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This is my own list of games that i'm considering to buy at Essen.
It's a big list and the budget is limited, so i first tried to gather the most info about them, so i can prioritize them, which i did from 1 (very unlikely to buy at Essen) to 5 (will buy for sure at Essen). So, 1 star rated games don't mean they suck, i simply have other priorities for buying at the fair.

I will be updating the list regularly with new info that i discover, and along with it possibly changing the game's want factor, so stay tuned!

[want Essen games but can't go there? maybe i can help!]
Also, since i will be 5 days in Essen, i will have some time that i can use to help some Geeks from around the world to get the Essen games or goodies/freebies.
If don't have trust issues, since you would have to send money in advance, just geekmail me about it (please don't use this list for that purpose) and tell me what you want and how do you propose to do it (sending the money, shipping, etc). Of course if you can offer some kind of compensation for my time and trouble, the better. If i get too many requests, i will choose the ones with the best offers.

[games auction for delivery at Essen fair = no shipping costs!]
As a sidenote, I'm hosting a games auction for delivery at Essen spiel fair. Take a look, you'll find lots of games and interesting prices.
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/58677/worldwide-auctio...

On to the list!
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1. Board Game: Vinhos [Average Rating:7.57 Overall Rank:192]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Vital Lacerda
What's Your Game?
2−4 Players
120 minutes
Want factor: a must have! for all the right reasons!

Description:
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Vinhos (Portuguese word for wines) is a trading and economic game about wine making.
Despite its small size, Portugal is one of the world’s leading wine producers. Why not get to know the country around a table?

Over six years of harvests, cultivate your vines, choose the best varieties, hire the best oenologists, take part in trade fairs and show your opponents you are the best winemaker in the game.
The players, winemakers in Portugal, will develop their vineyards and produce wine to achieve maximum profit.
The object of the game is to produce quality wines that can be exchanged for money or victory points.
The best wines are then sent to a wine fair in order to achieve fame and win awards.

Awake your senses and have fun making and selling your own wine.


My own comments from playtesting the game:
This is a great economic game, that has both interesting theme and mechanics. It's not for the faint of heart: although the rules are not difficult to learn, you will have lots of options and strategies to consider. Money is very tight so you have to spend it well, there's several situations where you will think "i just needed 1 more coin!".
The game has evolved in the right way and it's very well distilled from the ideas that gave birth to the project. I will post here more comments about it later on.

Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/42052/vinhos

More info: in the following link you will find a good article with photos, although the final game will have some new options, mechanics and art, than what you will find it here: http://www.gamepack.nl/gamepack/N2010-whatsyourgame.html

Price: 39,95 eur
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2. Board Game: Sid Meier's Civilization: The Board Game [Average Rating:7.58 Overall Rank:89]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Kevin Wilson
Fantasy Flight Games, Edge Entertainment
2-4 players
180 minutes
Want factor: i wasn't big of a fan of Civ games in the PC, neither for the board game because of it's long playing time. So i don't exactly know why, but i really want this game, i think it will feel like a classic epic in the right amount of playing time.

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Forge an empire to stand the test of time using innovative game mechanics with multiple paths to victory.
Will you lead the greatest army in the world to conquer your foes? Or will you be the first to journey to the stars, becoming the most technologically advanced civilization known to man? The choice is yours.

This game is inspired by the legendary video game series created by Sid Meier. Players are tasked with guiding an entire civilization throughout the ages, taking ownership of your people’s technology, economy, culture, and military, as well as all the choices that go along with them. There are four different paths to victory, and each is riddled with opposition.

Players take on the roles of famous leaders in charge of historical civilizations, each with their own abilities. Players will be able to explore a module game board, build cities and buildings, fight battles, research powerful technology, and attract great people by advancing their culture. No matter what your play style is, there is a civilization for you!

Players start off with a single city, one army figure, and one scout, and from these meager origins you must forge through the ages and become the greatest civilization in the world.

The strategy and tactical decisions involved in Civilization: The Board Game will appeal to strategy gamers and war gamers alike, and the ability to win through culture and technological advancement will give those who only wish to focus on their own empire a chance at victory as well.


Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/77130/sid-meiers-c...

Videos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/2757

Reviews:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/558099/first-impressions
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/551757/notes-on-gencon-d...

