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    Marcia Morelli
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    ArsTechnica did a great writeup on the best games coming out of Essen 2016. Some of these could be good candidates for tournaments!

    Best board games of Essen 2016

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    Marcia Morelli
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    Have you tried any of these? I’ve only managed to learn Terraforming Mars, which I enjoyed. Some of these are just coming into stock in the US.

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    adminRich
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    I have tried several and picked up some. I had pre-ordered Feast for Odin, Kanagawa and Terraforming Mars just based on the buzz (OK, I usually like Uwe’s games a lot).
    I got to try Terraforming Mars and Great Western Trail at Euroquest. I was glad I bought TM and had not bought GWT. GWT is a fine game, but I didn’t find it very fulfilling. I scored a lot of points for making the deserts and river valleys safer to travel. Was I the National Park Service?
    Terraforming Mars was more my idea of fun. I have had a couple of plays since and still looking forward to more.
    I also got to try Railroad Revolution. I am a fan of Nippon, but I was concerned that RR would be a dumbed down version because the map seemed to indicate fewer moving parts. That turned out to be a bad assumption. There are plenty of moving parts and a little more chaos introduced. I am eagerly awaiting release of the game in the US that I have ordered.
    Kanagawa looks like fun, but I haven’t got it to the table yet. I hope I can play it at Totalcon soon.
    Inis has great art, but I couldn’t tell if I would like it by just scanning the box.
    Terraforming Mars looks like it will get tried out in tournament play more than the other games.
    I really like Feast for Odin, but it might be too long and detailed to make a popular tournament game. Great Western Trail may suffer the same fate, as interested as players may be, the idea of playing the game 3 to 5 times over a few days may not seem as fun as a shorter game would be.
    I had picked up Mombasa the year before. I really like it, but haven’t been able to get it back to the table recently. I am cursed with too many new games.

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