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This is a semi-private Essen 2009 geeklist. I won't publish it to the front page, but I won't make it completely private too, to allow geekbuddies (and other users) to comment on my Essen ramblings.

The point of this geeklist, is to keep track of the new games available at Essen 2009 that have caught my attention. I made a similar list last year. If you're interested, you can find it here.

Like last year, I won't be able to go. So even if I decide that I need to have some of them, I'll have to come up with alternative ways to obtain them.

2008 was a very bad year - very few interesting games were published, and it seems like 2009 is not going to be much better.

I'll update this list when I learn more about the games listed, or to list more potentially interesting Essen releases.

Items are arranged from most interesting ( ) to least interesting ( )

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Essen 2009 Canonical List (BGG).
Spielbox (No Essen info yet).
Cliquenabend (Essen 2009 Messevorschau).
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1. GeekList: Essen 2008
 
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Games from last year's list that I still don't own for various reasons:

Genji - Waiting for next item to combine order.

Tales of the Arabian Nights - Postponed but might be available in July 2009.

Omega Centauri - Postponed.

Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age - Expensive... but somewhat interesting (if I can find a cheap copy)


edit 7/19

Genji and Tales of the Arabian Nights ordered and paid.


edit 7/25

And they arrived this morning.
 
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2. Board Game: 1853 [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:2533]
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new addition - 11/5 (well past Essen)

(No comment.)

 
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3. Board Game: Greed Incorporated [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:1586]
 
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New Splotter game. Sounds very interesting. Need to know more.



edit 11/5 (well past Essen)

Some positive comments from geekbuddies.

 
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4. Board Game: Schinderhannes [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:5176]
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old info (copied from last year's list)
1-4 players; 45min; €20-25
Loosely based on Old Town?.

Postponed from Essen 2007 and 2008. There's a tiny little bit of info at Cliquenabend.




edit 6/30

It looks like it will be published this year:
http://www.clicker-spiele.de/aktuell.htm

edit 7/2

Game submission accepted by BGG.

edit 7/3

Contacted designer. Price is €25. Shipping to Japan is €14. The game will probably be available at the end of August (hence, well before Essen). Almost certain purchase. (I can't really think of any reason why I would change my mind.)



edit 9/25

Ordered and paid last week. Arrived in the mail today. Box heavily damaged in transit, but the contents are fine. Looking forward to play the game. Hope I can manage to persuade my wife...

edit 11/5 (well past Essen)

Played. I can't find any improvement over Old Town. A huge disappointment...
 
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5. GeekList: Essen 2009
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cut-off point.

Games above this item are (relatively) likely to be purchased at some point; games below this item are (relatively) unlikely purchases, although some of the games higher on the list may move up, depending on further information such as reviews, session reports and rating comments.
 
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6. Board Game: Last Train to Wensleydale [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:1313]
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New train game by Wallace. May be interesting. A bit short though. Need more info.



edit 6/25

More info in this thread. Sounds fun.



edit 8/17

Just read the rules. Moving to the top of the list.



edit 11/12

Moving down again, because of various comments, most importantly this remark by Clearclaw.

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7. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:677]
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Sounds interesting, but very short. Need more information.



edit 6/30

Some info here: http://irongames.de/peloponnes.php
No downloadable rules, however, and except for a very small number of trusted designers, I'm leaning towards no rules, no purchase.

edit 9/16

Rulebook downloaded and read. Very light, but seems to have some interesting ideas. May not make the purchase list, however. For now:



edit 11/5 (well past Essen)

Some high ratings from geekbuddies.

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8. Board Game: High Frontier [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:786]
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Update of Rocket Flight. A tiny bit of info in this geeklist item.
Will this really be available at Essen 2009?

 
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9. Board Game: Modern Society [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:11155]
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Interesting idea, but seems a bit short and light. Need to know more.



edit 6/30

Some info here: http://www.tuonelaproductions.com/portal/games/modern-societ...
No downloadable rules, however, and except for a very small number of trusted designers, I'm leaning towards no rules, no purchase.

edit 7/14

Rules available at game entry. It seems like a rather light and simple card game. Despite the interesting theme, not really my cup of tea, I think.



edit 11/5 (well past Essen)

Some positive comments from geekbuddies.

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10. Board Game: Erosion [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:5253]
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More info in this presentation.
Not as interesting as I hoped, but might be a nice filler.

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11. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:130]
 
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Needs more investigation, but seems interesting (and has a beautiful board).

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12. Board Game: Jambo Expansion 2 [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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Apparently there is a new expansion planned for Jambo. I don't even own that game yet, but would like to. Maybe the expansion is a reason to try to get hold of the base game and both expansions.

 
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13. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:238]
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No idea yet, but worth investigating.



edit 6/25

This thread does not make me more interested...

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Sounds interesting, but is it really? And will it actually be available?



edit 6/25

Downloaded the rules, but didn't have time to read yet.

edit 6/30

Read the rules today. Lots of things I've seen before in Wallace games, and nothing new that I like. Plenty to dislike, however: non-localized cities and terrain, and other abstractions that are taken too far. Therefore:

 
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Want new VG edition, but I'm not willing to pay $70 for shipping. Essen doesn't seem a viable option either, so how to get it then???
 
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