More info:
http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_minisite_sec.asp?eidm...
http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=1569
http://www.fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=1609

Prices: 52,20 eur MilanSpiele, 54,99 eur SpieleOffensive

Comments:
"I watched my friends play this on Saturday, then played it myself on Sunday. A bit of a learning curve, but once you are over the hump it really moves well and makes sense. 2-3 hours is what they are saying, but I am thinking more like 3-4. Looks longer than projected."

"I demo'd this game, which had typical high quality FFG production values. It basically seemed like a paper duplicate of Civilization: Revolutions, which means that it's got most of the Civ experience wrapped up in what I would estimate to be a three hour package for four players.
For me, the most notable innovation was how the tech tree was handled in the game. Basically, if you build two level 1 techs, you can build a single level 2 tech, and so on up, forming something of a pyramid. Being the first to build a level 5 tech wins you the game (basically meaning the first one to have 2 level 4 techs then build one on top of those two). This will be the new standard in how these are done, I think."
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3. Board Game: Key Market [Average Rating:7.45 Overall Rank:893]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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David Brain
R&D Games
2-4 players
90 minutes
Want factor: i'm a fan of last 2 Key games, and being a limited 1000 copies edition, makes this a must have, so i already pre-ordered. This game has similar complexity to Reef Encounter, and i enjoy good complex games, which are rare to see these days.

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Key Market is the sixth game in the Key series of stand-alone games published by R&D Games set in the medieval lands of Keydom, with components in both English and German.

The game is designed by David Brain, who was a playtester on some of the earlier Key games. The game is the first game published by R&D Games that has not been designed by Richard Breese. Richard this time takes on the role of developer and the game consequently has the same look and feel as the previous Key games, with artwork again by Juliet Breese plus its own set of ani-/vegi-/arti-meeples.

Each player controls an extended family of workers. Over the course of two years, players will organise their workers in an attempt to turn their initial scanty resources into a thriving economic system.

After an initial set up phase, the game is played over eight seasons. Each season has three distinct phases, during which players may take a variety of actions. The topography, weather and seasons will influence the ability of workers to produce crops and livestock in the fields and luxuries in the villages. In addition resources and luxuries may be bought and sold in the market, or gold and favours sought and acquired. Other workers may be sponsored to join the powerful guilds, where they will acquire skills as they gain promotion to become craftsmen or even the guild master.

Turn order throughout the game is determined by the player’s position on the season track, which changes at the end of each season. At the end of the game the player who has acquired the most gold will win the game.

David Brain’s designer notes on the box sides conclude by stating that ‘Key Market is a reasonably intricate game. Some of the strategies that can be employed (particularly the effective use of the market) are not immediately apparent, and some of the Guild combinations do not look so devastating at first glance. But for those looking for a challenging medieval resource management/economic engine game, here you are.’

The game is for two to four players, with a game time of approximately 30 minutes plus 30 minutes per player.

Key Market is a limited edition of 1,000 copies and is being released at the Essen Spiel in October 2010. Reservations can be made by contacting Richard Breese at richard@qbreese.fsnet.co.uk


Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/78733/key-market

Rules:
EN - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/58643/key-market-engli...
DE - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/58642/key-market-germa...

More info:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/57527

Price: 39 eur pre-order (limited to 1000 copies)
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4. Board Game: GOSU [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:916]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Kim Satô
Moonster Games
2 − 4 Players
45 minutes
Want factor: i really enjoyed the rules and the photos, and the price is nice, so no reason for not buying it. The French 1st edition has sold out in 1 week!

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In a fantasy world dominated by goblins, when the bloodmoon rises in the sky, a new war begins, and new warlords raise their armies.

GOSU is a hybrid of Race for the Galaxy and Magic: The Gathering. Each player raises an army of goblins made up of soldiers, heroes, magicians, and other classes.

Each turn, a player can play a new goblin, activate a goblin, draw cards or pass. When all players have passed, the player with the most powerful army wins the battle. The first player to win 3 battles wins the game.


Rules:
EN: http://bit.ly/GosuUS
FR: http://bit.ly/GosuFR

Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/66587/gosu

Videos:
http://trictrac.tv/?video=158
http://trictrac.tv/?video=159

More info:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/549227/gosu-the-next-big...
http://www.faidutti.com/index.php?Module=ludotheque&id=688

Price: 19,99 eur Philibert
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5. Board Game: Merchants of the Middle Ages [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:954]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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new edition of Die Händler

Wolfgang Kramer, Richard Ulrich
Filosofia / Rio Grande Games / Eggertspiele
2-4 players
120 minutes
Want factor: i wanted this game for so many time but it was so OOP! New graphics and components, lower price? Yes please!

