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Games I'm looking out for in 2010, although some of them are already published and a bit older.

Unashamedly Ameritrash! If you want a list of interesting games from a euro perspective, there's enough going round.

Part of these games I hope to see at Essen, some are ordered.

Hopefully I will be able to add some personal experiences here in the coming months. And as I realised that I had tried quite a few new games of late, I've included them. That may not make it a pure watchlist for me, but perhaps is still useful for those of you.

I have tried to refer you to reviews of the game. You should know how to get to bgg reviews associated with these games so I've added external reviews. They are mostly form the following blogs:

Superfly's http://superflycircus.blogspot.com/

Matt Drake's: http://drakesflames.blogspot.com/

Mike Chapel's: http://chapelsbrain.blogspot.com/ (although he's gone eerily silent of late. Shame really)

All three excellent, straight shooting, reviewers of games (and some other stuff). If you want to keep up with what's new you are well recommended to visit them regularly. And maybe there are a few games that I haven't listed here but that you like.

And of course there is a bunch of reviews from Fortress Ameritrash. http://fortressat.com/

and from Gameshark http://www.gameshark.com/entertainment/reviews.htm, mostly by Michael Barnes
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1. Board Game: 51st State [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1083] [Average Rating:6.86 Unranked]
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card game with several options per card as in most CDGs
Cool artwork
Post Apocalyptic theme

These Poles do come up with good stuff

Update: However the mechanics are very euro-y and that doesn't get me excited so much. This is after all the Neuroshima Hex universe. You should be able to do a little fighting!

On the other hand read the excellent posts on this game by the designer on his philosophy and attempts to introduce interaction into the game!

I hope to try this one in Essen.
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2. Board Game: The Adventurers: The Temple of Chac [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:1229]
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looks good
good reviews

http://superflycircus.blogspot.com/2010/03/adventurers-take-...
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3. Board Game: After Pablo [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:4175]
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interesting theme, but how does it pan out?


Quote:
"This should be completely ready to go soon. The Essen deadline is fast approaching and I hope all elements come together in the end.

The first and perhaps only printing of this game will be 140 copies. I plan on bringing 60 to Spiel 2010 if all logistic details work out."


price around 35 euro's.

Update: Ouch! Have you seen that artwork? Sorry to say but it is awful and looks amateurish. Not to invest in quality is penny wise pound foolish.
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4. Board Game: Age of Industry [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:551]
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Can't be as bad as brass

Update: However, it's just Brass light with a different map. Does that sound cool to me? No, it doesn't. Suddenly lost my interest.
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5. Board Game: Alien Frontiers [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:185]
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This is more light weight SciFi (did anyone say Space Opera?). But Matt Drake's review kindles my interest. As a small publisher game, I'm happy to spread the word. Anyone played this?

http://drakesflames.blogspot.com/2010/09/board-game-review-a...
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6. Board Game: All Things Zombie: The Boardgame [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4377]
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I got to know ATZ through the miniatures game as I was looking at a system for a multiplayer (15+) zombie game. It was a bit to complicated for what I wanted to do, but I liked the campaign system. I can see that taken to a board game and succeed. Like to try out.
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7. Board Game: The Arduous Beginning [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:7715]
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A new Dunnigan, interesting and simple
small publisher

Update: Tried this and it is a decent hex and counter game of an interesting phase of Barbarossa. As the Russians you have to be able to mentally stomach the pounding you receive in the first few turns, but with some luck you are able to delay the Panzers a bit. And once you find the better tank corps, it actually becomes a bit more of a fair fight.
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8. Board Game: Aye, Dark Overlord! The Red Box [Average Rating:5.91 Overall Rank:4110] [Average Rating:5.91 Unranked]
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When do I get the chance to play this one? It's a silly storytelling game, and rules don't really matter, It's a lot like the committee games and role playing I've done.
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9. Board Game: Battle Beyond Space [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:4990]
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Cool spaceships
slugging it out
in under an hour
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10. Board Game: Battles of Westeros [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:679]
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does it redeem battlelore?

http://fortressat.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=arti...:battles-of-westeros-in-review&catid=51:reviews&Itemid=100009
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11. Board Game: Battlestar Galactica: The Board Game – Pegasus Expansion [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.82 Unranked]
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Bought the expansion because the basic game is so good I wanted to have the full experience. But it had to wait until I had seen seasons 2 and 3. Just because!

But it could get play now
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12. Board Game: Bilekuosi [Average Rating:5.39 Overall Rank:14350]
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What better fun than to just junk yourself full of harmfull stuff so you don't notice how much the other stuff hurts? Average card game but excellent theme and highly educational. If you want to know your uppers and downers, this is a safe way to find out
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13. Board Game: Cadwallon: City of Thieves [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2687]
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Those miniatures look fucking great!
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14. Board Game: Chaos in the Old World [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:103]
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Bought this last year and enjoyed it, but seems to me Tcheentz gets it too easy now. We'll have to see how to work that one out. Did I mention the game looks good?

http://www.gameshark.com/features/645/p_0/Cracked-LCD-126-Ch...
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15. Board Game: Chaos Marauders (second edition) [Average Rating:5.51 Overall Rank:14915]
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Rerelease of the classic GW game and a sentimental journey purchase. Great fun still!
 
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16. Board Game: Circus Train (First Edition) [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:5978]
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good reviews
brilliant theme
interesting publisher

http://fortressat.com/index.php?option=com_myblog&show=i-l3-...
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17. Board Game: Claustrophobia [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:239]
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Theme: good!
bits: interesting!

Let's try!

http://fortressat.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=arti...
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18. Board Game: Cosmic Encounter [Average Rating:7.55 Overall Rank:117]
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Bought recently, needs play
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19. Board Game: Creationary [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:4024]
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I'm fascinated by the Lego dice. I think there's tons of possibilities in here! Might get one of the other games as well. The rules appear not to be very exciting, but in that case I can best aim for the game wiith the best bits!


Update: tried this out with kids and that was good fun, even though they had to adapt to thinking themselves how to build, rather than using a guide. The box contains lots of interesting stuff, so I hope to try it out with adults as well.

The convertible dice are fun (I adapted it to include two choose yourself options, rather than the build two option) but I haven't thought of other great ways to use them. I guess I'll have to more of them from other games.


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20. Board Game: Cyclades [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:151]
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Great theme. Great minis.

http://drakesflames.blogspot.com/2010/04/board-game-review-c...
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21. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.33 Overall Rank:436]
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hmmm... abit less interested after watching Scott Nicholson's review. Although he likes it. And for the right reasons. Maybe if I traded away Pandemic...

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22. Board Game: Dixit [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:221] [Average Rating:7.29 Unranked]
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Intreaguing game, unlike most games (although not unlike some games aimed at personal development)
Beautiful, surreal and disconcerting art work
not sure how the game works exactly, though

http://drakesflames.blogspot.com/2009/11/party-game-review-d...

Now also Spiel des Jahres.
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23. Board Game: Dresden 20 [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:8708]
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Relatively obscure battle from the Napoleonic Wars. Lets see how the system works
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24. Board Game: The Drive On Metz (second edition) [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:6662]
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Sentimental journey
Reprint of the original in one of Dunnigan's books on wargames. I think I still have a photocopy of the original
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25. Board Game: Dungeons & Dragons: Castle Ravenloft Board Game [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:674] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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A one-hour dungeon crawl that has many in cheers. Obviously not those that demand deep games or rpgs. Not sure if I need a dungeon crawl, but I'm open to be convinced.
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