Category Archives: Essen 2011

Essen Preview #24 – To Pre-Order or To Not Pre-Order: An Essen Game Buyer’s Dilemma

As the countdown to the 2011 Spiel fair at Essen continues, the enthusiasts in our hobby community have created numerous lists of games they are tracking, spent many hours trying to glean nuggets of information about hundreds yet-to-be-released games from … Continue reading

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Essen Preview 22 – Interview with Nick Medinger, Funagain Games

OK – this is a slightly different interview – I thought it would be interesting to ask Nick Medinger a few questions about how he prepares for Essen.  If you don’t know Nick, he’s the “man on the ground” for … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #21 Last minute games to consider!

Well, the time has almost come to leave for Europe… In fact, as you read this, I’m probably in the air already headed off for a week of fun and adventure on the Continent.  As usual, there is a flurry … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #20 – The New Era by Portal

[To continue the Ignacy Trzewiczek day – as Liga has just published his interview with Ignacy earlier this morning – let me talk a bit about the new game, The New Era, which will debut at SPIEL 2011!] My local … Continue reading

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Essen 2011 Coverage

Essen 2011 has come and gone, leaving over 700 new board games in its wake.  To help you sort through the tidal wave of new releases, we bring you 28 previews leading up to the fair along with 20 convention … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #19: My Essen High-Interest List

Last year, the number of games to grab my interest before Essen was unusually low.  I don’t know, maybe I was having trouble adjusting to the sharp increase of new titles, along with the huge number of brand new designers … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #18 Coming down the homestretch

OK, less than a week to go before I leave for Europe – but the deluge of game news is dying down right now… which is to be expected — it’s not like there should be a lot of breaking … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #17: 3 Previews — Age of Steam: Outer Space/Reversteam, Potion Making: Practice, Evolution: The Origin of Species

SPIEL keeps getting closer and closer!  I just looked at the calendar and realized that I’m leaving for Europe in just under a week!  My local group has been busy playing games and I have finally had a chance to … Continue reading

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Essen Anticipation (Essen Preview #16)

Essen is coming.  Hundreds of new games on the verge of being released and a patchwork of information and snippets available about each one.  I’ve scoured the previews to find a manageable handful of games that really deserve some pre-show … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #15 – Games from Japan, France, Russia, Sweden and Huch! & friends too!

OK, this will be a longer preview piece as there are a lot of games here that I’m interested in… And there aren’t many more days before I leave for Europe!  So, I’m squeezing a lot into this game preview … Continue reading

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