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October 18, 2012 marked the first time that Snakes & Lattes went to the Games Fair (or Spiel-Messe) in Essen, Germany. The experience was, in a word, surreal. The sheer number of people and games present at a convention spanning nine massive halls (I hope I didn't miss any) leaves me awestruck this many weeks later. Even though we were there from 10-6 for each of the four days, I left wanting more.
I wanted to be able to regale you all with a tantalizing narrative that captured the highs and the lows of every last step we took on those fateful four days. But I can't. Honestly, it's all a blur, and I can scarcely remember what happened on which day. What I regret most is not getting a hold of a German SIM card so that I could furiously tweet my every thought. So, with that in mind, I feel it best to report our travels through a posthumous list of the tweets I wish I had made, in no particular order.
- First stop: Pearl Games. I played a prototype of Ginkgopolis this past summer and I MUST HAVE IT!
- Xavier Georges, designer of Ginkgopolis signed my copy! It says I get first pick of colour. Sad there's no purple.
- They have huge booths selling used games here. Just picked up some rare titles for my personal collection. #mwahahaha
- The friendly folks at Odynaut Games Company recognized us by my S&L t-shirt. They know about us in Netherlands. Cool.
- Brettspielwelt (online gaming portal) has wicked interactive demos. One of them is a kinect-like meeple swatting game.
- Ben and I tried Artipia's Among the Stars. Cool spatial space station building game reminiscent of 7 Wonders.
- Flatlined Games' Rumble in the Dungeon adds one tiny element to Rumble in the House which vastly improves the game.
- Flatlined also has a really neat robot programming game by Antoine Bauza, Twin Tin Bots, on demo here. Thinking of contributing to their kickstarter.
- Czech Games Edition has an oversized version of their new hit game, Tzolk'in, up on the wall. The gears on this game are radical! Can't wait to play this.
- Vlaada Chvatil signed my copy of Bunny Bunny Moose Moose. #icandienow
- Alain Epron (Vanuata) just gave us a signed copy of Maamut. This is one GORGEOUS looking game.
- Our hosts are showing off their game, Interstellar Mayhem, in Hall 6. It's a fast-paced space battle game with wicked ships and asteroid bits.
- Just met Antoine Bauza, designer of 7 Wonders. He signed his newest game, Tokaido, for us.
- Richard Breese is here with his new game. Grabbing a copy for my personal collection. Another signature! :)
- Just saw Uwe Rosenberg (Agricola) and Friedemann Friese (Power Grid) having a chat. Friedemann was wearing a Snakes & Lattes button! WHAT?!
- Richard Garfield is signing promo cards for King of Tokyo. That line-up is... long. Really long. Oh well. :(
- Queen Games has a HUGE area set up for their new game, Escape! Looks really fun.
- Just played Escape. This game is AMAZING!! So. Tense.
- Just chatted with Dirk Henn (Alhambra). He says he'll stop by the café the next time he's in Canada. :D
- Hall 10 & 11 are attached. It's enormous!
- Just met Jacques Zeimet (Geistesblitz, Kakerlakenpoker) and played his new games, Sonne und Mond. I like. Also, really nice guy.
- Just sat down with the people at Spielbox. I love this magazine. I wish more Canadians knew about their English editions.
- Tried to teach Santa Cruz to two German guys after having only read the rules once two weeks ago. It did not go well.
- Got to play Geistesblitz and Geistesblitz 2.0 together with the advanced rules that join the two games. ABSOLUTELY CERTIFIABLE INSANE! #brainbroken
- Zoch zum Spielen brought several TONS of bananas to promote their new game Banana Matcho. I'm also hungry. Excellent!
- Bumped into Friedemann Friese again. Got him to sign Copycat and Unexpected Treasures, his two latest games.
- BGG has a booth set up where you can "like" the games released at the fair. Very cool. Escape is currently #1.
- Just bumped into Sébastien Pauchon (Jaipur). Why didn't I get a photo with him? #damn
- Just played Hanabi with our hosts. This might be my new favourite co-op game.
- Nabbed a copy of Lady Alice. I'm really pumped for this new deduction game set in the Mr. Jack universe. The art is gorgeous (same guy that did Mr. Jack Pocket).
- Promo cards for 7 Wonders with Antoine Bauza's baby boy on them? That just might be the most adorable thing I've ever seen.
- I can't begin to describe how busy it is today (Saturday). It's a veritable mosh pit in here.
- Waiting to speak to Uwe Rosenberg!!
- Uwe was super nice and super excited to hear about the café. He gave us a bunch of promo cards for Le Havre. Let me know if you want one.
- Managed to snag the LAST copy of Suburbia, signed by the designer, Ted Alspach. This one has been getting a lot of positive buzz.
- That's it? It's over? Why can't it be Thursday again? :(
- In short, if you can get to Essen, do it. The experience of a liftime. Period.
You can have a browse of some of the photos from Ben and Adam's trip here, on our Facebook page. Now, let's look forward to Essen next year!
Snakes & Lattes are excited to host the North American launch of FoxMind's String Railway - the conductor will be shouting "All aboard!" at 6pm, Thursday 22nd November!
Hop on board to experience a game where the playing area, landscape and your twisting, turning railway network are all created with colourful strings. We pondered how we could compare this to some of our other favourite train games, but drew a blank - it's really unlike any other game you've tried before.
This innovative game consists only of a handful of strings and a tall stack of station tiles. Apply a generous dose of imagination and enthusiasm, and you're well on your way to a bigger, better railway than your friends - and that pile of victory points! Exquisite visuals, simple rules and strategic game play make String Railway a delight for family nights and avid players alike.
Be one of the first to try this hot new game - our friends from FoxMind, along with our famed S&L game gurus, will be running a number of games throughout the launch evening. We know as soon as you sit down, strings in hand, you'll be intrigued. The fun won't stop there - we'll have a number of copies of the game for giveaways through the night, and S&L will also be retailing the game at a special launch price.
As usual, admission is $5 - S&L and FoxMind will be providing on-board snacks to all guests aboard the String Railway Launch Express. Don't forget, departure time is 6pm on the 22nd of November! Seating is limited, so RSVP to ensure a spot on the journey now. See you there!