Essen 2010 - Chose ONLY one game
Greg CZ
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Essen is always an overload to me. Too many new stuff turns up, too many rules I read, then at the end I buy more than I should have.

If you could choose ONLY one game this year to buy or to try, which would it be and why?

Add ONE game that you want to try or buy.

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1. Board Game: Antics! [Average Rating:6.95 Overall Rank:2344]
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Why?

- a bit weird art
- interesting ant-hill building mechanics
- ants in general

(Norenberc would be second. Isla dorada's amazing art is stunning, not convinced about gameplay, Charon inc. looks lite enough to start with non-gamers too.)
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2. Board Game: Poseidon [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1397]
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A new 18xx (with a huge wrinkle) by two designers with a strong track record.
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3. Board Game: Master of Economy [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:5121]
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Campbell
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This is the only game I've asked my Essen buyer to collect for me. There are a few other games I'm interested in (Poseidon, Railroad Barons, 1880: China, etc) but Master of Economy is the only one that I've any sense of urgency for. The economic model (from what I've been able to gather from bablefishing the Polish rules) is somewhere between delightfully broken and brutally baroque. That's pretty much enough right there.
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4. Board Game: Caravelas [Average Rating:5.93 Overall Rank:7199]
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Only 1 game is too tough soblue

This choice would then have to be between Antics! and Caravelas.

Now what game would be impossible, or really hard to come by after Essen?
I remember 2 years ago I missed Kahmaté at the fair and after the fair could not find it anywhere. I even looked in several gamestores in France, but no luck. I ended up making my own copy, but I still would have loved to have the published version.

Antics! has the ANT-Hill system and the fantastic game-design approach only the likes of the Fragor brothers have.

Caravelas has the thematic strong story behind it and reading the rules it feels like you are actually sailing the seas. The way you ride the waves and can make a bad storm for someone else give you a chance to cross difficult areas are a pro.

Now most good Fragor games will get reprinted by another publisher the next year.
So how big is the chance I will find Caravelas in a (online-)store after Essen?

I'll pick Caravelas.

(pre-ordered both )
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5. Board Game: K2 [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:469]
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I would pick K2. The most appealing game of Essen 2010 premieres
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6. Board Game: Merkator [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:854]
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Uwe's last three hits have been hits for me and this one has a historical theme (end of the Thirty Years War) on top of it. For sure, my one buy.
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7. Board Game: Navegador [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:174]
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Why? This might be the rondel game for my husband and I. That is, if it really works well with 2 players and is good.

//crossing fingers


My 2nd choice would be Vinhos.

(Wow!! 2 Portuguese themed games!!)
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8. Board Game: London (first edition) [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:277]
Richard Ham
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Incredible theme, especially interesting to me as I'm an American who works in London.

Plus, how could this preview not sell you?

http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/550334/preview-of-london...

#2 would be Caravelas
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9. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.79 Overall Rank:43]
John Mitchell
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I love Race for the Galaxy and Dominion and 7 Wonders shows every indication of being very much up the same street. I hope to see and play all manner of things at Spiel, but (so far) this is the only game pre-ordered.

Also high hopes for Mousquetaires du Roy

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10. Board Game: Symbioz [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:6350]
Kris Verbeeck
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If I go I will have a small budget compared to the other years.
I think on average I brought 70 games with me back home.

Well I'm trying to find Symbioz,Titan at an okay price (30 euro) and
Star Trader
From last years crop
I will be looking for Power Struggle and Tobago at a nice price point but I probably have to wait until 2011 for Tobago.

and this year
1 The Great Fire of London 1666
2 Confusion: Espionage and Deception in the Cold War
3 Key Market
4 London (first edition)
5 Age of Industry
6 Navegador
7 Hamburgum: Antverpia
8 Inca Empire
9 High Frontier
10 7 Wonders
11 Baltimore & Ohio
12 Vinhos
13 Onirim
14 Flicochet
15 Kaigan
16 Magical Athlete

If there's one new game I would have bought for sure, but it is a no show, it's Dominant Species

I really can't make a smaller list.




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11. Board Game: Key Market [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:1524]
Geoff Hall
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Well I can't actually go to Essen but I do have some friends going and they're picking up my pre-order of Key Market for me there. So I guess that I'll actually only be getting one game at Essen and this is it.

Mind you I'm looking to pick up some other Essen releases in the coming weeks/months too.
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12. Board Game: Duel of the Giants: Eastern Front [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:6008]
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T34/85s versus Tigers.
nice movement mechanism with one side programming its moves by selecting cards. When finished the other side can make its moves openly, followed by the preselected moves from the first side.
 
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13. Board Game: The Mines of Zavandor [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:2214]
Seth Brown
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North Adams
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I love Scepter of Zavandor, and while this game is obviously lighter fare, it still seems to have lots of income upgradey-goodness. It takes a place on my must-have list, second only to the ever-delayed reprinting of Goa.
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14. Board Game: Tikal II: The Lost Temple [Average Rating:6.88 Overall Rank:1479]
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Right now, until I learn more about the games, this one is the one that I want to get most. Reading the rules, it feels very Kramer/Kiesling while it's completely different from the original; I want it.
I'm sure there will be lots of good games among the crop but I still need to find those that sound original and not only another mix of ideas seen in lots of previous games.
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15. Board Game: NBA All Star: Officially Licensed Board Game [Average Rating:6.06 Unranked]
Zsolt Kohári
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Just because I love basketball, and I've been waiting for ages for a game like this
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16. Board Game: German Railways [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:1936]
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German Railways

It has been tested and well liked by lots of serious gamers, so I probably would not go wrong with this one
 
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17. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:312]
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Now I know...

Vinhos is the ONLY game I wish to buy - I recognized this right after I noticed to will not be realeased in time.

All the Best for guys from What's Your Game, hope you succeed with this title. I will drink glass of Portugal wine tomorrow for this.
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