My first Essen list, aged 42-and-a-half: Things to buy, demo and find cheap
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This will be my first year at Essen and I'm looking to bring back some games without spending too much money!

The top few items on the list are bigger games that will hopefully be out and available at Essen: I'll limit myself to purchasing just one of them...

Then there are some expansions/publishers I want to check out; and underneath those, games I'll be looking for cheap copies of where possible. Finally there are some older expansions I'll also pick up if they're available cheaper than I can get them in the UK.

Definite (where available)
-- Ace Of Spies (prepaid)
-- Fallen City of Karez (prepaid)
-- RftG: AA (buying for a friend)
10€ AstroNuts
5€ Brawling Barons


Booths needed:
2 Albino Dragon (no idea)
18 APE Games (no idea)
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1. Board Game: Fallen City of Karez [Average Rating:4.47 Overall Rank:18572]
Board Game: Fallen City of Karez
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Pickup - Kickstarted for Essen collection

The more I see the more I like, while the price plus the extras just got too good to risk not getting a copy.
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2. Board Game: Ace of Spies [Average Rating:5.55 Overall Rank:16014]
Board Game: Ace of Spies
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Kickstarted for Essen collection, but now it's looking like it's not going to make it after all - especially as Albino Dragon don't seem to have a booth. Waiting for confirmation but it's looking like another Kickstarter disappointment...

Sounds like a card-only Ticket to Ride style filler with added interaction and shorter playing time - fun.
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3. Board Game: Brawling Barons [Average Rating:6.30 Overall Rank:7457]
Board Game: Brawling Barons
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Having read the rules, and at a 5 euro price point, this is a must-have for me now. Save me a copy guys! It looks simple, nasty and elegant but with a few different strategies to explore, all in a very small package.
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4. Board Game: AstroNuts [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:12955]
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Pre-ordered (Note - remember invoice!)

This looks like a lot of fun at a good price (10 euros), while my correspondences with designer Angelo have persuaded me to make this a definite buy. Should be a copy held for me at the Mücke Spiel booth.
 
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5. Board Game: Race for the Galaxy: Alien Artifacts [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Nuff said
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6. Board Game: Copycat [Average Rating:6.76 Overall Rank:1504]
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The new Friedemann Friese and another game that takes Dominion and adds a board - think I'll take a punt on this, as long as I can reserve a copy with English rules.
 
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7. Board Game: Dominare [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:2384]
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Would like to get a test of this one. Lots of unique cards, with conspiracies and influence the key to success. Sounds very cool.
 
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8. Board Game: Goblins, Inc. [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2872]
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This one looks interesting - try and get a demo.
 
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9. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:39]
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Looks like a 90-minute euro with some real originality. Definitely look to get a demo of this one.
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10. Board Game: Shafausa [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:12859]
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Another day, another euro that looks interesting! Might be a bit too nasty and stock exchangy for my crowd, but will certainly try and get a demo of this one.
 
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11. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:189]
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BOOTH: 12-07

This is looking promising, definitely looking to grab a demo but the €40 price tag means it probably won't be a purchase - can get cheaper once I get home.

Guru: £31.49
 
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12. Board Game: Suburbia [Average Rating:7.54 Overall Rank:126]
Board Game: Suburbia
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BOOTH: 5-100

Definitely try and get a test drive of this one - lots of city builders going to be on show, with this looking like one of the more interesting ones.
 
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13. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:384]
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I really like the look of this one, although the lack of English rules being online has so far stopped me from pre-ordering. I'll certainly try and get a demo, or at least watch a game being played, before I run out of money...
 
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14. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.18 Overall Rank:458] [Average Rating:7.18 Unranked]
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Looking hugely unlikely to be a purchase with a €50 price tag, but this looks really intriguing - Dominion meets train games. Have to seek this out and give it a test drive if there are any left.
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15. Board Game: Might & Magic Heroes [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:3723]
 
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Now listed as being available for preview at Essen

Also a holding page on its website: http://www.axel.pl/gry/mightmagic-heroes.html

If this does the computer game justice, price won't be an issue... but with a month to go 'til Essen and still not a peep, I'm starting to doubt it's going to make it.
 
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16. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:891]
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BOOTH: 9-108

Have this on my radar, but it's not going to be an Essen purchase; too long, too heavy and too expensive. It'd be a bitch to get home and would see very little table time. That said, it looks awesome and I'd love to get a game.
 
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17. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:47]
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Probably won't be cheap while there might be a rush for it; plus it will be easy to get hold of in the UK, so doubt now that this is going to be an Essen purchase.

Guru: £24.99
Amazon: £30
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18. Board Game: Bora Bora [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:184]
 
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The new Feld should be available to test and sounds interesting - definitely try to get a look at this one (Notre Dame and Macao are favourites of mine, but some of his other titles I'm not so keen on).
 
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19. Board Game: Septikon: Uranium Wars [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:8163]
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Fascinating looking sci-fi board game, only available to demo.
 
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20. Board Game: Friday [Average Rating:7.17 Overall Rank:374]
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Now played three times and really enjoyed it. A fantastic solo game that is tough to beat. Definite purchase if I can find for €10 or less.

Guru £13.49
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21. Board Game: Agricola: All Creatures Big and Small [Average Rating:7.40 Overall Rank:238]
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BOOTH: 10-40

Guru £21.99
Amazon £27

Also look out for the new two-player version of Le Havre.

Thinky without being punishing, quick and in a small box, this looks like a real winner. Will try and get a game first though - and definitely check out the Gry Leonardo stand before possibly purchasing this.
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22. Board Game: Card City [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:6061]
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Another interesting looking cheap card game (15 euro if pre-ordered), it plays in 30 minutes and has an interesting drafting mechanic.
 
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23. Board Game Publisher: Leonardo Games
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Both Letnisko and Nehemiah, priced at just 15 euros, look really intriguing - will definitely try and check these guys out before spending all my money!
 
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24. Board Game Publisher: Artipia Games
 
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Briefcase was fun on first play, while Among the Stars looks like it could be a great game - but not enough to risk Indiegogo-ing. Briefcase has some big competition in the upcoming Dominion style games category and I'll only buy one, so want to give it a try. As for Among The Stars, anything which gets even a tiny bit compared to the dreadful 7 Wonders cannot be an auto-buy for me.

While the promos would've been nice, carting home two games I didn't end up enjoying 400 miles on multiple trains was too much of a risky price to pay!
 
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25. Board Game Publisher: Rightgames RBG SIA
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Some interesting looking games from these guys featured on The Spiel podcast (episode 152). See if they have a stall and try and get demos/bargains for Potion-Making: Practice and Evolution: The Origin of Species.
 
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