Thematic Solitaires for the Spare Time Challenged

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Spot me in Essen

Morten Monrad Pedersen
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In less than a week I’ll temporarily leave my family behind, swap my house for a hotel room and wander the halls of Messe Essen for 3 days during the mayhem that the organizers call SPIEL and everyone else calls Essen.

If you’re also there and spot me, please say hi .

To help you do that, here’s what I look like:

From gallery of mortenmdk

There’s an Automa Factory logo on the back of the t-shirt – well, t-shirtS, because if I didn’t change it the smell of sweat caused by the heat of the crowd and the nervousness of an introvert in said crowd would keep you so far away that you wouldn’t be able to make out the logos.

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On my own “say hi” schedule, I have the largest Automa Factory meetup so far with four of those who have design credit for an Automa: Lieve Teugels, Lines Hutter, Nick Shaw, and myself. The previous record has been just 2 members at a time. If we want to continue this 100% increase next year, we’ll need to add an 8th member to the team of 7 we’ve been so far . Luckily, we’re on track to do just that.

Other people on my list include Elizabeth “Wingspan” Hargrave, Shadi “Oniverse” Torbey (I’ll have a hard time not acting like a fanboy), Frank “Feuerland Spiele” Heeren, as well as dropping by to say hi to the Van Ryder crew, Gil “Ludology” Hova, and look for fellow BGG’ers I know where might be there: Lee Broderick, Mikolaj Laczynski, Roger BW, and Orlando Sá the latter of whom will hopefully sign my preordered copy of his game “Porto”.

There’s of course also my Essen “family”, the awesome people of Numbskull Games: Dietmar, Malte, and Pat at booth 3D100 and hopefully fellow Numbskull squatters Max and Henrik. This is where sit down to rest and chat for hours each year.

See you there.
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