The most expensive one I bought. I was equally interested in other games around the same price category, like Robinson Crusoe (which seems like a huge step up from Wilderness), The Cave (K2 going underground) and Spartacus (the better of the new gladiator hype ?), but friends were already going to buy these. So I hope to play their copies sooner or later. :o)
About the last game I went back for. Almost bought it a couple of weeks ago, but I happened to be just too late. So I'm happy to have found it at Spiel, though for a slightly higher price.
Just minutes after buying this, I found a copy of Stronghold for 40 euros, which I couldn't afford anymore. Bummer. Though if I'm not mistaken, a friend has Stronghold in his collection. I'd love to play it ASAP.
Last year it was still costing over 100 euros, so I was surprised to see it for sale at 30. This was the very last game I bought, just minutes before the doors were closing, and the last money I could spend.
It reminds me a lot of the Avalon Hill bookcase game Outdoor Survival (hikers lost in the wood, dealing with animals, food, water, ...), which I also have. So I'm hoping it is different enough. It's also in the line of Robinson Crusoe: Adventure on the Cursed Island, but that one is definitely a step up. I guess I need to try playing all three of them in 2013. :o)
I guess I had better saved this for later, but I already wanted to buy it a couple of months ago, and it was out of order. Last year, I bought me the base game in german, so I wanted the expansion to be in the same language. Later on the day, I saw it for 3 euros less, but I won't whine about that.
I happened to find this as well as Helden in der Unterwelt, but I was unsure whether I already had the latter. So I decided to buy only Im Schatten des Drachen, to find out just after closing time that I didn't have Helden in der Unterwelt after all. A bit of a missed opportunity, but perhaps I can still find it some other day.
The german version of this thievery game was only costing 20 euros. I must admit I was still in a doubt, but given that I was already interested in this one when it was still costing over 40, I couldn't steer away from it. Even though I know its ratings are far from overwhelming.
The AEG edition, not the Pegasus one, as I preferred to have this one in English. Even though there was a price difference and the much bigger box. But it'll be good for storing future expansions.
I was a bit gutted to see Infinite City for only 3 euros, as I had this game on its way, paid 12 + 5 shipment for it and still had to pick it up just over the dutch border, which I did the day after Spiel. Quite a difference in total cost. :-/
Another must have, since I like the base game very much.
There were more games at the iello stand that were appealing to me, like for instance Mythic Battles (I think to prefer Summoner Wars instead, but no text on the cards might increase speed of play). Uchronia (which has gone from thinking about it to don't buy and back) and even Sewer Pirates (but perhaps a bit too much of the same all game long ?). I think there was even one more, but can't remember which.
English version at Z-Man. I was in a doubt between this for 20 and Tales of the Arabian Nights for 35 euros. A friend helped me decide, but still I'm wondering whether I chose right. Perhaps TotAN is a bit too dense (a lot of reading) for a game this far from my usual kind of games and the theme is less appealing to me, but it comes with a nice board, sturdy books and gets a better rating. Only time will tell...
At Z-Man, I also thought of buying Dungeon Lords: Festival Season & The Ladies of Troyes, but decided to keep that for later.
And there were several other interesting ones, such as the heavy Clash of Cultures (though perhaps I better stick to Sid Meier's Civilization), tile builder Ginkgopolis (which I didn't know of yet), co-op Atlantis Rising (kind of Forbidden Island with difficulty of Ghost Stories), worker placement Dark Minions (perhaps 2nd handed) and Grimoire (of which I like the german art better, so perhaps if that would get a print in english).
In the past, I almost bought me Ricochet Robots, so I'm glad I waited for this to come out. Though I wonder how much of a blatant rip-off this is considered to be and whether Alex Randolph is now turning over in his grave ?
So this is my other White Goblin purchase of Spiel 2012. I'm also eager to find out more about Saqqara, Pyramidion & Völuspá. But that'll be for later on. And Belgium 1831 should be a must buy next year, though I'm not so sure yet.
One of the 2 games I bought from the dump stands. If only I didn't already have so many of them. :o) And bought at quite a higher price (f.i. Dust & Isla Dorada to name two, both for 10 euros whereas I've paid 25 for each of them). :-s
If I'm not mistaken, Constantinopolis could be bought for 15 euros. Probably a good euro in the line of Caylus & Puerto Rico, but too dry for me I suppose. There were several others that might have been worth the money, but I don't remember all. There was f.i. also Bushido, but it didn't show the components on the back. How on earth were they thinking to sell it to people not knowing at all what to expect ?
Next to Wilderness, another one of the Fryx brothers, but this only a small card game with cunning gameplay.
Earlier on the day, I saw me another excellent 2 player card game Jaipur somewhere for 12 euros, which I tried to remember, but failed to do. But perhaps I can still find it later for less money. And even if not, I can always ask my friend to bring it over once again.
Would have loved to find me an english copy of Chez Geek as well, but even didn't find a german one.