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Thanks to you, ESSEN The Game is alive and will be released next October.
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For many years now, we used to go to Essen and every year we’d come back with the same question: why not develop a board game about the fair? Surely we were not the first ones who had this crazy idea in mind but last year we moved into action.
At the very beginning, we were working on a SPIEL’12 version to find the best mechanisms, which simulates visitors’ experiences in the Internationale Spieletage. In order to emphasize the theme, we quickly agreed that realism would be the connecting thread of the project. We bet on using editors’ logos and released games’ images to illustrate the prototype. We even matched the game prices and booth locations. At the last Essen show, we met dozens of editors to present ESSEN The Game and see if they would be open to participate to this unusual board game. The first feedbacks were encouraging so we decided to go further and develop the current SPIEL’13 version.
Over the last five months, we participated in several Game fairs to bring ESSEN The Game into broad daylight and finalize the development. Players who like the integration of simple mechanisms into this iconic theme unanimously welcomed it. Finally, ESSEN The Game received the prototype expert prize at Ludinord 2014.
ESSEN The Game is a strategic pick-up and deliver game, where mechanisms highlight the theme. It simulates a day spent at the International Game Fair of Essen.
A game is played in 7 rounds and each round is divided into 3 phases: exhibit maintenance, first player and players’ actions.
As a single visitor, you do not have any control of the evolution of the fair, you are one among 150.000 visitors. During the exhibit maintenance, the board will adapt itself to simulate the events happening during the fair. New games will be available for purchase, the popularity of games will change reflecting visitors’ trends and the crowd will move. Besides that, special events will affect some new releases such as sold out, buzz or goodies.
Before starting the action phase, you will determine the first player based on the number of games each player is carrying. The least encumbered player will become the first player.
At the action phase, each player will perform one or more of the following actions, in the order of his choice: movement, purchase, play test, cash withdrawal and unloading. Each player starts the game with 8 actions. The number of actions available will change each round according to the number of games carried. Indeed the increasing number of games that you hold in your bags will reduce your mobility. During the game, you will need to return to the parking lot to store your purchases in the trunk of your car. This will be the perfect time to check your budget. For all the big spenders, the cash dispenser is available.
In ESSEN The Game you will have to purchase games, keeping in mind 3 strategic aspects: the games’ popularity, your wish list and the games’ ranking established by visitors.
At the end of round 7, the show closes. The player with the most victory points is the winner.
ESSEN The Game is a game for 2-4 players, from 10 years old, estimated time 1 hour. No experience of the fair is needed to play the game. This is an opportunity to live or relive a crazy day in the Kingdom of Games.
Rules explanation and review by UndeadViking (in English)
Explication des règles par Mr Phal et Etienne (en français)
This project is EU and US friendly. No extra customs charges in addition to the shipping fees for EU countries and US.
GEEK and ESSENER backers must add shipping fees for 1 box according to their country or geographical zone.
BEST FRIENDS and BAND OF FRIENDS backers must add shipping fees for 2/3 boxes according to their country or geographical zone. Shipping fees for 2 or 3 boxes is similar.
GUEST STAR backers, no additional shipping fees, it’s already included in your pledge.
Europe zone A: Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, Luxembourg, Switzerland (customs charges could apply), The Netherlands, Unit Kingdom.
Europe zone B: All other European countries.
Essen pick-up: If you intend to visit the Essen fair next October (16-19th), you may choose the Essen pick-up option when we will send the backer survey and not add shipping fees to your pledge.
Festival en Jeux pick-up: If you intend to visit the Festival en Jeux (Court-Saint-Etienne, Belgium - http://festivalenjeux.org/wordpress) on November (15-16th), you may choose the Festival en Jeux pick-up option when we will send the backer survey and not add shipping fees to your pledge.
Note that if a package is not delivered due to a backer's fault (wrong address given, backer didn’t claim the delivered package from their post office …) or if you choose the pick-up option and don’t visit our booth during both events, the backer will be requested to pay additional shipping fees for the item to be sent out (again).
To illustrate the game components, we have included visual materials of 60 editors and/or distributors. Therefore it appeared obvious that self-editing was the best way to release ESSEN The Game in order to keep a neutral position towards our partners.
The production process led us to create our own editing company: Geek Attitude Games. ESSEN The Game will be our first release and to make this project a reality we need to find a source of funding. Obviously, Kickstarter is the best crowdfunding platform to reach international players.
The version SPIEL’13 will be a one-time printing. We do not intend to distribute it through the usual channel as explained here above. This edition will be only available for Kickstarter backers. We will produce an additional 1.000 copies to retail at Essen next October and at other coming events. Some retailers could also have copies if we receive orders before the start of the production in July.
Nevertheless if this campaign is successful and if publishers agree, we will release a SPIEL’14 next year. We have already some ideas in mind to make both versions compatible (e.g. discount area).
If you want to secure the release of ESSEN The game and get your copy, we need you to support our project.We thank you for the time you spent looking at our project.
We would like to express our thanks to the 60 publishers/distributors that joined ESSEN The Game: SPIEL'13 and gave us the permission to use their company logo as well as the cover box image of one of their 2013 Essen releases.
In addition, we express a special thanks to Hans im Glück for the permission to use the original Carcassonne meeple shape and to Merz Verlag for the association with the Internationale Spieltage colors to design the logo of ESSEN The Game.
Finally yet importantly, we thank BoardGameGeek, Fairplay Magazin and TricTrac for their contribution.
ESSEN The Game Kickstarter campaign is supported by Happy Meeple, an online platform where you can play card, dice and board games.
Risks and challenges
The all-process from development until distribution is a challenge, a long way where risks and challenges are part of a day-to-day project’s life. Over the last year, we had to face many challenges, fix numerous problems and above all find solutions. Despite this long way full of pitfalls, today we are ready to offer ESSEN The Game on Kickstarter.
We would love to say that the storm is behind us but it is not yet true. In order to limit risks of the next steps, we have selected reliable partners such as Ludo Fact for production and Ship Naked for non-European shipping. Indeed the best way to avoid mistakes and keep the project under control is to benefit from experienced partners. ESSEN The Game will be produced at German quality standard, we don’t want to cut into quality.
Our objective is clear: we want to attend Essen next October with ESSEN The game on our shelves, our booth is already booked. European backers should receive their boxes in October. We will do our best to ship them before the next Essen fair. For US and international backers, we estimate an additional 1-2 months, but definitely before year-end. The main risk is delays in shipment . Of course we will provide regular updates on production and shipping status, and report on issues, if any, along the project.
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