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Essen Thursday

Just lost the whole post for Essen Thursday; iPhone lost it when I published with no Internet connection 😦 So this may be briefer than usual. I’ve switched to composing this in Notes then posting – see, I can learn!

We spent all day demonstrating Totemo (there’s a surprise). Sales were moderate, bearing in mind it will have limited appeal to Euro collectors. We had lots of families on the stand which bodes well for Saturday.

Best moment was Phil explaining Totemo in Japanese to Banesto! Not many stands can do that. Also Chooi had a chat with a Malaysian importer too, so we had a very multicultural day.

We also sold a small number of Confucius and Fzzzt! 2nd edition plus 5-6 player expansion.

We had productive meetings with Schmidt Spiele, FRED and Cryptozoic about future products too.

More later I hope; we’re reassuringly busy.


Essen Wednesday

All setup was done on time, so we’re all ready for this morning’s stampede! Thanks to Chooi and Phil for their help. And also to all the old friends who have dropped by.

First purchases were High Frontier, Dominant Species (both on recommendation), Pocket Battles Orcs & Elves, Agricola G deck, Parade, Bunny Bunny Moose Moose.

In the evening we play tested some stuff. Pete Armstrong had his game ‘Wild’, which looks like it has considerable potential. Theme is wild animals escaping from wildfire. Elephants, giraffes, rhinos & lions all are fighting to get away. Players have a hand of cards, randomly drawn or from a pool of 3 cards, to try to match with their 4 animals – one of each type. The cards are used for fighting off opponents, though herding animals can coexist. Particular points in the design that I liked were: time pressure and graphics of the approaching wildfire; movement restrictions by keying each hex by animal; card pool for drawing from, which could probably be extended and the basic combat mechanism – which was quick, simple and effective. We made several suggestions for possible improvement.

Then we had a quick 5-player go at Maureen Hiron’s new game ‘Up for Grabs’. I found it to be surprisingly fun! Not a game I would buy myself, but should have immense appeal to a mass market US audience.

Essen – start of Spiel ’10 expedition

Trip to Essen now started. Stroud to Dover was our first leg – uneventful. Not even a traffic jam of note, though Ditzy (our satnav) took us south from Reading to link up with the M3 – didn’t feel like a great route.

We’re currently negotiating to get a little emergency help on the stand. Thanks very much to Chooi and Daniel for putting themselves forward.

Early start tomorrow – up at 06:00 so we can get the early ferry and drive rapidly across to Essen, in order to put Totemo into the Press Room before it closes.