My highly subjective and ever evolving list of games to check out at Spiel'15
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This year's Spiel in Essen will be a bit amputated for me unfortunately. Even more important to arrive prepared! So, I made a list. Maybe it can be of interest for others. Who knows. (A blog post with the same list: http://m635j520.blogspot.com/2015/09/my-highly-subjective-an...)
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1. Board Game: 504 [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2284]
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This year's Friedeman Friese seems fascinating. "504 is a game that creates 504 different games out of one box.", they say, but will any of them be worth our time (and shelf space (and money))?
 
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2. Board Game: 7 Wonders Duel [Average Rating:8.13 Overall Rank:14]
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Antoine Bauza teams up with Bruno Cathala to revisit "7 Wonders" as a two player game with intriguing drafting mechanics inspired by... pyramid solitaire.
 
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3. Board Game: Barony [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:997]
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Splendor is one of my favourite games from last year. Marc André is back with a seemingly (slightly) heavier game.
 
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4. Board Game: Mysterium [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:177]
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Coop Ghost Murder Mystery Dixit! (Technically it was at Essen last year, but only in Polish.)
 
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5. Board Game: Ships [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:1703]
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This year's Martin Wallace (A Study In Emerald, A Few Acres of Snow, Mythotopia...)
 
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6. Board Game: Bretagne [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:3203]
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Probably too heavy to get much play time these days, but it sounds intriguing.
 
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7. Board Game: Inhabit the Earth [Average Rating:7.05 Overall Rank:1566]
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8. Board Game: The Gallerist [Average Rating:8.03 Overall Rank:65]
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9. Board Game: Steam Works [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:1819]
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Steampunk worker placement game.
 
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10. Board Game: Favor of the Pharaoh [Average Rating:6.86 Overall Rank:1162]
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A new dice game from Tom Lehman. (Roll for the Galaxy, etc.)
 
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11. Board Game: Above and Below [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:179] [Average Rating:7.53 Unranked]
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The new Ryan Laukat sounds intriguing. City building meets story telling... (Not entirely sure this will be presented at Essen, but LudoVox seems to think so... )
 
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12. Board Game: Dice City [Average Rating:6.85 Overall Rank:910]
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"Dice crafting"?
 
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13. Board Game: Flip City [Average Rating:6.40 Overall Rank:1744] [Average Rating:6.40 Unranked]
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Deckbuilding meets Minivilles? Push your luck with a card flipping gimmick... Why not?
 
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14. Board Game: Small City [Average Rating:7.56 Overall Rank:1813]
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Another mayor-sim?
 
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15. Board Game: My Village [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:979]
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Dice-version of Village.
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16. Board Game: Pandemic Legacy: Season 1 [Average Rating:8.65 Overall Rank:2]
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Pandemic. Legacy.
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17. Board Game: Scythe [Average Rating:8.29 Overall Rank:7] [Average Rating:8.29 Unranked]
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The new game from Stonemaier. (Viticulture w/Tuscany, Euphoria, Between two Cities...)
 
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18. Board Game: Automobiles [Average Rating:7.42 Overall Rank:634]
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Third game in the series that started with the excellent Trains. A bag-builder. My collection could do with a bag builder...
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19. Board Game: Cthulhu Realms [Average Rating:6.81 Overall Rank:1232]
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Star Realms meets Lovecraft? This must be tried.
 
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20. Board Game: New York 1901 [Average Rating:6.91 Overall Rank:787]
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The new Ticket Ride? (Supposedly a great gateway game.)
 
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21. Board Game: The Voyages of Marco Polo [Average Rating:7.95 Overall Rank:42]
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Great reviews.
 
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22. Board Game: Sapiens [Average Rating:6.60 Overall Rank:3018]
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Dominoes with cavemen-theme? Made in Lyon, but I haven't tested it yet...
 
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23. Board Game: Tides of Time [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:900]
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Another two player drafting game... in a small box. From Portal Games.
 
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24. Board Game: Codenames [Average Rating:7.73 Overall Rank:56] [Average Rating:7.73 Unranked]
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Another take on the Dixit association party game sub genre? From a fascinating designer. Why not?
 
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25. Board Game: Nippon [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:258]
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