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Essen 2015 – Preview Part 2 – Luke’s Top Five Titles

In todays post, we take a look at the top five games that Luke’s looking forward too out of Essen 2015. It’s not just about the new games that come out, its about the Essen 2015 expansions too! You’ll also notice that Luke and Nigel’s Essen 2015 list are in agreement on some of the titles to watch out for!

Takenoko: Chibi’s

Takenoko Chibis Essen 2015
Luke says:

The expansion to an excellent gateway game in my Top 10 that involved building a bamboo garden and controlling the cutest miniature for a game ever – the panda bear. Now as well as new tiles and objectives, there is a new female panda miniature and the chance to make panda babies for more points. Kawaii!!


Abyss: Kraken

Abyss Kraken Essen 2015
Luke says:

Abyss is an under-rated game with some of the best artwork I’ve ever seen. Depicting an underwater landscape and creative design on the creatures included this was a fairly simple card tableau game with a surprisingly amount of depth, enough I think to hit my Top 25. The expansion includes a new currency and more lords and locations and allies to mix with the original.


The Gallerist

Gallersit Essen 2015
Luke says:

Vital Lacerda impressed me with his Kanban game about building cars and Vinhos is on my top 5 games I want to play list. This is his newest venture about running an art gallery – not the first theme I would pick normally, but his Euro’s so far do an excellent job of offering a lot of choice, but keeping a strong theme so I’m eager to see how this goes.


Through The Ages: 4th Edition

Through the Ages Essen 2015
Luke says:

The original editions were a monster to learn, teach and play, plus they looked horrible on the table. This revised edition has had some streamlining done, some good rule tweaks and a massive improvement in the artwork and graphic design of the whole thing. It’s still going to be an intensively long civilization game, but it’s a fun one and if it’s easier to get to the table, that will be a plus for me.


Champions of Midguard

Champions of Midgard Essen 2015
Luke says:

Beefed up as a Lords of Waterdeep contender which is another game that hit my Top 75. This could be one of the first decent Viking games to exist that actually keeps a decent amount of theme. Bloodrage does that I know as well, but I’m a bit wary with Cool Mini or Not at the moment from their recent games, so I’d like to try this one and see how it measures up.


Thanks go out to Luke for putting his list together and providing some insights into what these great Essen 2015 titles have in store for us. Come back during the week to find out what five games are getting under my skin, and which titles Nikki wants to leave the show with!

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Tom Randell

Driven Instructional Designer by day, board game fanatic by night! Tom has a long background in eLearning design and is a strong believer that story and narrative are crucial to creating excellent learning and gaming experiences. A passionate blogger, game reviewer and play tester, he enjoys spending his time playing games of all genres.

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