Essen 2017 Designer Trade List
Hilko Drude
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Here comes the seventh edition of The Essen Designer Trade List. I will copy the header of last years' trade lists (Essen 2016 designer trade list) here:

In the Essen 2011 no ship math trade, I was faced with the decision of how many copies of my own game I should enter. I have a rather large supply and can get more easily, and I could have put five or ten entries in for those - but I didn't want to clog that list. But seeing that some other designers also put their games into the math trade, it gave me an idea. How about a place where designers could agree on swapping their own games with other designers? Some of us do this anyway, but usually only with those others we personally know. Here's an attempt to help increase the number of trades that can be made.

I have decided not to turn this into a math trade just yet, as I also want to reach those who are reluctant to enter a math trade. For future conventions, such as Nürnberg, Göttingen or next year's Essen, we can discuss the best way to do this - if there is any interest at all.

For now, I suggest the following:
Make an entry for each of your games you are willing to trade for other games. As this is intended for trading your personal copies of games, the games should be new and in shrink (or just out of shrink and signed), unless stated otherwise. Please also include version information if there are different versions, and also state the days you will be in Essen. If you want to, you can also include information on how many copies you are willing to trade or the kind of games you are interested in.

If you see another game you would like, contact the designer directly by geekmail and suggest a trade. Agreeing on a meeting point and time in Essen is up to you, of course.

Some more things:
- It is, of course, perfectly ok to turn down any offer. Please don't be insulted if someone turns down yours. There can be all kinds of reasons: Your game might be great, but not attractive to the other designer's gaming group, there can be a limited supply of games that designer has, etc. I hope this can be a friendly experience.
- It is, of course, also ok to offer older games this way, although the latest releases might find most interest.
- It would be great if you posted some kind of numbers eventually, stating how many times you traded a particular game. This would help evaluate the success of this trade idea.
- If you are a publisher rather than a designer, I guess it is ok to participate as well. Please state this explicitly, though, as some people might be after signed copies.
- Please spread the word, even if you are not interested yourself. I am sure you know other designers who will be in Essen, don't you?

Ideas for future improvements of this are more than welcome. Thanks!
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1. Board Game: Tricky Bid [Average Rating:6.24 Overall Rank:9054]
Hilko Drude
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This is a small card game, so nearly no other game is too small to offer.
However, games I look for usually:
- are well playable with 2 players
- have low or no language dependence (if they are language dependent, I prefer English versions)
- should play in under an hour.
- Games that are hard to get in Germany are a definite plus. Asia and Latin America, I am looking at you!
I also welcome games that are suitable for German teaching to adults (as that is my day job).

Other offers are more than welcome, but I might (just might) turn them down. Of course, you might combine this offer with offers of my other games, if you want to offer something larger.

I will probably be able to go to Essen from Thursday to Sunday this year. Yay!
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2. Board Game: Pari [Average Rating:6.88 Unranked]
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Pyra-Tern edition, as shown in the picture. English or German rules, whichever you prefer. If you want this for teaching math, I can point you to some resources to download (German and Danish only, so far).

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This is a small card game, so nearly no other game is too small to offer.
However, games I look for usually:
- are well playable with 2 players
- have low or no language dependence (if they are language dependent, I prefer English versions)
- should play in under an hour.
- Games that are hard to get in Germany are a definite plus. Asia and Latin America, I am looking at you!
I also welcome games that are suitable for German teaching to adults (as that is my day job).

Other offers are more than welcome, but I might (just might) turn them down. Of course, you might combine this offer with offers of my other games, if you want to offer something larger.

I will probably be able to go to Essen from Thursday to Sunday this year.
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3. Board Game: Mission Impractical [Average Rating:6.89 Overall Rank:8365]
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There will be a re-launch of this in Essen, after it was impractical almost impossible to get ever since its first appearance.

So I'm up for a trade or two. I usually look for games that
- are well playable with 2 players
- have low or no language dependence (if they are language dependent, I prefer English versions)
- should play in under an hour.
- Games that are hard to get in Germany are a definite plus. Asia and Latin America, I am looking at you!
I also welcome games that are suitable for German teaching to adults (as that is my day job).

