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Spiel 2015

Some things I learned when visiting Spiel '15 in Essen on Thursday:
- More lockers (or pointing out where more lockers were available and guaranteeing that they would be accessible until after the day) would have made more people's day immensely better. My neck is still hurting from carrying all those books in a shoulder bag;
- At the end of the day, people are going to collect their coats from the checkroom. If you don't have somebody standing by to take a claimant's ticket while the others are searching, you do not have enough people on checkroom duty;
- Thursday is not so busy as the other days, and everybody is still fresh. Crowds are not as thick, there's more space for walking around. I'll be visiting on Thursdays next year too;
- Game tables are A Thing. We've spotted three stands with game tables, but there seems to be very little in the way of differentiation between the manufacturers. Also, there is no upper limit to the amount of money you can spend on a game table;
- Complementary PDFs when buying a book are A Thing, and the world is a more glorious place for it. Buy directly from the publisher (both Cubicle 7 Entertainment and Modiphius Entertainment were present) and be prepared to write your e-mail address down on a clipboard. Bring your best handwriting or let them spell it back at you;
- I spent more than I thought I would. Not necessarily a bad thing, but we blew through 300+ euros pretty easily;
- I like Hall 7 the best in this edition. I'm not much of a boardgamer, so I liked the the quirky collection of stands in Hall 7 the best;
- Not every RPG retailer treats their books with respect. I saw a copy of Midnight (Second Edition) that I had a latent interest in, but I wasn't going to pay full price for a book that's 10 years old, almost falling out of the cover due to the flyleaf coming loose and with damaged cover corners. This was, unfortunately, not a rarity with that retailer. I've made a note not to order from them;
- The restaurant in Hall 3 is busy during lunch time, but, like with the rest of the show on Thursday, it's doable. We were able to secure a spot to sit and enjoy lunch without too much trouble;
- If you're staying towards the end of the day, it's best to have research dinner options close to the Messe beforehand -- it's probably better than greasy truckstop food, even though the serving ladies were friendly and charming.
Tags: day trip

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