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A Medieval game of trade and commerce, Die Händler is set in Europe, where trade wagons carry wares between six cities on the board. Essentially, players buy goods, load them onto wagons and send them for maximum profit in other cities.

The whole game looks very inviting. The medieval cities depicted on the board, together with the player crests, cardboard coins, money pouches, sticker decorated wagons and wooden commodity pieces, immediately creates the right atmosphere for the players.

There are six cities - Paris, Cologne, Brugge, Gent, Vienna and Genoa - which are interconnected by roads. Three wagons carry goods from one city to another. No-one owns the wagons or controls any of them single-handedly, and in principle a player can put commodities on any transport. There are six different commodities - salt, iron, wine, silk, cloth and food - all of limited supply.

The goal of the game is to make money by delivering goods to the towns, and use the money to buy increases in status. The game ends after a certain number of deliveries have been made and the winner is the player with the highest level of status.


Rules of the new edition:
EN - http://www.zmangames.com/boardgames/files/merchants_middleag...
DE - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/58693/die-handler-deut...

Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/80991/merchants-of...

Reviews of original edition:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/240078/die-handler-a-gam...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/36281/user-review

More info:http://www.filosofiagames.com/jeux/marchands-du-moyen-age.ph...

Prices:
28,70 MilanSpiele
31,99 Spiele-Offensive
34,90 Ludibay
35,90 Philibert
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6. Board Game: Fabula [Average Rating:5.98 Overall Rank:4380]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Jean-Louis Roubira/Régis Bonnessée
Asmodée/Libellud
3−6 Players
30 minutes
Want factor: i'm fond of Dixit and i really find this game concept interesting, it should have unique gameplay. Like Tales of Arabian Nights, you have to play it for the fun and not for the victory.

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Fabula (previously known as Grimm) is a story-telling game where players must fill in parts of a story. One of them is the teller, who read (or imagine) the beginning of a short tale — his/her current dream. Each other player incarnate a hero (a gnome, a princess, a little boy, etc.) who tries to be the main character of the teller's dream. 3 times during the game, the teller asks the other players how they think things happened at that time of the story. They must choose a item depicted on on of the cards laying at the center of the table, and use it to continue the story. Depending on how convincing they are to the teller, they get points or not ; if they do, next players must continue using this plot. If they don't, the item they used must never be spoken about by anyone for the rest of the game.


Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/68227/fabula

Rules:
(English / French / Spanish / German / Italian) - http://www.libellud.com/images/stories/fabula/Fabula_Rules_F...

Price: 26,90 at Philibert/Ludibay
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7. Board Game: The Resistance [Average Rating:7.52 Overall Rank:85]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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Don Eskridge
Indie Boards and Cards
5-10 players
30 minutes
Want factor: Werewolf without player elimination? And even more amusing? Is this possible? I sure hope so!

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The Empire must fall. Our mission must succeed. By destroying their key bases, we will shatter Imperial strength and liberate our people. Yet spies have infiltrated our ranks, ready for sabotage. We must unmask them. In five nights we reshape destiny or die trying. We are the Resistance!
The Resistance is a party game of social deduction. It is designed for five to ten players, lasts about 30 minutes, and has no player elimination. The Resistance is inspired by Mafia/Werewolf, yet it is unique in its core mechanics which increase the resources for informed decisions, intensify player interaction, and eliminate player elimination.


Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/41114/the-resistan...

Video:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/883

Reviews:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/553110/the-resistance-pe...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/547974/the-game-bang-sho...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/547886/writeup-of-playte...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/525632/resistance-is-not...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/479207/review-in-search-...
http://playthisthing.com/resistance

Price: 16 eur pre-order - http://www.indieboardsandcards.com/Essen.php
At Essen fair they will be at Halle 12 booth 1276, with Bambus Spieleverlag.

Comments:
"LOVED this. Played it from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. with Jeremiah, Pete, Mike, and their families. The time just flew by. Even the kids played too. A great time."

"I'm not a werewolf fan. Heck, I'm not a Bang fan or a Shadow Hunters fan either really. And werewolf style games are dang rough with strangers.DESPITE all of that, I had a great time with the Resistance. We played two games back to back and had solid times. Accusations flew, and there was just enough information to base those accusations on. And both games came down to the final mission. Very solid piece of work."
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8. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:72]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Hansa Teutonica expansion
Andreas Steding
Argentum Verlag
3-5 players
Want factor: I love Hansa Teutonica so this is an insta-buy.

