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Essen Releases

Andrew L
user 23699931
Buffalo, NY
Post #: 259
I've done a bit of poking around and already have more games on my must-buy list than I can realistically afford but I'm curious what other titles people here are anticipating. I think it's shaping up to be a pretty strong lineup for my fellow fans of dry economic cube pushers, but there's a bunch of intriguing titles in the pipeline. Here's my top 10:

10. Suburbia Inc.
I loved the base game but it lost a bit of its charm after the 10 or so plays I've gotten in. This seems to offer new dimensions for building, new strategies to take and challenges to make it more...challenging. Seems like enough to make this a necessary expansion.

9. Nauticus/Coal Baron
Two Kiesling and Kramer titles coming out. Coal Baron has a little more info out and sounds like more of type of game I'd anticipate from the designer duo, and at that it's the one I'm more likely to order but I'm excited for Nauticus as well with the couple pictures that are up.

8. Prosperity
Another designer team-up of Knizia and Keyflower's Sebastian Bleasdale. Keyflower is another I have yet to play that I am dying to try, but given all I've read about it I am stoked to see what these two can create together.

7. Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends
After reading the description I probably would have passed over this one had it not been a Vlaada. It sounds pretty grand in scope and fiddly and bizarre in a Vlaada way and the more I hear about it the better it sounds. It seems like it will push the boundaries of both abstract gameplay and direct conflict. Should be crazy.

6. Palmyra
I'm partial to this one because Palmyra is my hometown (the western-NY town, not the Syrian city). The rules are up and it comes across as a pretty smart and simple area control/tile laying game. Almost a quirky-Carcassonne.

5. Russian Railroads
Category: Trains, Mechanic: Worker Placement. I honestly didn't have to read past that.

4. Bremerhaven
It appears that somebody played Le Havre and decided that it would be a better game if it was significantly more complex. And that's amazing, this game looks like it will be a gem. And I love that in the Le Havre fashion this contains 300+ cards and 350+ tokens but only 5 wooden pieces.

3. Caverna/Glass Road
Lumping these together because again I don't think I willl jump on both right away. I'm honestly a little more intrigued by Caverna just because Agricola is definitely in my top 5 games of all time but I tire of how cumbersome and irritating the cards are. Glass Road seems like the opposite direction from Caverna and more of the same from the past few Rosenburg big box titles with the core of the gameplay in balancing building cards and character cards. But I love the depth to his games so I will probably grab this one as well.

2. Roads & Boats 4th Edition
Finally the ultimate Euro gets a reprint. I've only played this one virtually and really want to add this to my collection.

1. Bruxelles 1893
Here's a perfect combination of attractive theme/artwork, innovative mechanics, and what appears to be pretty compelling gameplay from a glance at the rules. This has a modular action board that changes what you can do round to round and several different aspects to keep track of for scoring. I get the distinct impression this will have tight tactical decisions each round but will reward long term strategy which is the number 1 thing I want in a game.
user 9349172
East Aurora, NY
Post #: 381
Good list. I've been reading about Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends. There's a gameplay video out there somewhere that shows the game in pretty good detail.
A former member
Post #: 26
I was thinking of picking up Surburbia because I think I could persuade the wife to play it, but maybe I should wait.
Eden, NY
Post #: 1,839
Coal Baron caught my eye too. I got kinda excited when I read the best Kramer -Keisling in years comments.

I'm sure after I watch a few videos and get caught up in the buzz, I'll have a few more titles.
user 9349172
East Aurora, NY
Post #: 384
Buffalo, NY
Post #: 560
The games that interest me are:


Other games I would like to see at some point

Piwne Imperium
Machina Arcana
Elma, NY
Post #: 2,162
I've been purposely trying to avoid looking at what's coming out. I simply have too many games that I've yet to play. I'll wait to see what gets all the buzz before deciding what if anything I should buy.
Alberto R.
user 100534172
Buffalo, NY
Post #: 25
Is the Last Will Exp. being release at Essen?
A former member
Post #: 29
King & Assassins looks interesting.
Eden, NY
Post #: 1,840
Glass Road-Glass Road is a game that commemorates the 700-year-old tradition of glass-making in the Bavarian Forest. (Today the Glass Road is a route through the Bavarian Forest that takes visitors to many of the old glass houses and museums of that region.) You must skillfully manage your glass and brick production in order to build the right structures that help you to keep your business flowing. Cut the forest to keep the fires burning in the ovens, and spread and remove ponds, pits and groves to supply yourself with the items you need. Fifteen specialists are there at your side to carry out your orders...

The game consists of four building periods. Each player has an identical set of fifteen specialist cards, and each specialist comes with two abilities. At the beginning of each building period, each player needs to choose a hand of five specialists. If he then plays a specialist that no other player has remaining in his hand, he may use both abilities of that card; if two or more players play the same specialist, each of them may use only one of the two abilities. Exploiting the abilities of the specialists lets you collect resources, lay out new landscape tiles (e.g., ponds and pits), and build a variety of buildings

This one looks pretty good. Big box Rosenberg card game that sounds like it plays like a card game.
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