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Like last year, I am hoping to meet a couple of geeks at the fair in Essen. As in 2011 and 2010, I want to start an Essen roll call where anyone who is going can let us know and tell us about his/her expectations.

Please only add an item to this list if you are personally planning go to Essen this year. You can use the game you are most excited about as your entry, and maybe enter additional games within that entry (or the link to your watchlist, if you have one). If there is any way to state where you can be met, please also add that - why not increase your chances of meeting other geeks?

This list will be sorted alphabetically, unless you can convince me that that's stupid.
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For the first time in about six years or so, I won't be demoing games for Amigo this year. I can only go to Essen on Saturday and Sunday, and I have been working too much, so I have decided to just go for the fun of it, which is mostly meeting people - I play games all the time, and the cult of the new is somewhat lost on me. So anyone who wants to meet me, let me know and we'll work something out. I will wear my bgg avatar as a pin on my T-Shirt.

The game I am currently looking forward to most is the new version of our older game Omba, published as Docker by 1-2-3-games and Jactalea. It should be out within the next two weeks, so I will see it before Essen, but after the somewhat unsatisfactory situation with my last game Tricky Bid (which was not presented by the publisher in Essen), I am looking forward to the first Essen presentation of one of my games.

When Essen draws nearer, I might start another Designer Trade list. Anyone interested can let me know already.

I know most of my schedule now, so I can offer some meeting points for SATURDAY:
From 11 to almost 12, I will present my prototype "Stapel-Lauf", which won third place at the Hippodice Design Competition this year, at the Hippodice booth: 5-90. I assume this will be a relaxed event, with not too bad a crowd (although you never know). So welcome to visit me there!
From 12 to 12:30, I will video-present my game Docker at the bgg booth. This is probably a bad time to talk to me, but you can easily find me there afterwards.
From 2 to 4, I will be staffing the SAZ (Game Designer Association) booth: 5-109. This would also be a good place to find me.

If anyone who wants to meet me works at a specific booth for whole days, let me know and I can look for you there as well.
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2. Board Game: Kalua [Average Rating:5.63 Overall Rank:12482]
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Hi Hilko, it was a pleasure meeting you; one of the highlights of my first Essen Spiel last year.
I definitely look forward to meeting you again this year while I finally present Kalua at the Homoludicus booth (if everything is like the last two years, it will be booth 119 at Hall 4).
I will be there most of the time on Thursday, Friday and Saturday. On Sunday I'll be driving back to the UK with
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with a car full of games.

Like last year, I'm starting the Economic Games at Essen Spiel 2012 geeklist.
I haven't done my Essen 2012 wishlist geeklist yet, but I will.

I will also be participating in the Designer Trade list. I don't know how many games I'll bring for trade but something like 3 to 5.

Also do not forget the massive Essen Math Trade, that was another highlight that I very much anticipate.

See you on Saturday!
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3. Board Game: Power Grid: Québec/Baden-Württemberg [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.86 Unranked]
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This Spiel will be my 7th already, so I consider mysef a true veteran

There's no particular game I'm looking for and honestly, I have too many games and too little money already. I'll probably end up buying one new game, a few small and/or cheap games, get maybe one or more mathtrade trophies and go for the obvious choice: the new Funkenschlag board, since I'm such a sucker for those.

One thing I'm sure of: going to Spiel is always a day filled with fun.

EDIT: since I will be participating at Dutch Design Week, which starts simultaniously with Spiel, I have to pass this year's edition.
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4. Board Game: Merchant of Venus [Average Rating:7.15 Overall Rank:879]
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Hi,
I will be at the fair all four days. I am looking forward to pick up my preorders, meet people, make some nice bargains and most important: game a lot!
Last year i was attending the fair only one day and I totally lacked time to play.
The games i am anticipating the most are Merchant of Venus, Starship traders and Belfort. I did Not check the Essen 2012 Geeklist yet but i guess they should be available when its Essen time.
Also I hope there will be a lot of gaming at the Hotel in the evening.
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5. Board Game: CO₂ [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:684]
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Hi, all,
This will be my second Spiel adventure (Yes, all the way from Taiwan). Hilko, it was great fun meeting you last year. Let's have some time sitting at a table gaming this year.

I only had two days in 2011 and it was a rush of game shopping, photo shooting, mind blowing, etc. I will have full 4 days this year, so, I'll try to play A LOT of games.

I look forward to many new titles, especially from new publishers like Artipia, Giochix.it, Portal, and some Kickstarted projrcts. I'll also be around the Swan Panasia Co., Ltd. booth helping them out if they are too busy. Maybe help them demo some games from Taiwan.

Look forward to meet more geeks in Essen. meeple
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6. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
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Hello.

I had to cancel my first Essen visit at the last moment last year. I didn't get to meet you then but I'd love to meet you this year. We'll be there for the whole 4 days and stay at Hotel Bredeney. I'd be happy to meet and play games. Also, please bring a copy of Tricky Bid, I'll happily purchase it from you.