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This expansion will include a new board to play instead of the original one and and a small expansion for the original game.


Preview: http://www.spielama.de/?p=1987
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9. Board Game: Maria [Average Rating:8.00 Overall Rank:156]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Schlesien-Gambit (Maria expansion)
Richard Sivél
3 players
Want factor: come on, an expansion for Maria for 0,10 cents?! what's to think for?

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The expansion will contain a A4 page with rules and an additional scenario. The players need the material of Maria to play the expansion.


Price: 0,10 eur at Essen.
Available to download for free at the Histogame homepage after the SPIEL 10.
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10. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:19]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Antoine Bauza
Asmodée/Repos Production
3−7 Players
30 minutes
Want factor: a must buy, see my comment below for more thoughts about it!

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7 Wonders lasts three ages. In each age, players receive seven cards from a particular deck, choose one of those cards, then pass the remainder to an adjacent player, as in Fairy Tale or a Magic: the Gathering booster draft. Players reveal their cards simultaneously, paying resources if needed or collecting resources or interacting with other players in various ways. (Players have individual boards with special powers on which to organize their cards, and the boards are double-sided as in Bauza's Ghost Stories.) Each player then chooses another card from the deck they were passed, and the process repeats until players have six cards in play from that age. After three ages, the game ends.

In essence 7 Wonders is a card development game along the lines of Race for the Galaxy or Dominion. Some cards have immediate effects, while others provide bonuses or upgrades later in the game. Some cards provide discounts on future purchases. Some provide military strength to overpower your neighbors and others give nothing but victory points. Unlike Magic or Fairy Tale, however, each card is played immediately after being drafted, so you'll know which cards your neighbor is receiving and how his choices might affect what you've already built up. Cards are passed left-right-left over the three ages, so you need to keep an eye on the neighbors in both directions.


Rules: English/Spanish/Swedish/Finnish/Polish - http://www.rprod.be/en/7W-rules.html

Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/68448/7-wonders

Reviews:
http://www.boardgamenews.com/gamereview/7-wonders-%E2%80%93-...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/552248/7-wonders-at-gen-...

More info:
http://www.rprod.com/fr/7WONDERS.html
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/4949715#4949715
http://www.boardgamenews.com/games/7-wonders

Asmodee will release a special limited version (777 copies) of the game at the fair in Essen. This limited version will have a special goodie included, the Mannenkin Pis as 8th wonder. And there also will be a limited number of t-shirts that have to be preordered.
The order for the 777 Essen limited edition will be opened on the 15th september at midnight.

The author will also host some sessions where he is signing a limited number of graphical studies of the game. And he also will sign copies of the game with a personal inscription.
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11. Board Game: Inca Empire [Average Rating:7.14 Overall Rank:668]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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New edition of Tahuantinsuyu

Alan D. Ernstein
Goblin Games
3-4 players
90 minutes
Want factor: i played the original game once, if i remember correctly i liked the game, but it took too much time to play. This one is streamlined so it should play faster, with polished rules and nice production (the other kinda sucked at those points).

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The Inca called their empire “Tahuantinsuyu” which is their word for “Land of the Four Regions”. In this game, you assume the role of an “Apu” - a leader of one of the four regions or “Suyus”. Your job as an Apu is to increase your status in the eyes of the divine emperor (“Sapa Inca”) by doing the best job of expanding and improving the empire. Each Apu begins with the manpower of their region of the original empire. They build roads and conquer neighboring regions increasing the manpower and resources available to them. Apus are rewarded for each new Region they add to the empire and for improvements such as Terraces, Garrisons, Cities, and Temples.
There is no crayon rail system anymore like in Tahuantinsuyu original edition. We have changed this and added 240 wooden sticks for the roads (60 per colour). The playing time has decreased now and the wooden roads work very well.
Inca Empire is essentially the same game. Changes that have been made include language independent artwork, corrections or clarifications of rules, a slight alteration to the 4-player board, and the inclusion of a different 3-player board. The sticks have simply replaced the crayon aspect of the game.


Price: 34 eur (White Goblin sells this at Booth 5-01), 45,20 MilanSpiele

Rules: EN - http://www.zmangames.com/boardgames/files/inca_empire/IncaEm...

