Royal Society of Gamers: Essen Top 5
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Episode 6 of the Royal Society of Gamers podcast contains our look ahead to new releases at Essen. Below are each of our top 5 most anticipated games.

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1. Board Game: Age of Reason [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:6016]
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2. Board Game: K2: Broad Peak [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.61 Unranked]
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Number 5.5

Since it's an expansion, I've sneaked it in as my number 5.5. I love K2, so the expansion is a must-buy for me.
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3. Board Game: Risk Legacy [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:242]
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Number 5

Will Risk Legacy start a whole new wave of customisable board games, or just be an aberration in the history of board gaming?
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4. Board Game: Eaten by Zombies! [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4417] [Average Rating:5.89 Unranked]
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Nr. 5

Like the theme and artwork as well as some mechanics that influence other players' game. Looks good and not just like another deck-building game
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5. Board Game: 011 [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:4962]
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Nr. 4:

Adore the Steampunk theme !
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6. Board Game: Claustrophobia: De Profundis [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.12 Unranked]
 
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7. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:147]
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Number 4

There's always something I like in Vlaada's games, although I also always get the feeling there's just something small missing... Either there's a good element of fun, but not quite enough game, or the gameplay seems to drag a bit. So I'm hoping the Dungeon Petz builds on all the good things of Dungeon Lords and improves on the quirky management formula.
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8. Board Game: Bios: Megafauna [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:1872] [Average Rating:6.98 Unranked]
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Nr. 3

Big fan on what-if scenarios in evolution. This might be the game to deliver what I hoped Dominant Species would be like. High complexity but still lots of theme.
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9. Board Game: Antike Duellum [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:1047]
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10. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.96 Overall Rank:36]
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Number 3

Also Conrad's number 2. Could Eclipse delivery on the space-epic yet compact-playtime epic?
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11. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:266]
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Number 2

I like a good co-op game and Flash Point looks like it might add a pleasing amount of luck onto a Pandemic-like board-fighting mechanic. I'd be more wary of this - co-ops can be a bit dry, or else rely on randomness to generate gameplay - but since it's being published by the so-far superb Indie Boards and Cards I have high expectations.
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12. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.11 Overall Rank:21]
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Nr 2.

Vlaada meets RPG/Fantasy-crawler. Never played the Mage Knight collectible miniatures thing but this looks lovely (so far)
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13. Board Game: Ora et Labora [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:91]
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Note: the title translates to "Works and Hours," a reference to a work of Hesiod's by the same name, and not "Time and Work" as may have been said on the podcast...
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14. Board Game: Panic Station [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:2863]
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Number 1

Also Conrad's number 6, if we'd allowed number 6's. I'm hoping the gameplay creates all the meta-game paranoia situations that the theme promises.
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15. Board Game: Alcatraz: The Scapegoat [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:2308]
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Nr.1:

Interesting detour from the run-of-the-mill semi-cooperative template. All players have to work together but one will inevitably end up being the scape goat. Includes random setup and voting !
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