Father in the Messe 2017: Day 0

We are here again, a Father in the Messe, with two kids. Every year they grow better and I become older.


As usual the trip from Modena is something special: car, plain, train and metro! We start to have problem trying to persuade our cat to let us the trolley.


Than I forgot in Modena the bottles of balsamic vinegar I used to offer as present to IGA winners but we were able to arrive in time for the Wednesday opening. A glass of wine at Days of Wonders booth, thanks to Adrian Martinot, some worlds with Bruno Cathala, Antoine Bauza and we met Dale, our chief in charge at opinionatedgamers.com! Just the tome to say hallo to Mariano (Whats Your Game), Di Meglio, Maggi & Nepitello at Ares booth and the time to play two games.


Long live the Queen is a dice driven two player game with some planning and some decision. You place your ten characters face down in front of the number ranging from 2 to 12 and your princess on the 7. In your turn you roll the dice: if the characters (yours and opponents) on the rolled number is face-down you just turn face up. If it is face up you activate the power: usually something about getting/giving tokens and something more. Every character have a special power, sometimes related to killing (turning face down) the opponent. You win the game if you kill the princess or having 3 of each kind of counters. Not bad but a single game is not enough for me to say i Like or I don’t like. Francesco rate it 9.5


Barenèpark moves on the road opened by Ptachwork. In your turn you have to place a counter (are in different form and size) on your 5×5 board. Some boxes are empty and some have special drawing. Covering a special drawing will let you draw new counters of different sizes or take new board. You can have no more than 4 boards. Some counters will give you points in the end of the game and as soon as you cover all the box (except the hole) on the board you will score bonus points. The game ends when one of the player complete all the 4 board. It works fine and we really enjoy the game. Francesco rate it 9 and Caterina 8. I liked it too.


I would like to buy it but it was not possible on Wednesday … maybe tomorrow

We also met Melissa and his family! It was great! They give us (to the kids) some presents from Australia! Great!

We ended the day with a dinner at Istra!


See you tomorrow in the Messe!


About Andrea "Liga" Ligabue

Andrea "Liga" Ligabue is a game expert contributing to many games related international projects including Gamers Alliance Report, WIN, ILSA Magazine and Boardgamenews. Member of the International Gamers Awards Committee is coordinator of Play - The Games Festival and founder of the project Ludoteca Ideale.
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3 Responses to Father in the Messe 2017: Day 0

  1. Thank you for posting. Enjoying reading your reports each year as your kids grow up!

  2. Melissa says:

    So nice to meet you (again), Liga! See you tomorrow, I hope.

  3. Fraser says:

    Great to see you and your family again

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