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This was my 11th Spiel in a row.

We went on Friday, arriving around 10:30 and staying until 16:00. Like last year I went with my 10-year-old son, a colleague, and his two sons (ages 7 & 10). Neither of our wives is a gamer so it was a boys' day out. We bought a "Family Ticket" which is a great value (2 adults plus 2 kids for 26€), plus a single kids ticket.

While it's great going with the kids, they do limit your mobility and flexibility so my list of purchases and plays were shorter than I would have preferred. I'm also not much into the "new and shiny", generally waiting a year or so to find out what's really worth purchasing.

Overall, the fair seemed slightly smaller this year in terms of number of vendors but hat also meant there was a bit more room to move. The LEGO booth was missing all together but that was a good thing because while the kids love trying those games, I've found they have very little replay ability and they're now just taking up space.

So what did we see, do, and buy?
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1. RPG Item: B4: The Lost City [Average Rating:7.64 Overall Rank:179]
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Purchased.

I already had this but I found a copy in NM condition so I upgraded. My brother will get the other copy.

I usually purchase 1-2 old D&D supplements to round out my collection. At this point my want list is pretty short but there's still plenty to buy...
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2. RPG Item: Dungeons & Dragons Set 4: Master Rules [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:562]
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Found but didn't buy.

It's the last of the original box sets I need. Unfortunately they wanted 45€ for the copy I found, which was too much for me to justify spending on something I won't ever actually play.
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3. RPG Item: Gamma World Expansion Pack: Legion of Gold [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:1816]
 
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Purchased.

I found it for 5 Euros, as part of this year's 4th edition D&D fire sale (virtually every book could be had for 15 euros or less if you were interested in them - I didn't see any being sold though).
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4. Board Game: King of Tokyo [Average Rating:7.20 Overall Rank:281]
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Purchased.

The boys and I played a test game and everyone loved it. My son and I split the cost of the base game (it was his major purchase of the day).
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5. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Power Up! [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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Purchased.

I bought the expansion since it's a big improvement on an already super game.
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6. Board Game: King of Tokyo: Promo Cards [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.51 Unranked]
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Purchased.

Well, technically we got them for free b/c we bought both the base game and the expansion.
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7. Board Game: Battles of Westeros [Average Rating:7.31 Overall Rank:750]
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Purchased.

This game wasn't on my list but I found it for 30€ and couldn't pass it up. My colleague and I are already planning on arranging to play it once per month on a weekday evening.
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8. Board Game: Descent: Journeys in the Dark (Second Edition) [Average Rating:7.71 Overall Rank:99]
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Purchased.

This was on the top of my list and I picked it up in Hall 9.
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Wanted, but couldn't find. Bought from Amazon.

No one seemed to have it, whether in English or German. I ordered it from Amazon.de when I got home.
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10. Board Game: Eclipse [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:41]
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Wanted but didn't buy.

I found it in English and for a good price but didn't pull the trigger... Which I now regret.
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11. Board Game: Star Wars: X-Wing Miniatures Game [Average Rating:7.72 Overall Rank:88] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
 
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Tried. Friend purchased.

I'm burnt out on Star Wars but my colleague and his sons are huge fans. The boys and him tried the game and despite a pretty poor explanation (the guy was trying to coordinate multiple tables simultaneously), they really liked it. They ended up buying the base game and a couple of extra miniatures.
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12. Board Game: 7 Wonders: Cities [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.85 Unranked]
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Wanted but couldn't find.

I wanted both 7 Wonders expansions but had no luck finding them because I wanted them in English. My guess is that it wouldn't matter much in this case (I can handle German rules but prefer the actual game materials in English when possible) but I decided not to buy unless I found them in English. No luck.

I did manage to buy some custom card sleeves for my 7 Wonders game.
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13. Board Game: Thunderstone Advance: Towers of Ruin [Average Rating:7.39 Overall Rank:447] [Average Rating:7.39 Unranked]
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Wanted, but could've find.

I wanted the English version but no one appeared to have it in stock. There were tons of the German version available though.
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14. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue [Average Rating:7.22 Overall Rank:307]
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Wanted but didn't find

I went searching for an English version of it but had no success. Here we're German versions for sale though.
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15. Board Game: The Ares Project [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:3005]
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Wanted, but couldn't find.

I looked and looked...
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16. Board Game: Seasons [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:186]
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Checked out, didn't buy.

There was lots of buzz about this and I liked it. I had a look but it was a bit too complicated for the boys and I decided to wait on buying it.
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17. RPG Item: Iron Kingdoms Full Metal Fantasy Roleplaying Game Core Rules [Average Rating:7.62 Overall Rank:956]
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Found but didn't purchase.

I had a look through the book and as I suspected, it's much more of a miniatures game with RPG rules bolted-on. 55€ was also way too expensive. I'll pass.
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18. RPG Item: Dice [Average Rating:9.02 Unranked]
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As usual, I bought a few dice, though it was just a couple of d8s to add into my BSG game and a few more glow-in-the-dark d6s which I use with my Cthulhu games (since we play by candle light).
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19. Board Game: Defenders of the Realm [Average Rating:7.32 Overall Rank:470]
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Looked at, didn't buy.

I was really tempted to buy this but in the end decided to wait on it.
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20. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:500]
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Tempted but passed on.

This had a HUGE presence at this year's Spiel. We wanted to try the game but every time we went by the booth it was packed. It looked cool though. This will likely end up on my to-buy list next year.
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