My Essen picks and what I ordered
Posted by sodaklady on November 15, 2010
Another Essen game fair has come and gone, leaving happy memories of sitting at my computer at 0500 watching the live stream from the other side of the world. I really enjoyed watching the game demos and occasionally joining in the chat with other BGGers around the world. Now the tough part– deciding what to add to my already too-large gaming collection.
There are three major considerations to take into account when I look over the newest crop of games:
- How little space there is left on my shelves.
- How to fit the cost into my budget.
- The fact that I usually only have one person to play with; occasionally two.
I also want games that add something unique to my collection. This is a minor consideration, an addendum to the major considerations.
I started with about 15 games that I wanted to check into further, waiting for some feedback from people who have played the games a few times. It’s been three weeks of reading first reviews, session reports and questions, leaving me with a very short list of “games I absolutely, positively have to have”.
- Sun, Sea & Sky. The unique time element attracted me to this one.
- London. There’s a lot of fun stuff going on in this game but it still looks like a relatively simple game to play.
- Bargain Hunter. I love straight card games and this remake of a very popular trick-taking game, Schnäppchen Jagd, has long been on my want list.
Then there’s the list of “games I’d like to have but wish I could try out first so will continue to watch instead”.
- Poseidon. A simplified, quicker 18XX game– re-themed to boats and trading posts?
- Basilica. A 2-player game that has an interesting tile set-up.
- Troyes. A new way to use dice.
- Inca Empire. Building an empire outward from a central location, with unique card play to add a bit of spice. If this was playable with only 2, it would have been on the other list.
- 51st State. Build your city with multi-purpose cards, and maybe send out workers to other players’ cities.
- Hey Waiter! A card game with a new twist, combining two cards to create a third card which shows your action.
With all of this gaming goodness, but very few of them available in the States yet, what did I order?
It’s like this: I was researching Poseidon, specifically trying to get a handle on 18xx games since I was having trouble getting through the rules. This lead me to Scott Nicholson’s wonderful video of 18xx games which reminded me of the crayon rail games. After reading the rules to 1830, I knew this was a game that Richard and I would enjoy, probably more so than any of the games on either of the above lists. I decided on the British Rails version after a little more research since it’s a smaller area and recommended for 2-4 players.
So you could say that my Essen game plan got a little off track. 😀