Here’s a look at my trip to Spiel 2013. Spiel in Essen Germany, is Europe’s biggest gaming convention covering toys, comics, boardgames, roleplaying games, LARP, and other games. The set up of the fair was changed a bit this year as they chose other (bigger) halls and to me it seemed to be a bit more spacious now. At least on thursday I had that feeling but it could be because there were just less people there at that time.
As I had heard that Sandy Petersen was going to be at Spiel, I made sure to head over and check out Cthulhu Wars. I wrote my name in the book of doom and promptly won a 20% discount on a purchase from the Petersen Games webstore. The Cthulhu Wars booth also had an Essen-only promo spellbook available that can be used for every faction.
Below I’ll take a look at some of the miniatures as Sandy kept lining them up to be photographed.
I also spent quite some time talking to Fabian, the organiser of The Kraken, a convention which will take place from the 20th to the 25th of August 2014. I went there last year and had an absolute blast so I’ll be there again next year, no doubt!
But my main reason for going to Spiel is getting new additions to my RPG collection. Below is an overview of the roleplaying books I added to my collection after this year’s Spiel :
- 7th Sea : I picked up the second part of the Erebus Cross trilogy Scoundrel’s Folly and one of the D20 (Swashbuckling Adventures) releases called Ships and Sea Battles. From the original releases I only still need the Freiburg boxed set and a book called Crescent Empire which I only very recently found out even existed.
- D20 Penumbra : Atlas Games released a number of d20 books under the name Penumbra. As John Tynes was involved (cover design & the adventure Three days to kill), I was interested in the series and I quite like their releases. Beyond the Veil is a 9th level adventure module by Monte Cook, Backdrops is a gathering of 15 ready-to-use locations that can be dropped into any setting, and En Route III is the third installment of short encounters that can be dropped into any campaign.
- AD&D : The Star of Kolhapur is an AD&D adventure for 5th-8th level characters which was written exclusively for the RPGA Network.
- Dungeon Crawl Classics : I picked up DCC 65 Caves of the Crawling Lord, a 4E compatible adventure for characters of 8th to 10th level, and Punjar: The Tarnished Jewel, Goodman Games’ 2008 Free RPG day release.
- D&D Next : Ghosts of Dragonspear Castle was supposed to be a GenCon-only exclusive D&D Next preview but for some reason it was also available at Spiel. Probably the remainder of what was left after GenCon. I also picked up the Isteval, the paladin limited miniature.
- Legend of the Five Rings : Naishou Province is one of the latest releases for the L5R roleplaying game. This collection is complete except for the 4th edition rulebook with the limited dragon clan cover.
- Call of Cthulhu (Super Genius Games) : I picked up A Peculiar Pentad, a Call of Cthulhu release that bundles five shops that investigators might encounter during an adventure or campaign.
- Call of Cthulhu (Games Workshop) : Trail of the Loathsome Slime is one of GW’s Call of Cthulhu releases, an adventure in which the players investigate the death of a respected authority figure in the field of occult mysteries.
- Call of Cthulhu (Fantasy Flight Games) : Nocturnum is the D20 version of the same modern day Call of Cthulhu campaign which was published earlier in three separate books.
- Call of Cthulhu (Pagan Publishing) : A great addition to my Pagan Publishing collection, the Player Aid Kit of the Walker in the Wastes campaign. There’s two versions of this player aid kit, one in a white envelope, one in a brown envelope. Both are now in my collection.
- Call of Cthulhu (Chaosium) : I’m starting to get close to owning all Chaosium releases for Call of Cthulhu. Picked up a good number of items that were still missing : Keeper’s Kit, Elder Party Y2K kit, MU Graduate Kit, Keeper’s Screen, Beyond the mountains of madness (finally!), 1st print of The Fungi from Yuggoth, Escape from Innsmouth, Cthulhu Companion, and Day of the Beast.
Spiel for me is always loads of fun. I really enjoy going to box after box looking for hidden treasures. Although the RPG booths have definately been reduced over the years and a number of them are asking full price with little possibilities of a nice deal, there’s still some great gems out there for which I return each year, Karen’s House Atreides being the number one pick every year !
And the absolute cherry on the Spiel pie :