Essen 2012 - Day 1+2 - The Battle of New titles and Older games on Sale
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Since I only have 1 suitcase, therefore it is very important that what I buy and bring back to the UK.

There are so many new and fun games, however it is important that classic titles with unbelievable price are equally attractive too!

I have also include the reason why I didnt pick it up
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1. Board Game: City of Horror [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:1467]
Board Game: City of Horror
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This was a pre-pick up. Since I don't own any Zombie game in the year of zombie. I should own one, and only one. I love the artwork and the action card systems. It is also a solid negotiation game too.

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2. Board Game: River Dragons [Average Rating:6.49 Overall Rank:1753]
Board Game: River Dragons
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When I walk pass the Matagot stalls 2 times, I stopped and look at the giant board they have. This is a classic title with new artworks. I love the illustration, it does look "Asian" and quite "authentic" by comparing to other games. There is even a Chinese rule book included.

The first player marker is a giant piece of wooden board that stands perfectly. I have also ask for a free poster and they gave me one

Dedicated by the illustrator and the designer!
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3. Board Game: Di Renjie [Average Rating:6.04 Overall Rank:9577]
Board Game: Di Renjie
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A new card game preordered and picked up.
I have test this game and have quite a lot of fun with it when I was playing with my own prototype. A good deduction and bluffing game.

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4. Board Game: Lady Alice [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:4025]
Board Game: Lady Alice
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This is a purchase after a quick game, and it is able to finish in 30 mins or it may finish up to 1 hour (depends on the player's strategy)
I was comparing this to the P.I, but in the end I go with this one because of its artwork and the components used. I love the spiral book and the sleeves. A quick and full of bluffing game. It is fun and not quite so serious!

Dedicated by the illustrator.
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5. Board Game: Samurai Sword [Average Rating:6.69 Overall Rank:1454]
Board Game: Samurai Sword
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I was not a big fan of Bang due to the game sometimes never ends.
This version removes the "Never End" and twist the whole game a bit.
There is no more "BANG" but the weapons which allows you to kill players in further distance and the damage of the weapon also varies.
I think this one has some potential having an expansion and it is only 15EURO, so pick this one up!

Poster is free!
 
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6. Board Game: Unexpected Treasures [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:4030]
Board Game: Unexpected Treasures
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This was my final purchase at the end of the day 2. I found I need a game that fits 6 players and play very quickly. The River Dragon seems to be more tactics and this one has a different feels to it.

 
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7. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:253]
Board Game: Love Letter
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I picked up the JPN/ENG version from Japon Brand instead of AEG. This is only because I love the artworks on the Japon brand version. A character selection game can be played in 15 mins and 2-4 players.
Fast and very nasty game.

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8. Board Game: The Boss [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:1363]
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This is a classic game and it is only 5EUR at 10-01. I could not resist to get this one back to my collection along with the 5 players expansion. This is a great game and of course, it is my fav category - BLUFFING!
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9. Board Game: Finca [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:604]
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I have played this game long time ago and I love the fruit meeples. This was on sale at the Galeria Kaufhof Stalls at 12EUR. A bargain price for such a good game!
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10. Board Game: Carcassonne: 10 Year Special Edition [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.68 Unranked]
Board Game: Carcassonne: 10 Year Special Edition
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This is also under a bargain price - 7.50EUR.
How could I resist this, it is even with transparent meeples!!
 
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11. Board Game: Ca$h 'n Gun$: Live [Average Rating:6.38 Overall Rank:4986]
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This is what I need for a big group meet up, crazy and fun. To be fair, I was looking for the black guns normal version, but I found this one at 2.50 EUR. What a superise!
 
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12. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:39]
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I didnd get this one, because....

The game itself is great, but my luggage is already full of games, and so many shops in the UK are getting this one, therefore, I guess I can wait a little bit seeing the cogs turn!
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13. Board Game: Uchronia [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:2567]
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I didnd get this one, because....

After I have played the game, I would want to play another one but I am not so sure people in my groups will enjoy this complicated mechanism game. The game itself is not difficult, but the whole system is rather confusing.

The special ability on each buildings are equally lengthy for some of the cards.
 
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14. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:499]
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I didnd get this one, because....

This is the one I regret the most that I didnt pre-order it in the first place. The game is looks good and 30 EUR for pre-ordering it is even more attractive. I am honest, when the game is at 35 EUR, I lost the interest getting it on the first day. However, I walked past today and seeing sold out, I feel sad that I did not pick this one up.

Well, this is FATE!
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15. Board Game: Diavolo [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:6524]
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I didnd get this one, because....

This is a silly and random game. I can not stand this although I do love stupid and silly games.
 
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16. Board Game: Jagdfieber [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:12937]
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I didnd get this one, because....

I love this one, the artworks is one of the best and very thematic.
The game system also works beautifully. However, this is 10 EUR which lost my interest. For this size, I would only pay 6 EUR or 7 EUR at max!

Too Expensive!
 
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