Wish List for Essen 2009 and Beyond
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So I won't be getting to Essen this year either. Sigh. But I already know that there are several games I would buy or at least consider buying if I did go. So now I have to figure out how I want to get them -- direct order (or pre-order) from publisher, order with someplace like Funagain who will pick them up at Essen, or wait for them to make there way to the US through the usual channels. All these choices involve trade-offs between how quickly I get the game and how much I pay.

Since I don't have unlimited funds, I also have to decide which games I really want, and which I can skip. Besides the games that are being released at Essen, I'm also listing some other games I want that may come out around the same time, so I can include them in my decisions.

I probably already have too many "Must Buys" on the list, but feel free to suggest additional items or try to convince me which games I really must buy.
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1. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:182]
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A game by Vlaada Chvátil about building a dungeon and defending it against adventurers, with an interesting new resource management system? Where do I sign up?

This is one of two games that inspired this list. I'm definitely picking this up, and will probably try to order it whichever way will get it to me fastest -- directly from the publisher, if that turns out to be an option.
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2. Board Game: Stronghold [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:555]
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This is the other game which inspired this list. I've been following the designer's notes for this on Boardgamenews, and it sounds quite promising. I'm hoping that the rules will be available before I have to make a decision about ordering it, but if the rules are as good as the previews suggest, this could become another Must Buy.
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3. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:239]
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Uwe Rosenberg has been on a roll recently, and it sounds like this is more of the same, so I will almost certainly pick this up sometime. If it looks like it is going to have US distribution soon after Essen I might wait to get it, but if not I may have to try for an early order.
 
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4. Board Game: Agricola: Farmers of the Moor [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
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A major Agricola expansion is another must buy, but since Agricola doesn't reach the gaming table with my group as much as I would like, I don't feel any great urgency so I will probably wait for it to show up in the US through normal channels.
 
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5. Board Game: A Brief History of the World [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1612]
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I own all the other iterations of this game (including the original "tea cloth" edition), and this sounds like a nice streamlining that might get the game on the table more often, so it is a definite possibility.
 
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6. Board Game: Campaign Manager 2008 [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:1225]
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Another Must Buy, though I will probably wait for Z-Man to release it through normal channels.
 
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7. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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Yet another Must Buy, though I'm sure it will show up in the US fairly quickly so I can wait -- especially since I've just scratched the surface with Intrigue.
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8. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:7.97 Overall Rank:253]
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On the one hand, I love Friedrich. On the other hand, I can never get anyone to play it with me. Do I buy this because it might be easier to get on the table than Friedrich, or do I skip it because it will probably suffer the same fate?
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9. Board Game: The Guns of Gettysburg [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:1390]
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A new wargame from Simmons is a Must Buy, even if I can't find opponents for them. Given the rate at which he has been releasing Design Diary entries for the game, I'm hoping he will be announcing its availability soon.
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10. Board Game: Rise of Empires [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:876]
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A civ game from Wallace? Definitely something to check out, though I'm not sure I'm quite ready to order it without more information.
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11. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:676]
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What little is known about this is interesting (the eternal quest for a good civ-lite), and it is already available for preorder. But I'd like to know more before committing; perhaps the rules will be made available.
 
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12. Board Game: Endeavor [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:202]
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The rules for this read well, it has a nice theme, the playing time is right for my crowd, and early reaction is positive. I'm just afraid that it will be just another good Euro-game; at this point I've bought and played so many I'm looking for the games that really stand out.
 
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13. Board Game: Space Hulk [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:431]
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Games Workshop has just announced a new edition of this out-of-print classic. I've never played the earlier editions, but it has a good reputation and looks really cool, with lots of neat bits. On the other hand, it's expensive, needs to be painted to really look good (I like painting miniatures, I don't have time), and it's only for two players, which will make it harder to get on the table.
 
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