More info:
Pre-orders are open for this game: http://www.whitegoblingames.nl/en/spiel-essen.html
There will be some new Sun Event cards given out at Essen - check it out at http://www.whitegoblingames.nl/data/81244/2/a5_leaflet_spiel...
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12. Board Game: Tikal II: The Lost Temple [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:952]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Wolfgang Kramer/Michael Kiesling
GameWorks SàRL
2−4 Players
90 minutes
Want factor: a rework from the classic with less AP? Got me interested, and Gameworks has always good production values on their games.

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Tikal II: The Lost Temple is a sequel to 1999 Spiel des Jahres winner Tikal, from world-famous duo Kramer-Kiesling.

Actions points have given place to two actions per turn :
1) move part of your expedition around the board to choose an action tile and then
2) move your head scientist within the temple to explore new rooms and find gold.

There are many ways to score. Collecting and delivering treasures is one, having the majority in some rooms, exploring the main temple as well as an outer secret chamber are others.

Tikal II calls for careful planning, as your scientist can't move freely within the temple without specific items, and tension, as the actions around the board grow scarce. A game consists of two rounds, each concluded by a scoring. In the end, the player with the most gold is declared winner.


Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/67180/tikal-ii-the...

Video:http://www.vincentdutrait.com/blogv2/2010/06/10/tikal-ii-fig...

More info:
http://www.boardgamenews.com/oldsite/index.php/boardgamenews...
http://www.gameworks.ch/2010/index.php?m=17&PHPSESSID=024f5d...
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13. Board Game: Junkyard Races [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:5473]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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John Yianni
Gen Four Two, JKLM Games
2-8 players
120 minutes
Want factor: i was addicted to the PC game Wacky Wheels, and this reminds me of it, so i want it! Not sure if will live to the expectations, but i'm an optimist from nature.

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Race around a junkyard trying to gain bottle tops, but watch out for your opponents as they can modify their carts just like you to include a mad array of stuff that they've found in the junkyard, like jet engines, gladiator wheel rims, chainsaws or even a mallet wielding robotic hand. All this in the wackiest scrap racing game ever.


Rules:
EN - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/58840/english-junkyard...
DE - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/58841/german-junkyard-...

Price: 35 euros

Video:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/1934

Review from original edition:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/25862/user-review

More info:http://www.genfourtwo.com/junkyard-races
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14. Board Game: Troyes [Average Rating:7.74 Overall Rank:47]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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Sébastien Dujardin/Xavier Georges/Alain Orban
Pearl Games
2-4 Players
90 minutes
Want factor: still haven't read the rules, but i like the art, the board and above all, a very good feeling about this one!

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In Troyes, recreate four centuries of history of this famous city of the Champagne region of France. Each player manages her segment of the population (represented by a horde of dice) and her hand of cards, which represent the three primary domains of the city: religious, military, and civil. Players can also offer cash to their opponents' populace in order to get a little moonlighting out of them — anything for more fame!

Make your underlings:
* work on the cathedral
* combat misfortune
* bustle about the city
* and other such tasks that are below your family's stature

Troyes is a city building game using dice – it sounds like players use a central pool of dice but can also buy them off of each other too. Players have secret agendas too. Definitely one I have to try and/or buy.


Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/73439/troyes

Rules:
EN - http://users.skynet.be/fb514094/images/TROYES_RULES_ENG_LD.p...
EN Appendix - http://users.skynet.be/fb514094/images/TROYES_SHORT_RULES_EN...
FR - http://users.skynet.be/fb514094/images/TROYES_RULES_FR_LD.pd...
FR Appendix - http://users.skynet.be/fb514094/images/TROYES_SHORT_RULES_FR...
DE - http://users.skynet.be/fb514094/images/TROYES_RULES_GE_LD.pd...
DE Appendix - http://users.skynet.be/fb514094/images/TROYES_SHORT_RULES_GE...

More info:
http://boardgamenews.com/games/troyes
http://users.skynet.be/fb514094/Troyes.html
http://www.ludosphere.net/les-infos-ludiques/528-troyes-prem...
http://www.cyberfab.fr/actu_pearl_games.php
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15. Board Game: Navegador [Average Rating:7.61 Overall Rank:98]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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Mac Gerdts
PD-Verlag
2−5 Players
90 minutes
Want factor: Mac rondel game with big focus on the portuguese discovery times, it even has the title in portuguese! The map also reminds me of Imperial, which I'm a big fan of...

