Simon's Essen 2012 Hot & Not List
Simon Neale
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Here is my list of Essen Spiel 2012 games that fall into 5 categories:
Surprise Hit
A Thing Of Beauty
Fantastic Value
Not upto Expectations
A Blast from the Past

I hope you enjoy the list. Just remember that these are my views which are unlikely to align with anyone else at all!
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1. Board Game: Karnag [Average Rating:6.64 Overall Rank:6106]
Board Game: Karnag
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Surprise Hit.
After one play this game is what Essen is all about.... Something unexpected that is so totally different and fun to play. It is reasonably fast and once you have the rules learned you are away.
Who can not get excited by Druids catching monsters climbing out of a pit!
This was my most expensive purchase and one I have little doubt over as I expect it will get plenty of plays!
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2. Board Game: Tokaido [Average Rating:7.02 Overall Rank:502]
Board Game: Tokaido
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A Thing of Beauty
Everything from the printing of the box to the wonderful board just says "quality". I am hoping the game play will be just as good...... We shall see.
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3. Board Game: AstroNuts [Average Rating:6.26 Overall Rank:12912]
Board Game: AstroNuts
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Fantastic Value
A space 4x game for 7e!!! It contains a board, 12 spaceships,60 colonies, 80 resource coins and dice..... If that isn't good value for a brand new game..... I don't know what is!
Waiting to play this one...
 
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4. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:40]
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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Not upto Expectation
This game has one of the most unique mechanics in every sense of the word as the board has gear wheels linked by cogs that actually rotate! Fantastic you would have thought and I was looking forward to picking this up. But apart from the gears the game is a quite long and somewhat dull worker placement game, so I did not buy it.
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5. Board Game: Schnapp [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:9115]
Board Game: Schnapp
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A Blast from the Past
I found this on a secondhand stall for 6.50e. It is the perfect ice breaker for any game session and for children!
It was interesting to watch the reactions from other tables in the hotel when we decided to give this a spin!
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