While many people see Gen Con as THE gaming show of the year, there are many others that feel that the real gaming show of the year is Essen Spiel. Not having gone, myself, I can’t really say, but it’s certainly up for debate. If I ever do go, I know I’d want to go in style via a Geek Nation Tours event. They’ve basically got everything. And they’re currently booking for this year’s Essen tour.
From the website:
Grab your D20s, D6s, and Deutsch/English dictionaries as Geek Nation Tours is heading to THE board game mecca in October. Game to your heart’s content at the Internationale Spieltage SPIEL in Essen, Germany. Operating annually since 1983, the SPIEL welcomes nearly 200,000 visitors and more than 1200 vendors over four days each year making it of one of the world’s biggest trade fair/conventions for board games, role playing games, card games and much much more!
GNT is also very pleased to announce that we will be joined by a very special guest on the tour, Rodney Smith from the YouTube series Watch It Played. Rodney had a passion for teaching and playing board games that led him to start a YouTube channel in 2011 dedicated to the idea of sharing the hobby. Since then, Watch It Played has fully taught over 100 games and produced over 900 videos, growing to be the number one source for board game instructional content in the hobby. A project that began as a part time hobby from his basement in Prince Edward Island, has turned into full-time work that now has him working with major publishers in the tabletop industry from all over the world (still from that same basement). Keen to spread the hobby further, you’ll find Rodney active on-line and in the community, wherever he goes, answering questions about games, sharing the hobby, and playing games any chance he gets.
We’re also teaming up with several games publishers to bring you some great games along the way. We’ll have some games that fit perfectly with a certain day’s theme, some games that fit perfectly with where we’ll be, and maybe some games that you’ve never seen before and will be released for the first time at the SPIEL. Here’s a look at what to expect on this 10 Day tour through southern & central Germany!