Spiel 2018 Press Day Photos

Sorry for being a little of the blogging game after Spiel, sickness pre and post-Essen had me tight up, but what a magnificent few days it has been. Spiel 2018 was again fantastic, but as always I was also all over the place, meeting with a ton of fantastic people from the industry, playing the newest board games, hanging out with good friends from all around the globe, some late-night meet-ups at the pub with Heavy Cardboard & Paul Grogan from Gaming Rules, playing games at Motel One and of course most important, trying to see all the shiny (new) releases at the Messe Halls to share with you, the amazing online board game community taking the time to watch my stuff! Erna and I are so grateful for that and of course, we are also happy to see the growth of our little niche into something so blooming the last couple of years.

More people [190.000] visiting the convention, and more games [1400] releasing every year, 1400 this year. That’s just amazing, right?

There are some debates about the quality of those releases and if this was a great Spiel year or just a mediocre one, but that may be a topic for another post. Let’s get to the meat, shall we? This post is massive and comes in parts, but there are tons of photo’s, so take your time and scroll through them at your own pace. See you down below okay?

Logo Spiel 18 new


Press Day and Pleasant Company fun

Messe Essen Sign

Spiel is something more, it’s not just a trade show, it’s an experience, it’s a way of seeing the world, it’s a beautiful lifestyle of analog & digital blending together in a surrounding driven by human passion.

My Essen adventure always kicks off a day early, before official opening dates, with driving from our home in The Netherlands to the biggest board game convention in the world at Germany to join my fellow media friends for the press conference and the pitching game fun at the Demo hall downstairs. I feel privileged I got that chance to be one of the first international bloggers to join the Press squad there a few years back and want to thank Dominique Metzler and everybody behind Friedhelm Merz Verlag again for their endless efforts to make this board game convention available for us to share with the online community.

Spiel 2018 Press Conference Ella
At the back of the class, press conference and seeing Ella from Man vs. Meeple making some videos.

After all the Press day activities (photos are down below) were done, I went back to the hotel, to meet up with my roommates. After a quick drink, we went out to Motel One to play some games. I played Arraial by Mebo Games with my Icelandic friends Magnus & Oskar. Adhil was already there playing Symphony No.9 by Moaideas with Jenny from Brettspielsuechtig.

This year I shared a room with my good friend from South Africa, Adhil. He is also known as boardgameguru77 on Instagram and has an amazing feed going there. He was together there with Robert van Zyl, the man behind Pleasant Company Games and designer of games like Ancient Terrible ThingsKonja and a new quirky one coming soon, The Dead Eye! But oh boy, what a fun character that one is. We had an impromptu dinner at Sabu Shabu, drank some beers, played a stupid crazy game called
Epic Spell Wars of the Battle Wizards: Panic at the Pleasure Palacewhich I even won. I must have liked it, right? What’s a fantastic way to finish of day 0 of SPiel 2018!

But, enough with the rambles and my crazy feelings put down on digital paper, show us some photo’s and tell us what stood out, will you? I will! I will put the photo’s in a somewhat chronological order as if I were going through the halls. Enjoy them and I will see you at the end, let me know what you found interesting in the comments below or on the social’s.


