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Ten of the Best

The world’s biggest board game convention is back for another year with thousands of tabletop titles making their debut. Save yourself the plane ticket as we pick out the ones to play

ESSEN SPIEL 2019

1 AZUL: SUMMER PAVILION

The third in the hit series about tiling (who’d have thought it?) after the Spiel des Jahres winner and its sequel Stained Glass of Sintra, Summer Pavilion once again borrows Azul’s nifty tile-drafting hook and embeds it in a new arrangement puzzle. This time, there’s the added spice of wild tiles and players are completing multicoloured stars using diamond-shaped pieces, scoring points for filling the patterns and surrounding the icons on their board. Both Azul and Sintra felt like distinct games in their own right, so here’s hoping Summer Pavilion continues the trilogy’s strength.

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