Gone quicker than you could say french fries with bratwurst und sauerkraut.
Ladies and gentleman, another Spiel is in the books and another year went by as fast as lighting. What an absolute blast it was and there were so many great people I have met again and I had the honour of talking with. I am afraid it were just too many names to call them all out, but know that each and every one made my Spiel 2017 one I will remember for ever! Already missing the buzz surrounding this amazing event.
So let’s see what happened on days two, three and four and maybe we can share some nice scoops we have got from the publishers we spoke too. But as is custom with our blog, we will overload you with a lot of photos, to emerge you into the moment hopefully.
But first, the mandatory Spiel 2017 haul picture right…
We had a wonderful meet up with Travis from Queen Games, who introduced us to the new games coming out from them this year. The amount of solid titles this year from them is astounding and we cannot wait to get some of them to the table for a more in-depth look at them.
As we almost love the whole spectrum which we have in the board games, we couldn’t resist the call of this appealing miniatures game with a lot of mechanisms going which may also appeal to the euro gamers. It isn’t a tabletop war game, but much, much more.
BATTALIA: The Creation is a competitive, fast-paced, strategic deck-builder that combines map construction, hero and area control and unique calendar mechanisms.
Alexander is a passionate guy, who was more than willing to spend a few minutes with us telling about this concept and all good things coming for this title. The Kickstarter had been a great success and the game looks the part also.
Doing all the talks and blogging in English is fine, but once in a while having a good old Dutch chat at Essen can be refreshing. As was the case at the Game Brewers. A very cool Belgian based publishers, which has some games which surely appeal to a broad audience. So, the ambassador of Buzz (awesome title) Kevin took us through some of the hot games from their line and especially the one set in the Netherlands caught out attention, Castellum.
This game will be released soon, so keep your eye out on that one. It’s a fast playing take that game with a little bit of Lords of Waterdeep to it. Now that’s mostly the look of the board and the action you can take on the given location through workerplacement, but the way the characters work, isn’t anything like that.The game is based on the struggles the city of Maastricht had in the 15th and 16th century with the Spanish, French and the Dutch conquistadors. The art has some similarities to the classic Dutch paintings and for us a Dutchies that really stood out. A must buy for us when it hits the friendly local game stores.
Other games which they brought were Pixie Queen and Chimera station. Both are very solid workerplacement games, but as is a trademark for games which the Game Brewer puts out, they bring something extra to the experience. May it be upgradable workers with Chimera Station or the way you start in a negative position with Pixie Queen.
These guys & girls, are there any other so passionate and doing their thing with so much fun as them? I highly doubt that and I am so honoured to call them my friends for the last few years. Again hooked up with Smoox and his family and finally met Eron from EmperorS4. They bring better games every year and the growth they are going through is absolutely well deserved and pays of all the hard work they put into the industry.
One of those publishers you may have never heard of (or maybe it is just us not noticing them before), but their games were just selling like cookies and hot coco on a cold winters day. The man behind this company, David Liu, is such a gentleman and also a very intelligent guys who knows how to bring not just good games, they are great games!
While we don’t have much pictures from the evening, because of being much to invested in talking to some wonderful souls and having a Guinness or two, we enjoyed our time at Fitzpatrick’s very much. Edward & Amanda have grown their niche in to a very special place and are such genuine awesome people. I can wholeheartedly say I love those two for what they represent and how they go around on this quest. The people attending ranged from designers, publishers to regular listeners, strangers and everything in between. The connection was amazing! Need to thank Alexander (designer of Lignum!) for the Guinness! Proost!
While this only covers the first 3 days we were at the Messe, including Wednesday press day, we have a lot more ground to cover in the next blogs. We hope you like what you have seen and see you back for the next part of the Spiel 2017 adventures.