Going to Essen tomorrow!

Tomorrow is a big day in my gaming-calendar: The Spiel 2010 in Essen starts!
I assume, that “Spiel” or “Essen” don’t ring any bells with quite a few of my readers here at Stargazer’s World, especially the non-european ones. So let me explain:
The “Spiel” (German for “game” or “play”) is an annual gaming fair held in the west German city of Essen. While you will find Roleplaying games, miniature Wargames, comics and lots of other stuff in the halls, the thing that the Spiel is really famous for, are Board- and Cardgames. For Boardgames, especially the so called “Eurogame”-variety (games in the vein of Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, El Grande, Agricola etc.), this is THE event of the year. Gamers from all over the world come to Germany each October, to be able to be the first to see and play the newest games – and of course to go shopping. The name of the fair and the name of the city where it takes place are often used interchangeably and if you tell a hard-core boardgamer, that you are going to Essen, he will know, that you are visiting the Spiel.

The Spiel (officially “Internationale Spieletage”) is held in mid-octobre each year. This year it will be from 21st to 24th of October and, being in the luxurious position of living only about two hours by car from Essen, I will be driving there tomorrow morning.

Originally I wanted to give you a bigger preview to what new games I am looking forward to, but somehow ran out of time. And since I don’t have the time to write any more tonight (going to see Sting at the Frankfurt Festhalle in two hours…yay!), I will try to give you a bit of an update in the next few days – though I guess that I will be busy gaming. 🙂
In the meantime, if you are really interested, you can see my “watchlist” here. Beware that it is basically a notepad for me and my notes are in german (though the videos and rules I linked are mostly english).
If you want to see some of the newest games: Aldie, Derk & the Crew from BoardGameGeek have their own booth at Essen and will be streaming interviews, demos and shameless bragging about the latest purchases throughout the fair. Check it out here.

I am 34 and live in Frankfurt/Germany. A gamer for life, I slowly drifted from boardgames to roleplaying games, to miniature games (=Warhammer) back to boardgames. Maybe I'll get back to RPGs one day - though I doubt that I'll ever want to get back into miniature gaming. Here at Stargazer's world I want to contribute irregularly about boardgames with a special perspective for roleplayers. My favorite RPGs: Warhammer Fantasy Roleplay (1st Edition), Vampire: The Masquerade, Space Gothic My favorite Boardgames: Arkham Horror, Pandemic, Twilight Struggle

2 thoughts on “Going to Essen tomorrow!”

  1. Flying Buffalo, Inc. (i.e. Rick Loomis, game publisher and creator) will be a vendor at Essen. He goes every year. If you have any interest in Tunnels and Trolls, Nuclear War, or Forgotten Worlds Fighting Fantasy, you should visit his booth and buy something from him. On the other hand, if you're a publisher/creator and you have a cool sample of something you'd like to see reviewed at http://atroll.wordpress.com, then give it to Rick at the fair and tell him to take it back to the USA and give it to Ken. I promise to play and review anything received in this way (except Dungeons & Dragons products, of course.)

  2. I'll definitely make sure I'll visit his booth. I definitely have a soft spot for T&T and I might find something interesting for my collection. And thanks for the review offer, I am sure some people would love to have their product reviewed by you!

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