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Subject: Essen Spiel: what do people do after 7pm? rss

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Daniel VandenBurg
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Hello

Will be going to my first Essen Spiel and going alone.

My question is what people do when then fair closes, are there any events, impromptu playing etc going on usually?

If not is fine, gives me a chance to unwind, see the city and get a nice dinner!
 
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There's lots of gaming going on in the hotels, their lobbies and communal rooms are usually packed with gamers. Unless you're staying in a really obscure out-of-the-way hotel, you should have no trouble at all hooking up with gamers and playing games until the wee hours of the night.
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Unwind : definitely a requirement - a day at Spiel means sensory overload.

See the city : don't bother - typical dreary Ruhr area town.

Nice Dinner : fair number of places have decent food at good prices - check this forum for lots of tips.

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Usually we go eat, every evening in a different restaurant to taste those foods we're missing in our town (such as Spanish, Turkish and Egyptian restaurants).

Usually they are quite crowded and we are quite jolly, which means we leave the restaurants as they close (I don't remember the opening times but they should be somewhere in the 11-12 pm range): then, if we're still in the mood for playing, we can settle in the hotel's lounge.

I don't think there's there's an "apres-fair" where you can play all the night long, if this is what you're looking for.

Anyhow, you'll see: you'll have a good time in Essen!
 
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Popular evening schedules are:
* Eating, then Gaming
* Gaming, then Eating, then more Gaming
* Eating while Gaming, then more Gaming

Like Runkst said: Ask your hotel if they're opening some rooms for gaming. Many do so but not every hotel has enough gamers staying there to get something going. But you can still go and visit one of the hotspots: the "Ibis" and "Atlantic Congress Hotel" come to mind but there may be others...
 
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
a day at Spiel means sensory overload


i'll second that. after the fair it's dinner and then comments on the day with some light drinks or some VERY easy game. i tried to play something heavier but i usually just end up staring at the game with my mind numb
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_Kex_ wrote:
eddy_sterckx wrote:
a day at Spiel means sensory overload


i'll second that. after the fair it's dinner and then comments on the day with some light drinks or some VERY easy game. i tried to play something heavier but i usually just end up staring at the game with my mind numb

You can say that!
I long ago gave up gaming after the show. We go back to the hotel, unload the games, and then have a nice, big steak and some beers.
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I'd like to take this opportunity to say how INSANELY jealous I am of anyone going to Essen. Living in Australia makes the trip a little too expensive...
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I did a quick Google : AUD 1400 for a flight from Melbourne to Dusseldorf, so you only have to buy 70 games or such to break even

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Based on the Hotels thread, it doesn't seem like there are any geekers at my hotel. If I just rocked up to somewhere like Hotel Ibis (where everyone seems to be) - would it be easy to find folks to game with? Or would I get hassle at the door for not being a guest of the Hotel
 
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
I did a quick Google : AUD 1400 for a flight from Melbourne to Dusseldorf, so you only have to buy 70 games or such to break even


Yes, but also consider the excess bagge costs ... soblue
 
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I have not been in the Ibis the last couple of years yet have played there every night.Just come in the front entrance and take a left to the bar area.You will find plenty of gamers here or go further on to the breakfast area and hit the mother load
Which hotel are you in?

 
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
Unwind : definitely a requirement - a day at Spiel means sensory overload.
Actually, compared with some other venues I attended I've found Spiel to be pretty easy going in that regard.

eddy_sterckx wrote:
Nice Dinner : fair number of places have decent food at good prices - check this forum for lots of tips.
Yeah. As much as I like to play, a good dinner is a must IMO. Take your time, relax and recharge. Even if you take it very slow you'll still have time for at least 1 or 2 medium games.

hudcrab wrote:
Based on the Hotels thread, it doesn't seem like there are any geekers at my hotel. If I just rocked up to somewhere like Hotel Ibis (where everyone seems to be) - would it be easy to find folks to game with? Or would I get hassle at the door for not being a guest of the Hotel
In my experience this is not a problem. Last year I stayed in a small hotel and went to other hotels to play. Didn't get the slightest impression that I might not be welcome. The gamers too. As a single player I easily found some folks to play with.
 
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Kempeth wrote:
hudcrab wrote:
Based on the Hotels thread, it doesn't seem like there are any geekers at my hotel. If I just rocked up to somewhere like Hotel Ibis (where everyone seems to be) - would it be easy to find folks to game with? Or would I get hassle at the door for not being a guest of the Hotel
In my experience this is not a problem. Last year I stayed in a small hotel and went to other hotels to play. Didn't get the slightest impression that I might not be welcome. The gamers too. As a single player I easily found some folks to play with.

Yeah, going to other hotels isn't a problem. But seeing nobody mention your hotel in the hotel thread on BGG doesn't necessarily mean that there won't be any gamers there. Only a very small amount of attendees post in that thread after all.
 
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Runkst wrote:
Only a very small amount of attendees post in that thread after all.


Exactly. Couple of dozen messages in that thread, thousands of gamers in the Essen hotels - you do the math.

Speaking about math - anyone setting up a math trade ? I know I'm early but all this talk about Essen has made me eager
 
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We have always played games after the fair, staying in the Holiday Inn Express again (10 minutes from the fair by the underground) and played games there and plenty of others do too.
 
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Thanks all, this is encouraging.

I'm in a Hotel called Hotel Fabritz, apparently above Die Eule (the Owl) pub?
 
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DanV wrote:
My question is what people do when then fair closes, are there any events, impromptu playing etc going on usually?


Prostitution is legal in Germany. Have fun
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Eat, drink maybe play a game or two
 
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elgin_j wrote:
Prostitution is legal in Germany. Have fun
Cuts both into gaming time and gaming budget. So why bother...
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Kempeth wrote:
elgin_j wrote:
Prostitution is legal in Germany. Have fun
Cuts both into gaming time and gaming budget. So why bother...


I never had to pay to have a boardgame opponent, so why start now ?


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eddy_sterckx wrote:
I did a quick Google : AUD 1400 for a flight from Melbourne to Dusseldorf, so you only have to buy 70 games or such to break even

Have you included the fees for bringing them back with you or was the plan to stay with them?
 
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eddy_sterckx wrote:
Kempeth wrote:
elgin_j wrote:
Prostitution is legal in Germany. Have fun
Cuts both into gaming time and gaming budget. So why bother...


I never had to pay to have a boardgame opponent, so why start now ?


- What do you want me to do?
- Take five cards ..
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aliquis wrote:
eddy_sterckx wrote:
I did a quick Google : AUD 1400 for a flight from Melbourne to Dusseldorf, so you only have to buy 70 games or such to break even

Have you included the fees for bringing them back with you or was the plan to stay with them?


Think it through - you just bought 70 games, you're in Germany, capital of the boardgame world - why on earth would you want to go back ?

 
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aliquis wrote:
eddy_sterckx wrote:
Kempeth wrote:
elgin_j wrote:
Prostitution is legal in Germany. Have fun
Cuts both into gaming time and gaming budget. So why bother...


I never had to pay to have a boardgame opponent, so why start now ?


- What do you want me to do?
- Take five cards ..


Ooooh, a game of Flip Strip Poker
 
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