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Following my 'What I want for Xmas' list, I've decided to maintain a geeklist of games I have on the radar for purchase during 2012.

Some games will transfer from my Xmas list (i.e. the games I din't get cry, but still want). Other games won't be available in time for Xmas.

Here goes...

1/6/12 ... I have now re-orderd the list, with most interest near the top, least interest towards the bottom. Games already bought (or kick-started) are also at the bottom.

Added 'BUY', 'HOLD', and 'SELL' to indicate likely purchasing decision.

6/11/12 changed the title of this list to match my ongoing series title

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Board Game: Ground Floor
Board Game: Skyline
Board Game: Tammany Hall
Board Game: CO₂
Board Game: Snowdonia
Board Game: Fleet
Board Game: Keyflower
Board Game: Carson City: Gold & Guns
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
Board Game: Tokaido
Board Game: Suburbia
Board Game: Power Grid: Northern Europe/United Kingdom & Ireland
Board Game: Western Town
 
Board Game: Troyes: The Ladies of Troyes
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
 
Board Game: New Amsterdam
Board Game: 7 Wonders: Cities
Board Game: Targi
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
Board Game: Wanzen tanzen
 
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Board Game: Hamburgum: Lisboa
Board Game: Il Vecchio
Board Game: The Cave
Board Game: La Loire
Board Game: Airlines Europe: New Bonus Connections
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
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Board Game: Vikings
Board Game: Steam: Map Expansion #2
Board Game: Revolver 2: Last Stand at Malpaso
Board Game: Revolver Expansion 1.1: Ambush on Gunshot Trail
Board Game: Shadows over Camelot: The Card Game
Board Game: Revolver Expansion 1.2: Hunt the Man Down
 
Board Game: Up Front
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
Board Game: Doctor Who: The Card Game
Board Game: Seasons
Board Game: Pyramidion
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Board Game: Hawaii
Board Game: Urbanization
 
Board Game: Sunrise City
Board Game: Ladies & Gentlemen
Board Game: Aeroplanes: Aviation Ascendant
Board Game: Farmerama
Board Game: Edo
Board Game: Briefcase
Board Game: Maharani
 
Board Game: Wallenstein (Second Edition)
Board Game: Call to Glory
Board Game: Buy! Buy! Buy!
Board Game: The Manhattan Project
Board Game: PAX
Board Game: Village
 
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Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
Board Game: Homesteaders
Board Game: Trajan
Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small
Board Game: Kaispeicher
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1. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3354]
Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG
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These are the games I have considered for purchase at Essen...

Already bought for pick-up at Essen
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Ground Floor x 6 (PAID, Tasty Minstrel/LocWorks, b4-230)
CO2 (PAID, Giochix, b5-53)
Fleet (PAID, Gryphon Games/Eagle, b10-53)
Tokaido (PAID, FunForge, b9-38)
Suburbia (PAID, Bezier Games, b5-100)

Skyline (free with GF)
Tammany Hall (to be picked up by others)

Pre-ordered for payment at Essen
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Snowdonia (€40 = £32, Surprised Stare Games, b4-111)
Keyflower (€40 = £32, R&D Games, b9-64, no 2440, before Friday close)
Carson City: Gold & Guns (€12 = £10, Quined Games, b5-41, reservation 255)
Western Town (€38/45 = £30, Whyme, b4-222, before 3pm Sat, 2nd price with extras)
Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar (€40 = £32, CGE, b4-310)
(total to pay = €170 = £137)

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Airlines Europe: The Presidents (FREE, AbacusSpiel b10-29)
Power Grid: Oracle & Industrial Espionage (donation, 2F-Spiel, b11-63; RGG, b12-29?/79)

Must purchase at Essen
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PowerGrid: Northern Europe and UK (£??, 2F-Spiele, b11-63; RGG, b12-29?/79)

Presents for others
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Milestones (€35 = £28, Eggertspiele, b12-84; Pegasus Spiele b12-01, -06, 6-41; Stronghold Games b12-86)

May be persuaded to purchase at Essen
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Copy Cat (£??, Rio Grande Games, b12-29?/79)
Nieuw Amsterdam (€37.50 = £30, White Goblin Games, b5-01)
Il Vecchio (€40 = £32, Hall Games, b9-66; Pegasus Spiele b12-01 and -06)
7 Wonders: Cities (€18 = £15, Repos Production, b12-60)
PAX: Nocturnus (€7 = £6, Iron Games, b5-92)
La Loire (€35 = £28, Mind the Move, b7-213)
Archipelago (€60 = £48, Ludically, b??)
The Ladies of Troyes (€23 = £18, Z-Man Games, b10-40)
Agricola: Mehr Ställe für das liebe Vieh (€8 = £6.50, Z-Man Games, b10-40)
Manhattan Project expansion (Brave New World b6-113)

Check out Heidelberger booth for some cheap games from the back catalogue...
 
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2. Board Game: Ground Floor [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1337]
Board Game: Ground Floor
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PRE-BOUGHT - for pickup at Essen ***PAID***
Will be getting this on Kickstarter
I am picking up 6 copies at Essen (5 for others)
Pick up from LocWorks stand

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3. Board Game: Skyline [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4244]
Board Game: Skyline
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Kickstarter bonus when purchasing Ground Floor
Pickup 6 copies from LocWorks at Essen
FREE
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4. Board Game: Tammany Hall [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:733]
Board Game: Tammany Hall
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PRE-BOUGHT for pickup at Essen ***PAID***
Via Kickstarter
My copy being picked up by Lloyd Boman
 
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5. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:734]
Board Game: CO₂
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HOLD PRE-BOUGHT for ESSEN pickup ***PAID***
I love Vinhos, so omens are good - need a review

Just played Vinhos again and loved it (despite coming last again!). If CO2 is anything like it in terms of game play, then I will be getting it.

