I noticed that comment on Java as well. I like Tikal, and am only lukewarm on Torres; a game that falls somewhere in between would have a tough time making it to the top of my already crowded agenda.
Based on what I've seen, Babel and Cartagena look interesting; the Siedler book is a must have; Fackler's "Troia" looks like an interesting game; and I want to see what Knizia did with Lord of the Rings. Morisi, Ave, Al Cabohne, and Doge look like possible additions to the game collection. Bounty is attractive, but might be a bit light for the price.
I'll get the 5-6 for Sternenfahrer, and would like to pick up the expansion for Kontor (Exportlager).
Empires of the Ancient World is probably worth a look too.
Mostly I just wanna go to Essen :-O
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