My Essen booty - 2007
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No, I didn't get to Essen this year - but I was there in spirit, aided and abetted by my gaming twin, the lovely 7ofAnn.

Ann and Ageeth kindly offered to pick up some games for me and Fraser. Here's our shopping list - and here's what we got

Even better, here's Ann's list of what she played and bought: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/25454
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First, the "big" Essen game. Ann didn't pick this one up (rumours that it was too heavy to lift are apparently unfounded), but Lookout Games are kindly sending me a copy ... somehow

Ann did, however, play the game - and reports good stuff

From Essen reports here at BGN and boardgame.de and - particularly - at Fairplay, it sounds like this is one of the real hits of the show. There has been cheering in Australia.
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Not only did she take my wish list to Essen, she even responded to my email after day 1, saying "Ann, if you read this, please pick up the pink game for me!!!" Now that is service above and beyond the call.

Ann, if you read this, feel free to open and play it before shipping
 
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I think all our other Power Grid expansions came from Essen (thanks Stefanie) so it stood to reason that this one should, too. Icing on the cake was that it was bought from two such huge Power Grid fans, who we have played the game with on BSW.
 
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This was high on my wish list, after too many very silly games on BSW. Ann found me a copy for 10 Euros
 
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This was high on Fraser's list - but he wants the original Traumfabrik. He seems to have missed the boat though - this was not available at Essen at all this year, and the copies that appear on eBay are fetching higher and higher prices.

Didn't get this one.
 
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Me: Ummm, and some small card games, please. Up to 3.
Me, next day: Umm, and some small card games, please. Up to 5.

Not only did they get us some games, Ann even looked at my wishlist to see what games I wanted! Now there's commitment.
 
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Haven't tried this but it seems to be a stayer
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Last of the little card games.

Ann, you are amazing. Thankyou again! (and again and again and again)
 
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How could I forget this one!

Answer: I had filed it in the part of my brain that is labelled "pre-orders" as opposed to the part that is labelled "Essen. Must Go!!!!!! OMG Too Fun!!!!!!!!!!" (yes those are the correct numbers of exclamation marks).

This arrived today.
 
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