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This game makes part of the rondel series. It's inspired in the Portuguese discoveries of the 15th century. Players take actions as building ships, contracting men and establish colonies in discovered lands.

Each player starts with but a few ships and sailors and try to expand their wealth.

There are several undiscovered lands that allow players, once discovered, to start some colonies. Players start colonies in places where gold, spices and sugar can be available and sell them to the market to make some money. Money is used to build ships and get colonists which are essential to navigate and also take control of buildings that allow special abilities when executing actions. Each building is related to a place in the rondel and when the owner of that building executes an action on the rondel related with that building he gets an additional bonus.

At the end of the game the wealthier player (buildings, colonies, crew members, ships and money) is the winner.


Video: http://vimeo.com/12532375

Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/66589/navegador

Rules:
PT - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/52914/portuguese-rules...

More info from the designer: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/565045/navegador-game-me...
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16. Board Game: Era of Inventions [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:3048]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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Anthony Daamen
Huch & Friends, Quined Games
3-5 players
90 minutes
Want factor: sometimes comes from out of nowhere a game with a very interesting idea for the game theme, that really grabs you. Yes i would like to invent the telephone!! Still don't know much about it, but it has my attention. Rating to be confirmed when more info becomes available.

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Explore the lives and minds of Alexander Graham Bell, Karl Benz, the Wright brothers and other pioneers of invention and experience the thrill of the industrial revolution. Be there when the cash register, the sewing machine, the typewriter, the telephone, the gramophone, the photograph camera, the car, the steam engine and the plane are all invented again in Era of Inventions. This time you will be the inventor, who creates, patents and introduces these inventions to the markets and the world! In the late 19th and early 20th century, these inventions were all made in a certain order. In Era of Inventions, however, you’re the one who determines the order of the inventions. Race your competitors to invent as much as possible, or to speed through the production process. But don’t forget to register your patents. Otherwise you may lose influence in the industry.

GAME OVERVIEW
Era of inventions is played over 8, 9 or 10 round –depending on the number of players–. In each round players attempt, by using action tokens, to use the following actions at the wisest, such as: building factories, buying or producing goods, and making and producing new inventions. The number of action tokens is limited however(the time is short), and thus you must choose the best of many actions, given your situation. The player who uses his actions, money, goods and development points at the best will earn the most influence in the Era of Inventions and win the game!


Rules:
EN - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/58853/english-rules
FR - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/58854/french-rules
DE - http://www.huchandfriends.de/page/de/Downloads/Spielanleitun...
NL - http://www.boardgamegeek.com/filepage/58852/dutch-rules

Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/79282/era-of-inven...

More info:
http://boardgamenews.com/announcements/invent-your-way-succe...
http://www.quined.com/inventions.html

Price: 39,95 eur
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17. Board Game: I'm the Boss! [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:632]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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Sid Sackson
Face 2 Face Games
3-6 players
60 minutes

Want factor: never played the game but it seems interesting and challenging, and a new edition comes about the right time. As long as the price is right. Need to ask a friend to bring it so i can try it.

Price: 40,95 PlanetonGames
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18. Board Game: Merkator [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:608]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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Uwe Rosenberg
Lookout Games
1−4 Players
120 minutes
Want factor: At the Gates of Loyang left me a bit cold with Rosenberg games, lets see if this one can catch up. Need rules and more info to decide if i'm going to risk a buy at Essen or wait.

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Merkator is about the rise of Hamburg after the Thirty Years' War.

You visit cities to collect goods or fulfill orders. The collected goods are added to the cities when a player visits a neighboring city. Fulfilling an order provides you with another better, but more complex order additional to the fulfilled order which you keep and can fulfill again, although the number of orders you can own is limited. Each order itself is worth a certain amount of points at the end of the game. Also you can exchange these points for special cards which provide additional goods in certain cities or more victory points if you fulfill certain conditions at game end.

Depending on the city you want to enter you either receive a resource called "time" or you have to spend it. By paying a certain time-fee you are allowed to accompany another player on his trip to a town to fulfill your orders in this town (but not to collect goods). The game ends when a player receives the order with the highest value by fulfilling the order one level below.


Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/39684/merkator

Video:http://www.cliquenabend.de/index.php?page=news&d=1247029617

More info:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/362431/a-rough-overview-...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/article/5274701#5274701
http://boardgamenews.com/games/merkator

Prices: 32,80 eur MilanSpiele, 32,50 Cosimshop
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19. Board Game: Asara [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:568]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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Wolfgang Kramer/Michael Kiesling
Ravensburger
2−4 Players
45 minutes
Want factor: It is said that this will be one of the best games from Kramer/Kiesling, and that would be great. But the latest games have been somewhat uninspired. Need rules and photos to decide.

