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This is just a little list with the items picked up at Essen 2012 and the initial thoughts on these games. Later I will create and add some videos for these games.
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1. Board Game: Spellbound [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:3978]
Board Game: Spellbound
First of all: The figures of this game are the best I have ever seen. Especially the spell book figures are super cute and so unbelievable BIG. The game itself is a solid coop with an interesting deckbuilding aspect. The innovative part is, that you build one deck for all players. So get new cards for the deck effects all players. We played it only once and we lost this first game - so it seems that it isn't too easy for us . The rulebook isn't that good but it is not really a big deal

Initial rating: 7.5
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2. Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:46]
Board Game: Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island
This game was our only preorder this year. The artwork and components are really good and the game looks very interesting. We didn't played this so far bur after reading the rules we are very excited to play it in the next couple of days.

The (german) rules are full of typos and other mistakes and also some aspects of the games are not clearly explained. I wonder if we can play it without unclear rules situations. More comments after our first play.

UPDATE: Played it yesterday and surprisingly we had no big problems with unclear rules. It was so much fun! This one is a new favorite of mine, definitely!

Initial rating: 9.5
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3. Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:501]
Board Game: Escape: The Curse of the Temple
A simple real time temple crawl coop family game. Because of its easy rules we played this as our first game directly after we had left the fair:
It was great chaotic fun dice rolling fun! It is really short (10 min) and so I think in the future this game will be played very, very often.

Initial rating: 7.5
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4. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.78 Overall Rank:793] [Average Rating:6.78 Unranked]
Board Game: Smash Up
A little card game where you mix two decks together to form the player deck. Then you try to get the most victory points from being the one with the most power on different "base"-cards. For us it looked like some combination of decks are very bad and others are unbelievable good. So our first game wasn't that much fun but I think there is more potential in it. Eventually it is a better experience after a few more plays. Rules are nice and easy!

Initial rating: 6
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5. Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse [Average Rating:7.25 Overall Rank:342] [Average Rating:7.25 Unranked]
Board Game: Sentinels of the Multiverse
This one is not an Essen-Release but in the past it was very difficult to get this one in germany. So we decided to buy it at the fair together with the first expansion "Rook City".
The cards are designed in a cool comic style way and, because you can play with every Hero/Villan/Environment combination, the replay value is extremely high! On our first game we played with only two heroes - not a good idea... In the second try we both played two heroes - a much better way to play this games with 2!
All in one it is a great game.

Initial rating: 8
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6. Board Game: Space Cadets [Average Rating:6.61 Overall Rank:1453]
Board Game: Space Cadets
Another coop but a total different one. Neither read the rules nor played yet. So no thoughts on this...

UPDATE: Played yesterday for the first time. Because of its many stations, which are represented by various mini games, and the fact that each player should know the rules of every single station the rules explanation was looooong and some of the players were a bit confused. So it didn't surprised us that we lose relatively quick. I think this game can be extreme fun but first it is hard work to get a group into it. I will try it with a different group on friday... Wait and see

Initial rating: 7
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7. Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3212]
Board Game: World of Warcraft: The Adventure Game
Got a new one of this for 10€. I know that many people think that it is a kind of blah... But i couldn't resist because of its price tag. Haven't played it yet.
 
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8. Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition [Average Rating:7.04 Overall Rank:876] [Average Rating:7.04 Unranked]
Board Game: Ultimate Werewolf: Ultimate Edition
Only 5€ at the fair and I think it is a nice little party game...
 
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