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Photo impression of Essen .. to get into the mood and what did we last year?

Henk Rolleman
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Arriving in Essen

Fresh at the start

In a Good Mood!

More Happy people!

Press Conference

I'm very very very sorry for the delay Sir! Please let me go ... Have mercy!

And now a first a break for a good Cappuccino

Well I keep it with my coffee ... Dr Nitro Glyxero

Or a ... Café Melange. It takes players to Vienna in 1910, with prominent individuals such as Trotzky, Klimt and Freud meeting one another in the coffee bar "Central"

Travel through the portal into a world of a type that you know only through folklore and fairy tales

But first something to eat - The Taste of Poland

On TV!!

With a great Civilization

and a New Story of Civilization from Vlaada Chvátil

No not barbarians - Hengist

Codenames - Not a secret anymore .... A Big Secret!

And more Secrets ... The Secrets of ... Guido Hoffmann & Jens-Peter Schliemann

Mysterious castle atop a lonely mountain... Sorry only of Children

Some others with a Quest ... Krosmaster

We had some new good stories - TIME stories

A Beautiful Display

And also news from Andor


And a big book of Madness

Who will manage to produce the best Gum Gums

First configurate the machine and ...

The Gum Gum Machine is working!

From London to Essen

Newyork 1901 ...

Cornwall ..

And from the Artic .... Charles Chevallier with Antarctica

No Secrets anymore

Tumult Royale

The new Baron Ismaël

Some Big Big Big Boxes

Something between two Desigers .. Ben Rosset & Matthew O'Malley

Allright guys, the first who laughs is losing

Knowing the rules

Tom Vasel in Duel

7 Wonders and two Players

The Duel in the chambers of Palace in Egypt


Designer with Runes & Ruin

The Escape with 504 - Module 2: The Race with Friedemann Friese

Doing The Paw! - Aza Chen

Aza Chen getting his minus point

Kitty Paw

Tsai Huei-Chiang With Castle Box Crush!

The Crush!

Eros Lin with his Burano at the Taiwan Boardgame Design Booth


Family leader Yu-Chen Tseng deep into the Game

Close Up Burano

The best Beard in Essen - Colt Express Look

...and then, we held hands with David Chircop

The Captain of the high seas Ignacy Trzewiczek

Matt Leacock - Thunderbirds

Back in childhood times

Designer Felix Mertikat with Schäferstündchen

Making new friends

From the East ... of Nippon - Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro & Paulo Soledade

You are either a bandit or a citizen in the battle for sheeps

And the Love is in they Air ....... Fog of Love

Deutsche Spiele Preis at Wednesday Evening

Matúš Kotry at Deutsche Spiele Preis - Essener Feder

Simone Luciani & Daniele Tascini Designers of Marco Polo @ Deutsche Spiele Preis 2015

Back to the Hotel

Five Star Grand Austria

Grand Austria Hotel

Spiel in Essen - People

Main Enterance

Designer Jun Sasaki takes us in to his Deep See Adventure

Daylight Revolution

Let the Battle begin

Hall ...

The Ladies Of BGG

Aldie & Melissa

Just Discovered by Cédrick

New Discoveries

Mamma Raptor has escaped from her run and laid her eggs in the park

An Architect is working on the city gate of Porta Nigra

And she is working at gate

Hand on the table and getting the Gold! with Stingy at the booth of Play this one

Mister Stingy himself!

Stingy - Keep Smiling!

Mister Carson City - Xavier Georges put a personal note into the box

Paul who coordinated the kick-starter project with Designer Xavier at the Quined booth

Designer Jerry Hawthorne with Tail Feathers

Tail Feathers - Close Up in Game Play

The Downwood Militia soars into action against the Vermin Raiders!

Tail Feathers - Close Up in Game Play

Brave mice, mounted on starlings and blue jays, swoop in to wage war against this evil alliance!

Villainous rats have allied with vicious hunting birds to pillage the humble mouse settlement across Meanderfield

Meeting the Jury members of the Premio Internacional de Fotografía Lúdica from Spain

Bruno Cathala v.s Antoine Bauza ... know you opponent

7 wonders Duel

Players view


Byzantium - Concordia Salsa .. the taste was good!

