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Sacha Spinks
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Albury, New South Wales.

Saturday 10th & Sunday 11th June 2006

To be held at the Albury Convention & Performing Arts Centre,

Swift Street, Albury, New South Wales, Australia

This inaugural, annual event will run along the lines of the Essen Games Fair (Essen SPIEL) in Germany. In anticipation of a positive response from exhibitors and the public, the venue has been booked for 2007 and 2008 on the same weekend. This is a national event, which should interest Universities, Schools - both Primary & Secondary, (main stream and non-main stream), and home educators, special interest groups and of course the general games buying public

At the Australian Games Expo 2006, the first sanctioned, Australian Settlers of Catan and Carcassonne Tournaments will be conducted. The first prize for both disciplines will be return flights and 5 nights accommodation to compete in the World Championships at the Essen Games Fair 2006 (Essen SPIEL)

The exhibitors are expected to be retailers, manufacturers, (possibly represented by their Australian agents), game authors/designers and other related companies and/or persons.

This is not a trade fair, but is open to the public, with the purpose of raising the profile of Euro, other board and card games, within Australia. The emphasis will be on board & card games, not Collectable Card Games, Role Playing Games or Table Top Games (Miniatures)

Exhibitors will be able to sell from their stands.

In addition to the exhibitors there will be over 150 different board and card games for you to trial Experienced instructors from will be on hand to assist

It is difficult to anticipate attendance numbers, however approximately 1000 people attended the first Essen 20 years ago. Now it’s in the order of 150,000!

I encourage you to support this important inaugural event, which will assist in helping the Australian games buying public become more aware of the vast range of games now available to them.

“Every decade or so, the board game industry evolves and a whole new generation of games arrives on the market. In the 80’s it was Trivial Pursuit and Pictionary. In the 90’s word games like Articulate and Balderdash were released. Now we are in the decade of the Euro-style games such as Carcassonne, Settlers of Catan, Bohnanza and Citadels”

Carol Witt, Games reviewer with Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane Child Magazines.


Phil Davies

Mind Games – Albury

538 David Street, Albury, NSW. 2640

Telephone 61-2-60412448 Mobile 61-438-619373
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