Essen SPIEL

I’m probably going to Die Internationalen Spieltage SPIEL in Essen, Germany this weekend. For those not in the know, this is essentially the E3 for German boardgames. Actually, that’s not exactly a fair comparison. The “Nuremberg Toy Fair” is probably more akin to E3, as they’re both trade shows (though E3 might not be exclusively that anymore, maybe?) The Spiel is a consumer show[1]. Semantic differences aside, if you like boardgames it is the place to go. I do. So I’m probably going down for a day or two.

Gamasutra’s write-up on the 2007 show.

I don’t know what to expect there. There’ll be a lot of exhibitors and games on show and games to play and try out, some before they’re released, but I don’t know what the actual experience will be. Boardgames are a social endeavour and I am not a very social person. I also don’t speak a lick of German. Things might get awkward. This might be an overly pessimistic expectation for the show, but it guarantees that I won’t be disappointed. Besides, if I find the whole thing completely boring there’s a very nice photography museum I can check out up the street. It’ll be nice to venture beyond Paris for once too, while I still have the opportunity to do so (I return to Canada in less than two weeks).

Afterwards I might go to Amsterdam. I don’t know, nothing is planned. It’s always more fun to travel this way.

(And I say “probably” because everything is dependent on my ability to wake up in time to catch the 6:50am train at a station 40 minutes away.)

  1. You could say that Essen is the Leipzig of boardgames, but that’s a little too clever.
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