Although Essen is a small German city in the industrial heartland on the River Ruhr, it is used by gamers to refer to the largest games fair in Europe and, arguably, the world, The Internationale Spieltage (which is held in Essen of course). The fair runs for four days every year and everyone who is anyone goes. As in most years, a lot of new and exciting games are released at the Fair. This year, amongst other things, this includes an expansion for one of our favourite games, Keyflower. The expansion is called Keyflower: The Farmers and introduces animals to the game. There are also expansions being released for Snowdonia and Tzolk’in: The Mayan Calendar, both of which are excellent games and have been enjoyed by members of the group. In addition to expansions to known games, there are (of course) lots of exciting new games, including Rockwell, Glass Road, Expedition: Northwest Passage, Amerigo and loads of others! Those of us that are lucky enough to be going are sure to bring back some exciting new toys to play with over the next few weeks.