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Germany
Goettingen
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Going to Essen this year? Want to meet some fellow geeks, maybe some that you have met here on bgg but never in person? You have come to the right place.

Make an entry with the game you are looking forward to the most (you can add more games within you entry, but please stick to one entry per person, as every year). You can write something about that game, if you want, but more importantly, you can add information where you might be met: your hotel, the booth you staff or whatever you want to give away. Obviously, none of us knows exactly where we will be when, but if you know who is coming (and willing to meet with other geeks), you can contact each other directly and work something out.

Hoping to see many of you in October!
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1. Board Game: Word on the Street [Average Rating:6.63 Overall Rank:1450]
Hilko Drude
Germany
Goettingen
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Yes, I know, this game is old for you English speakers out there. But there is a German edition that I really want for my language classes. There are a few others I am looking forward to, but this is one I really cannot wait to try (I might actually get it before Essen, but hey, I can always change my entry).

Incidentally, I will be working at the Amigo booth from Thursday to Sunday. You should usually be able to find me there (ideally, ask other demonstrators where I am, not at the counter, but if you ask there, you will find me as well). I often take my one hour break just before closing time (6-7 pm), so other times are better. I will be arriving Wednesday around noon, and while I have a few plans for Wednesday, that's a good time to meet me, too.
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2. Board Game: High Frontier Colonization [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.33 Unranked]
Michael Debije
Netherlands
Eindhoven
The Netherlands
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Will be there Thursady and Sunday, and looking to trade, if anyone interested.
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3. Board Game: Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Extreme Danger [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.72 Unranked]
Lutz Pietschker
Germany
Berlin
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and Flash Point: Fire Rescue – Dangerous Waters... ,and Freedom: The Underground Railroad, Conflict of Heroes: Eastern Front – Solo Expansion (hopefully), Cornish Smuggler, Gear & Piston. At least. And the unknown game of Fragor.
I'll be at the Indie Boards & Cards booth most of the time. My hotel is Hotel Korn, Hoffnungstr. 19 (10 min from the main station).
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4. Board Game: 8 1/2 [Average Rating:4.98 Overall Rank:13983]
Mousey
Netherlands
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On Thursday I will be wondering the new halls together with my gaming buddy.
On Friday I will come back together with my 8.5 year old son.

So the best bet to find me on Friday is to also check out the Galeria.
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5. Board Game: Russian Railroads [Average Rating:7.80 Overall Rank:67]
Joe Huber

Westborough
Massachusetts
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While Russian Railroads is the game I'm most looking forward to - since I've played it enough to know I'll enjoy it - what I'm most looking forward to is meeting and/or seeing again people. This will be my first trip to Essen - and most likely my only trip for some time.

I'm staying at the Atlantic Congress hotel, and will be there Wednesday through Saturday, probably most often at the BGG booth, but more soaking it all in.
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6. Board Game Publisher: Stronghold Games
Robert Manore
United States
Colorado Springs
Colorado
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Everyone can find me at the Stronghold Games booth again during all 4 days of the fair. Just look for the guy with glasses and no hair!

But as far as which game I really want the most, I really couldn't pick one. These are my top five:


The reason I chose these titles is because these are my pre-ordered items. Others I may have to try before I buy if I get the time. Unless some of you stop by and tell me that I must buy this game or that game.

And if you catch me in the evening, I may pull out my prototype and have you and a few of your friends give it a try! cool
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7. Board Game: American Rails [Average Rating:7.50 Overall Rank:1112]
Yellohat
Germany
Emmerich am Rhein
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I will be three days at the stand of Quined Games demoing American Rails.
Feel free to say 'hi' and or play the game! American Rails is a really easy to explain game and it is full of depths.

Besides American Rails, Quined will also have Warlock as new release.

You can find Quined and me at stand 3-R-109 at Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

And besides American Rails I am mostly looking forward to Kohle & Kolonie.



I played this game twice already and I am really inpatient to have the game in my hands and play it again!

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8. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:529]
M.J.E. Hendriks
Netherlands
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I will be at the Portal stand for most of the time all 5 (!) days. Demoing my own creation - a first, which is why I am so incredibly excited and eager to get my hands on this game, an actual (released) game, made by me!

I have quite a number of other games I'm interested in, but I think I will certainly get Roads & Boats, Mage Knight Board Game: Krang Character Expansion and Robinson Crusoe: Adventures on the Cursed Island – Voyage of the Beagle (Vol. 1).

