Last Essen-list of the year I guess
Stefaan Henderickx
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As usually we filled a car with people of our gaming club and drove for a 1-day trip to Essen on sunday. Lets hear what I played and bought. I will also add my experiences with my buys when I play them so feel free to subscribe if you want to read those.

I will begin with the typical loot pic. I know it looks like it's taken in a mirror, something strange with my webcam but I tought you people would like the challenge to recognize the games. whistle

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1. Board Game: Loot [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:1845]
Board Game: Loot
Stefaan Henderickx
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The loot pic:
From gallery of stefaan


Only 7 games this year. The years we bought every game that looked interesting and/or cheap are over. That's good.
 
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2. Board Game: Click Clack Lumberjack [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:1780]
Board Game: Click Clack Lumberjack
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First game we played. It was a bit silly: the 3 of us were still a bit sleepy because we woke up too early and drove 2-3 hours so we knocked the tree over really quick. I guess this is fun in the right circumstances but I felt no need to buy.
 
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3. Board Game: Siberia [Average Rating:6.79 Overall Rank:3869]
Board Game: Siberia
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After a first walk trough the halls we saw a free table and played this game. My thanks to the friendly French-speaking Belgian lady who gave us a good English explanation in Germany (welcome to Europe).
The 3 of us enjoyed the game. It played smooth and had some interesting options. I regret not buying it now but I did not want to carry bags early in the day. May pick this up later.
 
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4. Board Game: Love Letter [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:253]
Board Game: Love Letter
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The first game I bought (3 euro). I was intrigued by the minimalistic design when I had read the rules. It boils a card hand and a choice down to its purest form. This will see a lot of plays.
 
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5. Board Game: 20th Century [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1496]
Board Game: 20th Century
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Then we passed the Heidelbärger dump stand. Things go wrong then. The designer of this one intrigued me with League of 6 and the theme of this one appeals to me more so it went in a big bag (10 euro).
 
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6. Board Game: Dakota [Average Rating:5.92 Overall Rank:7368]
Board Game: Dakota
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At the same stand I saw this one (5 euro) and I bought it. I remembered some good rumors about it (that it had a negotiation element for example). Lets hope these are true.
 
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7. Board Game: Pony Express [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3348]
Board Game: Pony Express
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This was the 3rd big box in the bag (ouch, my hands). I remembered people having fun when I saw them playing this so I bought this lighter game. 5 euro is a hard price to say no to.shake
 
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8. Board Game: Autokrator [Average Rating:6.35 Overall Rank:8448]
Board Game: Autokrator
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We wanted to go for a Bratwurst but then we saw a free table at this game. A nice greek guy explained the game. I must admit it was hard to understand in detail. We did a test round. We saw the potential this game has and the theme is well done and original, but downtime scared me off. No buy.
 
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9. 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
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After the wurst (and some time lost while we lost one of us) I bought some of the new games. The adventure in this one really appeals to me. I read the rules now and am looking forward to try it out. I hope some people in our group like it so we can try out all of the scenarios. Price tag was big (45 euro) but production quality looks nice.
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10. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:39]
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
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I must admit the looks of this game helped luring me into buying it, but after reading the rules I suspect a good and original game is behind them, so I do not regret spending 40 euro. The BGG-booth did not have bags (and my first plastic bag was completely full so I had to do strange things to carry everything.
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11. Board Game: Grand Cru [Average Rating:6.82 Overall Rank:2012]
Board Game: Grand Cru
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I wanted to buy this one because we saw it priced 10 euro and I like me a good wine game, but we could not find the booth again and gave up.
 
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12. Board Game: Nichtlustig [Average Rating:5.22 Overall Rank:17928]
Board Game: Nichtlustig
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We have a tradition in ending the day by buying something weird/unknown/... and this was my pick for this year (8 euro). After reading the rules I think it's Pickomino with some twists and really funny artwork. We'll see.
 
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13. Board Game: Jumping to Conclusions [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
Board Game: Jumping to Conclusions
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Good fun was had. As usually we did not play that much, but I guess that's our fate when we only go for one day. I am looking forward to getting some plays of the new games in and will keep you informed.
 
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