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Initial Impressions - Essen 2009 Releases
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Now that Essen and BGG.CON are over: The Initial Impressions - Essen 2009 Releases GeekList!

Over the last 3 years Joshua Miller did these, and I was hoping to see another one. But as Joshua doesn't have the time right now, I'll try to keep it up this year. No changes from last year - it's great as it is, I think. Here's the copy&paste from last year:

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It's the time of year to start tracking our collective hit list from Essen 2009. This list is a place to collect BGG users' first impressions of the new games. My goal is to help narrow the field for those looking for the "best new games" to try.

I've done these lists for three years running now. Here are the links to the lists from years past:

Essen 2006
Essen 2007
Essen 2008

The Rules

Please only rate games you have played. Please rate them even if you've only played once. These are just initial impressions, not final verdicts. Additional comments are welcome, but not required.

+ means positive first impression
0 means neutral first impression
- means negative first impression


Please post a comment, thumbs will not be counted.

You may indicate ++ for games that you think are outstanding, but these votes will be counted the same as regular + votes.

I will regularly update the results with running totals - see item #1.

GeekMail me if you have suggested additions for the list. I need to add the items myself so that I can edit the entries and update the totals. I don't want the list to get too long, either, so I'm leaving off many of the more obscure titles. Games with very few "users wanting" won't be making an appearance.


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51. Board Game: Luna Llena: Full Moon [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3457]
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Current tally: +

Net score: +1

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52. Board Game: Macao [Average Rating:7.46 Overall Rank:155]
 
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Current tally: +++++++++0000-

Net score: +8

Percent positive: 64%
 
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53. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:7.99 Overall Rank:157]
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Current tally: ++++++

Net score: +6

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54. Board Game: Martinique [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:1983]
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Current tally: 00-

Net score: -1

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55. Board Game: Miss Poutine [Average Rating:6.22 Overall Rank:5416]
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Current tally: +-

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56. Board Game: Mr. Jack in New York [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:376]
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Current tally: +++++++++++0

Net score: +11

Percent positive: 92%
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57. Board Game: Neuroshima Hex! Duel [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.74 Unranked]
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58. Board Game: Nostra City [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2870]
 
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Current tally: ++

Net score: +2

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59. Board Game: Opera [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:1482]
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Current tally: +++++++0000---

Net score: +4

Percent positive: 50%
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60. Board Game: Pandemic: On the Brink [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.13 Unranked]
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Current tally: ++++++++++++0

Net score: +12

Percent positive: 92%
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61. Board Game: Peloponnes [Average Rating:7.21 Overall Rank:453]
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Current tally: ++++++++++ ++++++++++ ++++++++++ 00000 --------

Net score: +22

Percent positive: 70%
 
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62. Board Game: Pony Express [Average Rating:6.53 Overall Rank:1886]
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Current tally: 0000000---

Net score: -3

Percent positive: 0%
 
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63. Board Game: Power Grid: Brazil/Spain & Portugal [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.90 Unranked]
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Current tally: +++++++0

Net score: +7

Percent positive: 88%
 
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64. Board Game: Power Grid: Factory Manager [Average Rating:6.94 Overall Rank:462]
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Current tally: ++++++++++ ++++++++++ ++++++++++ +++++++ 0000000000 0 ---------

Net score: +28

Percent positive: 65%
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65. Board Game: Power Struggle [Average Rating:7.10 Overall Rank:553]
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Current tally: ++++++++++ +++++++ 000000 -

Net score: +16

Percent positive: 67%
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66. Board Game: Priests of Ra [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1086]
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Current tally: +++00

Net score: +3

Percent positive: 60%
 
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67. Board Game: PsychoPet: The Nutty Pet Clinic [Average Rating:5.58 Overall Rank:8597]
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Current tally: --

Net score: -2

Percent positive: 0%
 
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68. Board Game: Rise of Empires [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:534]
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Current tally: ++++0-

Net score: +3

Percent positive: 67%
 
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69. Board Game: Samurai: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:2981]
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Current tally: ++00-

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 40%
 
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70. Board Game: Savannah Tails [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:2546]
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Current tally: ++0000000---

Net score: -1

Percent positive: 17%
 
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71. Board Game: Schinderhannes [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:3520]
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Current tally: ++

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 100%
 
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72. Board Game: Shipyard [Average Rating:7.35 Overall Rank:329]
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Current tally: ++++++++++ ++++++++++ 000 ---

Net score: +17

Percent positive: 77%
 
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73. Board Game: Skyline 3000 [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:2441]
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Current tally: +

Net score: +1

Percent positive: 100%
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74. Board Game: Small World [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:106] [Average Rating:7.42 Unranked]
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Current tally: ++0

Net score: +2

Percent positive: 67%
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75. Board Game: Steam Barons [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Current tally: +-

Net score: 0

Percent positive: 50%
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