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Essen Day 2 (2011-10-20)

Surya Van Lierde is pure Eurosnoot and proud of it!
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Tuesday is normally the day on which the gamers are most frantic about getting the rare games and getting as much stuff played as possible. Not me though, as I was helping out in the Treefrog booth.

We spent most of the day demoing, only occasionally taking a short break for some food or to buy a game or two. I got my copy of Beer & Pretzels (including the Beer & Pretzels: Purple Coaster Expansion for free, thanks Ted!) and Antiquity for a friend.
During the one longer break we took, we went to the Amigo stand for two reasons. They had The City, which I wanted to try, and they had empty tables!
We sat down and quickly read through the rules for The City. Turns out it's dead simple and quick to play. It's the most basic form of an engine building game. First build up your income, than work on getting points. Apart from the fact that you pay for cards with other cards, this has very little in common with Race for the Galaxy though. But we liked it enough to eventually snatch a copy.
Since we where sitting down anyway, I figured we'd also give Die Brücke am Rio D'Oro a try, as that was one of the game Wim wanted to try. Myriam and I weren't to eager though, we're not a fan of Fréderic Moyersoen's games. The first 10 of 15 minutes where quite alright. Go to the temple, get some gems, try haulin' 'm back to your tent. Wouter and Wim both managed to get 3 gems over, I managed to get 2 gems twice, for a total of 4. Myriam didn't get anything back, as she encountered the 3 of us going back to the temple, getting robbed, getting pushed trough a hole in the bridge. What followed was about 30 minutes of back and forth over the bridge with everyone getting robbed and eventually falling in to the river from time to time, with no one scoring a single point. After about 45 minutes of so we called it quits. Let's just say this was the first stinker of the show for me.

During the show I sat in on one game of Discworld: Ankh-Morpork (which I already liked) and three games of Old Men of the Forest, which, as it turns out, is a nifty little game in which it is very easy to score negative, but quite hard to score positive. I enjoy this quite a bit.

After dinner though, we went to the hotel for some more gaming. We where there quite early, we where the first in. We started off with the hyped up Flash Point: Fire Rescue. We played twice as we lost the first game quite fast and found out we had played something wrong. To me this felt quite a bit like Pandemic. The way the fire spreads is quite similar to the way the diseases spread. The way you play your turn is quite different, but the feel of the game is, to me at least, very similar. So I enjoyed it, but I don't think I need this. I'm not a big fan of co-operative game anyway

We met up with some more people, among which Jon Powers, who brought Hab & Gut with him, which he got for cheap. I hadn't played thisone before, so we gave it a shot. It's an interesting stock game where you have part of the information on what will happen to the values, but not never all information. We played with 5, which made this game quite chaotic, I expect the game to be way more strategic with 3 players. Nevertheless, I enjoyed it.

That was it for day 2. Only one actual show day in, we where already very tired. But happy
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