Top 10 Games from Essen Spiel 2014

Posted on by Jesta

It was another great event and played a lot of games.

It was actually quite hard to get it down to 10…

That’s not as good as it sounds. No games were outstanding, but very few games were crappy so there was a lot of games ranging from OKย to good.

We all know of course the best thing form Essen was an expansion to Terra Mystica but here are the top 10 games I actually got to play…

10 – Fatal Rendez Vous

This was in my Top 5 Crazy Gamesย and it really was.

It involves dancing, tapping, blinking and dramatic death scenes…

It was actually a really good laugh but to be fair, could be easily proxied… except for the handcuffs.

Fatal Rendez Vous Game Play

9 – Click & Crack

A cute penguin programming game which left me feeling glad I pre-ordered it. I’ve played it since and still enjoyed it.

Hoping to get a lot of play out of this.

Click and Crack Box

8 – Samurai Spirit

A great co-op game that I sadly haven’t had the chance to play since Essen.

Hoping to get it to the table soon.

Samurai Spirit Character

7 – Dungeon Guilds

Been after this game for over a year so glad to get this on pre-order and the game didn’t disappoint.

A cute take-that card game that I hope to play a lot more.

Dungeon Guilds Box

6 – Hick Hack in Gackelwack

I can’t pronounce it but I’ll play it. A fun bluff/double bluff game with cubes and bird poo.

Hick Hack In Gackelwack Game Play

5 – Bucket King 3D

Great game that’s a lot of fun and has gone down well in two different gaming groups back home too.

A card game with a very minor dexterity element, it doesn’t look anything like the type of game it is.

So glad to own this.

Bucket King 3D Components


4 – Boom:Runaway

Another game that’s gone down well back in England.

A simple card game that was also on my ‘Crazy Theme’ list ๐Ÿ™‚

Boom Runaway Box

3- Kobayakawa

Yep, you guessed it, it’s gone down well back home.

A bluffing card game with very simple rules and adds an element of Poker to No Thanks!… if that makes sense?

Kobayakawa Box

2 – Concept

Played this at Essen and every night since. It’s a very fun game which requires thought, lateral thinking and apparently tapping the board as hard as you can ๐Ÿ™‚

Concept Game Play


1 – One Night Ultimate Werewolf: Daybreak

My 6th favourite game from Essen last year is my favourite from this year.

It does away with the few things I don’t like about the game and adds a lot more. Of course it could add more stuff that bugs me but we’ll see. ๐Ÿ™‚

I’ve backed this on Kickstarter.

One Night Ultimate Werewolf Daybreak Final Score


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2 Responses to Top 10 Games from Essen Spiel 2014

  1. Mark says:

    Would you happen to know where the best place to buy Click & Crack is?

  2. Jesta says:

    Sadly not!

    I would suggest monitoring eBay and the Board Game Geek marketplace…

    Here is a list of everyone who owns in on BGG…

    Maybe check that too, see if anyone lists it as ‘For Trade’. Maybe send a message to those that have given it a low rating to see if they’re willing to part with it?

    Good luck!

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