Agricola sounds awesome. And its only 30 minutes play time apparently. They shoulda included the farmer, wife and children tokens though.....that would be fun. XD
Tribune came out of nowhere, it sounds like a waaarrrgghhhgame, but knowing germans, it might be a majority/influence control game.
Agricola was consistently in the limelight. The description sounds like a game of farming, but heard there are a lot of text on cards. Not sure how elegant the system will be with that number of text.
Hamburgum was described as a non-conflict game, something that some might take an issue with considering Mac Gerdts' previous designs involve waarrggghhh. This game was described as an euro-esque city re-building game with a bogged down mid-game. Considering his previous design of Antike, this scenario is highly likely with new players, but should be smoothed out when all players are experienced.
Cuba. The more I read about this game, the more I'm worried about how the game is balanced. Every player has their own pre-arranged farms and I'm worried that the existing setup might be unbalanced in some manner. Furthermore, there seems to be laws that will be voted in every turn and that again might throw the game balance out of whack. The bidding mechanic incorporated seems like a repair gesture to partly resolve this. This game seems more like Pillars/AOE3 than Caylus/Puerto Rico with its special laws cards. While I like AOE3, I'm so-so with Pillars, wonder how this game will turn out for me.
Before the Wind. Heard about this game on the Pulpgamer podcast. Wasn't taken in by the descriptions then of shipping and storing goods at the right timing, so this game from Phalanx doesn't catch my attention.
Im Jahr Des Drachen. Supposedly a good game from Alea. But since I haven't tested Notre Dame yet from Alea, I'm not sure what to expect for this one.
King of Siam. This game got euthusiastic thumbs up from some quarters. Think is area majority rather than waarrrgghhh game. Will be interested in reading more reviews.
Container. Co-authored by the recently late Franz Benno-Delonge. Game description seems bleah, but the components are top notch! Hope the gameplay is more than currently previewed.
Filou. Friedemann Friese's esoteric offering. More people seems to be picking this one up because its cheap rather than some fantastic review. Again not sure what to expect. But I expect the new power grid plant deck#2 to roxor!
Kingsburg. The board of many many historical personalities doesn't attact me. Perhaps more reviews before commenting further?
Unranked games: Brass - yeah, warfrog deosn't seem to be generating any buzz with this one, could be a 'meh' title. Wadi - this game seems simple and elegent with plenty of screwage. Was on the fairplay list at some point. Amytis - ystari's latest title seems promising but under-reported. Maybe everyone bought before trying it?
That's all my notes for now after reading all those Essen reports... shheeessshhh how does anyone get any work done around here?
[quote user="dave"]Bleh.... [+o(] just play Republic of Rome.... it's the best game of Roman politics that'll ever be made....[/quote]
eh, don't knock this game so soon... then again, if anyone got Republic of Rome to playtest, I'll be happy to oblige... (let's see, there's titan, republic of rome... man, more games to try)
Actually, the thing that everyone (or at least myself) is most interested right now is:
What did macedwin brought back from Essen for the Awana Getaway Gaming 2007 (TM)???
Agricola? Tribune? Cuba? Hamburgum? Powergrid Plant Deck 2?
Anyone want to make bets?
[quote user="Champion Eternal"]Dave, have u got your RoR with you?[/quote]
Sold off my copy before I left Australia..... [brickwall]
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