On Saturday we visited the International games fair SPIEL here in Essen. This is a gaming fair which focuses on board games, roleplaying games and LARP (live action role playing). Its really refreshing to see a fair without (too much) computer games, since I'm an old fashioned gamer who likes to throw dice or move figures with the hands...Here is a link to the official website (from the design of the page you can clearly see that the organizers are not really Internet affine).
On the weekends its always super crowded and this year was no exception. We met some old friends there from all over Germany and I was really happy to spent the time there with the best crowd I could imagine for such a fair!
We also bought some stuff: The game "Decent" which is a kind of board game for role players without much (spatial) imagination. You move your hero (or a group of them) through dungeons which are crowded with monsters of any kind. Even if the game might be a bit geeky, I really like the monsters in there. Maybe we could use the bigger ones for decoration?
"Guard! Guards!" Terry Pratchet board game was something I really liked, but the boyfriend found "too complicated". But the idea of being a guard member who uses his secret connections to the guilds to protect the city from dragons and magic is really great. Maybe we have more time to play next year!
A game we did indeed buy and not only try was "Escape: The Curse of the Temple". This game reminds me of the old Indiana Jones movies where the inevitable escape from the evil temple full of traps happens. In the game, you have some music playing which increases in beats per minute if you have only 30 seconds left to reach a room. Yes my friends, this game is real time! You have to hurry, make a lot of decisions and play together, otherwise you are doomed and will die in the temple! It's a lot of fun, if a bit stressful...
Other than these two games we visited the hall with "starving artists" (i.e. online comic artists that sell merchandise of instant sketches). I bought some comics, the boyfriend some postcards and I got an amazing print:
And - arachnophobics please don't follow the link- I bought the cutest spider ever! We instantly christened her "Titi Tarantula" and she has been coming with me ever since...