The Opinionated Gamers list the games they “must have” from SPIEL 2019

This is the first of a number of previews/reports from SPIEL 2019 about the games that we are looking at. As the fair hasn’t started, this is still all speculation, but here are the lists of games that some of our writers are looking to get at SPIEL. I think we will have over a dozen folks there from our roster! But that didn’t stop folks from maing lists – and maybe you can see what has the buzz around our group here…

List #1

  • Bablyonia
  • Expedition to Newdale
  • Silver Bullet
  • Lost Cities: Auf Schatzsuche
  • Ecos
  • Glen More II
  • Aftershock
  • High Rise
  • Fast Sloths
  • Deep Blue
  • Maracaibo
  • Nova Luna
  • Wizard Wurfelspiel
  • Vivaldi
  • Claim expansions, the TTR map pack, and the Pandoria expansions.

Another list:

  • Cooper Island
  • Miyabi
  • The new Azul
  • Chartae
  • Ecos
  • Bloom Town
  • Trismegistus
  • Sierra West 
  • Space Gate Odyssey
  • On the Underground
  • Alubari 
  • On the Origin of the Species
  • Masters of Renaissance

List #3

  • It’s a wonderful world
  • Maracaibo
  • The Queen’s collection
  • Ecos
  • Pangea
  • Gizeh
  • Draftosaurus
  • Big Dig
  • Carcassonne Maps
  • Pax Transhumanity
  • Boomerang
  • Jiguan

List #4

  • Tajuto
  • FILLIT
  • Babylonia
  • No Return
  • Aristocracy
  • Azul: Summer Pavilion
  • Castello Methoni

List #5

  • Barrage
  • Maracaibo
  • Cooper Island
  • Crystal Palace
  • Trismegistus
  • Masters of Renaissance
  • Sierra West
  • Marco Polo II
  • Humboldt’s Great Voyage
  • Terramara 

List #6 – from someone not going to Essen (Gasp!) – ” Non attendance does not equal not acquisition”!

  • Maracaibo 
  • Cooper Island
  • Crystal Palace 
  • Trimegestus
  • Terramara 
  • Terra Mystica expansion 
  • Orchard Ocean
  • Barrage
  • Pangea
  • The latest Sierra Madre set
  • Ecos
  • Azul Summer Pavilion

“List” #7

  • Not much more than the two Hadara expansions.

List #8

  • Sanctum (CGE)
  • The Quest for El Dorado: The Golden Temples
  • Fractured Galaxy
  • It’s a Wonderful World
  • Miyabi
  • Deep Blue
  • Catan: Starfarers (the new version)
  • Suburbia Collector’s Ed
  • Pursuit of Happiness – Experiences
  • Unmatched: Battle of Legends
  • Habitats XXL

List #9

  • Black Angel
  • Era: Medieval Age
  • Babylonia
  • Barrage
  • Century: a New World
  • Circadians
  • Cooper Island
  • Fast Sloths and Promo
  • Ishtar: Gardens of Babylon
  • Roll to the Top (not new)

List 10a – “things I need to check out”

  • Tajuto
  • Porto
  • Escape Tales Low Memory
  • Mystery House
  • Deep Blue
  • Suburbia – Collector’s Edition
  • Nova Luna
  • Geometric Art 
  • Expidition to Newdale 
  • Noch Mal So Gut

List 10b – ” Stuff that seems obscure and I really want to investigate to figure them out”

  • Botanists
  • Humboldt’s adventure
  • The Magnificent
  • Spring on a String
  • Zoom in Barcelona
  • Evidence
  • Formosa Tea
  • 24h
  • Shake Up
  • 50 Clues

List 10c – things I have coming to me, but otherwise I’d pick up at Essen

  • Cities: Skylines
  • Electropolis
  • Bloom Town
  • Ecos
  • Barrage
  • Trial of the Temples
  • No Return
  • King’s Dilemma
  • Paladins of the West Kingdom
  • Cat Sudoku
  • Dadaocheng, 2nd ed

