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SPIEL of Regrets: 2019 Edition, Plus Final(?) Preview Updates

W. Eric Martin
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North Carolina
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I'm on my way to Germany to attend SPIEL '19 — my fourteenth such outing! — and with that event due to start in a few days, it's time to wind up the previews and head into the views...and then the postviews.

I've been posting SPIEL '19 game preview videos since the day after Gen Con 2019 ended — starting with an overview of Queenz from Bruno Cathala, Johannes Goupy, and Mandoo Games — and many of my pre-Gen Con preview videos also serve as previews for SPIEL '19 given how many companies "release" games at both shows these days.

If you won't be at SPIEL '19, you can pretend you're there by watching the 40+ hours of livestreaming that BGG will be broadcasting from Wednesday, Oct. 23 through Sunday, Oct. 27. We'll have a new game on camera every 5-10 minutes, which is a nutso schedule to attempt, but we'll do our best to keep things flowing, with you getting a sample of hundreds of games so that you can determine what you want to investigate down the road.

If you will be at SPIEL '19, then note that I'm still making additions to BGG's SPIEL '19 Preview, partly due to what fans (and I) have spotted on Merz Verlag's 2019 SPIEL-Guide and partly due to final notes from publishers who have finally decided to make their wares public. I keep saying that I'm not going to update the preview any more, but I think that will happen only once we hit Thursday and the Messe doors open to welcome you and thousands of other visitors. Stop by the BGG booth (5-J122) if you have the chance!

To close out my SPIEL '19 preview videos, here's a sampling of what I didn't have time to cover on camera over the past few months. My apologies to all designers and publishers not covered. I am filled with shame and will try to do better in 2020 — and I do think I did more in 2019 than in 2018, so perhaps my regrets from that year were helpful to me. This will apparently be an annual tradition no matter what I do thanks to the staggering number of games on the market. So many possibilities for play...

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