Back to Zena 1814

Florent Toscano with Ice and the Sky

La Glace et le Ciel at French

Players view

Ice and the Sky

Enjoying United Kingdom

Ignacy Trzewiczek Signing the Box

Corné van Moorsel with Samara

Council of Four - Move up on the nobility’s track

Concil of Four - The members of six influential families sit around in the councils and lead the Kingdoms

The Gallerist

The Yellow Gallerist lost in the blue gallery of Essen

Viking clans who have traveled to an embattled Viking harbor town

7 Wonders: Duel - At the Repos booth

7 Wonders: Duel - At the Repos booth

Antarctica at the booth

Antarctica - In a distant time – so far in the future that either global warming or technical progress is so advanced that windmills are going swimmingly in the antarctic climate.

For the ladies ... Shoping Queen

German Railroads to Essen

A colourful cloud of smoke billows out of the magic cauldron

The little dragon on a big treasure hunt

Die geheimnisvolle Drachenhöhle

Bluffing and Flying with Celestia

The Aircraft is going or not ...

And what to do?

Enjoying the game


Enjoying Planet 504 at the booth

The Legends of their new Illusion

Designers Richard Amann & Viktor Peter with their Trickeron

Enjoying - Trickerion: Legends of Illusion at the booth

Illusionists, Planning their actions

Artist - Villő Farkas created some great artwork for Trickerion: Legends of Illusion

Game Overview - Downtown, Dark Alley, Market Row and Theater locations on the main game board depicting a late 19th century Cityscape

Step into the shoes of Doctor Watson - Watson & Holmes: From the Diaries of 221B

Art of Javier González Cava of Watson & Holmes at the booth

Designer Jesús Torres Castro inviting you to step into the shoes of Doctor Watson

Artist Javier González Cava of Watson & Holmes

Thomas Spitzer demotrating Haspelknecht at the Quined booth

Thomas Spitzer with Haspelnecht

Haspelknecht Close Up the Action Tiles

Dierik Joolink is Enjoying the Haspelknecht at the Quined booth

Dinning with the Quined Team

And then I went to the Bloody Inn

With a lucky hand I survived the night

But Crush your opponents in epic battles - Blood Rage

ahh not the breakfastroom I see - A world record with 1.040 people playing Catan

Playing - My Village

Parfum - The world of fragrances


Playing Barony

Mombasa City

Trading posts of companies throughout the African continent

A Rotating-display hand-mechanism that drives game play

Game Overview

A Game of Power - Jaro Andruszkiewicz

A Potion Explosion

The Voyages of Marco Polo - Enjoying The Voyages to the East

Food Chain Magnate - Fast food at the Splotter booth

Food Chain Magnate - Hungry?

Yes ...

We when to the Taverna

With some company

After Messe Dinner with Dierik & Rober
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Fri Sep 23, 2016 4:18 pm
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Photo impression of Stone Age - My First Stone Age

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Travel to the past with Yinthe and Jairo, two stone age children, to rediscover how the first humans settled the world around them.

In My First Stone Age, a children's version of the Stone Age family game, the players collect goods and build their own settlement.

My first impression is .... It Rocks! It has elements of his older brothers and is very easy to learn for kids. Great wooden components, good mechanics as memory, collecting the right goods and planning your moves for the right goods.

The awards are telling the success of this great and fun family game for the youngsters

2016 Kinderspiel des Jahres Nominee
2016 Essener Feder Best Written Rules Winner

Designer Marco Teubner & Michael Menzel did great job for the kids

Yeah This Rocks!

Wow check that mammoth!

Collecting for new Huts

Jairo & Yinthe going for there first Stone Age Adventure

Collecting the Goods!

The Market for trading

Action New Huts Building

My big brother is doing good?!

Don't Tell! the right spots

Yinthe is enjoying the new game!

Lovely Game!
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Fri Sep 23, 2016 11:23 am
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Photo impression of Hellas from Designer Stefan Dorra

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Under the Greece sun with blue bays and white marble a setting for a fine holiday, swimming, architecture, wine and good food and some boardgames.

Stefan Dorra is bringing us back to 480BC. It’s the rise of classic Greek civilization. After the overwhelming victory of Xerxes’ army at Thermopylae the Greek return to their country and continue the hard work at the islands. The building and development of large cities is the next step into a new era.

Box Presentation - Hellas

Found settlements on a Greek island and let them grow into large cities. Build statues in honour of the Gods or finish one of the various temples on the island.

All this work needs a lot of marble, which can be found in the many quarries.

Houses next to a quarry can mine marble, but some quarries produce more marble than others.

Growing Cities at the Island

The temple provides extra bonus at the end of the game

White Goblin Games will produce the Multi Language production

The illustrations of Dennis Lohausen and the beautiful wooden components make the game really appealing at the table.

