It is that time of year once again, when a boardgamer’s thoughts turn to Germany, specifically, Essen. Essen is a German city in the industrial heartland on the River Ruhr. In German, “Essen” means “food”, but to gamers it means “Spiel” – 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, there are expansions for some of our favourite games including Keyflower and Snowdonia. There are (of course) lots of exciting new games as well, including Click & Crack, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Evolution, Five Tribes, Cat Tower, Subdivision etc. There are a few of us going this year and it is certain that they will bring back some exciting new toys to play with.