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Compete with your fellow players for the most beautiful towers. Players take on the roles of famous architects and using their chicanery, try to obtain the best construction parts. With these the exuberant towers are erected. Think ahead, use your tactical sense and it will help you to stay ahead of the other players and thereby becoming the greatest architect of the country. Exciting construction entertainment for the whole family.


More info:
http://www.faidutti.com/index.php?Module=ludotheque&id=697
http://www.boardgamenews.com/announcements/kramer-and-kiesli...

Photos: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/image/798770/asara

Prices: seen in online stores 22,70 - 26,9 eur
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20. Board Game: Isla Dorada [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:864]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Andrea Angiolino/Bruno Faidutti/Alan R. Moon/Pier Giorgio Paglia
Funforge
3−6 Players
60 minutes
Want factor: the buzz indicate that this is a very fun game, but still not sure of what this should feel like. Have to investigate further...

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In the middle of the 30's, an expedition of treasure hunters crashes its zeppelin in the middle of an unknown and mysterious island where legends tell that several old and powerful civilizations have left many sumptuous treasures.
Each player is one of these brave explorers who joined the expedition with old maps giving clues on where some of these treasures can be found. However, it is clear that the land is barely known and dangerous, so, all explorers decide to travel together, in one solid group by hiring beasts of burden and exotic items in the native villages while trying to avoid the many dangers of the inhospitable land of Isla Dorada...
Which one of these brave explorers will find the most valuable treasures, avoid the numerous curses and accomplish it's rewarding destiny?

In Isla Dorada, players will have to move an unique pawn portraying the expedition of explorers. Each player will collect cards of different kinds (movements, actions, destinations, curses, destinies, bonus or malus cards) and will have to build the best hands turn after turn (time is limited to a certain number of game turns) to be able to chose the expedition destinations in a succession of bids and negotiations. Doing so, the players will try to put their hands on treasures while avoiding their cursed destinations and trying to block other player's objectives.

The very easy rules can be learned in a few minutes whilst the rich and elegant gameplay assure an always renewed experience.


Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/68182/isla-dorada

More info:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/504069/short-review-base...
http://boardgamenews.com/news/more-details-faiduttis-isla-do...
http://fantasyflightgames.com/edge_news.asp?eidn=1520
http://www.faidutti.com/index.php?Module=mesjeux&id=669
http://www.cyberfab.fr/actu_isla_dorada.php
http://oscar-de-curbans.fr/?p=2323
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21. Board Game: Luna [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:280]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
PORTUGAL
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Stefan Feld
Hall Games
1−4 Players
90 minutes
Want factor: i like Feld games, especially ItYotDragon, so this deserves my attention. But the theme is weird and the photos seem to indicate that there isn't much going on in this game. Need the rules to judge.

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"The end of her regency is nigh. It’s time to clear the way for a new bearer of the burden. She will keep a wary eye on the novices representing their Orders and trying to win her favor. Eventually, she will have to come to a decision. Which Order will prove itself worthy to decide on her successor? There will be a new Moon Priestess and she will bear the title: LUNA."

"LUNA" is the title of the Moon Priestess, and before her very eyes, each of the up to four Orders competes for the right to decide on her successor. The players are the heads of the Orders who try to convince the Priestess of themselves. Over the course of six rounds, they need to collect as many influence points as possible by skillfully placing their novices to achieve that goal.

The players move their novices over seven islands surrounding a temple island. The novices are placed according to the "worker movement" principle, i.e. they aren’t placed at the beginning of a round, but instead start where they ended the round before. Thus, novice movement is an important part of a round: Only if you’re in the right place at the right time, you’ll gain the deciding influence points. You’ll have to build new shrines, work at the temple, and participate in the Priestess’ divine services. But don’t forget to recruit additional novices or win the favor of the local Priests - these are vital means to prepare and combine the diverse actions.

"LUNA - In the Domain of the Moon Priestess" is a challenging tactical game with strategic and interactive elements. It’s a game for 1-4 players aged 12 and up, and takes about 20-25 minutes per player. The different placement of the islands and novices at the beginning of the game creates a different feeling each time you play and opens up new strategies.


