October is the time of year when a boardgamer’s thoughts turn to Germany, specifically, Essen. Essen is the ninth largest German city and most people in the UK have never heard of it. Most people who are not gamers that is. In German, the word “Essen” means “food”, but to gamers it means “Spiel”: the largest games fair in Europe and, arguably, the world, The Internationale Spieltage is held every year in Essen. The fair runs for four days every year and is the one of the largest and most significant of all the boardgame conventions. As such, many of the manufacturers plan their biggest releases for October with their debut at the Fair. This year, there are lots of exciting new games, including Richard Breese’s new game, Inhabit the Earth, Favor of the Pharaoh, and the highly acclaimed games Codenames and The Voyages of Marco Polo. There are also a number of expansions for some of our favourite games including Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Evolution, Istanbul, Colt Express etc. Only two of us are going this year, however, they will almost certainly bring back lots of exciting new toys to share with everyone.
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