[18/6/12] Now available to pre-order ... just waiting for the rules, before deciding whether to do so

[11/7/12] Rules now available and have persuaded me to purchase
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6. Board Game: Fleet [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:899]
Board Game: Fleet
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BOUGHT (for pickup at Essen) ***PAID***

Base game + extra cards + fishj meeples = 31 euros
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7. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:527]
Board Game: Tokaido
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HOLD
Probable PRE-ORDERED for pickup at Essen £23 (***PAID***)

http://www.funforge.fr/US/events/tokaido-pre-orders-are-now-...

Artwork looks beautiful and its by the designer of 7 Wonders. Let's hope it is good.

I have just read the rules for this and the games looks interesting. I am definitely interested in purchasing - just need to know the price now.
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8. Board Game: Snowdonia [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:471]
Board Game: Snowdonia
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Probable PRE-ORDER PRE-ORDERED for pickup at Essen £32
http://www.surprisedstaregames.co.uk/Shop.htm

Buy this when released, subject to further good reviews
Some say this was game of the show at UK Game Expo
Just seen the author's overview - sounds interesting
Just read the rules - and have now pre-ordered (well, sent the email anyway)
 
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9. Board Game: Keyflower [Average Rating:7.82 Overall Rank:60]
Board Game: Keyflower
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PRE-ORDERED for pickup at Essen 40 euro

A lot of people are saying me this is good... Tony Boydell and Nick Case among them.

Rules downloaded
Price GBP 33.50 at Essen
 
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10. Board Game: Carson City: Gold & Guns [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.66 Unranked]
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PRE-ORDERED for pickup at Essen 12 euros = £9.60 (not paid yet)

I've only just bought the game and now there's an expansion!

Price will be 12 euros ... cheap enough that I will be getting this, I think (if I can work out how to pre-order)

OK, pre-order via email to preorder.masterprint@gmail.com
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11. Board Game: Western Town [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:3401]
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HOLD
Will be on sale at Essen for 38 euros = £30.50
(until Saturday at noon!)

Good reviews for this ....
 
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12. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:37]
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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HOLD price 34 euro = £27
Definitely interested in this... available at Essen

Can be pre-ordered from:
http://www.boardgameshop.eu/tzolkin-the-mayan-calendar.html
but available... "The week after Spiel Essen 2012"

It has gears!
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13. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:138]
Board Game: Suburbia
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BOUGHT for pickup at Essen £38
Preorder from: http://www.beziergames.com

Tile placing, city-building game. Few details as yet.

Review by Doug Garrett (in Prodcast 317 of Garrett's Games and Geekiness) is very complimentary.

http://garrettsgames.com

I think it is going to be EITHER Suburbia OR Urbanization
 
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14. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3354]
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HOLD - STRONG INTEREST BUT NEED MORE INFO
 
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15. Board Game: Power Grid: Northern Europe/United Kingdom & Ireland [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.89 Unranked]
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BUY at Essen
Now this looks interesting...
I've heard this will sell at Essen for 11 euros

Maps are posted and look great
 
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16. Board Game: Copycat [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:1589]
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BUY
€30 = £24
When released - the mixture of mechanisms makes this a must-have

The next Friday project and it looks like a Gamer's Game
 
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17. Board Game: Outside the Scope of BGG [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:3354]
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POSSIBLE PURCHASES
 
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18. Board Game: Troyes: The Ladies of Troyes [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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HOLD - but strong interest
Available at Essen
Pre-order available for euro 23 from:
http://www.pearlgames.be/page/gb/3/news#post-id-11

Video review at:

http://www.cliquenabend.de/videos/851100-Burgevent-des-Heide...
 
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19. Board Game: Archipelago [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:380]
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This look gorgeous ... but costs 60 euro (of which, 10 euro is shipping). Can't seem to find any Essen special price...
 
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20. Board Game: Il Vecchio [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1566]
Board Game: Il Vecchio
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40 euro

Designer is Rudiger Dorn, who also designed Goa, Genoa, and Louis XIV - all of which I own and like - plus recent Spiel nominee Las Vegas.

With that pedigree, this might be worth a tracking
 
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21. Board Game: New Amsterdam [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1622]
Board Game: New Amsterdam
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Possible purchase at Essen

Just downloaded the rules - looks my sort of weight of game
Published by White Goblin Games
Priced at €37.50 with pre-order discount = £30 GBP
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22. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Cities [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
Board Game: 7 Wonders: Cities
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Price: £15.50 from BoardGameGuru; £16 Heron Games
As a completist, I have to have this. But doesn't it complicate a supposedly simple game? Need a review

I've just heard a very positive review of this on Garrett's Games and Geekiness. As a completist, I guess I will just have to get it (it is rated better than Leaders).
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23. Board Game: Targi [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:128]
Board Game: Targi
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HOLD BUY - when the English language version is available

2-player game, nominated for Spiel-de-Jahre, good review in Spielbox, but lots of text requiring translation/past up

I have heard nothing but good things about this


Moved to 2013
 
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24. Board Game: Le Havre: The Inland Port [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1075]
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2-player Le Havre ... looks like Uwe's following a pattern here
 
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25. Board Game: Airlines Europe: New Bonus Connections [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
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If they become available in GeekStore
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