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Just a place to keep track of new games, Essen to Essen. I try to keep them arranged by rank, and then by rating if they are not ranked.

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1. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:36]
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Lots of good buzz at Essen.

Economic game of goods, ships, and buildings.
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2. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:62]
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Said to be a very good cooperative game. Nice job of ramping up the tension.
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3. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:72] [Average Rating:7.67 Unranked]
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Big hit so far. Build decks as you go through the game. Brings back fond memories from my ccg days.
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4. Board Game: Railways of the World [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:97] [Average Rating:7.69 Unranked]
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Eagle's (FRED) redo of Railroad Tycoon (which is a variant of Age of Steam).
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5. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:101]
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New version from Fantasy Flight. Old time fans are giving very good reviews as it seems to have been done right.
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6. Board Game: Steam [Average Rating:7.65 Overall Rank:109]
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Martin Wallace's new "Age of Steam" game from Mayfair. Due out Q1 2009.

A MUST buy.
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7. Board Game: Space Alert [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:147]
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A cooperative game where the game is in time to a CD. Survive 10 minutes, if you can!
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8. Board Game: Ghost Stories [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:191]
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Cooperative game with Chinese ghosts. I've seen a lot of references to Knezia's LoTR, which concerns me.
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9. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:200]
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Z-Man empire-building game.
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10. Board Game: Tales of the Arabian Nights [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:311]
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The Z-Man remake looks great! A story-telling game with LOTS of replayability. Something different. Something good?
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11. Board Game: Automobile [Average Rating:7.36 Overall Rank:321]
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Martin Wallace game about the early days of the US auto industry. Said to be his current favorite.

Treefrog #5

June 2009
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12. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:362]
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Remake of Wabash Cannonball.
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13. Board Game: Formula D [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:430]
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New version with cops and tunnels and street cars. I like the new gearshifts.
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14. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:534]
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SDJ finalist (huh?). Nice wooden fruit bits. Pretty game.
 
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15. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:569]
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Dice civilization game.

Meh!
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16. Board Game: Snow Tails [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:600]
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Dog sled racing game with a modular board.
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17. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Storms of Steel! – Kursk 1943 [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:605]
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Second in the series of tactical combat games. Very nice production, but a bit flat imho. I like Combat Commander better.
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18. Board Game: Fauna [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:653] [Average Rating:7.07 Unranked]
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Guess the stats and locations of animals worldwide.
 
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19. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:663]
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Economic empire building game built around steam mining in the future. Ultra-cool looking steam pump thingees!
 
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20. Board Game: Titan [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:792]
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"Rumors of my publication have been greatly exaggerated."

A no-show from last year. I bet the ranking will go up if they actually put this on our tables.
 
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21. Board Game: Rise of Empires [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:871]
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Martin Wallace game from Phalanx. Drool!

"Rise of Nations" is an empire-building big box game in which players develop their nation from Ancient Age to Modern Age. War, economics, science and diplomacy are to be taken into consideration to successfully win this epic game.
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22. Board Game: Giants [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:886]
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A game of constructing and transporting Moaïs on Easter Island, with a bit of magic!

Excellent goober!
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23. Board Game: Steel Driver [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:958]
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Martin Wallace rail game in the Pampas Railroads vein.
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24. Board Game: Diamonds Club [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:972]
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Players invest their money in mines, mining rights and the latest technologies to build the most valuable country estate.
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25. Board Game: Android [Average Rating:6.74 Overall Rank:1005]
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Bladerunner meets Mystery at the Abbey.
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