Gary's Essen 2011 interest list
Gary James
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Games that look interesting to me and will be available at Essen 2011. I have checked over various Essen lists and the 'official'preview list.

I found three I think I'd definitely like, and several that I may like but need checking out for one reason or another.

Games I looked at and dismissed include: Cave Evil, Dragon Rage, Upon a Salty Ocean, Kingdom of Solomon, Kingdom Builder, Galaxia, Vanuata, Quebec and Tournay.
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1. Board Game: Drum Roll [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:1148]
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I love the theme, it looks pretty, and the rules look interesting too. There are some promo items available at Spiel. Artipia Games, Booth 4-407

Rating: I'd like this please!
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2. Board Game: Takenoko [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:219]
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A game with a panda? Catherine would never forgive me for passing it by. The designer sent me the rules and it looks nice. And you get to grow your bamboo by snapping bamboo bits together. What's not to like? Editions du Matagot, don't have a booth number.

Rating: I'd like this please!

 
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3. Board Game: Wiraqocha [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3176]
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Modular board, steampunk theme, exploring. Dice-as-workers mechanic that reminded me a bit of Alien Frontiers. The great look and the theme win it for me. Sit Down games.

Rating: I'd like this please!
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4. Board Game: Prêt-à-Porter [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:1040]
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Hmm, a board game about fashion. Looks interesting but may be an economic brain-burner, which means my casual gamer friends won't like it. Portal games.

Rating: If it's not too heavy the theme makes it worth having. If it's a hard core economic game, it's not. Worth checking out please!
 
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5. Board Game: Ristorante Italia [Average Rating:6.90 Overall Rank:2391]
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Looks amusing and lots of attractive bits! Novel theme, but rules not available yet. Red Glove booth 9-56. Elfinworks will also distribute just the English version at Spiel.

Rating: Looks fun band worth checking out please!
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6. Board Game: Mare Balticum [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4886]
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A game about fishing. As a Hull boy I had to give it a close look. Nicely produced with good bits.

Rating: If the game play is interesting I'll give it a shelf space. Worth checking out please!
 
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7. Board Game: 2019: The ARCTIC [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:5180]
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I like the look of this one and the theme. Not much available to go on though. Sinonis.

Rating: Worth checking out please!
 
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8. Board Game: 011 [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4962]
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Another steampunk themed game with an interesting looking gear gadget mechanism. But it may turn out to be one of those mega-long games where no-one really knows what's going on! Scribalis booth 9-42

Rating: Worth checking out for the unique looking mechanism, but will we get it to the table?
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9. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:36]
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A 4x space game that they claim is not too long - looks good, but are they lying about the game length? Asmodee, and they are only bringing 150 English versions.

Rating: Worth a look, may be a huge box anyway.
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10. Board Game: Exposaurus [Average Rating:6.58 Unranked]
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Collect dinosaurs! Sounds interesting but not much to go on. Mucke Spiele, booth 9-37

Rating: Worth a look.
 
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11. Board Game: Space Mission [Average Rating:6.08 Overall Rank:5019]
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Jump though a portal and explore planets. Nothing but a box picture to go on though! Schmidt Spiele
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Rating: Worth a look.
 
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12. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:2863]
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Traitor in the camp semi-coop game involving passing infections from player to player. Lots of buzz on the Geek, may be in limited supply. White Goblin Games booth 5-01

Rating: Worth checking out if there are any left after the pre-orders!
 
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13. Board Game: Alba Longa [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:4705]
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Ancient Rome civ / battle card and dice selection mechanism with custom dice. Looks nice and getting quite a buzz. Tasty Minstrel games.

Rating: Theme nothing new but worth a look.
 
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14. Board Game: MIL (1049) [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:2554]
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Another medieval management type game but with knights and the twist that player's pieces can marry into each other's families...which must make with worth a look! Homoludicus

Rating: Worth checking out
 
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