So.... last weekend the biggest boardgame fair took place in Essen. I missed out the year before due to my jaw operation so I totally looked forward to get back this year.
It's also the first year a company did a big game (aka one where you feel like a dwarf with huge game material) and I spend a lot of time with kids and their parents and the awesome helper, who made the whole fair a pretty damn good experience.
After 4 days the dice didn't look so good anymore. Who would have guessed kids love to pick at the foil print so much
The 4th expansion of Carcassonne (the tower) was also released along with a mini expanion (Watchtower).
I met some great people and chatted with artists as well (if somebody happened to walk by.. haha). It was cool to see that parents appreciate a good game for their kids and engage with them on fair.
On a side note:
The asshole father of one 5-years-old who basically left his little girl ALONE all the time on several days: F* you!!!
If you don't have time for your kid and don't want to spend time with your kiddies DON'T BRING THEM TO A FAIR. I can't put the anger into words I have towards this person. It's a big fair, people get regulary lost in 8 big halls and if somebody grabs your kid or lures it into "checking out a game over there"... it's GONE.
Kudos to all the parents who were awesome and caring and went there to play games WITH their kids. You are great. I'd love to see you again!
Hope everybody who was there had a great time.