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Essen 2015 – Preview Part 3 – Tom’s Top Five Titles

In todays post it’s finally my turn to suggest some titles you might want to check out from Essen 2015. There’s far too many titles that are on my list of games to buy, but there’s a selection that stand out as the big “Hits” of the show. So, without further ado, let’s take a look at some of these great games!

7 Wonders Duel

7 Wonders Duel Essen 20157 Wonders is one of my favourite games, it’s quick to play, easy to teach and each and every expansion is great. Unfortunately, two player 7 Wonders just isn’t all that good… Introducing 7 Wonders: Duel, a game dedicated to the enjoyment of two players, and two players only!

Duel has a different approach to the card drafting seen in the original game, in Duel there’s a display of face up and face down cards from which you can draft. This isn’t the only new addition though – there’s new ways to win – You can still win via a traditional points approach, however there’s also military and science dominance victories that see you marching on your opponents capital or developing science to achieve the win.

7 Wonder Duel will be one of the biggest hits of Essen 2015 so check it out!

T.I.M.E Stories

Time Stories Essen 2015There’s been a number of time travel-based games released in the past year or so, Tragedy Looper being the most prominent and Loopers Inc also offering some time travel action. However, the game that has me intrigued is T.I.M.E Stories! There’s not a lot out there about this one, but Eric Martin over at BoardGameGeek has a lot of positive things to say about the game, and the artwork has really caught my eye!

This will be at Essen 2015 and I’ll be there queuing to give it a try!


504 Essen 2015Friedemann Friese, creator of Power Grid, brings us 504 named after the 504 possible games contained within the box. There’s nine modules Pick-Up & Deliver, Race, Privileges, Military, Exploration, Roads, Majorities, Production and Shares. When you want to play a game, you select three of the modules, put them together and what have you got? Bibbity, Bobbity, Boardgame!

I think 504 is going to be very popular not just at Essen 2015 but for a long time afterwards, in fact I can’t think of a single game that can brag the variety offered here, but I will reserve judgement on how well these modules mix until after I’ve had a play!

Pandemic Legacy

Pandemic Legacy Essen 2015I don’t feel that I need to go into any great detail on this one. Pandemic is one of the most popular co-op games on the market right now, and the Legacy systems are one of the most intriguing systems out there, play and potentially destroy your game as you do so? Madness you might say, but the reality is that it’s really a fascinating way to build and game. Since the Release of Risk Legacy we’ve had the announcement of Pandemic Legacy and the much anticipated SeaFall. I’m willing to put money on Pandemic Legacy being THE biggest hit at Essen 2015!

Journey: Wrath of Demons

Journey Wrath Of Demons Essen 2015This was demoed at Essen 2014, in fact – our very own Paul Matthews fell in love with it after seeing it at the show. I recently got a copy of the game following the successful Kickstarter campaign and I have to say it’s really impressed me. I’ve only played the first training mission, but the story, the artwork, the simple rules and the AMAZING detailed minis all make me believe that this game is a winner. If you’ve not seen Journey, then please take a look, it’s worth getting hold of for the minis alone!

Sure, this isn’t one of the big stand-out well known titles, but if you’re at Essen 2015, check it out and you’re bound to fall in love with this one.

So there you have it, five games I think everyone should consider from Essen 2015. There’s a genuine mix of titles here and when you mix them with the titles Luke and Nigel have already mentioned you’ll start to understand the quality of some of the titles available this year.

Tomorrow I’ll be posting part four of our Essen 2015 previews, with Nikki giving her views on some games already featured on the lists, and some new titles that we’ve not mentioned previously! We’ll also be getting a list from Dan soon, so you can expect a part 5 to appear over the next few days too!

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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.