An european Ameritrasher/Wargamer got to Essen 2008 - photo heavy!!
Manuel Pombeiro
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Like a fly to a light bulb I was also attracted to Essen this year, with the company of 3 hardcore Eurogamers.





Helio
Vasco
Tereso
and myself


But for all that is to be written about the Essen Spiel this is the image of this trip:

This Manga/Anime characters where a constant all around contributing to the surreal ambiance of the fair.
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26. Board Game: Mr. Jack [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:288]
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The stand for Mr.Jack was one of the best thematic on all the fair.

By this time (mid-afternoon) I just took a step back to register the crowds around me. And how was I mistaken when I labeled this of crowds.

We strolled around a bit more and back we went to the Hotel and dinner.
This was half the prize of the first day, the 4 of us carried back to our rooms.
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27. Board Game: Dominion [Average Rating:7.77 Overall Rank:30] [Average Rating:7.77 Unranked]
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Somewhere during the day I made another of my impulse buys. This game I was to pick it for a friend, and in that moment I decided to buy myself a copy also. Good I made that decision. In the Hotel we decided to give it a go and it was a huge blast with the four of us.
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28. Board Game: Heads of State [Average Rating:6.21 Overall Rank:2745]
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For Thursday my friends wanted to try this one, and I tagged along. Unfortunately this was a huge flop for the 4 of us. None liked it. From the badly photoshoped cards, to the bad colors used all around the game, and a gameplay that wasn't engaging, made it all in a game to avoid in the future.
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29. Board Game: Mecanisburgo [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2866]
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Next we tried the Gen X Games booth, and I was very impressed with this good looking game. Every time I was around this was in demo and a visitor was there learning the game.
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30. Board Game: 2 de Mayo [Average Rating:7.00 Overall Rank:693]
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On the same booth this was on display.
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31. Board Game: Silent War [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:1185]
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The rest of the day I strolled around, sometimes with the gang sometimes alone. The wargames stands where a big attraction to me.
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32. Board Game: Conflict of Heroes: Awakening the Bear! – Russia 1941-42 [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:206]
 
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The wargames stands where a big attraction for me.

And I bought this one!! Along it was the bonus Conflict of Heroes Expansion Pack: Map Board #6 – The Marsh.

Somewhere at mid-afternoon I tagged along with the Portuguese guys from Leiria.

And I think I was able to convince them to give a try at Dominion!! LOL
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33. Board Game: Ultimate [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:5885]
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Somewhere along the afternoon I got a good talk with Angelo Porazzi, the author of this game that I bought on the spot.
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34. Board Game: Warangel [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:2777]
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because I was looking for this game, that I'm still regretting to not have bought.
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35. Board Game: Fast Flowing Forest Fellers [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1283]
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After another night at the Hotel playing Dominion, Saturday was our last day at the Spiel.

And all the crowds from the past 2 days would diminish in size compared with what would be this day. we where not prepared for this sight.

We started the day by giving a try to this game. This is such a good getaway game that I folded on my SOP and I bought my own copy in german (totally language independent this one).
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36. Board Game: Wind River [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3522]
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If in the two previous days the fair had a lot of characters, this day would top it all.

The all gang made a bee line for this game and we all liked it. The only reason none of us bought it was because the space on the luggage was getting really sparse by this time.

The inner courtyard was full with LARPers of all kinds

And the crowds inside where getting bigger and bigger.
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37. Board Game: The World Cup Game [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1205]
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So what more games did I tried out?

This was one of them, where I convinced Helio to give it a try, where we played with the author himself, and another of my regrettable non-buy.
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38. Board Game: Rail/Road [Average Rating:4.88 Overall Rank:10510]
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I've also tried this one, and it is just bad!! yuk
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39. Board Game: COLORS [Average Rating:6.17 Overall Rank:7479]
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A little abstract game that just failed to make the cut with me, but I can see myself in getting a copy of it somewhere in the future.
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40. Board Game: Solairis [Average Rating:4.68 Unranked]
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Another game I tried with the author explaining it to me, that I also bought.
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41. Board Game: Ice Flow [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1454]
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Another under the radar games that I was looking after and bought it.
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42. Board Game: Hey, That's My Fish! [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:475]
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On the Mayfair booth I found the english Deluxe edition and it was mine for the take.
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43. Board Game: 1870 [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:757]
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also on the Mayfair booth this was at just 30€. A bargain price I couldn't pass on.
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44. Board Game: Turbo Taxi [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:2713]
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A little brain burner I was trying to find out for my kid, that surfaced on a second hand booth.
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45. Board Game: Abalone [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1149]
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Also at the second hand booths, I bought a good condition copy of this one.
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46. Board Game: Miscellaneous Game Accessory [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:2622]
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And I was also able to track down and buy, one of my most sought after items: poker chips with case!!

Not to mention the other 10+ games bought from everywhere, and in the bargain shops, card protectors, dice, etc etc!!
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47. Board Game: Salla 1941: A Fight to the Finnish [Average Rating:5.63 Unranked]
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And the end came. Saturday night we had a good time with people at the Hotel. And Sunday morning we took the car (I can't explain the puzzle it was to put all the 4 of us inside the car with all the baggages we had!!), and back to the airport for the flight back to Lisbon.
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48. Board Game: Fast Flowing Forest Fellers [Average Rating:6.55 Overall Rank:1283]
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Not without having a final session of this in German lands, inside the airport while we where waiting for departure.

Would I do it again??

YES!!

I'll be back!!

For a look at more photos take a look at my Smugmug gallery here.
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And a different perspective of the all trip by Helio in this geeklist.
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50. Thing: N/A
Manuel Pombeiro
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And yes this is my selected picture of the Essen Spiel 2008

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