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Tim H
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Hi,

this will be my first time in Essen where I actually want to buy some games. My biggest concern at the moment: where to store the games after purchasing them? I don't want to carry them around all the time!

As I see there are too options:
1) We'll arrive by car, and there are some parking lots close to the fair. So presumably I could get out from time to time and take the games to the car. I just think I'll have to be in Essen really early (what time?) to get a parking space there!?

2) I've heard that there are lockers at the fair, where I could put the cames in. Is that true? Do I also have to be there early for getting one?

How do you manage this? Thanks.

Cheers,
Tim
 
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Bart R.
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I've always gone back to the car to store the games there. P9 is about ten minutes one-way, but it's nice to get out for some fresh air anyway. There are lockers, but I have no experience with them.
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Deb Wentworth
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Easy solution - don't buy any.

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Trond Åge Låstad
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If going by car, storing games in the car is by far the best solution. The lockers are rather small and will only store a couple/few games. There used to be warderobe service in the old halls, not sure if it is still there, you could store really large bags of games there for a couple of euros. If not simply use a small trolley. I know a lot of people in here hate that people use trollies, but if you are not travelling by car and you are buying a lot, it is the only real option.
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Shirley Sheak
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Or may be you can use a medium size suitcase luggage and drag it around?
 
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Jeff Wood
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Play ESSEN The Game: SPIEL'13 for these and other questions.


I've been amazed reading all these questions and going "Huh, just like in the game, wow."
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Trond Åge Låstad
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takoyakioc wrote:
Or may be you can use a medium size suitcase luggage and drag it around?


You won't get many unopened games in a suitcase, 5 big boxes and you might be full, with a trolly and a couple of straps you can stack them high. I tend to pick up between 20 and 30 games on thursday, as well as maybe 5-10 displays of magic cards.


Try getting that in a suitcase whistle
 
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Tim H
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Thanks guys, I think I'll go with the car option!
 
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Kat Shoolman
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What happens if you don't have a car to go back to and staying 30min tram ride away? I have preordered as much as possible so can pickup as leaving but there are a few I will have to carry around all day...
 
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Christian Gienger
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The coat room, "Garderobe" in German, also checks in games, so you can store them there during the day.
 
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Bart R.
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If it's just a couple of games, you could try the lockers. Then again, a regular backpack will also hold those, unless you're buying a Crokinole board
 
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Daniel
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kat5e wrote:
What happens if you don't have a car to go back to and staying 30min tram ride away? I have preordered as much as possible so can pickup as leaving but there are a few I will have to carry around all day...

Same here, I think I am coming by tram or bus, too. I am hoping to store my games temporarily in a friendly Geek's car.
 
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Henrik Lantz
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I was there for the first time last year. As someone already mentioned, there are plenty of lockers. They were of decent size I thought, we had a bunch of games in there. The wardrobe is also an alternative. Taxi is cheap so getting the games to the hotel is easy.

I guess it depends on how many games you are buying, but I never found myself carrying too much. I spread out my purchases (I had pre-ordered my most wanted titles and could pick them upany day) and stored in the locker during the day. In the end I filled a large suitcase, probably bought around 10 big games in total.
 
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Wim van Gruisen
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If you want to use the lockers, be there on Wednesday. Early Wednesday. Or earlier.

There are not many lockers, and people tend to reserve them as soon as possible. And then keep them for the rest of the fair, loading and unloading games in them when necessary. Because the lockers don't need to be cleared by the end of the day.
 
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Deb Wentworth
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I'll be helping to demo games on a couple of the days. Do the stands have enough room to have a backpack on the floor out of the way?
 
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André Heines
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One of the most common problems. Except for the most important question: How can I raise my budget?

Okay, now I'm serious.

If a car is available, use it. It's the easiest way.

Geeks on a train who visit the fair for only one day are the toughest case. There I can give only the obvious advises. Buy and pick up late. Just before you leave. If you fear a game might be sold out, and no preorder was available, get it. But everything else should wait if it does not fit in an ordinary backpack. If you buy really big, those IKEA bags are helpful. I usually use ordinary cloth bags from the supermarket.

@ Deb: It depends on the publisher. If you only need to store some bottles of water and a lunchbox, it shouldn't be a problem at all. I you buy a lot of games, you should check the booth first. Maybe the exhibitor can store those in a car. He should have a lot directly under the halls. Just ask him in advance.
 
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Deb Wentworth
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Rukus wrote:


@ Deb: It depends on the publisher. If you only need to store some bottles of water and a lunchbox, it shouldn't be a problem at all. I you buy a lot of games, you should check the booth first. Maybe the exhibitor can store those in a car. He should have a lot directly under the halls. Just ask him in advance.


Thanks, I'll do that. I guess by that time I'll need a light jacket as well, so adds to the storage problem.
 
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Bart R.
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debwentworth wrote:
Rukus wrote:


@ Deb: It depends on the publisher. If you only need to store some bottles of water and a lunchbox, it shouldn't be a problem at all. I you buy a lot of games, you should check the booth first. Maybe the exhibitor can store those in a car. He should have a lot directly under the halls. Just ask him in advance.


Thanks, I'll do that. I guess by that time I'll need a light jacket as well, so adds to the storage problem.

Let's hope the weather gods are with us. Last year, it was freezing cold when we arrived, but I've also had very pleasant walks in the sun .
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André Heines
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Maybe we should do some rain dances ahead of the fair to dry out the sky.
 
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