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My Essen 2008 watch list
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Less than two months to go.

These are some of the games I'll check out when in Essen. Please feel free to leave a comment if there are any glaring omissions.
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1. Board Game Publisher: Counter Magazine
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While not a game, it is time (as has become the tradition at Essen for me) to renew my Counter subscription.
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2. Board Game: Le Havre [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:13]
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After the Agricola hit of last year, checking this one out is mandatory.

Edit: Le Havre is now available for pre-order, more info about pre-ordering here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/2635849#2635849

And a preview is available at BGN here: http://www.boardgamenews.com/index.php/boardgamenews/comment...
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3. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.78 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.78 Unranked]
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I've fallen for the hype and the rules look good, so I am most probably getting this one.
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4. Board Game: Agricola [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:6]
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Going to pick up a set of English cards for my copy of Agricola.

Edit: To get English cards for your German copy of Agricola, I believe you have to reserve these with Hanno at Lookout (at least I did). The Kleingärtner card has to be brought along to be able to get the cards.
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5. Board Game: Agricola: Through the Seasons [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.16 Unranked]
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Hmm, no database entry for the Agricola expansion? Anyway, this refers to the postcard expansion.

Edit: Now available in database.
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6. Board Game: Planet Steam [Average Rating:7.37 Overall Rank:399]
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Looks like an interesting M.U.L.E. inspired game, so needs checking out.

Edit: According to the preview at cliquenabend.de, this will only be available in a limited edition of 999 copies, but it doesn't say anything about preorders. There is a video of the prototype showing a gigantic box, hopefully the final version is a bit smaller.
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7. Board Game: After the Flood [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:1102]
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I have enjoyed the recent Brass and Tinners' Trail by Martin Wallace, so this goes on the watch list.

Edit: I read somewhere recently that Martin will bring the last copies of Tinners' Trail to Essen, so presumably this and Steel Driver will also be available. According to the Warfrog web site Martin doesn't take Essen preorders, as it is 'too difficult to organise'.
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8. Board Game: Steel Driver [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:602]
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Another new Wallace to check out.

Edit: Should be available for Essen, but not possible to preorder.
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9. Board Game: Chicago Express [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:255]
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If the Queen reprint is available I'll probably get this.
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10. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: The Gathering Storm [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.10 Unranked]
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RftG is getting quite a lot table time, so this is a must have.
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11. Board Game: The Princes of Machu Picchu [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:734]
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I haven't played a bad game by Herr Gerdts so far, and having read the preview on BGN makes this an automatic buy.

Edit: An image of the cover has been uploaded, so I changed the picture.
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12. Board Game: Power Grid: China/Korea [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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I've already got PG Korea/China, but maybe 2F will publish something else?
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13. Board Game: Robot Master [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:3517]
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New Knizia that sounds interesting, to be checked out further.
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14. Board Game: Byzanz [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:1676]
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Amigo card game by Ornella, will check out.
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15. Board Game: Friday the 13th [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1092]
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I never did get Poison as I thought the box was far too big for a card game (please don't mention RftG ). Supposedly this will be available as Baker's Dozen by Amigo.
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16. Board Game: Tenakee [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:8526]
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Another Amigo card game to check out.
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17. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Special 2008 Spiel Limited Edition – Essen Spiel & Secret Blueprints of Steam Plan #3 [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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The Essen AoS variant sounds interesting, but I probably won't buy a full set of maps just to get it.

Edit: Only available as part of the Essen set. At $80 I'll probably pass, but for anyone else it can be preordered at http://games.bezier.com/direct.html.
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18. Board Game: Roll Through the Ages: The Bronze Age [Average Rating:6.96 Overall Rank:390]
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Definite try-before-buy, especially as it is supposedly fairly expensive for what you get.
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19. Board Game: Constantinopolis [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:876]
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Sounds interesting, but not sure if it would really get played.

Edit: According to the thread at http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/333823, this might not be available until next year.
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20. Board Game: Omega Centauri [Average Rating:7.30 Overall Rank:3004]
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I've been doing some play testing, will be interesting to see the final result.
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21. Board Game: Miscellaneous Card Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked]
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I'll see if I can find some card sleeves that fits my copy of TtA.
 
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22. Board Game: Looting London [Average Rating:5.84 Overall Rank:4298]
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Another Knizia that sounds fairly interesting.
 
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23. Board Game: Rise of Empires [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:530]
 
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Now made by Martin Wallace, but perhaps not available.
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24. Board Game: Cavum [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:1096]
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Kramer and Kiesling, to be checked out.
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25. Board Game: Monastery [Average Rating:6.32 Overall Rank:3012]
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Canal Mania was good, so will check out the new Ragnar Brothers game.

Edit: My FLGS had five copies in stock yesterday, so should be available.
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