Thursday, October 19, 2006

If I could wish to be anyone...

... I would be Rick Thornquist...

Essen 2006 day 1

10 Comments:

At 10:04 PM, October 19, 2006, Blogger Ted Kostek said...

People talk about how the world is getting smaller. I think the world is getting *bigger*. Here's a guy who covers boardgame news.

How much more niche can you get than that? Not much. Despite the small audience, the production values were pretty high, and I guess we'll get daily updates.

 
At 10:27 PM, October 19, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Man, I'm starting to regret turning down a job in Germany last month...

 
At 10:35 PM, October 19, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

The Alhambra dice game sounds interesting. I hope it's better than the regular Alhambra...

Anyone looking for a copy? I think Tanga ruined my chances of ever trading it...

 
At 7:39 AM, October 20, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Ted, Rick is posting daily updates. There may not be daily videos, but there are great daily pics at least.

I'm sure it's not the money but his passion for this hobby what leads to these production values. Keeps fans of the hobby motivated, while trying to reel in a few more.

Simon, the Carcassone Big Box sounds appealing to me....oh, and Hermagor, Space Dealer, imperial, Medici vs Strozzi, Tara........

 
At 8:40 AM, October 20, 2006, Blogger Jacqui said...

Brian and I had a chance to go to Essen in the late 90's. It was the year Whisky Siedler came out. I wasn't impressed with the game, but it did come with a small bottle of whisky. Friedman Friese came out with his first game at that Essen. Since we know Alan Moon, we were able to meet Doris and Frank and had coffee and pastries at their home. We had a great time. The most difficult part was figuring out how to pack everything to come back home. Unfortunately, this led up to our being held up in Security at the London airport since I forgot to take out the batteries in "Pass the Bomb".

 
At 10:13 AM, October 20, 2006, Blogger Simon said...

Good thing you pulled that stunt in the 90's, Jacqui. Nowadays, I think you would've been secretly shipped to Yourescrewedistan, never to be seen again.

Also, I think more games should come with small amounts of alcohol...Or large amounts in the case of Fluxx and LCR...Or Opiates... Can Fluxx ever become bearable under the influence or anything?!

 
At 10:54 AM, October 20, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Great story Jacqui. I'm guessing there were no kids back then? I think i should try at least Origins before I 'settle' down and have kids (but Essen would be 10 times better). BGG.con will be just a small taste of what these monster cons are. And of course, I'd love to make SABG con a reality.

Life is too short to simple 'dream' about going to these.

 
At 10:41 PM, October 20, 2006, Blogger Brian said...

'96 wasn't Friedmann's first game, although that may have been his first year with a booth at Essen, for all I know.

 
At 7:11 AM, October 21, 2006, Blogger Ben said...

Does this game look familiar?

http://tinyurl.com/y2xyyr

The latest from Knizia, called Genesis.

Midgard also sounds very interesting.

 
At 6:47 PM, October 22, 2006, Blogger Rob said...

Ben I knew you'd have your eyes on Midgard. Sounds cool.

 

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