When we found this package at our doorstep, with clearly a bad written send to name on it (very fun Paul!), we did not expect it to be one of the new hotness releases coming to you this Spiel 2018. This title is released by one of our favorite Dutch publishers, Quined Gamesand it is nothing else but Carson City the Card Game by the popular French designer Xavier Georges and illustrated by Alexandre Roche. You can imagine what we did next right? We grab us a bottle of good old scotch, sorry there was no bourbon, and unpacked this beauty as soon as the first drink was in! Like every story before, from there it took off and let’s see where this Wild West ride will take us, shall we?
But first let me introduce you to the Cowboy Code and my question to you, should we reintegrate some of those customs back into our habits?
Cowboy & Cowgirl Code
The cowboys of the Old West had an unwritten code that they lived by. The code included such rules as being courteous, always saying “howdy“, don’t wave at a man on a horse (you should nod), never ride another man’s horse without his permission, always help someone in need, and never put on another man’s hat.
Sounds like a code we may have to re-introduce? But, that’s something for a whole other discussion. Let’s get to the meat, shall we?
Since our recent move up North in the Netherlands we hadn’t had the chance of visiting any of the Dutch conventions there yet, but now we were only 45 minutes away from Groningen so we couldn’t pass up visiting Noorderspel 2018 in the beautiful venue of the Der Aa-Kerk.
The local friendly board game shop, Wir War Spellen, is the driving force behind this wonderful convention and with proud one of the owners, Kim, told us they expected this year to be the biggest turnstile event yet. Congratulations on that fact!
Zuiderspel 2018 was a blast. It’s a smaller Dutch board game con, but it is also one which is accessible for a lot of people interested in tabletop gaming and it sets itself apart with being very easy-going, casual and very friendly. This year they celebrated their 10th year anniversary and made this a two-day experience instead of the regular one-day event.
At the last moment Erna and our oldest, Penny, could come along and we had the best time together playing games, having huge laughs and seeing a lot of board game friends from all around the Netherlands. This was by far the highlight of the con for us, but besides some photos on it, later on, we won’t bore you with our family stuff. But it is the cornerstone of our being nowadays as parents and it’s an integral part of our board game life. Hence the name of the blog. 🙂
Let’s see if we can get through even more Spiel 2017 experiences? Are you ready do another day of board games, meeting people and maybe some new hotness coming for 2018? We are almost done and day 4 and some other last experiences are left to share with you all. We promise this post won’t be as big as the first and second parts. Hopefully you enjoyed those though and all those other we shared with the world. The last few days were more about talking to people, play games and just enjoying Spiel.
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?
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…
Meet & Greet with some of the amazing people behind all the new hotness
What a day one this was, we met so many intriguing and fascinating people, I don’t even know where to begin with. As you may understand, these blogs will all be in a blitz kind of way. Trying to squeeze them in between the slower hours. And those are just very rare, which is a great thing!
So we will keep it short and sweet and won’t bore you with too much details and let the pictures speak for themself. There was tons more, but we will keep it at bite size.
But first, show some goodies
Kept it quite civil and still need to pick up some more games that are still on the wish list. We do wait for some Dutch releases, so if you are missing some of the big hotness, that may explain their absence.