Father in the Messe 2017: day 1

Every year is really amazing to be back in Spiele. Entering the main hall me and the kids were stunned by the colors and the sounds. Thousands of games just waiting to be played with a crew of devoted demonstrators trying to get your attention and your happiness: it is something really close to heaven if you can forget, just for a minute, the German food (yes, we are Italians and concerning food we are a bit spoiled).

That’s is an enough good reason to wake up early in the morning!


We rush to eggertspiele but all the tables were already occupied (and since we are entering just half an hour before the openings it is quite impressive) so we go to Lookout/Mayfair booth to play the expansion of Isle of Skye. The game loose a bit in elegance but, for gamers like us, offers a lot of thinking an management: something we are used to love. For me thumb up. Francesco rate it 8.5 and Caterina 8.


After that we were able to find a free table at Z-man to play Gaia Project. I like Terra Mystica and I really like how the designers were able to twist and fit it in a sci-fi theme. Of course, like Terra Mystica, is a game you need to play many times to explore all the deepness but the first impression was great. Francesco rate it 9.5 and Caterina 9. We would like to buy it but the english version was arlready sold-out. Luckily we know that Cranio Creations is going to produce an Italian edition!


Just the time to eat something and than we go to Cwali to play the news edition of Habitat: a good game, tricky enough to convince all of us. You move your pawn around a grid of face-up tale representing animals and flower. Every turn you take a tile and place it in your “zoo”, trying to surround t with the right tiles to make the animal happy. If you are able to place the right tiles around you will score the animal’s value in the end of the game. Random scoring conditions (3 different each game) and special tiles will offer the right amount of freshness to make every game different. Francesco rate it 8 and Caterina 9. We got a copy.


Wandering in the halls we found a place to try Rhodes, a not bad resource management game. Two gamers joined us for a 5-player game and since non of us ever played it we didn’t used the Colossus expansion. The game was not bad but nothing really new. Francesco rated it 7 and Caterina 6.


We than stopped to play Skull Port, a really fresh dice game: a new restyled and themed version of yatzee with special cards and many interesting ideas. You fight to be the crew of the six ships (double pair, three of kind, full-house, straight, four of kind and five of kind) during a 11 rounds games. If you like dice game this is really enjoyable. We all three liked the game and Francesco and Caterina rated it 8!


We than moved to Iello booth to play Bunny Kingdoms. I really like Richard Garfield design and this area control draft driven game really works great. In a 10×10 you try to build up fief placing rabbits. There are 4 rounds; in each round you get 12 cards. In your turn you keep 2 cards and pass the other. The cards can be terrains cards (place a rabbit in B6 or J9 and so on), building cards (place a city or a special resources) or treasure cards (scored in the end of the game). After the draft you build and than there is a scoring phase. Each fief will score the number of different resources in it multiplied by the number of towers in the cities. It works really well. We all rate it high, Francesco and Caterina 9. We played it also in hotel with 2-3 and 4 players. Great!


The first day was amazing and we are ready for the friday!

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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5 Responses to Father in the Messe 2017: day 1

  1. webs1 says:

    Bad-mouthing German food: I say Booh, good Sir!
    Though, to be honest, I’m from Southern Germany and probably would frown at much of the stuff that far up North, too. ;)
    And considering some visitors from the US go on about how good the food at the Spiel is, Italian food might seem like Ambrosia to them..

    • ligaludologo says:

      Of course it was a joke like “italia pizza spaghetti and mandolino”. Good play

      • webs1 says:

        Fair enough. I guess it’s hard to identify humour on the net without knowing the person.
        Have a nice trip back home!

        • jeffinberlin says:

          I’m heading to southern Germany next, and looking forward to Käsespätzle and other goodies!

          • webs1 says:

            I’m not sure about the Bezel situation in Berlin, but that was what I really missed while I was living in Cologne – Brezeln and anything Lauge. Because what was sold under that name at Kamps was an abomination.
            And there’s really not much that can beat the simple pleasure of a quality Brezel or Laugenknoten with butter.
            So maybe make sure to catch one of those?

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