I would love to meet many of you - just drop by and let me know who you are. I met Hilko last year already when I had a game for him (trade). I will be looking to trade many games again this year. Of course I also know ravinck who is in my game group, and I'm sure we will look each other up during our breaks
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9. Board Game: Speculation [Average Rating:6.73 Overall Rank:2273]
Steve K
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There are a few games I'm really looking forward to (Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy for example), but the re-issue of Dirk Henn's old game is one I'm particularly keen on. I haven't ever played it or even seen a copy, but its been on my wishlist for quite a while. It seems to be in some sort of Kickstarter limbo. Let's hope Queen actually have copies for sale!

I'm staying at the InterCity Hotel near the central station from Tuesday evening until Monday morning, and attending the Warmup Day open gaming event in the city center on the Wednesday.
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10. Board Game Publisher: Minion Games
Johannes H.
Germany
Frankfurt am Main
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Since this year I don't have a game I am really looking forward to (I had no time for research yet) I decided to use Minion Games as geeklist item.
I will work at their booth all four afternoons of the fair. The rest of the four days of the fair i plan to play, play and play a lot of new games. Last year I ended up in a immense shopping spree. This year I will try to restrict myself a little.
On wednesday I will attend Essen Warm-Up-Day: http://de.amiando.com/warmupday2013.html
I will for sure take part in the Essen No Shipping Math Trade.
In the evening hours I intend to play the newbought games at the hotel.
Me and a lot of other Frankfurt am Main-Guild-Geeks

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Frankfurt am Main
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will stay at Bildungshotel Essen:
http://www.bildungshotel-essen.de/
Cheap, clean and a lot of space for gaming sessions.

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11. Board Game: Glass Road [Average Rating:7.48 Overall Rank:210]
Chien-Tsun Chen
Taiwan
Taipei
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Hi! This will be my 3rd Essen trip and I really look forward to meeting more geek friends!

I'll be lurking around the new halls and playing new games for all four days. I'll also spend some time at Swan Panasia Co., Ltd. booth to help them demo games from Taiwanese designers.

The most anticipated game this year is Glass Road, the hybrid of Uwe Rosenberg and Feuerland Spiele (for their well-developed Terra Mystica last year). I hope they print more than 500 copies this year.
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12. Board Game: Piratenbillard [Average Rating:6.58 Overall Rank:3368]
Kris Verbeeck
Belgium
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I'll be visiting on essen on thursday and perhaps I join some of the eindhoven gamers on sunday as well this year.

Spiel has been my one day vacation for a couple of years now.
I call it that way because I spend as much as most people would do on a ten day vacation and more importantly I see so many great and happy people there that my batteries are fully loaded that it really feels like that I've been on a vacation. Spiel gives me so much energy.

since i want to get spending down this year. I'm looking to trade or sell (through the marketplace)
I've made a list a while back but basicly any game in my collection is up for trade with the exception of Hotel life, princes of the renaissance and Crokinole. When 15 or so games change owner. I close the list. Because I want to enjoy spiel itself as well
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/150874/games-up-for-trade-...
I am also willing to look for particular games that are hard to get for non europeans visiting essen.
Well perhaps even europeans. Just let me know and I'll start searching for it.

Oh yes why did I pick Piratenbilliard. I'm a sucker for dexteritygames and some of the new games I'm interested in are allready on this list.



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13. Board Game Publisher: Fairplay
Arne Hoffmann
Germany
Essenbach
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I plan to be in Essen for three days - Thursday and Friday for sure and one day of the weekend as we usually chose the other to play games in a private circle.

As a game reviewer for the FAIRPLAY you can either find me strolling the halls or at the FAIRPLAY booth. You are invited to stop by for a chat, scanning our famous Scout list or dropping some votes yourself if you have a subscription of the magazine or if I find you trustworthy enough to pledge for you.

Have not done my pre Essen prep yet so I cannot tell which game I am looking forward to the most. 8) I am sure they will pile up again quickly once I start scanning those Essen lists. laugh
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14. Board Game: Twin Tin Bots [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:2947]
Mark Gerrits
Belgium
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I'll be demoing at the Flatlined Games booth during the whole fair (except for quick shopping sprees!). I'm really excited about this year because I genuinely love our new game (I had a lot of fun demoing the prototype last year). I'll be the guy with the big beard (it's grown a lot more unwieldy than in my avatar picture)
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15. Board Game Publisher: Brain Games
Reinis Butans
Latvia
Riga
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I'll be there with Brain Games (hall 1 booth G139). All 4 days - all the time. However, I'll probably not be as much in our booth as somewhere else, but when the time comes closer I will have more precise info.
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16. Board Game: Legacy: The Testament of Duke de Crecy [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:529]
Kareem Koh
Malaysia
Puchong
Selangor
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It's my first time ever to Essen and it will be a dream come true! Hoping for a great experience meeting up with people and playing games. I'll be staying at Hotel Kessing, which I hope is nearby to after hours gaming areas?