Here is my Essen 2012 list: Essen 2012 shopping list

If anyone is interested in stuff from Turkey, feel free to send me a geekmail. I can't bring anything perishable but I'll have lots of free space in my luggage going to Essen

By the way, if anyone is interested in Essen trading, here is my for trade list, before the math trade: http://www.boardgamegeek.com/collection/user/PaulPhoenix?tra...
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7. Board Game: Crash'em [Average Rating:7.64 Unranked]
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I love RoboRally like games, but unfortunately they don't get played that often. Some of my gaming buddies find RoboRally too techie. So I tried Duck! Duck! Go!, but that also does not work well with them.
But Crashing Cars, at least my kids will love that!

As many of us, I already own too many games so I'll join the Math-trade and also still buy too many new games. shake

This will be my 7th Spiel, but the first time I will be there all 4 days. The First day I'll be there together, as always, with my friend, but the rest of the convention I'll be there on my own. I'll be in the Korn Hotel but since it's a small place I'll probably be spending my evenings at the IBIS or so to see what gaming table still has room for 1.

And yes, that most important game I'm looking forward to is the game I'll be playing together with my friends here from BGG. Nothing beats meeting you in real life!
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8. Board Game: Mice and Mystics [Average Rating:7.34 Overall Rank:270] [Average Rating:7.34 Unranked]
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René Holzer
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Yeah i will be there, again. Professional and private. So many beautiful games to come. I chose the one which the majority of my family members will prefer :-)
Don't they look dangerous?

From gallery of spy007



Here is my Essen list 2012:
http://boardgamegeek.com/geeklist/144686/essen-2012
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9. Board Game: Mage Knight Board Game [Average Rating:8.10 Overall Rank:25]
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Corey Allen
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Houston
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My wife and I are going for the first time this year. No idea what to expect, just looking to have some fun. We are planning to go tour around europe for a week before coming to Essen for the full 4 days. Also... Crossing my fingers for a surprise Mage Knight expansion!
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10. Board Game: Dominion: Dark Ages [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.04 Unranked]
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11. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:47]
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Michal Dziewonski
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I know, I know, this is not going to be available in Essen (and if it will be, it'll be in German, right?)...

Or am I wrong and I'll get to play the hell out of it? :-)

I still don't know how I'll make myself visible, but I'm up for any amount of at-the-fair/outside gaming during those four days
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12. Board Game: Trains [Average Rating:7.19 Overall Rank:455] [Average Rating:7.19 Unranked]
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This will be my second year at Essen. I will be there every day as I only live a few miles away in Düsseldorf.
Last year, I met some great people, played a lot of games, bought a lot, traded a lot. Hoping for more of the same this year.

My Essen watchlist is here: PowerTrader's Essen 2012 Watchlist

I will also be looking to trade so have a look at my items for trade if you are interested.

See you all there.

Matt
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13. Board Game: VivaJava: The Coffee Game [Average Rating:6.87 Overall Rank:1927]
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Here is the link to my Geeklist: The Enchanted Bunny Goes to Essen 2012

This will be my second Essen trip, but I was completely clueless last year; didn't even know that BGG existed. I'll be there from the time that the doors open on Friday until the doors close on Sunday. I'd love to meet with you and other geeks throughout the event. I'm actually getting a Polo Shirt made with my Avatar silk-screened onto it.

If I had to choose only one game to be my Holy Grail at Essen 2012, it would have to be VivaJava: The Coffee Game because it is a euro-style game with Commodity Speculation, Simultaneous Action Selection, Worker Placement, plays up to 8 players, has multiple paths to victory, and very little down time. All my favorite things I love in a game. It's from Dice Hate Me Studio, but will be sold by LocWorks at booth 4-230. It will be my first stop on Friday morning.

After that I will probably spend most of my time at the Alderac Entertainment Group and Queen Games booths since the majority of my interests (9 games) are published by these two companies.
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14. Board Game: 1969 [Average Rating:6.37 Overall Rank:4873]
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So desperate for this to be good. A LOT of anachonisms in the artwork, but I must try to exercise self-control, if this doesn't live up to my hopes. I've stung myself like that before!

I'll be at my 3rd Essen, travelling over from Australia. I am an online retailer here, so will be looking to stock games for introducing to the Australian boardgaming community.

If you're a publisher, want to get into the Australian market & can provide demo games with my order, please get in touch.

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15. Board Game: Pax Porfiriana [Average Rating:7.67 Overall Rank:454]
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It's my, what, 8th or 9th Essen? Will go for a couple days, probably Thursday and Sunday. Have a few preorders, but the list is not so very long. But, any Eklund game is a must... Hoping to get some trades in as well.
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16. Board Game: Volta [Average Rating:7.07 Overall Rank:9088]
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Martijn Althuizen
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Helmond
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Hi Hilko,

I'll definately be buying Docker because as you know Docker is extremely high on my list of my favorite games. I'm hoping you are willing to sign it for me as well. And should Reinhold and Ingo be in Essen, it'd sure be nice to have them sign the game too (as they also co-designed the game).