Price: 32,80 MilanSpiele, 32,95 Cosimshop

Rules: EN - http://www.zmangames.com/boardgames/files/luna/Luna_Rules.pd...

Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/70512/luna

Video:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/video/1340

Reviews:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/528813/impressions-from-...
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22. Board Game: Space Alert: The New Frontier [Average Rating:8.63 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.63 Unranked]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Vlaada Chvatil
Czech Games Edition
1-5 Players
30 minutes
Want factor: i liked Space Alert although didn't played it as much as i would have liked to. Maybe this expansion can make it even more attractive?

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Do you think your team of space pioneers is already experienced enough? Even the most dangerous of enemies don’t scare you anymore? There’s a new program of reconnaissance flights to extremely dangerous sectors. To survive you’ll need to pass a special training that allows you to do more actions in the same time. But as you probably assumed by now,
nothing is as easy as it seems.

The expansion to the extraordinary cooperative game Space Alert brings even greater challenges for experienced teams. You don’t have to worry though, this expansion is interesting even for teams that don’t win against the most difficult of enemies from the basic game so often.


Video:http://www.trictrac.tv/?video=145

More info:
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/544699/first-meet-with-s...
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/542594/new-threat-inform...
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23. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:1527]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Saboteur Expansion
Frederic Moyersoen
Amigo
Want factor: Saboteur was one of my first games and played it a lot, so i'm fooled to buy this on sight, even more when the price should be very low. Would like to know more about it.

Comments:
"Already 2 years ago, on a Belgian fair, we played a prototype of "Saboteur 2" together with Frederique M. What I can remember is that dwarfs could jump in a hole, and appear on another hole card, even if a saboteur has broken the way between those 2 holes. And it was possible to look at someone's card to see if it's a good dwarf or a saboteur."
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24. Board Game: Black Friday [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1384]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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Friedemann Friese
Kosmos
2−5 Players
55 minutes
Want factor: i like economic games and Friese games always have charisma, so i'm following this one close by. Factory Manager seemed rushed, i'm afraid this one could be also, this Friday thing project was supposed to last longer to develop. Need to read the rules.

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Schwarzer Freitag is a stock trading game with a build-in bubble to explode. The players are buying share on a growing stock market, but at one time in the game the prices will crash. The players try to find out the right time to sell their shares and buy gold and silver (These are the victory points), before the market crashes.

The actions of all players change the probability of the crash. When they start selling, the probabilty of the crash will get higher. If they only buy shares the crash will come later.

To win the game, you have to have a close look on what the others do to be in the position to sell the highest share at the right time, to get the most money, but the silver/gold price will raise, too and you can also winn by buying silver/gold early in the game.


Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/39242/schwarzer-fr...

More info:http://boardgamenews.com/announcements/frieses-schwarzer-fre...

Prices: 26,90 MilanSpiele, 28,99 Spiele-Offensive
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25. Board Game: Mousquetaires du Roy [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:1228]
Hélio Andrade
Portugal
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François Combe, Gilles Lehmann
Ystari Games
1-5 Players
90 minutes
Want factor: Ystari always makes me curious about their games, even if their latest games haven't been brilliant. I like the theme so i have good hopes for this to be a good game. Need rules to confirm.

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The Musketeers (a team of one to four players) are fighting against Milady to find the Queen's pendants before end of the game. Meanwhile, they also have to defeat the plots in several places (Le Louvre, La Rochelle...).

A turn begins with Milady playing plots/cards, and program secretely a destination.

Then, each musketeer (D'artagnan, Portos, Aramis or Athos) has 3/4 actions to perform amongst: move, draw a card, get equipments, exchange cards/equipments, do a challenge in one of his 4 characteristics, perform a fight against one of Richelieu's guards, reinforce La Rochelle... Milady can reveal herself and send Rochefort to fight the Musketeers.


Rules:
EN - http://www.ystari.com/3m/3mUS.pdf
FR - http://www.ystari.com/3m/3mF.pdf
DE - http://www.ystari.com/3m/3mG.pdf

Photos:http://www.boardgamegeek.com/images/thing/78954/mousquetaire...

More info:
http://boardgamenews.com/gamepreview/mousquetaires-du-roy
http://francois-combe.pagesperso-orange.fr/LTM.html

Buyers will have an additional musketeer (Treville), plus a T-Shirt with D'Artagnan, you can check it at Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Ystari-Games/104103249643669#!...
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