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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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26. Board Game: Carcassonne: Die Katharer [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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Designer: (Uncredited)
Publisher: Spielbox
 
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27. Board Game: Russian Rails [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1872]
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Designer: Jodi Soares
Publisher: Mayfair Games
 
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28. Board Game: Razzia! [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:818]
Kristian Amundsen Østby
Norway
Langhus
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The card version of Knizia's RA - now with a mafia theme.
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29. Board Game: Fairy Tale [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:521]
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Designer: Satoshi Nakamura
Publisher: Yuhodo inc
 
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30. Board Game: Attribut 2 [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.80 Unranked]
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Designer: Marcel-André Casasola Merkle & Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Lookout Games
 
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31. Board Game: Flaschengeist [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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Designer: Michelle Schanen
Publisher: Drei Magier Spiele
 
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32. Board Game: Oltre Mare [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:822]
Emanuele Ornella
France
Dijon
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Designer: Emanuele Ornella
Publisher: Mind the Move
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33. Board Game: City and Guilds [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:3005]
Richard Huzzey
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From JKLM Games / Steve Kingsbury
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34. Board Game: PeaceBowl [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:5238]
Walter Obert
Italy
Piossasco-Turin
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Peacebowl by Angelo Porazzi

For more info: http://sunsite.informatik.rwth-aachen.de/cgi-bin/luding/Game...
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35. Board Game: Dicke Dämonen [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:4390]
Heinrich Glumpler
Germany
Koeln
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Designer: Heinrich Glumpler
Publisher: Edition Erlkönig (Heinrich Glumpler & Mario Truant Verlag)

An online game is available showing the solitaire version of the game - see game entry for details.
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36. Board Game: Around the World in 80 Days [Average Rating:6.57 Overall Rank:997]
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Michael Rieneck/Kosmos
 
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37. Board Game: Niagara [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:843]
Frank Burbach
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Designer: Thomas Liesching
Publisher: Zoch Verlag, Rio Grande Games
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38. Board Game: Picco Gusto [Average Rating:6.56 Unranked]
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Designer: Gattermeyer
Publisher: Selecta Spielzeug
 
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39. Board Game: Neuland [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1346]
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Designer: Thomas Stapelfeldt
Publisher: Eggert-Spiele
 
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40. Board Game: Bohnanza: Amigo Bohnentaler [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
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Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: AMIGO Spiel
 
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41. Board Game: Tanz der Hornochsen! [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1883]
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Designer: Wolfgang Kramer
Publisher: AMIGO Spiel
 
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42. Board Game: Master Thieves [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:1850]
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Designer: Frank Czarnetzki
Publisher: Zoch Verlag
Rio Grande Games
 
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43. Board Game: Akaba [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:3069]
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Designer: Guido Hoffmann
Publisher: HABA - Habermaaß GmbH
 
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44. Board Game: Railroad Dice: Germany [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Designer: Jens Kappe
Publisher: Wassertal Spieleverlag
 
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45. Board Game: Victory & Honor [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:2928]
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Designer: Ty Douds
Publisher: Jolly Roger Games
 
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46. Board Game: Goldbräu [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:1528]
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By Franz-Benno Delonge/Zoch Verlag
 
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47. Board Game: Outfox [Average Rating:6.42 Unranked]
Gianni Cottogni
Italy
Torino
Piedmont
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Publisher: Pin International
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48. Board Game: Sole Mio! [Average Rating:6.33 Overall Rank:2266] [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
Publisher: Abacus
 
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49. Board Game: Baubylon [Average Rating:6.31 Unranked]
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Designer: Reinhold Wittig
Publisher: Fagus, Clemens Gerhards
 
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50. Board Game: Vulkan! [Average Rating:6.29 Overall Rank:7203]
Heinrich Glumpler
Germany
Koeln
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This game does not come in a box - it uses the material of Feurio! (see there)
It's for up to four players (including solitaire play) and offers a cooperative variant too.
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