List #11

  • Orchard Ocean
  • Numberplace City
  • Imagineers
  • Grizzly
  • Karekare
  • Fast Sloths

List #12a – games

  • Sanctum
  • Terramara
  • Trismegistus
  • Qwixx Boardgame (Benndorf!)
  • Anubix (also Benndorf!)
  • El Dorado: Golden Temples
  • Babylonia
  • Nova Luna

List 12b – expansions

  • Feast for Odin mini
  • Underwater Cities exp
  • Terra Mystica: Merchants
  • Concordia: Cyprus
  • Newton exp
  • Through the Ages exp
  • Rajas of the Ganges Goodies

List #13

  • Beasty Borders
  • BON
  • Charon’s Poker
  • Bottle Imp (Korean)
  • Toraja
  • Code Stack!
  • No Return
  • NEUBERG: Ottheinrich
  • Battle of Nations: 1813
  • Nova Luna
  • Heaven and Ale expansion
  • Geometric Art
  • Rollecate
  • Hurlyburly
  • Fire!

List #14

  • #mylife
  • Franky: Rock’n Vegas
  • Mine Deeper
  • Free Market: NYC
  • Spinning Maze
  • Voll verasselt
  • Chartae
  • Die Befreiung der Rietburg  
  • Grizzly
  • Penguinramids

List #15

  • Babylonia
  • Barrage
  • Formosa Tea
  • Heaven & Ale Expansion
  • Maracaibo
  • Masters of the Renaissance
  • Noch Mal So Gut!
  • Orleans Stories
  • Promenade
  • Quest For El Dorado: The Golden Temples
  • Tajuto (thanks to Eric’s great preview!!)
  • Terra Mystica Expansion
  • Trismegistus The Ultimate Formula

List #16

  • Fast Sloth
  • Fire
  • Power Grid: Middle East/South Africa (yes, I am a Power Grid completionist)
  • Concordia Balearica/Cyprus (possibly Concordia too)
  • Terraforming Mars: Turmoil
  • Fast Sloths Expansion & Promo
  • Food Chain Magnate: The Ketchup Mechanism & Other Ideas
  • Heaven & Ale: Kegs & More
  • Barrage
  • Cooper Island
  • Lovelace & Babbage
  • Maracaibo
  • Offshore

List #17

  • Aftershock
  • Coffee Roaster
  • Deep Blue
  • Ecos
  • Foothills
  • Maracaibo
  • The Magnificent
  • Nova Luna
  • Orleans Stories
  • Robin of Locksley
  • Food Chain Magnate
  • Terraforming Mars Expansion

That’s all the lists we have for now, but it’s a good start for some games to check out for next week!

About Dale Yu

Dale Yu is the Editor of the Opinionated Gamers. He can occasionally be found working as a volunteer administrator for BoardGameGeek, and he previously wrote for BoardGame News.
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7 Responses to The Opinionated Gamers list the games they “must have” from SPIEL 2019

  1. huzonfirst says:

    In case you weren’t convinced that a ridiculous number of new games appear at each Essen, consider this. Our little group’s Must Have lists include a total of over *130* games! Yowza! 40 games were on at least 2 lists. Here are the titles that at least 4 people are interested in:

    Maracaibo – 7
    Barrage – 6
    Ecos – 6
    Babylonia – 5
    Cooper Island – 5
    Fast Sloths – 5
    Nova Luna – 5
    Trismegistus – 5
    Deep Blue – 4

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  4. @mangozoid says:

    Maracaibo, Babylonia and Cooper Island were all on my list, too. I am fortunate enough to already have a copy of Barrage, but cannot recommend this highly enough – it’s an excellent game… Nobody asked, but here’s my own list as a non-attendee:
    1 – Maracaibo
    2 – Pax Transhumanity
    3 – Throne of Allegoria
    4 – Cooper Island
    5 – Titan
    6 – Trinidad
    7 – DEI: Divide et Impera (another game by the designer of Barrage!)
    8 – Medieval Realms
    9 – Tungaru
    10 – Babylonia (seems very similar to Latice?)

    Alex Bardy

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