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This was my third Essen. In 2006 four of us went on a Sunday. Wow. Essen is fantastic! Got back with games such as Hermagor, Leonardo da Vinci, Phoenix and Torres. What a great experience!

So we had to go again in 2007. Unfortunately, none of the others could make it this time... So I worked around that: see here. My haul: see pic.

In 2008 the four that went in 2006 were all there again. We went! On Sunday.
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7:30. Let's go!

Do we need an Umweltsticker? Nah. Did we even see Umweltstickersigns? Nope. Is exit 23 closed? Nope. No problems. We arrived around 9:45.
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Bought our ticket and were in by 9:55. Early. Usually we have to wait in the hall until it's 10.

Decided to walk past halls 11 & 12 to the less crowded areas. But it wasn't that crowded! Tables were free all over the place! OK, around 12 traffic was higher, but still not as busy as last year's Thursday or 2006' Sunday.

Walked around for a while, see what's going on everywhere and trying to keep one of us out of the LARP hall.
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4. Board Game: Chinatown [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:363]
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As hardcore Chinatown fans, we had to play the new version! We could easily sit down and play.

We do miss the bonuscards, but I think if you haven't played the game before, you won't miss them. Had a talk with the publisher, who said he might make the cards available at some point, be it as download or as giveaway.

The production looks great. But we were confused by the new tiles, though. Antiques is now a 6 instead of 5, Laundry 5 instead of 4, etc.

If you saw four guys playing Chinatown very loud, that was us.
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5. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:432]
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Formula D was another game to sit down and have a rest. Beautiful board. But we couldn't just sit down and relax. Someone from Asmodée was explaining the game within seconds after we sat down. No problem. Not our game though. I was interested in some racing, but discovered the other 3 really disliked race games.

So? No Formula D for me. No Powerboats, no Flussfieber and no PitchCar.

Got our picture taken for the second time. First at Chinatown, now at Formula D. We must look really good playing games.
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What did I get? This!

Neue Heimat Saw it here on BGG and was very interested! Read some more on the Chili games and decided to make sure I bought Neue Heimat in Essen.

Wizard Played it once with regular cards and we all liked it. Must buy.

Pillars Expansion Last year I still had hopes Dutch publisher 999Games would pick this up, but later learned they wouldn't. So: must buy for Essen 2008.

Spielbox w/Pillars cards Of course.

Obstgärtchen My niece will turn 4 next week and likes to game. Must buy a game in Essen! A friendly lady at Brummbär showed me all kinds of great looking games; I decided to buy this one. Also got another small game with it, for free!

King of Siam Always look at Heidelberger and AllGames. Heidelberger had 2 copies of this left. One for me!

Funkenschlag - Flux-Generator Free Power Grid card! Need! And make a small donation for the CliniClowns. No problem.

Comuni I have to have one new game! Comuni looked really good, gameplay seems interesting and Fairplay has it high in their Spiele Scouts ranking. My final buy.
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What did my friends get?

St.Petersburg Expansion They're really big St.Pete's fans. And the price wasn't as bad as was announced beforehand.

Ticket to Ride: Europe Do you know you can't find the first 3 TtR games anywhere? It's the worlds biggest game fair and no TtR! Only at Days of Wonder, of course.

Im Schutze der Burg At the Gamemaster, Dutch edtion.

Cuba Together with Im Schutze der Burg.

And some free bonuscards and a puzzle.
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8. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: Europe [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:91] [Average Rating:7.58 Unranked]
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Ever Fake-Played a game? My friends did. They were so tired, so they sat down at a TtR:E table. And pretended to be playing the game....shake
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Melissa, Agricola and all things Lookout.

After the Thursday and Friday reports, I decided not to spend much time on trying to get a Im Wandel der Jahreszeiten card. We walked past a few times and I noticed the card was sold out anyway. You could have it send to you later by paying for postage only, but I skipped. Saw Melissa, thought I should bother her for a while, but of course she's talking with others, her being famous and all.
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10. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:36]
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So. Why didn't we buy Le Havre?

I want to see how this game works. Is it too similar to Agricola? Is it too fiddly for what it is?

So. Why didn't we buy Dominion?

It's 500 cards in a foreign language while a Dutch version is on its way. And it didn't really look like something we would like.

So. Why didn't we buy Krakow?

I do not know. Melchior (the artist) explained it and it seems like a very interesting game.

So. Why didn't we buy Giants?

Wow. This game looked good! But is it not to similar to other games?

So. Why didn't we buy Maccu Pichu?

Again: looks like a lot of the same.

So. Why did we buy Im Schutze... and Cuba?

I wasn't there to guide my friends with my Geek Wisdom.


Nah, we'll probably love these games.


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O, and autumn started. It was nice and sunny when we arrived, rainy, cold and muddy when we left.
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Of course, always end a day at Spiel at McDonalds!



McKroket!
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