Essen 2000 Canonical List
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This is pretty obsolete at this point I guess, but when just the other day the invitation arrived I was struck the other day that it's been 7 years since I last attended the Essen Spiel. Seems like just yesterday really.

And I started wondering how the various games of that year have done in the ratings, so here's a list of them, in average rating order.
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1. Board Game: Carcassonne [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:137] [Average Rating:7.43 Unranked]
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by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede/Hans-im-Glück

Was to become one of the few games to go on to win both the Spiel des Jahres and the Deutscher Spiele Preis.
 
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2. Board Game: Roads & Boats [Average Rating:7.75 Overall Rank:263]
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by Jeroen Doumen & Joris Wiersinga/Splotter Spellen
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3. Board Game: Blokus [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:512]
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by Bernard Tavitian/Sekkoia
 
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4. Board Game: Dream Factory [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:563]
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As Traumfabrik

by Reiner Knizia/Hasbro
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5. Board Game: Lord of the Rings [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:685]
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by Reiner Knizia/Hasbro
 
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6. Board Game: Java [Average Rating:7.03 Overall Rank:693]
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by Wolfgang Kramer & Michael Kiesling/Ravensburger
 
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7. Board Game: Meuterer [Average Rating:6.93 Overall Rank:777]
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by Marcel-André Casasola Merkle/Adlung
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8. Board Game: Cartagena [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:833]
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Leo Colovini/Winning Moves
 
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9. Board Game: Babel [Average Rating:6.70 Overall Rank:1024]
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by Uwe Rosenberg & Hagen Dorgathen/Kosmos
 
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10. Board Game: Hamsterrolle [Average Rating:6.83 Overall Rank:1135]
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by Jacques Zeimet/Zoch Verlag
 
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11. Board Game: River Dragons [Average Rating:6.47 Overall Rank:1512]
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by Roberto Fraga/Descartes Editeur
 
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12. Board Game: Ivanhoe [Average Rating:6.54 Overall Rank:1630]
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by Reiner Knizia/GMT
 
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13. Board Game: Attila [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:1781]
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by Karl-Heinz Schmiel/Hans im Glück
 
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14. Board Game: Bus [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:1848]
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by Jeroen Doumen/Splotter Spellen
 
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15. Board Game: Monza [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:1930]
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by Juergen P. Grunau/HABA
 
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16. Board Game: Kill Doctor Lucky [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:2037]
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by James Ernest/Mario Truant Verlag
 
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17. Board Game: Unpublished Prototype [Average Rating:6.97 Overall Rank:2170]
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Some games were there, but only as prototypes, including:

EuroMille - unsure what became of it
Wyatt Earp

There were also some prominent games that were supposed to be at the show, but didn't make it:

Allies vs. the Reich - believe this one from the late QED Games never appeared

Apples to Apples - delayed to the next year

Industria - the disagreement between Tom Lehmann and Hans-im-Glueck

Patton in Flames - delayed to 2001

Qin by Reiner Knizia (cancelled, and finally appeared only in 2012)

San Marco - delayed to Nuremberg

Solaris (from FFG and and still has not appeared? or maybe the name was changed because of trouble from the movie people?)
 
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18. Board Game: Tally Ho! [Average Rating:6.12 Overall Rank:2448]
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by Rudi Hoffmann/Kosmos
 
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19. Board Game: Doge [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:2481]
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by Leo Colovini/Goldsieber
 
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20. Board Game: Empires of the Ancient World [Average Rating:6.62 Overall Rank:2761]
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by Martin Wallace/Warfrog
 
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21. Board Game: M [Average Rating:6.41 Overall Rank:2918]
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by Martin Schlegel/Abacus
 
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22. Board Game: Ebbe & Flut [Average Rating:6.48 Overall Rank:3062]
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by Wolfgang Werner/Adlung-Spiele
 
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23. Board Game: Orchard [Average Rating:6.36 Overall Rank:3100]
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Anneliese Farkaschovsky/HABA

2000 re-release of this 1986 game for kids
 
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24. Board Game: Turbo Taxi [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:3342]
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by Friedemann Friese/2F
 
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25. Board Game: Way Out West [Average Rating:6.16 Overall Rank:3398]
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by Martin Wallace/Warfrog
 
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