Essen 2009: What I Bought
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Here is the list of what I brought back from Essen on Thursday, October the 22nd. This was just an one-day trip to Essen, and could not really try games before buy. Choices were thus made from the game descriptions and rumors from the Net.
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1. Board Game: Aladdin's Dragons [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4889]
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Bought together with The BGG Game. I am somewhat miss Doris Mattaus' gorgeous illustrations from the board game, which was one on my first “modern” boardgames.
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2. Board Game: Alea Iacta Est [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1249]
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A game bought to spend the latest euros from my budget. I like Alea games, and dice games are somewhat missing in my game shelf. Found for € 16.95 at the All Games 4 You booth.
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3. Board Game: The BoardGameGeek Game [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:4189]
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Putting 1'000 avatars on the box of this game is probably 1'000 games sold. Here is mine, for € 40,— with Aladdin's Dragons card game.
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4. Board Game: Carson City [Average Rating:7.28 Overall Rank:337]
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I initially bought this game (€30.— at the QWG booth) on the sole fact that it was a Master Print series, and I already own the 4 previous Master Print games. Now it seems that Carson City is the most buzzed game on both Fairplay and GeekBuzz ratings! Also got Indians mini-expansion and an autograph from the author.
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5. Board Game: Chicago Express: Narrow Gauge & Erie Railroad Company [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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I recently bought Chicago Express, which was an instant hit to my fellow gamers. Buying this expansion, for € 17,— at the Queen Games booth while I still had ~€ 40 to spend, seemed like a good idea.
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6. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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I am a really big fan of Dominion, although I did not yet buy the Intrigue expansion. I just wanted to buy one of the two this year, and buying the next one later when I will feel the need for some novelty. My choice went on the newer Seaside expansion, for € 30,— on the RGG booth.
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7. Board Game: Dungeon Lords [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:182]
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Galaxy Trucker is one of my most favourite games, I played Dungeon Keeper in my teens, so this was a must-buy. Bought for € 35,— at the Z-Man Games booth, and managed to get a tiny authograph from Vladaa on one of the CGE booth.
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8. Board Game: Ghost Stories: White Moon [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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Bought for € 25,— from the Asmodee Booth.

I really liked the Ghost Stories base game, and is in my opinion the 2nd best co-operative game right after Knizia's Lord of the Ring game (with at least one expansion). Will this expansion bring Ghost Stories to my personal #1 spot?

Very nice autograph from both the author and the illustrator, with a special drawing inside the box from the illustrator. Will upload a picture soon!

Came with the two promotional cards Chuck No-Rice, B-Rice Lee and the Village People mini-expansion. There were also four branded pairs of chopsticks.
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9. Board Game: Lord of the Rings: Battlefields [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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I had still not bought the last expansion for the Lord of the Rings game. Bought German version on sale for € 7,50 from Heidelberger.
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10. Board Game: Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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I initially planned not to buy this, feeling that 8 different maps was enough to enjoy Power Grid toroughly. But this year, the expansion was sold in a box designed to hold all PG maps, so I ended up buying it whatsoever, for € 10,— on the 2F Spiele booth. With autographs from both Maura and Friedmann!

Also got Flux-Generator and Transformer Station plants.
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11. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:691]
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I just love all Friese designs, including the mildly rated Formidable Foes. Power Grid was my #1 game for very long (until Gathering Storm went out and take the spot), so another must-buy. With autograph from Friedmann !

€ 24,— on the 2F Spiele booth. Loved green shirts and ties of the people there!
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12. Board Game: Rum & Pirates [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:1940]
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I am collecting Alea Big Box games, so I could not avoid this one, for sale at € 9,— on some German reseller booth. I still miss In the Year of the Dragon (despite having played it countless times) and the new Macao.
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13. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:2210]
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Finally bought the Game Geek Time's Up expansion at the Asmodee booth for €9.—. This expansion solely features names of games and game authors. Pending for approval in the BGG database!
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14. Board Game: Ystari Box [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
 
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Bought mainly for the Yspahan expansion, which is my favourite Ystari game (forgetting Ystari Plus series), which revealed some flaws after so many games (overpowered card/caravan strategy). I hope this extension will fix this a little bit. BTW, I also own Amyitis and Caylus Magna Carta, and plan to buy Sylla somewhere in the future, although these do not hit the table so often. € 16,99 from some reseller booth.
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