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Essen Preview – Tom’s Top Ten

With Essen just around the corner, I wanted to spend some time putting together a list of the top ten titles I’m looking forward to out of Europe’s biggest gaming convention!

For me, there are three major gaming conventions that I would love to get to each year:

This year I managed to get to the UK Games Expo, missed out on GenCon, and will unfortunately have to miss out on Speil 2014 too because I can’t get the time off from work. GamesQuest will not be unrepresented though! Both Nigel and Paul will be heading over to Germany to enjoy everything Essen has to offer!

Despite my disappintment, I’m no less excited about some of the titles that the guys might come back with! With that in mind let’s delve into my list starting at number 10 and working our way to the game that I’m most looking forward to playing! Each entry is labelled with the designer and publisher for those who are interested in that kind of information. I’ve also thrown in a link to the BoardGameGeek listing for the game so you can head there and check out each of them in more detail.

10. Mythotopia

Mythotopia Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: Martin Wallace

Published by: Treefrog Games

BGG Link


09. Lords of Xidit

Lords of Xidit Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: Régis Bonnessée

Published by: Libellud

 BGG Link


08. AquaSphere

Aquasphere Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: Stefan Feld

Published by: Hall Games, Fullcap Games, Matagot, Pegasus Spiele, Quined Games and Tasty Minstrel Games

 BGG Link


07. Panamax

Panamax Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: Gil d’Orey, Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro and Paulo Soledade

Published by: MESAboardgames, HC Distribuzione, Heidelberger Spieleverlag and Stronghold Games

 BGG Link


06. Imperial Settlers

Imperial Settlers Card Game - GamesQuestDesigned by:  Ignacy Trzewiczek

Published by:  Portal Games

 BGG Link


05. The Battle at Kemble’s Cascade

Battle for Kembles Cascacade Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by:  Anders Tyrland and Olle Tyrland

Published by: Filosofia Édition and Z-Man Games

 BGG Link


04. Kingsport Festival

Kingsport Festival Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: Andrea Chiarvesio and Gianluca Santopietro

Published by: Black Monk, Devir, Giochi Uniti, Hobby Japan , IELLO, KOSMOS, Passport Game Studios, Sir Chester Cobblepot, Stratelibri

 BGG Link


03. Tragedy Looper

Tragedy Looper Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: BakaFire

Published by: BakaFire Party and Z-Man Games

BGG Link


02. Dragonscrolls

Dragonscroll Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: The Lamont Brothers

Published by: Fragor Games

BGG Link


01. Alchemists

Alchemists Board Game - GamesQuestDesigned by: Matúš Kotry

Published by: Czech Games Edition

 BGG Link


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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.