1 day Essen 2008 in € 86,10
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I just wanted to share the games that I bought in Essen this year...

I've included the prices I've paid, and the RRP here in the Netherlands, just to make you guys jealous that I live close to Essen

Since I had already bought a couple of games at a FLGS this year (including Agricola) my gaming budget was getting low...
So I promised my girlfriend 2 things:
1. Maximum price for a single game is € 25,-
2. No expansions
That should be a promise easy to keep...

So back to prices...
Costs of fuel: € 10,-
Costs of admission: € 8,50
Costs of lunch: € 3,-
Costs of games: € 64,60
Total costs of 1 day Essen: € 86,10

Happy reading and cheers...

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I bought the English version at the Rio Grande stand in hall 11 for € 20,- and got a RftG poster for free...

(I chucked the poster away after about an hour because of it's incredibly annoying shape and form and the fact that I was already carrying a lot of games by then)

RRP in the Netherlands: € 35,-
Price paid in Essen: € 20,-

Oh, that reminds me. The german version was widely available for about € 30,- what's up with the price difference???

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At the Rio Grande stand there was a pile of Power Grid power plants with the number 33 1/3 on it...never seen that before...

After donating € 0,10 to a charity it went straight into my pocket, not to leave the pocket until my Power Grid box was in view back home

RRP in the Netherlands: N/a
Price paid in Essen: € 0,10
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The Queen stand is a yearly tradition...
A couple of years ago I bought Alhambra there and ever since I always stop by this stand...

They alwas have a 4 for € 20,- deal so I decided to get for Queen small boxes...

RRP in the Netherlands: € 15,-
Price paid in Essen: € 5,-
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Same as above...

RRP in the Netherlands: € 15,-
Price paid in Essen: € 5,-
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Same as above...

RRP in the Netherlands: € 15,-
Price paid in Essen: € 5,-
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Same as above...
And it's a Friedemann Friese...

RRP in the Netherlands: € 15,-
Price paid in Essen: € 5,-
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When me and my friend Phreakyhamster walked through hall 8 we already knew we were going to end up in hall 6 also known as the "larp" hall. Since we both just wanted to get to hall 5 we prepared ourselves to just walk through the hall and get on with it.

But then a price tag on a little yellow box caught my eye...Bohnaparte for € 1! The promise I made my girlfriend that I wouldn't buy any expansions was a promise I was going to break...

The owner of the booth was Scottish and very friendly...especially with the prices..Read on for the other things I bought here...

RRP in the Netherlands: € 6,99
(though it's not widely available probably only through ordering it at a FLGS)
Price paid in Essen: € 1,-
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Same booth as Bohnaparte...

The Scottish fellow had a special deal on a lot of games...a couple of games were € 3 but if you bought 4 of them the price was € 10 for the four of them...

I have played this game once with a couple of friends (on alcohol) and it was really funny...I reckon that even my family will love this game after christmas dinner...

RRP in the Netherlands: € 19,95
Price paid in Essen: € 2,50
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Same as above...

RRP in the Netherlands: N/a
Price paid in Essen: € 2,50
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Party game, party game...
Family gatherings will never be the same...

Booze 'em up a bit and bring out the Halli Galli bell...

RRP in the Netherlands: € 12,99
Price paid in Essen: € 2,50

My friend bought a copy of this as well to round up the "4 for € 10" deal
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Picked this up at a reseller for a couple of Euro's...

The rulebook is a bit lengthy but it's promising none the less...
I hope this will be a sort of diplomacy sort of experience...

RRP in the Netherlands: N/a
Price paid in Essen: € 3,-
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Well...it's a Friedemann Friese card game with excellent artwork...how can you go wrong?

I like small (amigo sized) card games...you can take them anywhere and there's a game for every group of people available...

RRP in the Netherlands: N/a
Price paid in Essen: € 2,-

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Same stand as Megastar...
Same reasons as Megastar...(without the Friedemann Friese part)

RRP in the Netherlands: N/a
Price paid in Essen: € 2,-
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Same as above

RRP in the Netherlands: N/a
Price paid in Essen: € 2,-
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I picked up the Hive zipper bag at the Vendetta games stand following email correspondence between myself, John Yianni and Vendetta.

Apparently the Dutch edition of the game doesn't come with this sturdy zipper bag. It comes with a cloth bag...I was really dissappointed when I opened my box of Hive for the first time...

But now I have it anyway...
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I had already seen this game laying around at a couple of the resalers booths but still wasn't happy with the price...

At the end of the day it finally happened...

RRP in the Netherlands: € 19,95
Price paid in Essen: € 7,-
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