Game Purchases in Germany, how to build muscles and language skills simultaneously!
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My first GeekList. Disclaimer - I have no kids, no wife and no current girlfriend and so could spend a little more $$ than usual. I was also in Germany for two weeks and so was able to pick up a few other games not specifically at the Essen Game Fair. My picks were based on what I liked, what I could carry and what I also did not already have. I tried not to purchase things that I could get in the USA later in English. I did miss out on a few goodies that sold out before I saw them - but I was out of room anyway . . . All this fit in two suitcases (one large and one small) and one canvas bag (stuffed with War of the Rings, YS and Flandern) that I got from the Queen Games booth. This was my first Essen Game Fair and it is a wonderful madness. I hope all of you get a chance to experience this one day if you have not already. Many thanks to my hosts Mario Pawlowski and Regina Kuehn, to Terry Egan who guided me around, and to all my Gathering of Friends colleagues who helped make the whole experience so fantastic!
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Flinke Pinke. Purchased at a Flea Market in Witten for 1 Euro.
 
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TraumFabrik. Purchased in a Game Store in the Hannover Train Station for 5 Euro. A very good find! Only game I purchase that I already own.
 
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Magellan. Purchased in a Game Store in Witten for 10 Euro.
 
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Skat. Purchased one copy new for 2 Euro, then got a second copy at the Fiegen Brewery in Bochum for 1 Euro. Got a lot of free beer there as well, so MUCH the better purchase!
 
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DoppleKopf. Purchased at a Grocery Store in Witten for 2.5 Euro. Germany is a really grand place for gamers! And yes, I am trying to learn a lot of traditional German card games. For those who don't know, this is also called SheepsHead in the USA.
 
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Drahtseikaht. A gift from my German hosts! Thanks Mario and Regina!!!
 
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Geschenkt! Purchased new at Essen Game Fair for 5 Euro. Excellent game!
 
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Limits. Purchased new at Essen Game Fair for 3 Euro on advice of one of my German friends.
 
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Um Reifenbreit. Purchased at Flea Market at Essen Game Fair for 9 Euro. I love race games and this is a good one!
 
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The Count from Carcassone. Free with 3 Euro donation to the Ronald MacDonald House Charity at the Essen Game Fair.
 
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The Catharars. Free with purchase of SpeileBox Magazine - Hey! I read it for the articles!
 
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Zum Kuckkuck. Purchased two copies at the Flea Market at Essen Game Fair for a total of 12.5 Euro. My group loves this game and my old cards are played out. And no, Land Under just doesn't do it for me or my group. This was a must have! Terry, thanks for the help finding these!
 
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Goldbrau. Paid the going rate at the Essen Game Fair. Forgot to write down the price.
 
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Wallenstein. Always wanted this. Purchased new at the Queen Games booth at Essen Game Fair for 21 Euro (after filling out a card to get a discount).
 
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15. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:328]
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Struggle of Empires. Love the Martin Wallace games so this was an easy pick. Got it together with the two new Age of Steam Expansions (see next item) for 50 Euro at the Essen Game Fair.
 
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16. Board Game: Age of Steam [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:114]
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Age of Steam Expansions 2 and 3. This are the hard stock gameboards, not the ones pictured here. Purchased at the Essen Game Fair along with Struggle of Empires (see item above) for 50 Euro.
 
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Bus. Purchased at Essen Game Fair for 6 Euro. Splotter had a deal going to buy five of the small games (any mix) for 30 Euro. Went in with a friend who needed copies of four other games. Thanks again Terry!
 
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18. Board Game: Heart of Africa [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:12666]
 
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Heart of Africa. Purchased this at the Essen Game Fair for 29 Euro. I played it a couple of times at the Phalanx booth and actually helped teach it a couple of times! Great auction game.
 
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19. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:1255]
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Revolution. 50 Euro at the Phalanx Booth at the Essen Game Fair. Ok, this proves I am a game addict. What game addict can turn down a gorgeous Frank Tresham game? Anyone going to the Gathering next April want to try this? Its 20 phases a turn, five players and five turns. At a minute per player per phase thats only 500 minutes!
 
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20. Board Game: War of the Ring (First Edition) [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:82]
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War of the Ring. More proof I am a game addict. I actually sat down and played this at the Essen Game Fair. With designer Francesco Nepitello teaching it was a great time. I got my copy signed by Francesco and R Di Meglio. I am looking into painting the figures - once I've played a bit of course! Beatiful game, and works well which is so rare for a miniatures game. I'm looking forward to more great games from Nexus! 50 Euro.
 
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21. Board Game: Flandern 1302 [Average Rating:5.96 Overall Rank:4956]
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Flandern 1302. Got to play this at the Essen Game Fair. Since Queen games don't make it over here to the USA I picked up a copy for 16 Euro. Its a pleasant tile placement game with some interesting mechanics.
 
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22. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:905]
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Ys. Limited Essen Fair 2004 Edition. Was in the top of the ratings. Picked this upas my last purchase as I had a few Euro left and could squeeze it in to my carry on bag. 40 Euro.
 
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Leap Frog. Probably one of my most enjoyable purchases. Terry Egan directed me to the booth of the wonderful Lamont brothers to play this one. Since they were dressed in kilts (being Scots)and were obviously having a lot of fun at the fair, this was a great time. The game is light yet fun and plays very quickly. Highly recommended!
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