PatK's Essen 2010 Geeklist - As It Happens!
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In years past, I've posted haul lists of the stuff I brought back from Essen. This year, in a bid to switch things up a bit, a geeklist I add to each evening with the games I bought (and hopefully played) that day.

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Update: Here's a picture of my haul - I can't figure out how to post it in a larger size...

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26. Board Game: Zooloretto Mini [Average Rating:6.99 Overall Rank:1846]
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And the Zooloretto avalanche begins. First a copy of Zooloretto Mini.
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27. Board Game: Zooloretto Boss [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.27 Unranked]
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And another Zooloretto game...
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28. Board Game: Zooloretto: Iberian Lynx [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.29 Unranked]
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Made a 2E donation to get a printed copy of this mini-expansion.

Also got the latest abacus mini-expansion for Zooloretto - the Octopus!

In case this isn't common knowledge: The Octopus works like so: When you complete your 6-space enclosure (or place your 6th tile in one of your basins) you can take this tile. You get 4 coins right away but must then predict who is going to win the game. If you're right, nothing happens. Otherwise, you have to pay back 2 coins. For each coin you can't pay back you lose a point.
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29. Board Game: 7 Wonders [Average Rating:7.87 Overall Rank:19]
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No, I haven't bought this yet. But I played it twice tonight.

Preliminary rating is a 9. Played it once, had a blast, played it again right afterward. SO GOOD!

I pick my preorder up tomorrow - would have gotten it today but they didn't have my shirt size in from the truck yet and I figured I may as well wait and grab it later.

The combination of card drafting, resource use, card combos, leeching off other players, trying to define what the other players are doing and then blocking them, trying to keep your options open so you can't be blocked, awesome artwork, etc. make this very likely to be one of my hits of the show. It will be interesting to see where this lands on Geekbuzz and Fairplay, given that only 777 copies, all of which are now spoken for, will be sold at the fair.
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30. Board Game: Water Lily [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:2521]
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...and, out of left field, a game not on my radar at all. Ted Alspach bought this so we played it three times in a row.

The fact that we played it thrice should tell you something - this is strangely compelling. Each game lasts like 10 minutes, which is nice. The box is standard Kosmos big square box sized, which is not - this won't play nice with luggage limits, but it's light so at least it has that going for it.

You're essentially moving wooden discs with frogs on them towards a hidden set of scoring chutes (yes, the chutes are molded into the plastic box insert and then covered up during play so you can't see them). You can move the frogs forward spaces equal to the stack size of the space the frog came from. All players move all frog colours, although you have a secretly assigned colour that you score points for.

When the frogs go into the chutes, they're worth points to you. First frog into any chute is worth 1 point, second is 2, etc. up to 4 points. More than 4 frogs in a chute? Too bad, the rest are worthless.

The game ends when one colour's frogs are all into the chutes, at which point you lift the lid and score the points that each colour got. Reveal your player colours and see who wins.

Silly and fast, this would be a buy from me if it weren't so huge. As it is, hope that Gameworks finds US/Canadian distribution? Or just buy another suitcase? Choices, choices...
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31. Board Game: Power Grid: Russia & Japan [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.99 Unranked]
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Whew. Lots of stuff picked up today, so strap in. These will be in no particular order as I'm listing them as I go through the pile.

First up a copy of the latest Funk / Power Grid expansion. I buy these each year so why should this year be any different?
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32. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Paris & Moscow [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.14 Unranked]
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Picked up my preordered AoS maps from Alban Viard. First of two (although the other listing is more for AoS mini expansions).
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33. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion: Robot & Hexpansion [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked] [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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And the second of two AoS Team expansions.
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34. Board Game: Porto Carthago [Average Rating:6.34 Overall Rank:3492]
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Picked up my preordered Porto Carthago from Bernd at Irongames. Chatted with him a little, sounds like things are going pretty well.
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35. Board Game: Peloponnes: Hellas Expansion [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.41 Unranked]
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Got this along with Porto Carthago. Also the little free mini-expansion. Lots of Pelopogoodness!

Double secret message to those who know what I'm talking about: Yes, you got your copies too.
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36. Board Game: London [Average Rating:7.44 Overall Rank:172]
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Yay! Martin Wallace goodness wandered into my bags today too. I'm very muck looking forward to playing this but will likely hold off until getting home since it's a longer game, I know I'll like it (ok, pretty sure at least) and, um, that's why.

