And we are back for more. Embrace yourself and let’s continue our journey through Essen together…
We arrive at day 3 of the fair in our story and after a late night at the Heavy Cardboard meetup, the fatigue starts to kick in, but who can be tired at Essen right? Let’s do this. Long days, short nights, but we must persevere and to be fairly honest, we love this feeling! Who doesn’t get an adrenaline rush from all those awesome board games and all those people at Spiel?
Saturday the herds will arrive
But we must admit, this year the crowds and the control on the visitor flow was much better than last years craziness on saturday. Our compliments to the host of the fair, Friedhelm Merz Verlag, which made some changes in parking spaces, entrances and of course added some extra halls. Now how about those extra halls for dedicated playing area’s next year…?
We had an early morning meet-up with Rindert from Portal Games, to have a chat about all the hotness at Essen en maybe some new stuff coming for 2018 from them. Especially Alien Artifacts is getting some solid attention and seems to really do well on what it sets out to achieve. A 4x experience in just a card game, which may or may not be the first to try, but in our humble opinion they made it stick! But also the new Cry Havoc expansion Aftermath and First Martians have that Portal energy going. We loved the new booth setup this year from them, much more inviting and the demo team was just rocking those tables. Solid job y’all!
Some random stuff from hall 3
SPOILER FREE (promised by the zman demo dude), but skip below 3 pictures if you don’t want to see ANY stuff from Pandemic Legacy 2
Next meet-up was with the wonderful Caroline Deliens from Blackrock Games. She was kind enough to give us a lot of time to explore the huge line of games from their portfolio. They have a wide variety of games & publishers, from complex beasts to fun little party style games. If you are looking for a solid publisher, one which can suit a lot of gamer needs? Go check them out.
Well another day is in the books, well almost…
At night we went for a dinner with old and new friends. Jess, Derek, his lovely wife, Steph & of course THE Ron. They took me to a local falafel place which was crowded, but had some great food. I took a Turkish pizza and that was mouth-watering delicious.
Afterwards we planned to play all games at the Atlantic, but well, Jess had a meltdown on how much games she bought and how they would get back to the US. It was hilariously and one of the most fun experiences I ever had at Spiel. The hotel room was crowded with people, all punching and bagging games and trying to convince Jess “it would all be fine”…well, it helped a little. Derek was the storyteller of the evening and I won’t go into too much detail, but I once thought these things only happened in Hollywood movies, I guess they ain’t 😀
We are out, thanks for reading again, you people are amazing!