Friday was Die Spiel 2016 — Day #2 and in my opinion it was even more crowded than on Thursday. It seems that Die Spiel is getting more popular each year. And that of course is great, because this is the reasn why it is getting bigger each year. But on the other hand, more people means less possibilities to test play the really popular or most anticipated games of the year.

Our Agenda

Here is how our day looked like:

  • we woke up at 6 a.m., well at least some of us 😉
  • took the bus to Martinstraße at 7:54 a.m.
  • went for breakfast at 8ish a.m. at Back Bord: a really great place to have some good breakfast — they even have soy milk
  • made a short stop at a REWE supermarket to grab some food for lunch and some Red Bull for the not so interesting explanations
  • entered the famous halls of Die Spiel at about 9:15 a.m.
  • managed to play 14 games
  • went at 7:10 p.m. out to grab some food at Meat Meet: best burgers I’ve eaten in a long time — miss you Shake Shack
  • got at 9 p.m. back to the hotel — The Webers as usual
  • filmed the YouTube video “Top 3 picks of Day #2 at Die Spiel 2016
  • and finally went to bed and dreamed of paintings, tourists, treasure chests and flowers

14 Games on the 2nd Day of Die Spiel 2016

We managed to play 14 games on our second day at “Die Spiel”. And don’t forget our rating mechanism:

  • 1 … would suggest it anytime
  • 2 … if somebody suggests it count me in
  • 3 … sometimes
  • 4 … if you really need another player
  • 5 … nope, I’ll go with the dogs for a walk

Here is the list of those games:

  1. Captain Sonar
    Designer: Roberto Fraga, Yohan Lemonnier
    Publisher: Matagot
    Players: 2-8
    Our ratings: 2
  2. Capital
    Designer: Filip Miłuński
    Publisher: Granna
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 3,5
  3. Area 51
    Designer: Stefan Alexander
    Publisher: Mücke Spiele
    Players: 2-6
    Our rating: 2,5
  4. Kanagawa
    Designer:Bruno Cathala, Charles Chevallier
    Publisher: IELLO
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 1,25
  5. Aeons End
    Designer: Kevin Riley
    Publisher: Action Phase Games, Indie Boards & Cards
    Players: 1-4
    Our rating: 2
  6. Key to the City — London
    Designer: Sebastian Bleasdale, Richard Breese
    Publisher: R&D Games, Game Salute, Hutter Trade GmbH + Co KG,Quined Games
    Players: 2-6
    Our rating: 4
  7. Vanuatu
    Designer: Alain Epron
    Publisher: Quined Games
    Players: 2-5
    Our rating: 1,25
  8. Seafall
    Designer: Rob Daviau, JR Honeycutt
    Publisher: IronWall Games, Galápagos Jogos, Heidelberger Spieleverlag,Plaid Hat Games
    Players: 3-5
    Our rating: 2,25
  9. Mare Nostrum
    Designer: Serge Laget
    Publisher: Academy GamesASYNCRON gamesEdiciones MasQueOcaGiochix.itPHALANXSchwerkraft-Verlag
    Players: 2-5
    Our rating: 3,5
  10. Unusual Suspects
    Designer: Paolo Mori
    Publisher: Cranio Creations999 GamesCool Mini Or NotEdge EntertainmentGalápagos JogosHeidelberger SpieleverlagLucrum Games
    Players: 3-18
    Our rating: 3,75
  11. Martians: A Story of Civilization
    Designer: Grzegorz Okliński, Krzysztof Wolicki
    Publisher: REDIMP GAMES
    Players: 1-4
    Our rating: 2,5
  12. Guilds of London
    Designer: Tony Boydell
    Publisher: 2Tomatoes, Czacha Games, Frosted Games, Surprised Stare Games Ltd, Tasty Minstrel Games
    Players: 1-4
    Our rating: 2
  13. Banana Bandits
    Designer: Edward Chan
    Publisher: Capstone HK Ltd., Mandoo Games, Swan Panasia Co., Ltd.
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 4
  14. Cottage Garden
    Designer: Uwe Rosenberg
    Publisher: Edition Spielwiese, White Goblin Games
    Players: 1-4
    Our rating: 2,25

So lets talk about Gerwin’s and my top 3 picks of the second day in Essen at Die Spiel 2016.

Kasia’s Top 3 Games at Die Spiel 2016 — Day #2

I’ll start with my picks in descending order.

Day #2 — Game #3

One of my favourite games of the second day in Essen was Captain Sonar.

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #2It is a 2-8 player game with a cooperative character. And by that I mean that you are playing in teams versus each other by taking on different roles of a submarine crew. Your main goal is to be organised and to coordinate all the tasks you need to bring down your opponents’ submarine. And don’t forget that the captain may be the captain. But even a captain is nothing without his crew.

Day #2 — Game #2

My second favourite game of the second day in Essen was Guilds of London.

It is a 3-4 player game with a play time of around 45 min per game. In Guilds of London, you mainly place your liverymen in strategic Guilds, building your power base, so that you can achieve the status of Master in many of them.

What I liked about the game is that it is pretty easy to explain, therefore it is a good game for beginners and friends who are not that into board games.

Day #2 — Game #1

My top pick of the second day in Essen was Vanuatu.

It is a 2-5 player game where you have to go fishing, dive for treasure chests, please your tourists, build houses and try to make money by selling your fish. During the test playing in Essen at Die Spiel 2016 I liked the game pretty good. The design and the components are beautiful. The colours are unusual, which made the game for me even more interesting.

Gerwin’s Top 3 Games at Die Spiel 2016 — Day #2

Beneath you can find Gerwin’s top 3 games of the second day in Essen.

Day #2 — Game #3

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #2

Gerwin’s 3rd place goes to Captain Sonar — a really fun, team game.

This game is stressful. Really stressful! Two submarines battle against each other and try to sink their counterpart. Each team splits responsibilities into four roles: Captain, first mate, radio operator and engineer. This game is a lot of fun and can get really loud.

Day #2 — Game #2

On the 2nd place of Gerwin’s list is Seafall.

This is the newest legacy game from Rob Dabviau which made us very curious. You control ships and explore the uncharted sea while you trade goods and try to get more influential.  It is up to you ff you want to be fair and trade with the natives or rob them. But this behaviour will shape your character for future games.

Day #2 — Game #1

Gerwins top pick of the day was also Aeons End.

In a fantasy world you try to stop one of several dark enemies by using magic and helping each other to create great combo effects. Aeons End is a deck building game with several interesting twists.  My favourite mechanic is that you can arrange the cards that you discard in any way you want. Since they are not shuffled this lets you define the order you pick them up later – very, very cool.

Top Rules Explanation

On the second day the best rules explanations were provided by the following people:

  • David — Iello — Kanagawa

Good night and see you around.

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