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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76. Board Game: Hatu Matu: Chief of Easter Island [Average Rating:6.36 Unranked]
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Designers: Aaron Lauster & Doug Eckhart
Publisher: StrataMax

The second Easter Island game this year, with a third coming in 2007.
 
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77. Board Game: Monochrom [Average Rating:6.38 Unranked]
Peer Sylvester
Germany
Berlin
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Designer: Peer Sylvester
Publisher: HiKu Spiele

Abstract 2-Player-game with nice components and short playing time
 
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78. Board Game: Santy Anno [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:2356]
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Netherlands
Rijen
Noord Brabant
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Designer: Alain Orban
Publisher: Repos Production

 
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79. Board Game: Esagek [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:7206]
Roberto Zaghis
Italy
Sesto San Giovanni
Milano
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Designer: Claudio Gelosa
Publisher: Self-published
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80. Board Game: Galactic Destiny [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:5291]
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Designers: Elegwen O'Maoileoin, Jonathan Mauro, Richard Pulis & Wayne Pulis
Publisher: Golden Laurel Entertainment

Presented only as a demo as the final product won't be ready until January 2007.
 
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81. Board Game: Tara, Seat of Kings [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:4290]
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Designer: Alan Paull
Publisher: Surprised Stare Games

Try to become the High King of Ireland through cardplay -- who knew it was that simple?
 
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82. Board Game: High Voltage [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:7774]
Mario Sacchi
Italy
SUNO
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Designer: Gianfranco Sartoretti
Publishers: Scribabs/Post Scriptum

The era of the old gas lamps is over: the city discovers electricity.
Four power companies are fighting hard for concessions…
HIGH VOLTAGE is a high-strategy game where tactics and interaction are your cutting edge.
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83. Board Game: Ramparts [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:3452]
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Designer: Rudi Hoffmann
Publishers: Cafe Games/Pro Ludo

Nominated for Spiel des Jahres in 1993, Spiel der Türme (called Ramparts in the English version) returns to print; maybe now someone will post something in this game's forum.
 
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84. Board Game: Expédition Altiplano [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:5711]
Ed Bryan
United States
Barbourville
Kentucky
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Designer: Christian Martinez
Publisher: Matagot

Two treasure hunters fight to uncover the remains of the Incan empire and exploit them. A game from 2006, but not necessarily debuting at Essen. Still, it's had almost no coverage and Khronos might overshadow everything else from Matagot, so I thought I'd share some love.
 
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85. Board Game: Claim It! [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:3989]
Tom Hilgert
Germany
Unspecified
Bavaria
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Designer: Kris Gould
Publisher: WATTSALPOAG, Inc.

Nice Can´t Stop variant.
 
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86. Board Game: Quietville [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:2228]
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Designer: Michael Schacht
Publisher: Amigo

Thinly themed, but it sounds similar to California in the balance between taking things you want and things you need.
 
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87. Board Game: Experiment [Average Rating:6.18 Overall Rank:4122]
Kristof Tersago
Belgium
Sint Truiden
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Designers: Tim De Rycke & Sander Vernyns
Publisher: SandTimer

Winner of the 'Games and toys award'.
Played the prototype and liked it a lot.
Check out my review for more info.
 
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88. Board Game: Salamanca [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:3647]
Gautier R
Belgium
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Designer: Stefan Dorra
Publisher: Zoch Verlag
 
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89. Board Game: Alhambra: The Dice Game [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:2363]
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Designer: Dirk Henn
Publisher: Queen

Um.
 
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90. Board Game: Fowl Play! [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:4443]
Richard Breese
United Kingdom
Stratford-upon-Avon
Warwickshire
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Designer: Richard Breese
Publisher: R&D Games

Fowl Play! is not a resource collecting game like Reef Encounter and the Key games, but a 'movement and capture' game in a 'Transamerica' sized box. Each round players choose to play one of their three 'fowl cards' to determine turn order and which of the fowl counters a player can move. Players may move up to three fowl counters a combined total of up to three spaces on the hex shaped board. Players choose whether to assist their own fox in capturing the fowl, or whether to save their secret target fowl and similar fowl from being caught by the other players’ foxes. Foxes then move up to two spaces in an attempt to capture one of the fowl. Moving the foxes through the fox holes will speed their progress and allow the foxes to creep up on the fowl unnoticed.

The game has the appearance of being fairly simple, with artwork as usual by Juliet Breese, however the tricky scoring provides a little of the brain ache often associated with games from R&D and makes it more of a gamer's game than a family game. There will be approximately 500 copies. The game can be reserved prior to Essen by contacting Richard at richard@qbreese.fsnet.co.uk

Further details and graphics will be added to the site shortly.
 
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91. Board Game: Gloria Mundi [Average Rating:6.13 Overall Rank:2335]
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Designers: James Ernest & Mike Selinker
Publishers: Rio Grande/Abacus

After a year's worth of promises, the game might finally appear this fall. Might.
 
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92. Board Game: Greentown [Average Rating:6.11 Overall Rank:5495]
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Netherlands
Rijen
Noord Brabant
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Designer: Günter Cornett & Michael Uhlemann
Publisher: Bambus

Tile-placement game in which you clear out the forests to build a town.
 
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93. Board Game: Oshi [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:3448]
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Publisher: WizKids

Another abstract following in the trail of Tsuro.
 
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94. Board Game: Tomahawk [Average Rating:6.10 Overall Rank:5783]
Nick Fisk
United Kingdom
Stoke on Trent
Staffordshire
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Appearing from new (to me at least) publisher Matagot

Designers: Bruno Faidutti & Bruno Cathala
 
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95. Board Game: Emira [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:3082]
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Designers: Paul van Hove & Liesbeth Vanzeir
Publisher: Phalanx/Mayfair

Appeared on many Nürnburg lists, but only now poking its face up in public.
 
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96. Board Game: Null & Nichtig [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:3766]
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Designer: Reiner Stockhausen
Publisher: Amigo

Love them trick-taking games! This sounds simple, yet not.
 
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97. Board Game: Lukas: oder wie man eine Schleife bindet [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Netherlands
Rijen
Noord Brabant
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Designer: Dirk Hanneforth
Publisher: Amigo Spiele
 
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98. Board Game: Kariba (including Kalak) [Average Rating:6.00 Unranked]
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Designer: Frank Stark
Publisher: Clemens Gerhards

Two games in one box

Kariba = curious Mancala variant where players get assigned a private set of stones and their own pit track. Under the right circumstances, players can steal stones from the opponent's cups. It also introduces stones with different values, and guards stones, that can perevent capture.

Kabal = a simple Marbles variant for younger players. A finger-flicking dexterity game that is played by rotating the bottom half of the jigsaw board to create a board set-up specifically for this game.
 
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99. Board Game: Relikt [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:3867]
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Designer: Rüdiger Dorn
Publisher: Amigo Spiele

A much simpler game from Herr Dorn than his recent wonders.
 
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100. Board Game: HysteriCoach [Average Rating:5.94 Overall Rank:4864]
Walter Obert
Italy
Piossasco-Turin
Unspecified
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Designer: Walter Obert
Publisher: Scribabs

Partygame about crazy coaches football matches.
Italian version, language independent
4-14 players
15-20 mn
 
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