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Initial Impressions - Essen 2007 Releases
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I did a list like this last year, and it seemed popular, so I'm doing it again.

Many of us are getting our first look at the Essen games around this time of year. This list is a place to collect BGG users' first impressions of the new games. My goal is to help narrow the field for those looking for the "best new games" to try.

The Rules

Please only rate games you have played. Please rate them even if you've only played once. These are just initial impressions, not final verdicts. Additional comments are welcome, but not required.

+ means positive first impression
0 means neutral first impression
- means negative first impression

Please post a comment, thumbs will not be counted.

You may indicate ++ for games that you think are outstanding, but these votes will be counted the same as regular + votes.

I will regularly update the results with running totals - see item #1.

GeekMail me if you have suggested additions for the list. I need to add the items myself so that I can update the totals. I don't want the list to get too long, either, so I'm leaving off many of the more obscure titles. Games with very few "users wanting" won't be making an appearance.

Last year's list is here:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/17494
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1. Board Game: 1 2 3 Game [Average Rating:4.83 Unranked]
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THE HIT LIST

Here's a list of all games currently running at +5 or better net rating (the "plus" votes less the "minus" votes). The number in parenthesis is the percentage of all voters that have indicated a positive initial impression.

+40 (89%) Agricola
+35 (97%) 1960: The Making of the President
+29 (76%) Galaxy Trucker
+26 (75%) Race for the Galaxy
+21 (71%) Hamburgum
+19 (81%) In the Year of the Dragon
+16 (74%) Brass
+15 (62%) Amyitis
+14 (58%) League of Six
+12 (48%) Cuba
+11 (59%) Felix: The Cat in the Sack
+10 (100%) TZAAR
+9 (91%) Uptown
+9 (61%) Kingsburg
+8 (75%) Wabash Cannonball
+7 (100%) Tribune: Primus Inter Pares
+7 (67%) Key Harvest
+7 (56%) King of Siam
+6 (100%) Ubongo Extrem
+6 (75%) Affentennis
+6 (60%) Gipsy King
+6 (57%) Giganten der Luefte
+5 (42%) Oregon
 
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2. Board Game: 1960: The Making of the President [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:109]
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Current tally: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++0

Net score: +35

Percent positive: 97%
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3. Board Game: Affentennis [Average Rating:7.23 Overall Rank:2415]
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Current tally: ++++++00

Net score: +6

Percent positive: 75%
 
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4. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
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Current tally: +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++0000-

Net score: +40

Percent positive: 89%
 
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5. Board Game: Airships [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1199]
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Current tally: ++++++++0000--

Net score: +6

Percent positive: 57%
 
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6. Board Game: Amyitis [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:526]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++++++00000000---

Net score: +15

Percent positive: 62%
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7. Board Game: Animalia [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:2539]
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Current tally: +++00-

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 50%
 
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8. Board Game: Anno 1701: Das Brettspiel [Average Rating:6.75 Overall Rank:2466]
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Current tally: +

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 100%
 
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9. Board Game: Antler Island [Average Rating:6.19 Overall Rank:2859]
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Current tally: ++++00000000---

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 27%
 
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10. Board Game: Army of Frogs [Average Rating:6.02 Overall Rank:2867]
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Current tally: +++000-

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 43%
 
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11. Board Game: Battue: Storm of the Horse Lords [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:3330]
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Current tally: +00-

Net score: 0

Percent positive: 25%
 
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12. Board Game: Black Box + [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:2935]
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Current tally:

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 100%
 
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13. Board Game: Blockers! [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:942]
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Current tally: ++++++++++-

Net score: +9

Percent positive: 91%
 
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14. Board Game: Brass [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:15]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++++++++000----

Net score: +16

Percent positive: 74%
 
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15. Board Game: El Capitán [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:840]
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Appears to be a somewhat different game than the original Tycoon, so I'm listing it.

Current tally: ++000-

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 33%
 
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16. Board Game: Caveman [Average Rating:5.70 Overall Rank:7046]
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17. Board Game: Chang Cheng [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:2117]
 
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Current tally: ++++++++000000----

Net score: +4

Percent positive: 44%
 
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18. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:255]
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Current tally: +++++++++00-

Net score: +8

Percent positive: 75%
 
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19. Board Game: Chicago Poker [Average Rating:5.89 Overall Rank:4098]
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Current tally: ++0--

Net score: 0

Percent positive: 40%
 
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20. Board Game: The Circle [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:6434]
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Current tally: +000-

Net score: 0

Percent positive: 20%
 
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21. Board Game: Cold War: CIA vs KGB [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:783]
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Current tally: +++++--

Net score: +3

Percent positive: 71%
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22. Board Game: Container [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:416]
 
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Current tally: ++++++++000000----

Net score: +4

Percent positive: 44%
 
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23. Board Game: Cuba [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:264]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++++++0000000000000----

Net score: +12

Percent positive: 48%
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24. Board Game: Darjeeling [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1338]
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Current tally: ++++++++00000----

Net score: +4

Percent positive: 47%
 
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25. Board Game: Dust [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1395]
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Current tally: ++

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 100%
 
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