Essen 2004 Canonical List
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November 5

Just as important as the Essen time, or even more so, is now. Only now that people have time to play and get to know the games in detail will we discover which are the hits and which are not. This is especially true this year as the number of games and publishers was much larger than ever before. What hidden gems are out there still waiting to be discovered?

As people rate games the order of games in this list will change and we will be able to see what rises to the top.

Please feel free to add any missing Essen games to the list.
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1. Board Game: 1860: Railways on the Isle of Wight [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:909]
Mike Hutton
United Kingdom
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Designer: Mike Hutton
Publisher: JKLM Games
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2. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #3: Scandinavia and Korea [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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Designer: Martin Wallace
Publisher: Warfrog
 
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3. Board Game: Eishockey: Die Simulation [Average Rating:7.84 Unranked]
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Designer: Juergen Scheiven
Publisher: Greyhound Games
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4. Board Game: Antiquity [Average Rating:7.84 Overall Rank:150]
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By Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga/Splotter Spellen
 
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5. Board Game: Black Elephant [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:4190]
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Designer: Frank Czarnetzki
Publisher: LudoArt
 
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6. Board Game: Warangel [Average Rating:7.68 Overall Rank:2777]
Walter Obert
Italy
Piossasco-Turin
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Warangel by Angelo Porazzi

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7. Board Game: Friedrich [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:277]
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8. Board Game: Struggle of Empires [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:190]
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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9. Board Game: Bazar der edlen Steine [Average Rating:7.50 Unranked]
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By Stefan Dorra/LudoArt
 
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10. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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By John Bohrer/Winsome Games
 
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11. Board Game: Revolution: The Dutch Revolt 1568-1648 [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:762]
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
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Publisher: Phalanx Games

Supposed to have been released last Essen, but they promise it will be here for this Essen...
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12. Board Game: Carcassonne: The City [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:356]
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By Klaus-Jürgen Wrede/Hans im Glück
 
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13. Board Game: Reef Encounter [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:318]
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By Richard Breese/R&D Games
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14. Board Game: Jenseits von Theben [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:1255]
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Designer: Peter Prinz
Publisher: Prinz Spiele
 
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15. Board Game: The Downfall of Pompeii [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:332]
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By Klaus-Jürgen Wrede/AMIGO Spiel
 
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16. Board Game: Alhambra: The City Gates [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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By Wolfgang Panning & Dirk Henn/Queen
 
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17. Board Game: Wie ich die Welt sehe... [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:2557]
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Designer: Urs Hostettler
Publisher: Abacus
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18. Board Game: Jambo [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:334] [Average Rating:7.10 Unranked]
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Ruediger Dorn/Kosmos
 
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19. Board Game: The Scepter of Zavandor [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:532]
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Designer: Jens Drögemüller
Publisher: Lookout Games
 
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20. Board Game: 7 Ages [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1013]
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Designer: Harry Rowland
Publisher: Australian Design Group
 
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21. Board Game: Citadels: The Dark City [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
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Designer: Bruno Faidutti
Publisher: Hans im Glück
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22. Board Game: No Thanks! [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:337]
Frank Burbach
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Asheville
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Designer: Thorsten Gimmler
Publisher: AMIGO Spiel
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23. Board Game: Sackwas [Average Rating:7.00 Unranked]
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Designer: Hartmut Witt & Matthias Froese
Publisher: Wittspiel
 
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24. Board Game: In the Shadow of the Emperor [Average Rating:6.98 Overall Rank:540]
Frank Burbach
United States
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Publisher: Hans im Glück, Rio Grande Games


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25. Board Game: Ys [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:593]
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Designer: Cyril Demaegd
Publisher: Ystari Games
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