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Thumis Dalidalisa
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I will be visiting Berlin Wednesday-Saturday of this week. During the day I will be quite busy but in the evenings I should have some time.

I did a little bit of research and see that on Wednesday there is a game group in Leopoldplatz. Not sure if it is possible to contact anyone in advance?

On Thursday, I saw there is a meet-up in Friedrichshain. Looks a little young for an old man like me ... :-0

On Friday, there is a place on Urbanstrasse.

I'll be spending my daytime hours near Alexanderplatz. Not sure how convenient all the above are to that location.

I like to play all kinds of games. If you give me my choice, I'll play a wargame or heavier game. The idea of Die Macher in Germany sounds very cool!

I don't speak any German.

Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.
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It's been a while since I was at Leopoldsplatz at Wednesday or at the Urbanstraße on Friday, but I think for both of these it's fine to just go there without contacting anybody. The hosts are friendly and welcoming. Both of these groups prefer Euros; if you are looking for something heavier and meatier, I think Wednesday is your best bet, as there are several fans of heavier Euros there. I recall Friday being more of a light-to-midweight (and also smaller) group.
You should be able to get by without speaking German.

I haven't been to the meetup in Friedrichshain on Thursday. Is it close to the Ostkreuz? Because a friend of mine sometimes goes there, and as I understand it, that group also contains lots of foreigners, so English is actually the most-spoken language there.

Enjoy your stay in Berlin, and make sure you visit www.brettspielgeschaeft.de (U-Bahn Eberswalder Straße) and, if it's not too far away, www.gamers-hq.de (U-Bahn Schlossstraße) if you are looking for great stores!
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Thanks and thanks also for the tip on the shop. This was actually another question I had: In these days of globalization is there anything interesting (games-related) that I can get in Germany that's not available in the United States?
 
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Kolumel wrote:
In these days of globalization is there anything interesting (games-related) that I can get in Germany that's not available in the United States?

No. Obviously not. But there are things which are easier to get and/or cheaper here. (It's just the same the other way round, when we visit the US.) For instance, you could get a German/English version of Great Western Trail for less than 40 EUR.
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Kolumel wrote:
Thanks and thanks also for the tip on the shop. This was actually another question I had: In these days of globalization is there anything interesting (games-related) that I can get in Germany that's not available in the United States?


I think it's more a matter of price and availability. When this question comes up, I frequently read that Glen More is a lot easier to get in Germany when compared to the US.

Through the Ages: A New Story of Civilization is a lot cheaper here. An English version bought in Germany is probably still cheaper than a regular English copy in the US.

The German box of Guildhall is way smaller than the overblown US box.

I'm sure there are dozens of examples like this.
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Hi,

Welcome to Berlin!

I've attended several times to the Meetup in Friedichschain, it is a very international group so it won't be a problem with the language and they play all kind of games but mostly light-medium games.

It is 15 minutes from Alexander Platz with the S-Bahn.

Also I could recommend you for shops www.brettspielgeschaeft.de it is 10 minutes from Alexander Platz in U-Bahn and they have a huge selection of games both in english and german. I will be there this evening, so don't forget to say hello I you go.

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Thanks everyone for your advice. I am going tonight unless work prevents it. See some of you?
 
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Sorry to hijack this thread- I'm moving to Berlin in July.
Interested to learn more about the Leopoldsplatz group - their location will be closer to where I think I'm going to be working/living.

I've tracked down the Friedrichshain (Thursday) group on FB and Meetup. I'll check them out for sure too.

Thanks!
 
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Those visiting Berlin in July should check out: https://hunterundcron.de/berlincon — it is a board game convention on July 15th and 16th.
 
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