Essen 2009
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This year I only went to Spiel for one day (usually I get to go two days). These are the games I bought and/or played.
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1. Board Game: Tobago [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:389]
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I do not like games with a deduction-element so I wasn't really interested in this game. But when I spotted an empty table I gave it a go anyway and to my surprise found out that this is a great family-game. The deduction is done by all the players together (basically eliminating certain options) and that makes all the difference to me. And the game is very goodlooking!
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2. Board Game: Dominion: Intrigue [Average Rating:7.76 Overall Rank:59] [Average Rating:7.76 Unranked]
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I really was planning on waiting to buy the Dominion expansions untill they are released in Dutch. But on saterday (I visited Spiel on sunday) I played Seaside with a friend and it was so much fun that I just had to have the expansions as soon as possible. So I bought the English versions.
 
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3. Board Game: Dominion: Seaside [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.06 Unranked]
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And this is the game that made me abandon al my good resolutions about waiting for the Dutch version. I have played with the new sets a few times now and am not able to tell which one is better on gameplay. But I do know that Seaside is the best looking of the two expansions.
 
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4. Board Game: A la carte [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1475]
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I bought this game just because of the little stoves and pans. It looks so cute! I have read the rules and I think this is a game that you play for the fun of playing and laughing.
 
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5. Board Game: Ghost Stories: White Moon [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.93 Unranked]
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Last year I bought Ghost Stories and I love the game because it is a good game with great looks. The components of the expansion look just as good as the base-game so I just had to have this game.
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6. Board Game: Pente [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1412]
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This is an old game that I always hoped to find somewhere for a small price. So when I found it for 9 euro's it was a no-brainer.
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7. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:691]
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I have a soft spot for the games of Friedemann Friese so I just bought this game with no other reason than its creator.

Yesterday I tried it and I am not totally convinced yet. It is a game about maximising profits and without hidden information. These two can combine to a game that invites the players to calculate their best moves. I do not like calculating that much and I fear the risk that calculators will get bored because they simply do whatever they know is the most profitable.
 
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8. Board Game: Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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Before Spiel I actually decided not to buy the new gameboard for Funkenschlag. I already have a few and have never played them (because I usually only play very new games because I write reviews for a Dutch website about games). But then I found out that this expansion came in a box in which the other expansions can be fitted. That was more than I could resist so I bought the expansion (but next year............)
 
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9. Board Game: Stronghold [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:555]
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I was surprised because I was attrackted to this game. It looks to masculine, to wargame-ish and its estimated playtime is well above what I usually find acceptabel. But I really, really liked the idea of fighting over a castle and that the defender can do only so much as the attacker allows him. I asked my husband to listen to the explanation on the stand and made him decide whether he was willing to play this game with me. After listening to the explanation he thought it was an interesting game so I bought the game.
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10. Board Game: Egizia [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:281]
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The last game I bought was Egizia. I had read some good comments on the internet and it is a game from a publisher that usually publices nice games. And it has an Egyption theme. What more can I say. This was my gamble-game, we will see how it turns out.
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11. Board Game: At the Gates of Loyang [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:238]
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A friend of mine bought this game and I have played it with him. It reminds me a little of Jambo because of the trading-aspect. After a few rounds I started to understand the game a bit and it was entertaining. I am a little afraid that the scores will always be very close and that is not a good sign for me (why go to all the trouble). But I need to play this more often because I can give a sollid opinion
 
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12. Board Game: Agricola: Farmers of the Moor [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
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My friend also bought the Agricola-expansion (I will buy this when it becomes available in Dutch). We gave it a try and I really liked it. Ofcourse it is nice to have extra animeeples to play with. But the best thing is that you can do more different things and that forces you to really decide to do not do certain other things. I am really looking forward to the Dutch release!
 
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13. Board Game: Ra: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1120]
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I also played the Ra Dice Game. I have played it three times now and I like it. The first two times the game lasted very short because we managed to throw to may Ra's but not enough to use them as points or disasters. If this would be the average way a game would develop it would not be nice (the game would become to short to really develop something). But the third time the game lasted a lot longer and I really had fun. Ofcourse with dices the factor luck is always present, but there remain enough room to make choices to enjoy this game.
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14. Board Game: Mow [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2744]
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The last game that I want to tell about is Mow. I played this at Spiel. It reminds me of 6 nimmt (take 5! in Dutch) but then less entertaining. I won this one, not because I was smarter but because I had better cards (higher and lower) and so could force my husband to pick up all the rows. Maybe childeren will like this game, but grown ups will not.
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