twist to the game
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5. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:191]
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Pre-ordered this for €35, so I got an extra tile and 5 new cards. The extra tile has a nice ability, although I haven't tried it yet.

I played this 3 times solo now, to get acquinted with the rules.
The game is very difficult, which is very nice for a cooperative game.
The rules are not that hard, although the rulebook is a bit of a mess.
My initial impression is very positive.
The game is fast, offers a lot of choices to make. Sometimes the dice can screw you over though, but you can mitigate bad luck by using Tao tokens if you have them, which is very nice. I can see this one getting a lot of plays.
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6. Board Game: Wolsung: The Boardgame [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:13205]
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Pre-ordered this for €25.

The rules seemed like fun (although I don't know about replayability).
The components are pretty flimsy, but the artwork is gorgeous.

Haven't played it yet, so can't comment on that.
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7. Board Game: Aton [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:832]
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Played this a couple of times in Denmark and loved it. Saw it for €8, so I picked it up
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8. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:446]
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Read a lot about this game, and wanted to pick it up for some time, but couldn't find it anywhere. I was happily surprised to see this one for €11.

Played it with my girlfriend yesterday and we both loved it
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9. Board Game: Bausack [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:821]
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Beautiful game. A very nice guy gave us a demo of this game, and I managed to get a win. The game is a huge improvement over other dexterity games, in that you can force other people to take tiles they do not want, which gives some very nasty gameplay.

I didn't pick this up, but my friend did (€34 I think)
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10. Board Game: Key Harvest [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:1310]
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A fellow geek sold this one to me for €5. It is in great condition and can't wait to play it. I read the rules, and it seems like a very nice game
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