Essen 2006 Canonical List
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Ideally this list will include every title released at Spiel 2006, organized by rating average so that the cream will rocket to the top, knocking aside all the lesser games on their way up.

Much of the initial info on this list comes from the good folks at Boardgamenews.com. Add new games to the list as they're announced and added to BGG, and please include the designer and publisher at a minimum.
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1. Board Game: Through the Ages: A Story of Civilization [Average Rating:8.21 Overall Rank:4]
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Designer: Vladimír Chvátil
Publisher: Altar Czech Republic

Advance your civilization from building pyramids to flying in space (preferably not in pyramids since they're not aerodynamic).
 
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2. Board Game: Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
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Designer: Friedemann Friese
Publisher: 2F-Spiele/Rio Grande Games

Another expansion of a great game.
I'll buy without a question.
 
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3. Board Game: Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.01 Unranked]
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Designer: Alan R. Moon
Publisher: Days of Wonder
 
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4. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Sun / London [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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The first map pair released by JC Lawrence on Ted Alspach's Bezier Games label is also going to be there.

The Sun and London both have some new wrinkles, London in terms of track building costs, and the Sun in the way that players build the map before playing, create cities by track placement, and can move cities around during the course of play via urbanization.
 
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5. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Disco Inferno / Soul Train [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
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Ted Alspach's second AoS map pair will debut at Essen. This time around the theme is unorthodox to say the least, though: one map features a "Disco Inferno" while the other sees the players delivering souls from hell to heaven.

Interesting new mechanisms in each of these...
 
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6. Board Game: Kaivai Expansion [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.70 Unranked]
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Designers: Anselm & Helge Ostertag
Publisher: Pfifficus Spiele
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7. Board Game: Warangel [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:2779]
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Designer: Angelo Porazzi
Publisher: Angelo Porazzi Games

A special "10 Years Edition" of Warangel, this 2006 release will include an A4-format English rulebook and reference sheets. Also available at Essen 2006, a "Create YOUR Warangel" service that will sell armies already mounted on painted wooden blocks.
 
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8. Board Game: Imperial [Average Rating:7.66 Overall Rank:81]
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Designer: Mac Gerdts
Publisher: Eggert-Spiele/Rio Grande
 
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9. Board Game: The Princes of Florence [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:62]
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Designers: Wolfgang Kramer & Richard Ulrich
Publishers:

- Benelux: White Goblin Games & Quined Games
- France: Ystari Games
- Germany, Switzerland, Austria: Pro Ludo
- Spain: Excalibur
- Italy: Nexus Editrice

PoF reprint. New art, new characters, new expansion. As the Dutch version is scheduled for the SpellenSpektakel (1 week after Spiel), I suspect there will be publishers introducing it at Spiel.
 
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10. Board Game: Shogun [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:79]
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Designer: Dirk Henn
Publishers: Queen/Rio Grande

The game system from Wallenstein heads east (or west since we live on a globe) to 15th-16th century Japan.
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11. Board Game: 1861: The Railways of the Russian Empire [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:1160]
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Designer: Ian D. Wilson
Publishers: JKLM Games/Lookout Games/Z-Man Games

An 18XX game set in Russia, with German distribution handled by Lookout and American distribution by Z-Man. Only 300 copies are slated for North America.
 
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12. Board Game: Wooden Shoes & Iron Monsters [Average Rating:7.45 Unranked]
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Designer: Han Heidema
Publisher: Winsome Games

Riding the rails in the Netherlands, there's no place better.
 
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13. Board Game: BattleLore [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:153]
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Designer: Richard Borg
Publisher: Days of Wonder

Only a demo for the new C&C-system from Borg and Days of Wonder, but you might be able to pick up a promo figure.
 
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14. Board Game: Notre Dame [Average Rating:7.41 Overall Rank:142]
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Designer: Stefan Feld
Publisher: Alea

Alea continues its tradition of showing a prototype of next year's Nürnberg release. I highly enjoy both Roma and Rum & Pirates, so I'm looking forward to the next Stefan Feld title.
 
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15. Board Game: Himalaya: The 5-6 Player Expansion [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Designers: Régis Bonnessée & Guillaume Blossier
Publisher: Tilsit

The expansion allows players five and six into the game.
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16. Board Game: Millionen von Schwalben [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:2885]
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Designer: Urs Hostettler
Publisher: Fata Morgana Spiele
 
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17. Board Game: The Pillars of the Earth [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:178]
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Designer: Stefan Stadler & Michael Rieneck
Publisher: Kosmos
 
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18. Board Game: Reef Encounter of the Second Kind [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.23 Unranked]
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Designer: Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games

The R&D version will match the first edition of Reef Encounter, while What's Your Game? and Z-Man Games will likely publish a version that matches the graphics of the current edition.
 
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19. Board Game: Taluva [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:314]
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Designer: Marcel-André Casasola Merkle
Publisher: Hans im Glück
 
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20. Board Game: Yspahan [Average Rating:7.16 Overall Rank:292]
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Designer: Sébastien Pauchon
Publishers: Ystari Games/Rio Grande

Supposedly a family game about acquiring goods and building store fronts, but already a couple of nice ratings on the Geek.
 
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21. Board Game: Blue Moon: Buka Invasion [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.15 Unranked]
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Designer: Reiner Knizia
Publisher: Kosmos/Fantasy Flight

The legendary missing ninth tribe for Blue Moon.
 
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22. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Eastern US & Canada [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Designer: John Bohrer
Publisher: Winsome Games

Another corner of the world is covered with hexes and colored cubes.
 
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23. Board Game: American Megafauna (second edition) Expansion Set [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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24. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:288]
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Designers: Bruno Cathala & Ludovic Maublanc
Publisher: Hurrican

Yay! This fine limited-edition game, in which one player is Jack the Ripper and the other tries to deduce his identity among the eight characters on the board, is now being released in a larger print run by Hurrican. No word on a North American distributor yet, but copies will be at Essen.
 
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25. Board Game: Catan Card Game: Artisans & Benefactors [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.09 Unranked]
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Designer: Klaus Teuber
Publisher: Kosmos

The seventh expansion for the Settlers two-player cardgame, which features Artists and Benefactors.
 
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