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Attention! These maps are unofficial! In case of conflict, the info from Merz Verlag is ALWAYS considered correct.

Hi all,

Regular visitors of this forum may already know the detailed maps I've created for several years now, like here:
Hall Plans 2012 are ONLINE! (With combined maps)
Hall Plans 2013 are ONLINE! (With detailed maps)
Hall Plans for Essen Spiel 2014 - Detailed Maps ==FINISHED==.

Well, here are the maps for the SPIEL 2015! Enjoy!


A3 PDF: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40111876/Essen2015_A3.pd...
A4 PDF: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/40111876/Essen2015_A4.pd...



Thank you for your support!

Disclaimer: These maps are based on the official info from Merz-Verlag, but they are to be considered unofficial. Do not refer to them in case of an emergency. In case of conflict, the Info from Merz Verlag is correct.

Several people have asked around or contacted me whether I'll be doing maps for this year as well. So let me say this right away: YES! Bar any disaster, I will be doing the maps again.

However, they will probably be published a bit later than the last years. I have already been making an Excel list of the booths from the BGG preview geeklist. But Merz-Verlag seems to be very late this year establishing the hall layout. I contacted them a few days ago and I got the answer that it's too early and should ask again later. This is surprising, since I got the maps on 9th September last year, and the fair started 5 weeks later. We're now 3 weeks away from this year's edition and they're not ready yet.

Also, I'll probably be unable to have everything on a double-sided sheet as the years before. Hall 7 has been added, and I'll need to find a layout that contains the relevant info and is not confusing as hell.

I'll do my best to have the maps ready for October, if I can get the official maps before then.

I'll edit this post as soon as I have more info.

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You're probably wondering why I haven't created an A4 version or images as I did last year. The reason is that this is the first time in a while that I've published them "from scratch". In the last years, I always got lots of feedback about changes, omissions, or mistakes I made. So, before I get to work on the images and A4 PDF, check out the A3 PDF and see whether I forgot or omitted something.

I will publish the A4 and image versions in this thread on 1st October, after which I'll consider the maps "locked" (bar any major changes).
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Re: Hall Plans for Essen Spiel 2015 - Detailed Maps - Will Come Soon
Great news!
Looking forward to see the maps!
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Oh yeah, anxiously awaiting this to finish my Spiel-preparations!
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Re: Hall Plans for Essen Spiel 2015 - Detailed Maps - Will Come Soon
DukeOfEarl wrote:
Hi all,

Regular visitors of this forum may already know the detailed maps I've created for several years now, like here:
Hall Plans 2012 are ONLINE! (With combined maps)
Hall Plans 2013 are ONLINE! (With detailed maps)
Hall Plans for Essen Spiel 2014 - Detailed Maps ==FINISHED==.

Several people have asked around or contacted me whether I'll be doing maps for this year as well. So let me say this right away: YES! Bar any disaster, I will be doing the maps again.

However, they will probably be published a bit later than the last years. I have already been making an Excel list of the booths from the BGG preview geeklist. But Merz-Verlag seems to be very late this year establishing the hall layout. I contacted them a few days ago and I got the answer that it's too early and should ask again later. This is surprising, since I got the maps on 9th September last year, and the fair started 5 weeks later. We're now 3 weeks away from this year's edition and they're not ready yet.

Also, I'll probably be unable to have everything on a double-sided sheet as the years before. Hall 7 has been added, and I'll need to find a layout that contains the relevant info and is not confusing as hell.

I'll do my best to have the maps ready for October, if I can get the official maps before then.

I'll edit this post as soon as I have more info.

We got an email saying the maps won't come through until a couple of weeks before it begins!! Shame, we want to know who we're trading next to and say hi!
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We got an email saying the maps won't come through until a couple of weeks before it begins!! Shame, we want to know who we're trading next to and say hi!
That's interesting. When you do get the maps, could you give me a heads-up, please? In case Merz-Verlag doesn't send them to me as well.

In light of that I doubt that the official plans for the public will go online 2 weeks before the fair, as Merz stated on their site.
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The hall plans came online today.

I'm looking forward to the combined plans, it makes a lot easier finding your way
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The hall plans came online today.
Thank you very much for the heads-up. That was totally unexpected.

Looks like my week-end is booked. laugh
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DukeOfEarl wrote:
Woozle1977 wrote:
The hall plans came online today.
Thank you very much for the heads-up. That was totally unexpected.

Looks like my week-end is booked. laugh

Thank you!
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Thanks in advance for all your hard, but very appreciated and anticipated work!

Go Duke!
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Thanks a lot Duke!
Your maps are an essential accessor for the SPIEL!
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Awesome!
Thank You very much!!
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Awesome work... Will be super useful as usual many thanks!
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And another Essen edition - and already another DukeOfEarl hall plan'

So fabulous and great efforts you do every year! You can't imagine how many people you give so much help...

"Never in the field of boardgames was so much owed by so many to so few"
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You're the greatest !! Thanks again thumbsupthumbsupthumbsup

We should change your nickname to 'Duke of Essen' cool
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Now the countdown can finally begin! Truly amazing effort and an unmissable map for this gaming walhalla! Thanks a million! bag
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Quite exciting to see my first booth at Spiel. OK, it is just for storing the huge quantity of games I buy, but even so, I am even more part of the show than I've been before!

Hall 4 seems to be missing from the map.
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pArt of Hall 4 is used for Catan Big game on Saturday only
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Awesome, thanks a lot for putting those together! These plans have been handy in the past and will be in two weeks
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Thanks for the great work.
Just one little note, it should say "Spiele-Autoren-Zunft" not "Auroen"
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Julian: Indeed, the hall 4 layout is a bit of a leftover from last year. It is only half of it, and adding the whole hall would have taken even more space. All of this for little practical use since, as Johan pointed out, hall 4 is only used on Saturday and only for the Catan big game (which I did mark on the map). Note also that several passageways between Galeria and Hall 4 are blocked.

Markus: Thanks for the reply. I'll correct it in the final version.
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