The best games presented at the Spiel 2006 game fair in Essen, Germany 2024

Are you looking for a good new game? We have compared all the games presented at the game fair "Spiel 2006" in Essen and listed the top100.

Game fair in the German city of Essen

The International Game Days "SPIEL", often called the Essen Game Fair or Essen 2006 after the city where it is held, is an annual four-day board game fair that is also open to the public. Many new games are released at the fair each year, especially (but not exclusively) European-style board games.

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List with the top100 new releases of Spiel'06:

This list was last updated on April 18, 2024. We compared 131 board games for this list and selected the top 30. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Ticket to Ride: USA 1910

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    Ticket to Ride: USA 1910 is an expansion for the award-winning Ticket to Ride board game. This expansion enhances the original game with new cards and additional ways to play, offering a richer and more varied experience.

    More details for Ticket to Ride: USA 1910
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 30 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn

    Video reviews for Ticket to Ride: USA 1910

    • YouTube Review for the game "Ticket to Ride: USA 1910" by BoardGameGeek
      Video is in English
  2. Ave Caesar

    All details for the board game Ave Caesar and similar games

    Ave Caesar is a race game set in ancient Rome, where players maneuver chariots around the Circus Maximus using cards. The track design includes challenging elements like bottlenecks and lane restrictions, reminiscent of modern racing games like Detroit-Cleveland Grand Prix and Daytona 500. Players must complete three laps and make a strategic stop to 'Hail Caesar' before crossing the finish line. The game balances light strategy with the need for careful planning, especially when navigating corners.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Ave Caesar
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  3. Taluva

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    Taluva is a strategic board game set on an emerging South Sea island, where players compete to settle the land amidst the constant threat of volcanic eruptions. Each player must skillfully navigate the dynamic landscape, strategically placing tiles and buildings to expand their settlements while contending with the volatile natural environment.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    More details for Taluva
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
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  4. Mr. Jack

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    Mr. Jack is a captivating two-player board game that delves into the mystery and intrigue surrounding the infamous Jack the Ripper. This game involves a thrilling cat-and-mouse chase set in a historical context, requiring strategic thinking and deduction.

    Nominated for 7 awards and won 1.

    More details for Mr. Jack
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    ๐Ÿ‘ Good price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  5. The Werewolves of Miller's Hollow: New Moon

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    • 8 - 18 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  6. Verflixxt nochmal

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    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  7. Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe

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    Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe adds a compelling layer of strategy and regional flavor to the classic Power Grid experience. By introducing maps of Benelux and Central Europe, this expansion not only diversifies the geographical backdrop but also integrates unique rule adjustments that mirror the energy landscapes of these regions.

    More details for Power Grid: Benelux/Central Europe
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  8. Notre Dame

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    Notre Dame is a strategic board game set in 14th century Paris, where players assume the roles of heads of influential families vying for prosperity and reputation around the iconic Notre Dame cathedral.

    Nominated for 8 awards.

    More details for Notre Dame
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 - 75 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  9. Yspahan

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    Yspahan is a strategic board game set in 1598, during the period when Yspahan became the capital of the Persian empire. Players take on the roles of merchants in this flourishing city, aiming to maximize their gains through shrewd trading and development. The game stands out for its unique combination of dice-driven actions and multiple paths to victory.

    Nominated for 8 awards.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2007

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2007

    More details for Yspahan
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  10. BattleLore

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    BattleLore is a strategic board game that creatively blends historical and fantasy elements, set against the backdrop of a Medieval Europe Uchronia during the Hundred Years War.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 2.

    More details for BattleLore
    • 2 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  11. Lifeboats

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    Lifeboats thrusts players into the aftermath of a maritime disaster, challenging them to navigate the treacherous waters of negotiation and survival. This game, also known by the German title 'Rette Sich Wer Kann' ('Each Man for Himself'), is renowned for its intense player interactions and strategic depth. The objective is straightforward yet fraught with peril: guide one of six lifeboats to safety on distant islands, with only one boat advancing each turn based on collective player votes.

    More details for Lifeboats
    • 3 - 6 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. Traders of Osaka

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    Traders of Osaka (previously known as Traders of Carthage) transports players to the historic trade routes between Osaka and Edo, Japan. In this strategic economic game, players take on the role of merchants aiming to deliver precious cargo while navigating the perils of piracy and competitive trade. The game artfully combines set collection mechanics with a dynamic market system and a unique shipping track that simulates the journey of goods to their destination. Players must balance the acquisition of goods, managing their hand of cards for payment, and timing their market purchases to maximize profit and achieve victory.

    Nominated for 1 award.

    More details for Traders of Osaka
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Easy to learn
    ๐Ÿ‘ Good price!Check for best price now atAmazon*
  13. The Pillars of the Earth

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    The Pillars of the Earth, inspired by Ken Follett's bestselling novel, is a strategy board game set in the early 13th century, centered around the construction of a grand cathedral in England. This game, part of the Kosmos line of literature-based games, challenges players to contribute to the cathedral's construction while vying for victory points.

    Nominated for 16 awards and won 6.

    More details for The Pillars of the Earth
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  14. Cartagena 2. The Pirate's Nest

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Perry Rhodan: The Cosmic League

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. The Princes of Florence

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    The Princes of Florence transports players to the Renaissance era, where they take on the roles of heads of influential families in Florence. The goal is to gain prestige by attracting the greatest artists and scholars to their palaces.

    Nominated for 6 awards and won 3.

    More details for The Princes of Florence
    • 1 - 5 Players
    • 75 - 100 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  17. Quietville

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Quietville
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  18. Santy Anno

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Santy Anno
    • 3 - 8 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  19. Claim It!

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  20. Shogun

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    Shogun immerses players in the tumultuous Sengoku or "Warring States" Period of Japan, where each player, as a Daimyo, vies for dominance over the provinces of the Japanese islands.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for Shogun
    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

    Video reviews for Shogun

    • YouTube Review for the game "Shogun" by Shut Up & Sit Down
      Video is in English
  21. Gambit Royale

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    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Gambit Royale
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  22. 12 Thieves

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    Nominated for 1 award.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2007

    More details for 12 Thieves
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Relikt

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  24. On the Underground

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 7+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  25. Arkadia

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    Arkadia is a strategic board game centered around the construction of the city and castle of Arkadia. Players take on the roles of builders, utilizing cards, workers, and neutral workers to erect houses and develop the city, intertwined with the growing castle at its heart.

    Nominated for 6 awards.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2007

    More details for Arkadia
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  26. Take It to the Limit!

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    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  27. If Wishes Were Fishes!

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for If Wishes Were Fishes!
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  28. The Castle of the Devil

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    • 4 - 8 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  29. Alhambra: The Dice Game

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    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  30. Factory Fun

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    Factory Fun is a dynamic and engaging board game where players take on the role of factory managers, aiming to construct the most efficient and profitable manufacturing plant. Through strategic placement of machines and careful management of resources, players connect inputs and outputs to optimize their production lines. The challenge intensifies as the factory floor becomes increasingly crowded with machinery, making the puzzle of connecting all components without unnecessary expense more complex.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Factory Fun
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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