Essen 2013 from the perspective of an Indi Publisher, Numbskull Games
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This is our 8th year of attending. Though we have only been in business for 5 years, the first few were with Quest Games.
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1. Board Game: Suburbia: Essen SPIEL Expansion [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.70 Unranked]
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Drivin' on the Autobaun from Dusseldorf to Essen. In the fast lane we managed to hit 180kmph but traffic slows as we near Essen.
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2. Board Game: The Looney Bin [Average Rating:6.28 Overall Rank:10104]
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Still our biggest seller, we sold out and had to sell our demo copy.

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3. Board Game: Bullfrog Goldfield [Average Rating:6.68 Overall Rank:5128]
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It's hard to play such a deep game as Bullfrog Goldfield at Essen because of all the noise and the fact that everyone wants to see as much as they can and they usually do not want to spend a few hours learning and playing a difficult game.
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4. Board Game Publisher: Sierra Madre Games
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Phil Eklund had a stand just down the isle from us.
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5. Board Game: The Mushroom Eaters [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:4349]
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Nate Hayden's new game. We shared stands in the same row.
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6. Board Game Publisher: Mayfair Games
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It is impossible to explain how much these guys do for Essen and the entire industry as well. Bravo!!!
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7. Board Game: Koalition [Average Rating:6.45 Overall Rank:5075]
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I used to share a stand with Hartmut Witt. He still attends but not as an exhibitor this year.
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8. Board Game: Power Grid [Average Rating:7.92 Overall Rank:28]
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We used to have the stand 1 away from Friedemann Friese. Now we were 2 stands away but in a different aisle.
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9. Board Game: The Ashes of Empire [Average Rating:5.18 Unranked]
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Harald Topf - Long Time Numbskull!
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10. Board Game: Blockade Runner [Average Rating:6.72 Overall Rank:4277]
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German version.
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11. Board Game: Popular Front [Average Rating:7.09 Overall Rank:3089]
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Alex, our newest Numbskull volunteer has signed up to make an app for Popular Front!
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12. Board Game: First Emperor [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Max and Henrik from Denmark.
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13. Board Game Publisher: Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
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Johannes is one of my first friends in the game industry.
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14. Board Game Publisher: Treefrog Games
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Martin Wallace has been here for years but this is the first time I got a picture in Essen. We met in S. F. at Kublacon last year.
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15. Board Game: Food Fight [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:4446]
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We often eat at Drago which is next door to the Meese. I saw many publisher teams there.
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16. Board Game: Rumble Pie [Average Rating:6.30 Unranked]
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Here is Natalija wearing my hat at desert time.

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17. Board Game: The Blockade Runner: An Exciting Game [Average Rating:0.00 Unranked]
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Almost constantly played for the entire fair.
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18. Board Game: Looney Bin: The North Wing [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
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After Electro Shock a Straight jacket should suffice.
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19. Board Game: Blockade Runner: Advanced Action Cards [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.55 Unranked]
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Some people just got the expansion as they had the base game already.
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20. Board Game: C. C. Higgins Rail Pass [Average Rating:6.51 Overall Rank:8957]
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Unfortunately this is still being printed so it was not for sale, but we brought our proof check copy and played.
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21. Board Game: Grand Conquest [Average Rating:7.69 Overall Rank:5438]
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Natalija by the Camel Quest poster.
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22. Board Game Publisher: Numbskull Games
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Set up at our stand on Wednesday is fun because we get to meet the other publishers without the enormous crowds.
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23. Board Game: The Last of the Independents [Average Rating:6.31 Overall Rank:8742]
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Wolfgang and Malte
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24. Board Game: Conquest [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:4348]
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Arno, the brains of the operation.
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25. Board Game: California Gold [Average Rating:6.52 Overall Rank:7302]
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Malte and me.
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