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Essen Open Thread

Well, I’ve been watching the Essen Reports and I see a whole lot of games that I’d like to try, but nothing’s holding up one arm, going “Ooh-ooh-ooooh! Pick Me, Mr. Kott-tehr!” (I suppose 7 Wonders is leading right now). Looking at the GeekBuzz, 122 votes at 4.0 beats 18 votes at 4.2, in my book.

So this is the yearly Essen “What looks good to you?” thread. Have at it.


Written by taogaming

October 23, 2010 at 10:46 am

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  1. Master of Economy looks interesting. Stocks and company vs player funds of 18xx crossed with a Euro engine.


    October 23, 2010 at 11:48 am

  2. Oh, let’s see.

    Sobek looks like a nice two-player card game.

    Given my current penchant for stock holding / economic games, I was very excited to find out that Rio Grande is picking up Black Friday (Schwarzer Freitag) from Friedemann Friese.

    The Japon Brand stuff always looks interesting. None of it is “must have” but all games that I’d like to win in a math trade sometime in the future: RRR (Regality vs. Religion: Revolution) and String Railroads look like fun, light games.

    Of course there’s 7 Wonders, but 51st state may have dropped a few notches just based on the demo.

    And of course my interest in train games is growing ever so slightly with SNCF, Rails of New England, and Railroad Barons all on my “hrmmmm” list.


    October 23, 2010 at 1:08 pm

  3. 7 Wonders, String Railway (ordered a copy from Japon Brand myself), Railroad Barons… but I skipped Poseidon for now, maybe later.

    Rails of New England sounds fab, too, but I’d like to hear more details. Winsome Essen set is of course delicious, particularly SNCF (which is probably available next year as a licensed edition).


    October 23, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    • Sounds like Mikko and I have very similar tastes in games. 🙂


      October 23, 2010 at 4:16 pm

  4. Those who read my article on BGN will know this already, but these are the games I plan to pick up at a minimum: 7 Wonders, London, Black Friday, and Famiglia. I’ll also probably get Cleopatra’s Caboose when Zev releases it.

    Other strong possibilities include Olympus (its strong showing in the Fairplay ratings is encouraging), Sun Sea & Sand, Tikal II, 20th Century, and Merkator. Games that get additional interest due to their good Fairplay showing include Troyes, Vinhos, Navegador, Asara, and Furstenfeld. I’ll be keeping a closer eye on the early adopters’ comments than usual, as few of the Essen crop strike me as must-have material.

    Larry Levy

    October 24, 2010 at 1:12 am

  5. Amusingly enough, this is the Essen I have been most excited about since I got into board gaming (early 2008). There is a long list of games that I am getting (20% increased in collection size expected, though I don’t have a huge collection) and I am really looking forward to start playing them.

    Here is the list of games I bought (or plan to buy), in no particular order:
    1860 (only very technically an Essen game, since it is a reprint and one I pre-ordered like 10 months ago)
    7 Wonders
    Baltimore and Ohio
    Grand Cru
    Key Market
    German Railways
    Hansa Teutonica – East Expansion (nice option now that I am 50 plays in)
    Railroad Barons
    Rio de La Plata

    Troyes is also highly likely as I liked what I saw of the rules and with the great buzz it is getting, I am probably going to get it.

    Jesse Dean

    October 24, 2010 at 8:07 am

    • Troyes — Not much details on BGG, but looks interesting.
      Navegador — Rondel game. There will eventually be one of those I like…
      German Railways — I’ve wanted the Winsome game for years, so I’ll certainly be trying this. OTOH, that means that I don’t need to bother with SNCF, despite it looking interesting. I can wait for it to get picked up.
      Hansa Expansion — natch.
      Norenberc — Intrigued.
      B&O — Ditto
      Olympus — Something about the BGN preview (I think) put me off, but I’ll keep watching.
      The rest? I’m happy to try them, but I’m not going out of my way. At least not yet.


      October 24, 2010 at 11:18 am

      • I read the rules for Olympus. It seems to be a perfectly serviceable but not particularly interesting worker placement game. Same with Era of Inventions and Magnum Sal. No need to own them, probably no need to play them.

        Jesse Dean

        October 25, 2010 at 7:54 pm

  6. Games I’ve played, and will buy:

    Black Friday
    New England Rails

    Games I’d be willing to buy without playing first:

    Discover India
    Fun & Easy Bohnanza (the Bohnanza collector in me calling)


    Games I’ve played, that I might purchase, but would prefer to play again first:

    Die Burgen von Burgund

    Games I’d specifically like to try:

    7 Wonders
    De Vulgari Elequentia
    Expedition Sumatra

    Most everything else is on my “happy to try; no need to spend money to make it happen” list.

    Joe Huber

    October 25, 2010 at 8:33 am

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