Essen 2018 designer trade list
Hilko Drude
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Here comes the eighth edition of The Essen Designer Trade List. I will copy the header of last years' trade lists (Essen 2017 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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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 only be able to go to Essen from Wednesday to Friday this year.
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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 only be able to go to Essen from Wednesday to Friday this year.
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3. Board Game: Mission Impractical [Average Rating:6.92 Overall Rank:9169]
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I am not sure whether I will get more of these before (or at) the fair - right now I only have two copies left, and one of them is in the Math Trade. But hey, I can offer the other one (plus expansion).

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 only be able to go to Essen from Wednesday to Friday this year.
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4. Board Game: Ernst von Mansfeld [Average Rating:6.33 Unranked]
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I have not many new games to offer this year.

I´m still waiting for my proof copies of Catch!.
So my only new game is Ernst von Mansfeld, a micro game with German rules only.


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
Sum On







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


and the childrens games
Wilde Meuterei and Windy Woody
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5. Board Game: Operation: Kindergarten [Average Rating:5.46 Overall Rank:15151]
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I have a few copies of my game Operation: Kindergarten to offer.
Hint: a great gift for a teacher with a sense of humour
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6. Board Game: Yogi [Average Rating:6.65 Overall Rank:5448] [Average Rating:6.65 Unranked]
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This is the new version of 'In A Bind' - I call it the best party game of physical constraints and no-one has disagreed with me yet.

I can offer French or English copies. I might be able to get some German copies.

I will be in Essen Tue-Sun.

I like all sorts of games, but given my current opportunities to game, shorter things are more likely to get played.
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7. Board Game: In A Bind Jr [Average Rating:6.91 Unranked]
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The Jr version of the original IAB. Silly actions & noise-making. This simpler version is ideal for English-speaking children, or adults who find Yogi/IAB too difficult. Or for children that you want to teach English to.

I still have some of these in my attic.

I will be in Essen Tue-Sun.

I like all sorts of games, but given my current opportunities to game, shorter things are more likely to get played.
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8. Board Game: Wibbell++ [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.44 Unranked]
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1st edition deck, with the limited-edition cover.

A game system, with many games designed for it, and 7 'core games', which are the ones I recommend as starting points.

Word games, grabby-matching, storytelling, push-your-luck & more.

https://puzzlebrains.com/wibbell/index.php/core-games

I will be in Essen Tue-Sun.

I like all sorts of games, but given my current opportunities to game, shorter things are more likely to get played.
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