There's a bunch of games already on my list to check out, but most excited about Legacy.
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17. Board Game: L'Aéropostale [Average Rating:7.01 Overall Rank:4088]
Sean
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This is my very first Essen and I have begun compiling my list. Nobody told me it would be so hard to get it under 100 games.
I've picked L'Aeropostale as it is definitely one of the games that intrigues me the most.
Excitement is definitely building now!!!!
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18. Board Game: Up Front [Average Rating:7.83 Overall Rank:374]
Roberto Vaccari
Italy
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Hi, I'll be at Spiel on FRI and SAT.

Please help me to complete my huge Avalon Hill and Victory Games collection looking at my wishlist and sending me an offer by GeekMail!

P.S. I'll be at Moevenpick Hotel.
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19. Board Game: Concordia [Average Rating:8.07 Overall Rank:23]
Paulo Soledade
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I'll be at Essen presenting my own game for the entire show but, because I'm a huge fan (also friend) of Mac Gerdts I'm very curious about this new design of his, with NO rondel

Will stay at the Hotel Bredeney but working at the What's Your Game? booth for the whole show - Hall 3 Booth M 100.

Stop by to say hello!

Ahhh! Also want to get a Stephensons Rocket copy, a used one maybe.
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20. Board Game: Let's Catch the Lion! [Average Rating:6.67 Overall Rank:2905]
Martijn Althuizen
Netherlands
Helmond
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I'll be in Essen on thursday for sure, and maybe on saturday or sunday.
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21. Board Game: Dungeon Petz: Dark Alleys [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.83 Unranked]
Chad Urso McDaniel
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I'm eager to get the Dungeon Petz expansion & see what else CGE has.

I'm from Seattle and this is my second Spiel.
I was there last in 2011 when Dungeon Petz was released.
I'm eager to meet other BGGers.

I'm in Essen Thursday evening through Sunday evening and staying at art Hotel Körshchen near the train station.
I'll be visiting other hotels for after-hours gaming.

There's also a non-Spiel sight in Essen I'll be seeing: the Zollverein, an awesome converted industrial mining site that I first visited in 2011.

Anyone want to join in?
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22. Board Game Publisher: LudiCreations
Finland
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Well, this is me. Along with a lot of wonderful people that helped me bring 2 games to the market this year, I will be in Essen from well, Monday to Monday. I love Nutella, and board games, not really decided in which order.

I am curious to see if I am going to (have time to) check out and/or buy any games this year. If we've interacted on BGG, come by and say hi, I will be the handsomest, smartest, humblest guy in the booth.
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23. Board Game: Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends [Average Rating:7.24 Overall Rank:455]
Ben
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This will be my first trip to Essen, and I am eager to have the chance to meet people I have only interacted with online. I am staying at the Hotel im Giradet Haus, which is a short walk from the Messe (near Hotel Jung, Hotel Lorenz, Hotel Arosa, and even Atlantic Congress).

I will be at the Fair Wednesday through Saturday (leaving Sunday morning). I don't have a booth, so if you would like to get together, the evenings are probably the best options (unless you have a booth, then just tell me where to go).

At the moment, the game I am most looking forward to is Tash-Kalar. Not sure why. It just seems different, in a year of games that all feel rather familiar.
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Dany Majard
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This is going to be my first time at a board game convention. I will be working at the Stronghold Games' booth Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. I kept Friday to play games and enjoy the fair. I haven't kept up with what's hot for a year so it will be a big surprise.

Actually, it is more a leap of faith than a surprise. I signed up on a whim and I have close to no plan. I have no hotel, no positive couchsurfing reply so far, no notion of how I'll get back to CZ, no real clue about anything really. All I know is that I will be in Giessen over the week-end for a sporting event, that I need to find my way to Essen before Thursday (shouldn't bee too hard) and find the Stronghold people.... Gosh, why do I keep doing these things to myself ? (whistle If you have a spare bed in your hotel room, hit me up whistle)

In any case I'm looking forward to meeting fellow gamers, this year's been extremely dry.
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