Dale Yu: 2nd GoF Post – what’s being played now

Well I’ve had a few emails asking me what else is being played.  I think many people here would agree that there isn’t that much new going on.  At least, not a lot new from Nurnberg.

Santa Cruz from Hans im Gluck is here, and it’s been played a lot.  Also, there is currently a 1st & Goal tournament going on right now (R&R games).  Other new(ish) games here:

  • Indigo
  • Waka Waka
  • Targui
  • Bohnanza wurfelspiel
  • Tanzen Wanzen
  • Vegas
  • Keltis Wurfelspiel
  • Zooloretto Wurfelspiel
  • Africana
  • Pix

There are also about 100 new prototypes here – some from game companies planning on a upcoming release (mostly Essen ’12) as well as many games which are being shopped around with all the game companies here.  Of course, the general rule here is: Don’t say anything about prototypes or show pictures unless you have permission.  So, I won’t be the first guy to write about the Gathering and not be able to talk a lot about the games that I’m playing this week!

But there’s definitely a bunch of old stuff being played right now too.  While my game of Aquileia is going on, I quickly walked around and snapped a few pictures of the tables closest to me.


Last Will (starring Sharon Madden)

Merchant of Venus

Edo – with OG’er Jennifer Geske

Waka Waka (aka Fozzie Bear’s favorite game)


Burgunder Burgend von Burgundy

Casa Grande

My game of Aquileia

OG’er Erik Arneson losing at the 1st & Goal tournament.

Marty Hoff (surprisingly not at the Casino) playing Ora et Labora

3 or 4 guys named Simon playing Belfort. And Mario P who is apparently a big supporter of Borussia Dortmund

The most beautiful table at the Gathering. Oh, and they’re playing Hawaii

Kris Gould’s new prototype… Well, what I was allowed to show you of it.  (Remember that a lot of them have to stay secret!)

Mage Knight (I think they’ve been here since about breakfast)

The lunch game.

D-Day Dice

Not pictured: Lords of Waterdeep – which has received a lot of play this week, but isn’t in play right now.

Well, that’s what’s going on now. More later hopefully.

Until your next appointment

the Gaming Doctor

About Dale Yu

Dale Yu is the Editor of the Opinionated Gamers. He can occasionally be found working as a volunteer administrator for BoardGameGeek, and he previously wrote for BoardGame News.
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8 Responses to Dale Yu: 2nd GoF Post – what’s being played now

  1. Wolf Wittenstein says:

    Thanks, Dale, finally pictures of smiling friends at the gathering.

    • Dale Yu says:

      Wolf, you’re welcome! Can’t wait to catch up with you at Essen… And, I must admit that you were right – Village was worth the wait. Finally got a chance to play it at GoF, and I certainly enjoyed my first play of it

  2. Awesome pictures. I was surprised to see a person I play games with in a picture. I will have to bug him for some cool stories next time he hosts games night.

  3. Actually, Eric is on his way to the 1st & Goal tournament finals… over the ruins of my once-successful team. (sigh)

  4. anye says:

    Sad I am missing it this year :(

  5. Nice picture of Ray Pffeifer, my old boss, in the last picture.

  6. erikarneson says:

    What Mark said! Just so the record is clear (not that I’m bragging or anything), I *won* the 1st & Goal tournament…

  7. Janna Nelson says:

    I want to be back at that table playing Hawaii!

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