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1. Board Game: Septikon: Uranium Wars [Average Rating:6.46 Overall Rank:8259]
Board Game: Septikon: Uranium Wars
Igrology 4-104 / 2 / 30min / Demo
 
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2. Board Game: Northwest Passage Adventure [Average Rating:6.23 Overall Rank:9731]
Board Game: Northwest Passage Adventure
Gen-X Games 4-119 / 2-4 / 20-40min / 29,-
 
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3. Board Game: Skyline [Average Rating:6.01 Overall Rank:4051]
Board Game: Skyline
TMG / LocWorks 4-230 / 1-4 / 15min / ___,-
Each turn, players choose to roll dice from either the Construction Yard or the Abandoned District, with the goal of erecting urban buildings. Buildings are made up of three types of dice: Ground Floor dice, Mid-Floor dice and Penthouse dice. Some buildings are safer to build but provide little reward, while other buildings have poor probabilities but can have substantial impact on the success of a player's skyline.
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4. Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar [Average Rating:7.91 Overall Rank:39]
Board Game: Tzolk'in: The Mayan Calendar
CGE 4-310 / 2-4 / 90min / ___,-
In this game you put down your workers but you don't get the action until you remove them from the board. You workers are placed on moving gears so the possible action changes every round. It adds a level of decision that not seen in any worker placement game before. It adds a "when" element to what is normally just a "where" game mechanism.
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5. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:558] [Average Rating:7.11 Unranked]
Board Game: Among the Stars
Artipia / Stand: 4-407

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6. Board Game Publisher: Rightgames RBG SIA
Board Game Publisher: Rightgames RBG SIA
Stand: 4-412

Zombie! Run for Your Lives! (12,-)

Potion-Making: University Course (12,-)

Potion-Making: Guild Of Alchemists (12,-)
 
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7. Board Game: The Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:10072]
Board Game: The Lord of the Rings Dice Building Game
WizKids 5-34 / 2-4 / 30min
maybe a preview?
 
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8. Board Game Publisher: Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
Board Game Publisher: Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
"Greater China Pavilion" run by Swan Panasia.

• Booth: 5-42
 
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9. Board Game: Wiraqocha: The Way of the Feathered Serpent [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.81 Unranked]
Board Game: Wiraqocha: The Way of the Feathered Serpent
SitDown / Stand: 5-59

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10. Board Game Publisher: Granna
Board Game Publisher: Granna
Granna 5-105
Board Game: Hooop!
Board Game: Kraby

Board Game: Qubix
Board Game: Super Farmer
 
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11. Board Game: Existenz: On the Ruins of Chaos [Average Rating:5.87 Overall Rank:14453]
Board Game: Existenz: On the Ruins of Chaos
Quantuum 6-826 / 2-4 / 90min / 40,-
A strategy card game in which epic battles are fought on a game board. The game is played by two or more people, each controlling a life base: your faction's floating bastion of power. Fighting off your opponents, you try to escape from the center of the boards towards the safety of the outer rim.
You use energy crystals to fuel arcane technomantic rituals in order to protect your life base, or to obliterate your enemies. These rituals allow you to control creatures of tremendous power and create constructs of awe-inspiring size. The magic arsenal of cards in your deck allow you to manipulate the course of the game and deliver deadly combos.
 
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Board Game Publisher: Österreichisches Spiele Museum e.V.
9-14
Level XI
 
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13. Board Game: Goblins, Inc. [Average Rating:6.44 Overall Rank:2879]
Board Game: Goblins, Inc.
HDS 9-108 / CGE 4-310 / 2-4 / 90min / 35,-
Goblins, Inc. is a corporation dedicated to building unstoppable giant doomsday robots, and it's looking for a new CEO. Team up with your greed-driven fellow goblins and build the ultimate doomsday robot. Meet other teams in epic battles and blow them up!
The game plays over three rounds in which you partner up with each of your fellow players once to try to build the ultimate giant doomsday robot – but the other players don't know which secret achievements you must complete to impress the Boss! During the four phases of the round, the teams take turns designing, building and piloting their robots in order to destroy the other team and get one step closer to becoming the next CEO.
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14. Board Game: Ginkgopolis [Average Rating:7.43 Overall Rank:384]
Board Game: Ginkgopolis
HDS 9-108 / PearlGames 4-319 / 1-5 / 60min / 40,-
In Ginkgopolis sind die Spieler Stadtplaner, die Gebäude der Stadt bauen und betreiben, um so viele Erfolgspunkte wie möglich zu gewinnen. In jeder Runde wählen die Spieler gleichzeitig eine Aktion aus, indem jeder der Spieler eine Handkarte ausspielt. Wenn man eine Karte allein ausspielt, kann man das entsprechende, schon fertige Gebäude nutzen. Wenn man eine Karte mit einem Plättchen ausspielt, darf man ein neues Gebäude errichten.
 
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15. Board Game: Atlantis Rising [Average Rating:6.56 Overall Rank:2768]
Board Game: Atlantis Rising
Z-man 10-40 / 2-6 / 60min / 30,-
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16. Board Game: Smash Up [Average Rating:6.77 Overall Rank:798] [Average Rating:6.77 Unranked]
Board Game: Smash Up
Pegasus 12-01 12-06 6-417 / 2-4 / 45min / 15,-
 
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17. Board Game: Animocity [Average Rating:5.50 Unranked]
Board Game: Animocity
Nevermore Games ?-??? / 2-4 / 45min
In Animocity, a clash of builders, players are city developers competing for points bragging rights. Players place city locations perpendicular to randomized districts, robbing their opponents of points and rearranging what was previously built. The bonuses that occur are changed each round as players fight for initiative and choose new location/bonus combinations.
The modular nature of the game means doing the best with what you have while the layout and game play is fresh every game. You can make deals and break deals, make friends and make enemies, but in the end only one person wins. Oh, and the play is pretty darn addictive. More details to come.
 
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