And as a reminder: I also want to get a copy of Volta (for 2 players). Preferably signed by Reinhold.. I hope you can arrange that for me..

I'm looking forward to meeting you again in Essen and play some rounds of 90 Grad!

You not demoing at the Amigo booth should make things a lot easier timewise!

Cheers,
Martijn
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17. Board Game: Among the Stars [Average Rating:7.12 Overall Rank:545] [Average Rating:7.12 Unranked]
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Hi Hilko! (and hi everyone!) *waves*

This will be the first Essen for my wife and I, all the way from New Zealand. We will be the pair walking around completely bewildered .
We've made up some badges of my avatar to wear too, so you might be able to pick us out if we get close enough!

We are actually leaving NZ this weekend, and heading to the US (Chicago/New York) for about 10 days, then to Germany for about 3 weeks before Spiel. We are in Essen for the whole four days (we've come a long way to get there!).

We'd really love to meet some fellow geeks over there, as that whole aspect is a big part of the reason we wanted to make this epic journey. We're staying at the Ibis so we can get some evening gaming in too.

I really can't decide which game I'm most excited about. I have several Kickstarters to pick up (such as Among the Stars, Briefcase and Ground Floor, among others). I might just end up buying one of everything at the Indie Boards & Cards booth. And being a Dominion completionist, I can't wait to get my hands on Dark Ages. And then of course there is all the shiny new hotness as well.

I have no idea how I am going to get through the next 3 days at work! zombie

I have a (work in progress) geeklist for games:
Middle Earth to Essen: Halfway Around The World For Boardgames

and a (poorly updated) blog:
Middle Earth to Essen - 2012

Hope to see some of you next month!
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18. Board Game: Medieval Mastery [Average Rating:5.85 Overall Rank:12137]
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Basingstoke
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Hi This will be my first Essen and picking up this bad boy as a reprint. Find it on Indiegogo (http://www.indiegogo.com/medievalmastery) also grabing a copy of Among the Stars Also backed on indiegogo
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19. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.26 Overall Rank:627]
Board Game: Homesteaders
Robèr Boonmann
Netherlands
Geldrop
Noord-Brabant
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This will be my 5th Spiel, and my 3rd time as demoer for Quined Games

I will be there all 4 days, demoing the Master Print version of Homesteaders and we also have the new expansion of Carson City: Gold & Guns

Board Game: Carson City: Gold & Guns



So you are all invited to our boot (5-41) to check these games out, or just say "hello".

I hope we all have a super Spiel this year.meeple
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20. Board Game: Twin Tin Bots [Average Rating:6.43 Overall Rank:3470]
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Mark Gerrits
Belgium
Leuven
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I'll be demoing for Flatlined Games (4-216) again this year. We'll have a prototype of the upcoming Philippe Keyaerts robot game and I think that'll be a blast to play, even four days in a row. This is my second year as a demo monkey and hopefully I've learned some lessons from last year (#1: Bring along throat lozenges!)

Feel free to drop by and say hello (and try out a game if you want, of course!). I should be easy to recognize by my big beard (bigger than in my avatar by now!)
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21. Board Game: Food Chain [Average Rating:5.49 Overall Rank:16306]
Board Game: Food Chain
Hi,
My first Essen...
I am on Booth 7-04 demoing my game.
Copy of Tricky Bid is welcome!
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22. Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked] [Average Rating:8.07 Unranked]
Board Game: Galaxy Trucker: Another Big Expansion
Jason Miller
Canada
Medicine Hat
Alberta
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I'm going to my first Essen this year, but stopping off in Austria, Poland and the Czech Republic before I get there.
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23. Board Game: Android: Netrunner [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:47]
Board Game: Android: Netrunner
Željko Kumer
Croatia
Zagreb
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i'll be there all 4 days and on Firday i'm demoing at Stronghold games booth

the game i'm most interested in is Netrunner...why? well, i like 2player games (especially when my wife plays mean), I like the setting and I like the theme...here's my hope that I will also like the game
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24. Board Game: New Amsterdam [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1521]
Board Game: New Amsterdam
Jeffrey Allers
United States
Flat Rock
North Carolina
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I am looking forward to my second time in Essen. It will be much busier this year, as I'm trying to use the time to meet with publishers--13 scheduled so far--and I'll be lugging around 14 prototypes, so I probably will not have much room for new games shake

I'm looking forward much more, however, to meeting new publishers and gamers with whom I've only emailed or Geekmailed until now.


I'll be at the White Goblin booth 5-01 Friday from 12:00-13:00 and Saturday from 11:00-12:00 demoing my new game, Nieuw Amsterdam.

Hope to meet some of you at the fair!

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