2009--A breakout year for Eurofantasy?
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Is it my imagination (or more aptly, faulty memory), or is this by far the biggest year for grafting Euro mechanisms onto fantasy themes?

I'm sure I'm missing lots and lots of older games (Hunting Party and Dungeon Twister come to mind, and I know there are many, many others--Blue Moon City I guess? etc...) but still this current crop seems pretty bountiful and I wonder if it's a trend or a coincidence?

I'd love to see additions that prove me wrong, or just see this geeklist become a fairly comprehensive collection of fantasy games with heaping helpings of Euro mechanisms. No games that are card games or primarily card games please as those have been around a long time in various forms and are kind of their own subgenre.
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This one...which I'm including despite the "no card games" rule b/c it is derivative of a very popular Euro game. I guess by the same rule a fantasy-themed Gin Rummy variation should be on here, but I wouldn't be interested in it...
 
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And this...
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Another fantasy retheming...
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The most Ameritrashy of all of them, but still a big move towards Euro mechanics vs most of its thematic predecessors.
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Then this one. And I'm sure there are more, and I'd love to be informed or reminded of others from the past!
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Haven't actually played this Essen '09 release yet, but from the rules this deserves a place on your list. You and the other players are a group of heroes who arrive on an island with the goal of reaching an evil stronghold and defeating the dark lord within.
 
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