I was lucky with some friends and others to play the first produced games fresh from the factory

A home my son get really into the game

Jairo is making his move

Each round players choose an action in the display. When choosing to build a house, palace or square on the island all other can perform that action too. Deciding to mine marmer (to get more money) will also help other players, because they'll earn money too through their houses next to mines. Building pillars in temples or raising a statue are the only type of actions you'll perform by yourself, but at the end of the game all players might score points because of your work.

Strategically build your settlements on the island to gain the most profit from quarries. Timing is crucial: most of your chosen actions can also be immediately performed by all other players. Think ahead to outsmart your opponents and score the most points with your cities.

Overview at the end of the game

Hellas is a middle weight worker-placement with enough tactics to hold the tension. It plays smooth and fast. The rules a clear and easy to learn for family and gamers. My kids really liked the game and discovered during the games more tactics and strategies.

Stefan Dorra, thanks to bringing up this sunny and fresh game at the table!
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Fri Sep 9, 2016 12:05 pm
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Photo impression of Kheops

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A small impression of a smart, fast en good looking two player game of Kheops. Bruno Faidutti & Serge Laget will bring you to a new experience in Egypt to made the most contribution to the pyramid Kheops.

The game has nice wooden components and a lot of depth in the dynamic game play a nice artwork of Josh Cappel

Box & Components

Players view

Enjoying the Game!

The mighty Pharaoh

Close Up during the game

Losing grip on the game...

Close Up - Building the Piramide

Game Overview

In Kheops, players are rival architects taking part in the building of the great pyramid. In turn, player place tiles (rooms and corridors) and pawns (workers, priests, mummy, and even pharaoh) on the pyramid building site. Of course, some tiles have special features, like sarcophagi or curses. There are even rumors of rotating corridors and secret networks.
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Mon Jul 11, 2016 3:46 pm
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Photo impression of Biblios

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A small impression of Biblios

Biblios - You are an abbot of a medieval monastery competing with other abbots to amass the greatest library of sacred books. To do so, you need to have both the workers and resources to run a well-functioning scriptorium. To acquire workers and resources, you use a limited supply of donated gold. In addition, you must be on good terms with the powerful bishop, who can help you in your quest.

I like to story walking around in an old monastery's library finding interesting stories and watching old drawings from the past.

In the Laborary .. of Amsterdam a collection of old books in " Het rijksmuseum " in Amsterdam - The Netherlands

Box & Components

Players Hand during the bidding

Central board

The game is simple to learn and has nasty choices. It's bidding or praying for the right books.
Knowing you opponents and bluffing and drafting new cards. But it's still fun and elegant.
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Mon May 9, 2016 12:15 pm
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Photo impression of New York New York New York - 1901

Henk Rolleman
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In Essen I saw a wonderful board with color and skyscrapers of New York 1901. The theme and components really applied to me and me and my kids really enjoyed the theme. A perfect gateway game for family's and non-gamers. Easy to learn, good mechanics and interaction on the board.

Relive the dawn of modern New York City, the historic years that made it what it is today. Build bigger and higher skyscrapers on some of Lower Manhattan's most iconic streets. Raise one of four legendary skyscrapers — the Park Row, the Singer, the Metropolitan Life, or the majestic Woolworth — and make one of them the crown jewel of your real estate empire!

New York 1901

Box & Components

Working Class - Builders of New York

Building a Gold Age Estate

Playing an Action Card - New York 1901

Sky Score Markers - During the Game

Winter is coming ...

Acquire Land for a new Project


New York 1901 - Above the Sky

The Builders of New York


Table top day!

Having a good time

Cellphone sessions

For the Dutchmen here - Witte Huis - Rotterdam

In New York 1901, the players are building skyscrapers on a map of New York's Financial District. Players take location cards from a card's display and then use 2-3 of those location cards to place Tetris-shaped building tiles on the board. They first build bronze level buildings. Later in the game those buildings can be replaced by silver level and gold level buildings.

Designer Chénier La Salle and artist Vincent Dutrait did a wonderfull Job in creating this great family game.

Awards & Honors

2015 Golden Geek Best Family Board Game Nominee
2016 Mensa Select Winner

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Photo impression of Barony - Who will be the new King (President)

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Barony .... at the farthest reaches of the Empire, four barons fight for the power. With their armies of knights,
they extend their territories and build villages, strongholds and cities. At the end of this race for power, one of them will become King or President?

