Essen Spiel 2014 Roundup
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by Philip Thomas Another year, another Spiel. As with the previous essen entry this is more about games than Bipolar Disorder. Unlike last year, Neil was doing a stint demonstrating games on Saturday, so had to be in Essen for 2pm on Wednesday for training purposes. Which meant leaving London at 4.30am.
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The expansion – only published in Germany as far as I know – is very, very good. It adds one-way walls as well as three special one-time abilities: a felt wizard’s hat (cause another player to miss a turn), a wooden vial of potion (move until you reach your destination or hit a wall), and a wooden magic wand (get rid of your destination chit & draw a new one).
by Garry Lloyd With it being Essen month, in October, I managed to play 35 games of 30 different titles, 17 of which were new to me. Great family gaming fun. Ciub – a dice game of developing your dice pool and rolling to achieve objective cards. Versailles – Interesting worker movement game that I quite enjoyed my half game of, but not enough to pick up at Essen.
OK, so my record keeping system kind of failed me this year, and as I’m recounting the week on the flight back, I realize that I don’t necessarily know everything that I picked up. I was in the middle on the plane on the way back, and I was anticipating about a 30 minute wait to get processed thru customs.
my son popping the chits from #ESSEN by @Hakuus and @LudiCreations he loved the artwork! http://t.co/62PgAKHbyX
— Twitter (@BoardGameHour) 2014-10-20T12:21:29Z
Shout out to my Essen mule, Lorna, who is bringing me back the Tash Kalar expansion + upgrade kit. Thank you, my old friend! #Essen2014
— Twitter (@spielfriek) 2014-10-19T09:47:12Z