BGTG 109 - Essen Anticipation 2010 Part 2
- Mark JohnsonFrance
ParisThat's a Palm Pilot on the left, and a pink iPod mini on the right. Yes, I've been doing BGTG that long!http://www.WargamesToGo.com
Just like last year, this is a semi-private list I'm creating to organize my thoughts/notes for my Essen anticipation show.Recommend
These aren't really a bunch of games I'm going to buy. I'm in no rush, and am lucky enough to get to try most of ones I'll care about. Or I'll wait to hear more opinions as they start to coalesce. Plus we wait for Rio/Zman/whoever these days.
How do I research this? Boardgamenews.com, mostly. Both their Spiel 2010 summary, and their features in the daily blog. Companies must be learning the value of this. I really like Eric's user-customization features for tracking games to buy/try/look, both for my own tracking, and to measure the buzz.
From that, the theme is what gets me first. See? The theme! Thematic games can be about soccer and medieval Europe, not just starships and goblins! sheesh... (As Larry Levy said of Era of Inventions, "This, to me, is the perfect kind of theme for a Eurogame--unaggressive, yet interesting to a wide variety of people, and NOT the same old Renaissance trading/Medieval castle building that we've been inundated with in recent years. C'mon Euro publishers: people WANT to see something a little different and it would be a shame if they felt they had to turn to Ameritrash designs in order to get it.")
From there, I'm usually looking at the "look" of a game. Mostly its physical production, both for the attractiveness and some hint of its play. A hundred little markers tracking things on various player boards? Bzzt! Bunches of special power tiles? Bzzt! A clean map with understated wooden components? Ding!
Along the way, I take notice of the designer & publisher, and playing time. Somewhere in there I remember to glance at the number of players and the price.
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