Canonical "NEW games I played at Essen 2009" Geeklist
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is was the "pot".
Okay, the idea behind this
is was pretty simple. It didn`t work too well, though - see note below
We had the "Upcoming games" lists, the "Canonical Essen 2009" list, approximately 639 "My Essen wish/buy/try/bought/played/whatever-list"-lists.
Before everybody creates his own "My games played at Essen" list with about 6 or 8 items, so nobody can find easily news about his favourite game he "wants to know more about", here it is:
THE CANONICAL LIST FOR ALL GAME SESSIONS BGG-USERS PLAYED AT ESSEN 2009.
Or, at least, the ones submitted here.
Of course, this is supposed to be fun. So here it how I could imagine being this fun:
- Create an item AND PAY some (a tipp to this list) - pay as much as you want (1 per item would be perfect, but if you submit a lot, this would be quite expensive ...). If you don`t have any, don`t pay anything. Just as you think.
- Write down a SHORT first impression of the gameplay experience you had. No huge rules explanations, no complete summary of every turn and every move, but more about your feeling, the gameflow, your overall impression. If you already have a list or thread by your own, just PASTE AND COPY!
- If you have and are able to (connection-wise), add a photo. This would be great, but is not mandatory. (And, of course, good photos have to go here: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/47472)
Deadline is midnight 30th of October / 1st of November. This is for giving you the chance to add pictures or more sessions you were not able to type down in your netbook being WLAN connected on your hotel bed after playing all night, but now, at the airport, you have another ten minutes to get it done. And for people having a look at this and vote.
The final pot (all tipps + 68.25 from my account, so 127 ) were spread as following:
The 12 (ORIGINAL) items (excluding my own submissions) got their share from the loot according to their votes (127 altogether).
LET IT GROW.
NOTE: Policy changed: Thanks to all participants and recommenders! I added all GeekLinks I could find, so this is hopefully a real "canonical list" of gameplay sessions at Essen now - still growing. Enjoy and add more as a comment to the game entry. I only added "session reports" (short and longer ones), not if a game was only mentioned as "bought" or fun situations at the booths ...
Thanks for participating!
Board Game: Tobago
[Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:303]
Enjoyed it. Looks like a family friendly game, but you can think a little bit about your next action. I think the level of strategy can be compared to typical gateways like Ticket to Ride. I would not be surprised if this gets the Spiel des Jahres award.
The players search for treasure on an island. They can either move around with their Jeep to collect treasures which have been located or play hint cards.
The hint cards say on which terrain features the treasure can or cannot be found. For example, a card may say the treasure is in the biggest jungle or it is near a palm tree. If there is only one more hex where the treasure can be, players may dig it.
Everybody who helped discovering the treasure gets to draw one treasure card - one treasure card for each hint card you played, and one for digging the treasure out.
It is fun to play, the theme is family friendly and if you like to get into the theme, you can probably.
Edit: Here are some images, so you can get an impression. It looks beautiful. The stone statues are quite heavy, I liked them a lot.
by Lord Warlock:
Thursday afternoon my friends and I were searching for a free table, just to sit down and try a new game. We were at a state where it nearly didn't matter which game...
So after some searching at the Amigo stand (where you can normally always find a free table) we got a free table at "What's your game" and had a chance to try Vasco da Gama.
Short description: You have to help Vasco da Gama on his exploration tours. You can do this by sending out ships yourself. To do so, you have to buy plans, recruit a crew and a captain so that you finally can send the expedition on his way.
I won't go deeper in the mechanics and how points are distributed, but one thing did we find very clever: You have four actions and for every action you have to choose a number (which are represented in form of wood tokens) in which order the actions are solved. The clou is: It can be that the earlier numbers are expensive to play (because you have to pay for them). But at the moment you choose them, you can't be sure.
Very nice game. We had a second rround on friday (because one of my friends bought it) and also the second game of Vasco da Gama was fun to play!
I was fortunate enough to arrive at one of the tables where a game was about to start, and i could join in a party of 3. After some good explanations the flow of the game is clear: you get random goodies each of the 6 phases of one of the four turns, but you must try and collect 2 piety pices and 2 grain + some money to make it safe to a next round. If you fail to do so you lose points + there's some added penalty's. this game is pretty ruthless, so prepare yourself to lose points at one point or the other.
There lots of things you can collect in the game:
- money, which you need to pay taxes and build houses
- medecinal knowledge, to cute the sick when the black plague enters te building
- wood and stone, to help build houses and major buildings
- grain, to feed the poor
- piety, to make it safely to the next round
- wool and cloth, to sell at the market and get precious gold
- loyalty markers, wich can shield you from penalty's.
everyone also gets a set of 12 cards, of which they can choose 6 (one for each phase).
the clever thing is that whenever you lay down a card, you have to put one away, wich is eay at first but very stressful a the end of a round. do i try and score point. do I shield myself form penalty's?
There's LOADS of options, so finding the right balance is key. The game is highly strategic but plays very smoothly. a MUST buy for me when it comes out in English in November!!