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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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126. Board Game: Dschingis Khan: Bewegung an der Großen Mauer [Average Rating:5.17 Overall Rank:9852]
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Designer: Leo Colovini
Publisher: Winning Moves Germany

Hoo boy, has this game been slammed in the ratings! The Fairplay ranking ain't so hot either. I tend to adore Colovini titles and thought Dschingis Khan was fine. I played once with three players and suspect that Dschingis, as with all Colovini titles, plays best with only two. I suspect everyone tried this game with four players, which is the worst thing you can do with one of his games. Publishers should just sell his titles as two-player games and leave it at that.

Colovini's titles also tend to be opaque, meaning that the first time you play, you have no idea what you're doing and why; you simply do things and see what results from your action. Only as the game is ending do you understand what all the previous moves brought you to and how you could have played differently. Unfortunately most people won't give this game another chance...
 
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127. Board Game: Section X [Average Rating:5.03 Overall Rank:10097]
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Designer: Chislaine van den Bulk
Publisher: The Game Master

Not sure, but it might be earlier then Spiel.
 
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128. Board Game: Die Drachenbändiger von Zavandor [Average Rating:5.01 Overall Rank:9682]
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Seriously though, I had a friend going to Essen pick this up for me sight unseen and description unseen (Gasp!!). I figured that it must be their followup to Das Zepter von Zavendor. Boy, was I wrong...no similarity at all from what I can see.
 
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129. Board Game: Das große Hessenspiel [Average Rating:5.00 Unranked]
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Publisher: Kosmos

Trivia about the German state of Hesse.
 
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130. Board Game: Evolution [Average Rating:4.93 Unranked]
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Designer: Antoine Messiou
Publisher: Super-ape Games

Evolution game --> dinosaurs.
 
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131. Board Game: Don Peperoni [Average Rating:4.89 Overall Rank:9989]
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Designer: Volker Cullmann
Publisher: Pegasus Press

Lots of bluffing as players compete in a mayoral election and lay out the payola.
 
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132. Board Game: Typisch Frau, typisch Mann [Average Rating:4.78 Unranked]
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Designer: Reiner Knizia
Publisher: Kosmos

The big K is doing one of these "play on the supposed stereotypes of men and women" games? I've seen a couple of these, and they've all been sad.
 
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133. Board Game: SchreckLicht [Average Rating:4.76 Overall Rank:9798]
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Designer: Günter Burkhardt
Publisher: Kosmos

Mmmm, pumpkinny.
 
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134. Board Game: Mont Saint Michel [Average Rating:4.69 Overall Rank:10377]
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Designer: Johann Rüttinger & Kathi Kappler
Publisher: Drei Magier Spiele

Promised for Nürnberg, possibly on hand in Essen.
 
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135. Board Game: Krumble [Average Rating:4.67 Overall Rank:10565]
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Designer: Piero Cioni
Publisher: Tenki Games

You're Indiana Jones running from a giant boulder and other traps.
 
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136. Board Game: Mamma [Average Rating:4.55 Unranked]
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Designer: Mario Papini
Publishers: Zugames/Z-Man Games
 
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137. Board Game: Inferno [Average Rating:4.44 Unranked]
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Designer: Renato de Rosa
Publisher: Phalanx Games

Previously published by Venice Connection, Inferno invites players to trade in the souls some of history's worst characters.
 
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138. Board Game: Der Dativ ist dem Genitiv sein Tod [Average Rating:4.28 Overall Rank:10341]
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Designers: Stefan Stadler, Markus Reichert, & Barbara Schmidts
Publisher: Kosmos

I love the sound of this game, but my German is limited to ordering chocolate-banana crepes.
 
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139. Board Game: 10 [Average Rating:4.27 Overall Rank:10335]
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Designer: Hans van Tol
Publisher: The Game Master

A bluffing-based card game by the designer of De Ontembare Stad.
 
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140. Board Game: Dead Man's Dice [Average Rating:3.08 Unranked]
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Designer: Martin H. Samuel
Publisher: Games Above Board

Dice, pirates -- haven't we seen this before?
 
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141. Board Game: Mojo [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Designer: Martin H. Samuel
Publisher: Games Above Board

No connection to Austin Powers, sorry.
 
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