Yet Another 'What I bought in Essen list'
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So Essen has come and gone for another year. Thanks to global warming, this year was t-shirt weather compared to the sleet and freezing winds of past years. This list is my buy list. I've also compiled "Essen 2004 - the ones that got away" which lists the games I didn't buy, for various reasons.
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1. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1255]
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50 euros is a bargain for a Francis Tresham game. Like a fine wine which takes 10 years to mature...
 
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2. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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50 euros for the English version. Saw it later for 45 elsewhere but then I wouldn't have had it handed to me buy one of the design team (at least I assume the suave Italian gent in the orange T-shirt was...)
 
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3. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:328]
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30 euros is definitely a bargain for what was my best game actually played at Essen this year. We played 3 player and it was superb. At last a game that scales really well for all numbers of players. Run, don't walk to Warfrog!
 
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4. Board Game: Master Thieves [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2561]
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95 euros but who could resist the box? Couldn't demo as it was in such demand, so took the plunge, plus it was on the Fairplay 'best of show' list. Will play first game tonight...
 
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5. Board Game: Dawn Under [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2788]
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We demoed this one waiting for Master Thief - and had a great game. Excellent production values (board is very clever) - and may become my favourite 'lighter' game. Think I paid 25 euros, but memory is hazy. Getting a copy signed by the designer is a plus too...
 
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6. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1460]
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Walked past ADG and asked about those of us who had pre-ordered (50 euro). A quick check of a list and I had 7 Ages under my arm. Looks like fun, but why did it have to arrive at the same time as Struggle of Empires? As a patriotic Aussie, a must buy anyway
 
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7. Board Game: Runebound: Shadows of Margath (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
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A must for Runebound players and only 6 euros. Hopefully will freshen up the game.
 
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8. Board Game: Betrayal at House on the Hill [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:422]
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49 euros is a bit much but it probably won't be available in Holland where I live, so I shelled out. Anything with a horror theme is a magnet for my teenage kids.
 
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9. Board Game: Razzia! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:1231]
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you can't go wrong for 9 euros for a Ra cardgame.
 
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10. Board Game: Farfalia [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:6647]
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Cute card game for 8 or 9 euros. After one 2-player game, looks better for 4 or 5.
 
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11. Board Game: Clocktowers [Average Rating:5.72 Overall Rank:7233]
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Fun, quick game for 9 or 10 euros.
 
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12. Board Game: Trendy [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:3867]
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Trendy for 3 euros. Maybe my wife will play?
 
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13. Board Game: Pirates of the Spanish Main [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:3326] [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked]
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Bought a couple of packs to try it out. Snapped 2 masts, then let Becky take over as official custodian of the fleet and constructor.
 
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14. Board Game: Camelot Legends [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:3233]
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Watched part of a demo and decided to get it. 20 euros. Great theme. Time will tell.
 
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