This year, we visited the Spiel international game exhibition at Essen again. On previous years, we went on Thursdays, which is the first day of the fair and the most quiet — and there might be some limited items here and there… But since klik had to work on Thursday evening, we decided to go on Friday. We got off to a late start (or at least, later than we had intended) and then messed up the navigation too, so it was around 11:00 when we got to the Messe. And by then, all parking spaces near the Messe had been marked as “full” — which meant we would have to park somewhere outside of the city and get a shuttle bus to the Messe. We had that one year, and it was an absolute disaster, so we were kinda bummed we would have to repeat that experience.
But when we drove past the parking garage near the swimming pool (which is next to the Messe) we noticed cars going right towards it — and that line was moving. There were policemen standing on the corner, and they had a sign saying it was closed off with them — but they had not ‘deployed’ it. So if you followed the parking signs, you’d end up at the big parking outside the city — but we decided to try our luck anyway. And lo and behold: there was ample space in the garage, so we got to park reasonably close to the Messe! That was a huge relief, to be honest.
Essen is more geared towards boardgaming — and we’re not huge boardgamers. But there’s some roleplaying games there, and I had marked the map with some stands that I was interested in. For some reason, Essen ends up being all about the dice for us. Because there’s no such thing as too many dice!
So did we buy only dice? Nope, I also bought some
We were kinda tired when we got back home, but it was a lot of fun to wander the halls and to see what’s on offer.