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Essen 2005 Canonical List
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Eventually this list will include every title released at Spiel 2005, organized by rank so that the cream rises to the top, stepping on the misshapen heads of all the lesser games.

Much of the initial info on this list came from the good folks as Gamefest.com. Add new games to the list as they're announced and added to BGG.
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51. Board Game: TATATA! [Average Rating:5.99 Overall Rank:7544]
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Designer: Angelo Porazzi
Publisher: Angelo Porazzi Games
 
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52. Board Game: Fruit Bandits [Average Rating:5.77 Overall Rank:7556]
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Designer: Ian Vincent
Publisher: JKLM games

(Seemingly lightweight card game that actually makes your head hurt. Which is a good thing, although I realise that it doesn't sound like it!)
 
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53. Board Game: BauSquitMiao [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:7784]
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Designer: Matteo Panara & Mario Sacchi
Publisher: Post Scriptum
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54. Board Game: Frankenstein [Average Rating:5.88 Overall Rank:8175]
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Designer: Michael Schacht
Publisher: Spiele aus Timbuktu
 
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55. Board Game: The Hollywood! Card Game [Average Rating:5.54 Overall Rank:8360]
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Designers: Michael Schacht and Bruno Faidutti
Publisher: Fantasy Flight
 
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56. Board Game: Tempus Draconis [Average Rating:5.48 Overall Rank:9099]
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Designer: Paolo Vallerga
Publisher: Scribabs
 
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57. Board Game: Obscura Tempora [Average Rating:5.45 Overall Rank:9217]
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Designer: Andrea Angiolino
Publisher: Rose & Poison
 
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58. Board Game: Deus Vult! [Average Rating:5.18 Overall Rank:9850]
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Long awaited but finally officially announced to be released a week before Essen (I had to stress the publishers a bit to avoid an "after-spiel" release...)
 
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59. Board Game: SharkPark [Average Rating:5.15 Overall Rank:9718]
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Designer: Piero Cioni
Publisher: Red Omega Studio
 
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60. Board Game: The Sudoku Game [Average Rating:4.16 Overall Rank:10266]
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Designer: ???
Publisher: Winning Moves

Hmm, a no-name designer and Winning Moves vs. Herr Knizia and Kosmos...
 
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61. Board Game: Igels: Das Kartenspiel [Average Rating:5.16 Overall Rank:10532]
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Designer: Mario Coopmann
Publisher: Pegasus

A hedgehog game not published by Doris and Frank? Interlopers!
 
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62. Board Game: SuDoku: Das Brettspiel [Average Rating:4.58 Overall Rank:10650]
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Designer: Reiner Knizia
Publisher: Kosmos

One of several games based on the sure-to-flame-out-quickly logic puzzle craze.
 
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63. Board Game: Dragonriders [Average Rating:5.14 Overall Rank:10715]
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Designers: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede and Jean du Poel
Publishers: Rio Grande/Amigo
 
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64. Board Game: Dungeonville [Average Rating:4.95 Overall Rank:10816]
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Designers: James Ernest & Mike Selinker
Publisher: Z-Man Games
 
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65. Board Game: War of the Ring: Battles of the Third Age [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.11 Unranked]
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Designers: Roberto Di Meglio, Marco Maggi and Francesco Nepitello
Publishers: Fantasy Flight/Nexus/Phalanx
 
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66. Board Game: CATAN 3D Collector's Edition [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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Designer: Klaus Teuber
Publisher: Mayfair/Kosmos
 
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67. Board Game: Munchkin Blender [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.02 Unranked]
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Designer: Steve Jackson
Publisher: Pegasus

(The German edition will be titled "Munchkin im Mixer.")
 
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68. Board Game: Power Grid: France/Italy [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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Designer: Friedemann Friese
Publisher: 2F-Spiele/Rio Grande
 
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69. Board Game: Krabcek [Average Rating:5.90 Unranked]
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Designer: Paul Clark
Publisher: Push the Button (self-published)
 
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70. Board Game: Age of Steam Expansion #4: France and Italy [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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Designer: John Bohrer
Publisher: Warfrog

(Winsome Games released a low-tech version of this expansion at Spiel 2004. Warfrog will release a nice version at this year's Spiel while Winsome releases *THREE* more expansions for AoS: Austria, Switzerland, and The Netherlands. No entries for those items yet.)
 
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71. Board Game: The Settlers of Catan: The Fishermen of Catan [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.08 Unranked]
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Designer: Klaus Teuber
Publisher: Spielbox Magazine

(Available online (http://www.spielbox.de/sbmain/sbbest055e.php) in case you're not attending Spiel.)
 
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72. Board Game: Daemonibus [Average Rating:5.19 Unranked]
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Designer: Paolo Vallerga
Publisher: Scribabs
 
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73. Board Game: Cherubim [Average Rating:6.42 Unranked]
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Designer: Dirk Henn
Publisher: Missio

You can order the game directly from Missio, which is actually part of the Catholic Church (http://www.missio-aachen.de/angebote-medien/shop/as/cherubim...).

From the publisher's website, as translated by P. Korner at Gamefest: "The Cherubim support projects in South Africa against AIDS and its effects. In the Philippines, they battle sex tourism. And in Germany, they try to gain as many supporters for these projects as possible through information and events. The winner of the game is the player who collects the most 'Angel Points.'"

Sounds intensely boring and, dare I say, preachy, but supposedly the publisher wanted (and Henn delivered) a gamer game to attract those outside the Catholic community.
 
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74. Board Game: Haselwurz und Bärenklau [Average Rating:6.45 Unranked]
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Designers: Andreas Rudin & Stefan Kögl
Publisher: Murmel Games
 
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75. Board Game: Coloretto Amazonas: Erweiterung [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.48 Unranked]
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Designer: Michael Schacht
Publisher: Spiele aus Timbuktu

As usual, Schacht tweaks his game a bit with an expansion that costs under a buck.
 
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