There was a solid lineup at the Treefrog booth this AM as folks queued up to get the limited edition bits. I'm not sure how many are left but I'll wager they won't last the weekend.
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37. Board Game: Antigua [Average Rating:5.76 Overall Rank:7401]
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Little adlung games are easy buys. First of two. Maybe these will get played sooner than some of the ones I've bought in previous years?
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38. Board Game: Adlungland [Average Rating:5.90 Overall Rank:5878]
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And the second of two. First of two amusement park games released this year!
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39. Board Game: Power Grid: Warehouse [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.20 Unranked]
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Picked up several copies of this expansion (enough for those back home). Yes, I made a solid 2E donation for each. Yes, those who grabbed handfuls of the previous mini-expansions for a pittance annoyed me.
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40. Board Game: Catan Geographies: Bayern Edition [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.76 Unranked]
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No, not this edition. The Austria map that Kosmos is selling for 2E this year. Not in the DB yet I think.
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41. Board Game: Finca: El Razul [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.94 Unranked]
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Picked up the Spielbox that includes this expansion for Finca.
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42. Board Game: Carcassonne: The Plague [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.52 Unranked]
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Also the new Spielbox with this Carcassonne mini expansion. The mag also came with a mini expansion to Wizard Extreme, which I don't own so I probably won't be able to use it. Oh well.
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43. Board Game: Hansa Teutonica: East Expansion [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
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Grabbed this expansion also. There was a bit of a trend to today - much of what I picked up was the small, picky stuff that you can only find at Essen, isn't very large, but takes time to hunt down. I'm not saying you can only find this particular expansion only at Essen but it's in with the smaller stuff I picked up which is why this rambling thought went here. Never mind. Moving on...
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44. Board Game: Sun, Sea & Sand [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:1330]
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Three games from Cwali this year. First up this one, which looks interesting.
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45. Board Game: Summy [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:7014]
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Also this one. Solid wood, not going to be fun to carry home. Perhaps a hand luggage kind of game? I'm hoping this might be good to play with my daughter since it's all about math. Honestly I'm not sure how challinging / complex the gameplay is supposed to be so maybe that's a pipe dream?
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46. Board Game: Tricky Safari [Average Rating:6.20 Overall Rank:7299]
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And the last Cwali game. Not many copies of this made so hopefully it's good. At least the minimals are cute!
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47. Board Game: Grand Cru [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1070]
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Picked this up from eggertspiele, I hope it's good. At least one of the wine games had to come home with me, otherwise I wouldn't be able to saw I got whiny at Essen this year!

I also picked up the small mini-expansion for this that the Austrian game guys were giving away.

The Austrians also gave away copies of a small game called Knotz, I picked one of those up. The Asara mini-expansion they didn't have yet, which is ok since I don't own Asara. Yet. Still on the fence about that one, hoping to actually play it first (that might be tough since the Ravensburger and Kosmos booths seem to be perpetually packed?).
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48. Board Game: Funfair [Average Rating:6.00 Overall Rank:4900]
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Oh my God this looks SO FUN. Let me say that again: SO FUN. Part party game, part tactical game, ten designers. What could go wrong?

I got this for two reasons: Peter Eggert is super animated and excited when talking about this game - it's hard not to be infected by it - and the fact that every table I saw playing it was having a blast. I figure that's good enough for me.
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49. Board Game: Rallyman [Average Rating:7.27 Overall Rank:500]
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Finally, a game that actually simulates rally racing in a way that, to me, seems fun, reasonably realistic and simple enough to not be too mathy. This looks really good.

Lots of boards with lots of variety - apparently you can make something like 600 different tracks with the included boards!

A cool time-based movement mechanic that has you racing not only the other players but also the clock - depending on how fast you're going (i.e. what gear you're in) when you end your turn, you will use more or less time. At the end of each stage (remember, this is rally racing) your time determines your start order for the next stage. There are ways of making up time (by taking chances and choosing all your dice at once in a kind of pre-programmed manner, rather than rolling one at a time which gives you more control) and at the end whoever has the shortest overall race time wins.

I'm looking forward to fooling around with this one.
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50. Board Game: Tikal II: The Lost Temple [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:968]
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What better way to end the page than with this beauty?

Gorgeous is the only way to describe it. The box is the same size as the original Tikal - maybe the first time a game has been released in that form factor for, oh, I dunno, ages. And they even made the box corners blue so that it pays homage to the original Ravensburger Tikal. Gameworks always does their art up nice, this is certainly no exception.

Inside, the labour of love continues. Remember those awesome Ravensburger inserts where everything fit in its spot, nothing moved around, and even the rules booklet had a space set out for it? Same here. Makes me nostalgic for the old days when we didn't have nothing but generic inserts.
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