Essen 2009 - No more Hidden Gems!
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Hi all, I hope this list will be appreciated and not seen as an advertising list, since it's purpose is to let the general public know that in Essen 2009 there will be also a lot of small publishers with very good games but not such means to do an appropriate marketing plan!

The past year we came back from Essen very proud of our last game Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas. People who played it, enjoyed it and after the fair wrote on this pages that the game was "one of the Hidden Gems of Essen 2009". We appreciate this a lot, but let us express our regret for the hundreds of people displeased since they didn't know about it and can't try the game.

Feel free to add any game that should be referred as a "Hidden Gem" after the fair; maybe, thanks to this list they will be "only" Gems
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1. Board Game: Vasco da Gama [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:441]
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Vasco Da Gama
Paolo Mori
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2. Board Game: Horse Fever [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:1246]
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Lorenzo Silva & Lorenzo Tucci Sorrentino
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2-5 players
90 mins
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3. Board Game: Gonzaga [Average Rating:6.59 Overall Rank:2320]
 
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4. Board Game: Loco Motive [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:2660]
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This game has already been released by Cocktail Games, but there is not much talk about it. Since it's the funniest game I've ever played (hands down), I am quite curious about how it will be received at the fair.

So don't miss your copy at the Cocktail stand.
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5. Board Game: Pony Express [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:2702]
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Antoine Bauza
Bruno Faidutti
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6. Board Game: Martinique [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:2759]
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Deduction game for two players by Emanuele Ornella.
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7. Board Game: Kraków 1325 AD [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:3064]
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This is a 4-player card game presented in Essen 2008. Is a game of strategy and trickery, overloaded with original artwork and a warped sense of humour.

This year Geode Games will present Kraków 1325 AD: 3-player expansion which is the 3-player expansion.
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8. Board Game: Strada Romana [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4865]
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Walter Obert

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9. Board Game: Luna Llena: Full Moon [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:5219]
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This Werewolf-themed semi-cooperative card-driven game by the designer of Mecanisburgo should be worth a look!

Booth: 6 - 226
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10. Board Game: Caligula [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:6691]
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This year we will be at Essen 2009 with a new game: Caligula. As the past year with Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas, we think it will be a very good game and will held the interest of most of you.

Edit: Hall 9 Booth 9-42
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11. Board Game: Acqua Dolce [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:8552]
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12. Board Game: Sector 41 [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:10123]
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Sector 41 arrived on the scene in late April of this year and has been selling well in the U.S. but has been virtually unavailable in other parts of the world. That will change when Scimitar Games will have copies of Sector 41 for sale at Essen 2009. These will be available at booth 5-76 in Hall 5. This already excellent game has been improved with a rules update (v1.1) that adds Shielding and modified Starbase rules.

Stop by the booth and check it out. In addition to English the rules are available in French and Italian and I have heard that a summary of the rules and tiles will be available in German as well. These can be found at www.scimitargames.com as can a number of game variants.
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13. Board Game: African Park [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:10749]
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14. Board Game: Modern Society [Average Rating:5.64 Overall Rank:11156]
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This Finnish game by Tuonela Prod. is one out of their three new games 2009.

Since its "adult" theme (politics and society in our times) I am very curious, how this will be received.

Fortunately, the other two games are about

a) 17th century Inquisition (MEEEAN) and
b) Lost souls in universe (DAAARK),

so their booth should offer something for all of us

Booth: 4-113

Pre-orders: Since today! http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/436648
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15. Board Game: PiFroG [Average Rating:6.54 Unranked]
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Hall 9 Booth 30
"Where PiFroG will be present.
After ULTIMATE the boardgame dedicated to the sport of Ultimate Frisbee of last year and Spartans and Persians, other novelties of Angelo Porazzi"

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16. Board Game Publisher: Cwali
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Cwali will have 2 new games this year in Essen (Antarctica 2090 is uncertain): BasketBoss and Tricky Trek

Tricky Trek is an "Essen only" game.





Booth: 12-24
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