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Playing in the north

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So, the weekend is over. Lots of burgers eaten and beers drunken. Also lots of game played at the 8th annual event in Lille (north east of France) LUDINORD

This event ran from the 19th to the 20th of March as was as popular as ever. This year marked a big change. Another site. As well as the usual "Salle De Fete" they have at the Fort, they also has the use of a sports hall, 10 minute walk away. Good news is the weather was dry, although windy. A bus service ran between the two sites as well as a local car park, to try and keep the congestion down. Not that it mattered as the French (I have found) will park anywhere and everywhere. Normally on pedestrian paths...even if there is a free parking spaces 10 yards further along.



I took the family along (and my camera)for only one of the days, as it is a 3 hour drive and the wife is worried that I will not manage it on my own.



There were a myriad of staff in their yellow t-shirts, ready to teach games. There were hundreds of games there and a few small game company's like Catch Up Games, Monolith and Jeux Opal. Also some reps from Asmodee where there running an AsmodeeQuest thingy.

Designers new and old were on had to teach their games and prototypes. No big names, but names anyway. And everyone was as sweet as pie. In fact, I spent a good part of my day chatting to these guys and girls. Everywhere I went I bumped into a face I knew, whether they were someone from my game group, someone I met at Essen or befriended on Facebook.

The general feeling I got from those I encountered was the event was a good one although there was areas that were crowed all day and others were more calm and spacious. Playing a heavy strategy game in a confined, noisy environment made most those friend, including myself, rather annoyed. Were as party and childrens games were easy to get to and you could swing a cat or do a crazy victory dance without poking an eye out or knocking a table. I couldn't get to the games that I had planed to play like Outlive or Beyond Baker Street. But I did get to play many enjoyable game that were not on my radar. I will talk about them in my next posting. Until then, I will leave you with some plans on layouts so you can see what games were there and where you think the problem with planing lays. And Which of these games did I play?

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