A game by Marc André & Illustrated by Ismaël

Baron Ismaël

Box & Components

The City


Moving Knights

Looking for new Lands & Goods

Score Marker - Who will become the new king?

The Red City

The Knight in the Citadel

Close Up

A new confrontation

Ambitious barons trying to extend their dominion over the land

Artist Ismaël Pommaz

Simply & Elegant
Easly to learn and Play
Less Luck and more Strategy
Improve you Tactical Skill and become the new ruler!
Beautiful components with great arkwork
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Fri Mar 4, 2016 3:06 pm
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Photo Impression of ... Spellenspektakel in Eindhoven in the Netherlands

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An empression of Spellenspektal last November in Eindhoven in The Netherlands

Two days of boardgaming in the city of lights together with my son.

Early on the road again...

A Ticket for Eindhoven

The doors are Open

With a lot of volunteers for bananas!

Hi there!

Hall Overview

The Dutch Fields of Arle - Close Up Cows

Game Overview - Fields of Arle

Actions in the make - Fields of Arle

Fun with Terra at the 999 Games booth

Now is your turn! - The Quiz Master - Bert Calis

With the Pandamic Legacy - Season One

Close Up from the Middle East

Oh See Bob, more games!

A Good time with Friends, Dierik & Levi

Booth of Bergsala

El Caucho

Relax and meeting People

People are People

Having Fun with Settlers


the Spanish La Granja


Agents in Action at the White Goblin Booth

The booth of 999 Games

Looking for ...

Spel! magazine!

Magic Tournament

999 Games



Agents Vs Agents in Codenames

Play & Buy

Enjoying - The Colt Express

Meat & Eat



Mega Civilization at the 999 Games booth

New Civilizations - Close Up

Time is Running by

The Gamemaster for our game

Close Up

Intuition during the Game

So Much Fun with this

Still if you lose

Runner Up

Runner Up

Terra .. Fun & Strong

Cacao.. Fun with Two

After 25 Years still a big succes in the Netherlands - Michael Bruinsma

Kumbu Dubble Sided Cardgame

Star Wars at the Bergsala booth


Tail Feathers .. Small & Smart

In the Air

Enjoy Flying as a kid

El Gaucho's at the Gamemaster booth

At Café Puerto Diablo

Playing El Grande Ubongo! at the White Goblin Booth

Choosing you game at the second hand booth

From Eindhoven to London .. a ticket to ride

A Ticket to United Kingdom

The Green Fields of Arle

Famous Settlers

Enjoying Settlers ... or not

Close Up of Istanbul

Into the game

Tracing Traxx

Players View

Winning Mood

B-Wing - Close Up

The Nederlandse Spellenprijs Boardgame Award

Winner Concordia

Winner Family - Splendor

Machi Koro for two

Bordspelmania Crew

Presenting their new games with flair!

White Goblin Team

Coca the manager of the Fair!

City of light

Eindhoven City Center

Ending with a teasty Dinner
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Fri Feb 19, 2016 6:00 am
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Photo impression of a Deep Sea Adventure

Henk Rolleman
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Under pressure, taking goods or air ... and a little luck is needed.

You are treasure divers that share the same oxygen supply from the same blue submarine. The adventure is played in three rounds. Players roll dice to move and decide when to pick up treasures. More valuable treasures are deeper, carrying treasure slows your movement and uses up more oxygen. It's you decision...

It's al in a smart small fun box

From designer Jun Sasaki

A Blue adventure in the deep sea]

They're all rivals, but their budgets force them all to share a single rented submarine

Get on the Dry

Time for romance of not ... Hold on darling ... the water is cold!
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Thu Feb 18, 2016 6:00 am
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Photo impression of Codenames ... from our Master Spy

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In Codenames, two teams compete to see who can make contact with all of their agents first. Spymasters give one-word clues that can point to multiple words on the board. Their teammates try to guess words of the right color while avoiding those that belong to the opposing team. And everyone wants to avoid the assassin.

It's fun, could be tense, easy to teach & learn, a party for the young at heart!

Codenames by Vlaada Chvátil

Box & Components

Into the game

It's your time now!

On your mission

The Keycard - For the blue & red leader


Time is passing by ...

Code Place for Red & Blue

A creative different view

New Cards & The Assassin in the shadow

Oeps .... wrong code!

Agents in Action

Agents Vs Agents in Codenames

Cracking the code

From the master Spy ...
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Mon Feb 15, 2016 1:48 pm
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