We're back at work after a hugely successful trip to the Spiel games fair in Essen, Germany. Here's a quick run down on what happened at the show - the first time we've had a stand there since 2011.
As well as new releases previously only seen at Gen Con, we also had some exclusive preview copies of forthcoming books and games, as well as some top secret prototypes too.
Early reports suggest that some 160,000 gamers attended Spiel, Essen over the course of the 4 days - and given the hordes of gamers who descended on our stand, we can quite believe it! The last time we had a stand at Essen was back in 2011, and this was also the first time at the show for both Andrew and Jon. We had an absolute blast! We were busy the whole time and had some great conversations with some great folk. It was great to meet so many of you!
The biggest hit of the show for us was Doctor Who: The Card Game 2nd Edition. We lost track of how many demo games we ran, and folk were excited to hear about our plans for the card game in the future too (which you can read about here and here).
The other big hits of the show were The Lone Wolf Adventure Game and Cthulhu Britannica London, and many con attendees were bowled over by the contents of these boxed sets - we had a set of each open for customers to browse. Many of you had backed these boxed sets on Kickstarter too, and without fail every backer who came to talk to us was delighted with the end result - thank you for coming to tell us in person!
Since we last attended Essen, both our Doctor Who and The One Ring game lines have really come of age, and it was great to see existing fans picking up the latest releases, as well as new customers picking the lot up in one go! The One Ring Green Dice seemed to go down particularly well, as always! We also chatted to plenty of fans about our plans for all of our lines - the rest of you will have to keep an eye on our website!
As well as new releases, we were fortunate enough to have an advance copy of two new products on display too - the new edition of the Doctor Who Roleplaying Game, and a production sample of Dalek Dice. While we weren't selling either, it was great to see people's excited reactions to them both!
As well as meeting with long-time friends from our brother and sister games companies, we also caught up with some of our European publishing partners too who we only get to see at Essen. Best of all we got to meet so many of you too - the gaming public! Thanks to everyone who came to see us at the stand; we felt truly loved and we hope we can continue to do your enthusiasm for what we do justice over the next year! Thanks too to the organisers of Spiel! We can only imagine what a huge undertaking it was to put together.
Finally, in what we hope will become a tradition in future years, Dom declared 4 o'clock to be 'waffle o'clock', taking advantage of the nearby waffle stall. It's in writing now Dom, so we're going to hold you to it!
Auf Wiedersehen, bis zum nächsten Jahr Essen!