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Essen Day 3 (2011-10-23)

Surya Van Lierde is pure Eurosnoot and proud of it!
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We had arranged to have Friday as our day of so we could spend it with our friends Wouter and Wim.

Knowing demo tables are almost instantly full as soon as the doors open, we went and grabbed one of the tables at the Kosmos boot at about 9.40, which we have our exhibitor passes to thank for We were all interested in Helvetia, a game from Matthias Cramer, who is on my 'designers to keep an eye on' list. And the game looks pretty, which is a nice bonus.
Turns out this is quite a refreshing and strategic game in which you get to marry off your workers and even have babies. There are also multiple ways to score points. Very nice. We decided right away to get a copy later on.
Since we had a table anyway, we also got a copy of Cornerstone Essential, which I had played but Wouter and Wim hadn't. Still a very fun building game.

Next we started wondering around and looking for a new table in an other booth, which is always a challenge. We walked by the Iello booth and saw an empty table for King of Tokyo. Not a game any of us had on our lists, but the relief for our feet was more than welcome. King of Tokyo is a silly dice fest. It's enjoyable, but also quite repetitive, I don't think it has much staying power.

We also went to the Ferti booth to try their Crokinole board. I already have one from Mayday Games, but I wanted to try theirs. It doesn't look as nice, but man, this board goes! Very nice!
We also had a quick game of Tumblin-Dice, which was new to me. I enjoyed it, but figured I'd always prefer Crokinole over this, so no need to own it.

After wondering around a lot more, we found a table where we could try out Drum Roll. We got the whole explanation by one of the designers, but decided not to play as we agreed we liked it enough already. We didn't buy though, as I knew the game would be available at home to.

We finished the day by playing a couple of games in the Haba booth: Schloss Schlotterstein, Monza, Diego Drachenzahn and Wiggling Cow, which I liked best of this set. We also got in a quick game of Marrakech, simply because I hadn't played it before and the table was free. I found the game uninspiring though.

Back at the hotel we played our first game of PAX with two Australian friends and found it quite enjoyable. Enough of buy it the next day

By this time we where exhausted enough to call it a night.

While we didn't get to actually play that much (I'm not patient enough to just stand and wait for a table to free up) I had a good time and was pleased with what I got done.
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