Other offers are more than welcome, but I might (just might) turn them down.

I will probably be able to go to Essen from Thursday to Sunday this year. Yay!
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Update: I can now offer either a FRENCH or a GERMAN edition. Both are language dependent, so you need to know one of those languages. Note: I don't have too many German copies.

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I look for usually:
- are well playable with 2 players
- have low or no language dependence (if they are language dependent, I prefer English versions)
- should play in under an hour.
- Games that are hard to get in Germany are a definite plus. Asia and Latin America, I am looking at you!
I also welcome games that are suitable for German teaching to adults (as that is my day job).

Other offers are more than welcome, but I might (just might) turn them down. Of course, you might combine this offer with offers of my other games, if you want to offer something larger.

I will probably be able to go to Essen from Thursday to Sunday this year.
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5. Board Game: Wibbell++ [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.28 Unranked]
My new game. Released 1-Aug-2017. RRP £12.

Just some cards in a tuckbox but I plan to support this game system for decades to come.
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6. Board Game: In a Bind [Average Rating:7.13 Overall Rank:4340]
The original version of Yogi, which will be released in 2017.

Silly dexterity game.

This version has 'normal' cards (as opposed to PVC) but can be used with the expansions/Jr version.
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7. Board Game: In A Bind Expansions [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked] [Average Rating:6.50 Unranked]
I have a small number of these expansion packs for In A Bind.

In A Bind + Wildcards is my favourite way to play.

I'll bring a few if folk specifically ask me for it.
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8. Board Game: In A Bind Jr [Average Rating:6.87 Unranked]
In A Bind with some cards removed, some cards duplicated, a lot of actions/noises added, a few vocal binds added, one new physical bind and colour illustrations.

Can be mixed (judiciously) with the original In A Bind.

No longer for sale as Yogi will be released. I still have a large number of these remaining.

As well as younger children, this is good for older people who want to be a bit more silly and exert themselves slightly less.
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9. Board Game: The Cousins' War [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:2783]
David J. Mortimer
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My 2017 game released by Surprised Stare at UK Expo and has had a great reception. Will be at Essen.

I'll be at the show all 4 days.
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10. Board Game: [microfilms] [Average Rating:6.09 Overall Rank:9436]
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I do have a couple of copies of microfilms left. Published by LudiCreations.

At the show all 4 days.
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11. Board Game: Twilight Squabble [Average Rating:5.74 Overall Rank:10032]
David J. Mortimer
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I have 1 sealed copy left of my game released last year by AEG.

Will be attending Thurs to Sun.


None left.
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12. Board Game: Windy Woody [Average Rating:6.60 Unranked]
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I have nothing new to offer this year.

But as I´m sure there are still some designers around not owning all the games I´ve designed shake, I´d like to offer some copies of all my games published yet.

There are several abstract games published by nestorgames:

Topology
Cairo Corridor
Tomoe
42 Hyperspace Expressway
Melting Chess






as well as the communication / party game Unicum (all 3 editions)


and the childrens games
Wilde Meuterei and Windy Woody
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13. Board Game: Yogi [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:6283] [Average Rating:6.71 Unranked]
I will have some English copies available. If you prefer French/German, I can ask for some.

It's In A Bind, but in a fancy tin and with plastic, washable cards.
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14. Board Game: Jedzie pociąg z daleka [Average Rating:6.39 Overall Rank:9000]
Jeffrey Allers
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This is a Polish-only game just published last month, and won't be sold in Essen.

I will have the rules translated by then. The components are language independent.

It is a childrens game/family game in the "Take It Easy" style, where each player makes their own board of tiles. But each player in this game will be placing different tiles each turn (they mix their own stacks separately) and there is a race to get each station before the others, which is where the interaction is (similar to Karuba, although I made this game back in 2013 before I saw that Dorn was trying to do the same thing by adding a race element to the puzzle game genre!)
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