The Photo’s

Press day, which is essentially Day 0 of Spiel 2018

Lift Off by Hans im Glück at Spiel 2018 Demo Hall overview
Lift Off by Hans im Glück overview
Lift Off by Hans im Glück at Spiel 2018 Demo Hall
Lift Off by Hans im Glück at Spiel 2018 Demo Hall
Lift Off by Hans im Glück at Spiel 2018 Demo Hall Space Ship
Lift Off by Hans im Glück Spaceship
Forum Trajanum by HUCH!
Forum Trajanum by HUCH!
Spiel 2018 Kosmos Tribes
Kosmos Tribes
Spiel 2018 Blue Lagoon Blue Orange Games
Blue Lagoon by Blue Orange Games
Spiel 2018 Isle of Skye Druiden Lookout Spiele
Isle of Skye Druid by Lookout Spiele
Spiel 2018 Forbidden City Jumbo Strategy Games
Forbidden City by Jumbo Games
Spiel 2018 Hashtag the game by Jumbo Games
#Hashtag the game by Jumbo Games explained by Romina Schwark
Spiel 2018 Lookout Spiele releases Caverna Cave versus Cave 2 and Patchwork Express
Lookout Spiele releases Caverna Cave versus Cave 2 and Patchwork Express
Spiel 2018 Lookout Spiele Neom
Neom by Lookout Spiele
Spiel 2018 Battalia and expansions by Fantasmagoria
Battalia by Fantasmagoria
Spiel 2018 Dare to Love by MIZO
Dare to Love by MIZO
Spiel 2018 Dare to Love by MIZO Purple
Dare to Love by MIZO
Spiel 2018 Dare to Love by MIZO Blackbeard
Dare to Love by MIZO Blackbeard
Spiel 2018 Paleolithic by Shepherd Kit overview
Paleolithic by Shepherd Kit
Spiel 2018 Paleolithic by Shepherd Kit Animeeples
Paleolithic by Shepherd Kit such cute animeeples 🙂
Spiel 2018 Monster Lands by Second Gate Games
Monster Lands by Second Gate Games
Spiel 2018 Sailblazer by Korea Boardgames Company
Sailblazer by Korea Boardgames Company
Spiel 2018 UBoot by Phalanx Games
UBoot by Phalanx Games
Spiel 2018 Petrichor by Mighty Boards & APE Games
Petrichor by Mighty Boards & APE Games
Spiel 2018 Petrichor by Mighty Boards & APE Games close up
Petrichor by Mighty Boards & APE Games
Spiel 2018 Franchise by Queen Games
Franchise by Queen Games
Spiel 2018 Cryptid by Osprey Games
Cryptid by Osprey Games
Spiel 2018 Dicetopia by All or None Games
Dicetopia by All or None Games
Spiel 2018 Dicetopia by All or None Games central board dice
Dicetopia by All or None Games
Spiel 2018 Cerebria: The Inside World by Mindclash Games
Cerebria: The Inside World by Mindclash Games and the card game version in the back
Spiel 2018 Atlantis Island of the Gods by Redimp Games
Atlantis: Island of the Gods by Redimp Games
Spiel 2018 Architectura by Game Brewer
Architectura by Game Brewer
Spiel 2018 Magnastorm by Feuerland Spiele
Magnastorm by Feuerland Spiele
Spiel 2018 Magnastorm by Feuerland Spiele Turtles
Magnastorm by Feuerland Spiele look at those awesome Turtles
Spiel 2018 Magnastorm by Feuerland Spiele Captains
Magnastorm by Feuerland Spiele
Spiel 2018 Prehistory by A-Games
Prehistory by A-Games
Spiel 2018 Pandoria by Írongames
Pandoria by Írongames
Spiel 2018 Pandoria by Írongames tiles & meeples
Pandoria by Írongames tiles & meeples
Spiel 2018 Atlandice by Ludonaute submarine
Atlandice by Ludonaute submarine
Spiel 2018 Atlandice by Ludonaute
Atlandice by Ludonaute
Spiel 2018 City of Rome by Z-Man & Abacusspiele
City of Rome by Z-Man & Abacusspiele
Spiel 2018 Newton by Cranio Creations
Newton by Cranio Creations
Spiel 2018 Passing through Petra by Renegade Games Studio
Passing through Petra by Renegade Game Studio

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Spiel 2018 Passing through Petra by Renegade Games Studio player board
Passing through Petra by Renegade Game Studio
Spiel 2018 Black out Hong Kong by Eggertspiele
Blackout Hong Kong by Eggertspiele
Spiel 2018 Passing through Petra by Renegade Games Studio the middle
Passing through Petra by Renegade Game Studio
Spiel 2018 Crown of Emara by Pegasus Spiele
Crown of Emara by Pegasus Spiele
Spiel 2018 Crown of Emara by Pegasus Spiele rondel
Spiel 2018 Crown of Emara by Pegasus Spiele
Spiel 2018 The Boldest by Pegasus Spiele
The Boldest by Pegasus Spiele
Spiel 2018 The Boldest by Pegasus Spiele artwork
Spiel 2018 The Boldest by Pegasus Spiele
Spiel 2018 East Indiaman by Moaideas
East Indiaman by Moaideas
Spiel 2018 East Indiaman by Moaideas oversight
East Indiaman by Moaideas
Spiel 2018 Symphony No.9 by Moaideas oversight
Symphony No.9 by Moaideas oversight
Spiel 2018 Forbidden Sky by Schmidt overview
Forbidden Sky by Schmidt overview
Spiel 2018 Forbidden Sky by Schmidt rocket
Forbidden Sky by Schmidt rocket
Spiel 2018 Tsukiji by Redbox & Asmodee
Tsukiji by Redbox & Asmodee
Spiel 2018 Tsukiji by Redbox & Asmodee box cover
Tsukiji by Redbox & Asmodee
Spiel 2018 Tsukiji by Redbox & Asmodee cards
Tsukiji by Redbox & Asmodee
Spiel 2018 Fertility by Catch Up Games & Blackrock Games
Fertility by Catch Up Games & Blackrock Games
Spiel 2018 Nemeton by BLAM! & Blackrock Games
Nemeton by BLAM! & Blackrock Games
Spiel 2018 Nemeton by BLAM! & Blackrock Games components
Spiel 2018 Nemeton by BLAM! & Blackrock Games
Spiel 2018 Paper Tales expansion by Catch Up Games & Blackrock Games
Paper Tales expansion by Catch Up Games & Blackrock Games
Spiel 2018 Cerberus by La Boite de Jeu & Blackrock Games
Cerberus by La Boite de Jeu & Blackrock Games

DLP Games Press event

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Next Up

After a long first day with seeing already a ton of new games, old & new friends, slightly too many beers and having a great time, it’s off to bed for Day 1 at Spiel 2018 the next day.

Thanks for getting this far. Want more fun? I continue the coming days here, so keep an eye out on the blog for more Spiel 2018 reports soon and many, many more photos.

Spiel 2018 Vital Lacerda, Martin Wallace, Ellalovesboardgames Selfie
Vital Lacerda, Martin Wallace & Ella from Lovesboardgames & Man vs. Meeple

Love your board game life!

~ Marlon

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