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1. Board Game: 2019: The ARCTIC [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:5733]
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Designer Trade for Bono Light with his "My Cake!"

Played it once. Feel a little like Imperial 2030 in which you can have influence in different countries to control arctic regions, but you need to build resource platforms and they might be attacked by others countries (controlled by other players, of course). Not very straight forward and need more plays to get into the strategies. I'd say it deserves a try, or two.

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2. Board Game: Alba Longa [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:5125]
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3. Board Game: Bloom [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:5450]
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Bargain for 10/3 Euro.

It's far more strategic than it appears. Laying down your flower tiles (sheets) and collecting as many different kinds of flowers as you can to earn the most fortune is the key to a successful gardener. Meanwhile, sending your loyal pet to guard your flowers and building the ornament at the right place to glory your garden are also essential. This is a pure strategic game that deserves more praise. Glad to grab it in Essen.

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4. Board Game: Confucius [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:2356]
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5. Board Game: Down Under [Average Rating:5.62 Overall Rank:12615]
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Bargain for 10/3 Euro.

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6. Board Game: Dungeon Petz [Average Rating:7.51 Overall Rank:171]
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7. Board Game: Evolution: The Origin of Species [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:2639]
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Played and got addicted to it immediately! Maybe it's my biology background but the game really shines by itself! Can't wait for its expansion Evolution: Time to Fly!

A FAQ is needed.

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(25 Euro is too much for 84 cards, two dice and some small tokens. I wished I had got it for 17 Euro on Thursday...soblue)
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8. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:288]
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With the expansion Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Urban Structures.
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9. Board Game: Hab & Gut [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1097]
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10. Board Game: Isis & Osiris [Average Rating:5.83 Overall Rank:5712]
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Bargain for 10/3 Euro.

Played more than 5 times already. A very quick and light strategy/luck game which can serve as a good warm-up/filler game for a game night.

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11. Board Game: Limits [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:5359]
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Bargain for 3 Euro.
 
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12. Board Game: Mall of Horror [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:1401]
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Essen pickup from a BGGer's auction.
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13. Board Game: Mare Balticum [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:5426]
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Played twice with 4 people tonight.
It is way to short and light than we expected, base on the game box and component-wise point of view.

The artwork is great, but gameplay is not as interesting or exciting (compete for fish) as the image of the game shows.

One minor complain. The sea areas on the game board are not evenly distributed. Somewhere in the upper-right corner is too small to allocate more than 2 ships and a token. soblue

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14. Board Game: Modern Art [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:219]
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German Edition.
 
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15. Board Game: The New Era [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:970] [Average Rating:7.54 Unranked]
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16. Board Game: Penguin Party [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:2888]
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Bargain for 3 Euro.

A very very simple card-laying game that makes you really think, and then see all strategy fall in vain due to components' decision, but again feel that it should be controllable, and fail, and...
Reiner Knizia is a real genius.

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17. Board Game: Potion-Making: Practice [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:4246]
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18. Board Game: Power Grid: The First Sparks [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1024]
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Simple version of Power Grid with an interesting theme and adorable animeeples that serve as a warm welcome to non-gamers. The best part I like is the short playing time (less than 1 hr).

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19. Board Game: Power Grid: The Robots [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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20. Board Game: Puerto Rico (with two expansions) [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.50 Unranked]
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German version.

A great game with outstanding components.

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21. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:999]
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22. Board Game: Souvlaki Wars [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:4366]
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23. Board Game: Sweetie The Candies, Cookies, Goodies Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Other goodies:

7 Wonders: Catan
Dominion: Walled Village Promo Card
Carcassonne: The School
Alhambra: The Magical Buildings
Fresco: The Bishop's Favor
Small World: Tunnels
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! 5-6 Player Mini Expansion
Survive: Escape from Atlantis! The Giant Squid Mini Expansion
 
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24. Board Game: Tournay [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:894]
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25. Board Game: Trajan [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:72]
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