Saturday was Die Spiel 2016 — Day #3 and I have to admit: I’m getting pretty tired. But the first game we picked for today was one of the many Escape the Room games presented at Die Spiel 2016 and kick-started my inner me. Definitely a good start into the third gaming day in Essen.

Our Agenda

Here is how our day looked like — it seems it was almost the same agenda as Friday:

  • 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 once again 14 games
  • went at 7:30 p.m. out to grab some food at Hudsons Metropolitan Bar
  • got at 10 p.m. back to the hotel — The Webers as usual
  • filmed the YouTube video “Top 3 picks of Day #3 at Die Spiel 2016
  • and finally went to bed and dreamed of Gods, wine, pixies and mines.

14 Games on the 3rd Day of Die Spiel 2016

We managed to play 14 games on our third 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. Escape The Room
    Designer: Roberto Fraga, Yohan Lemonnier
    Publisher: Matagot
    Players: 2-8
    Our ratings: 2,75
  2. Mines of Ōlnäk
    Designer: Jonathan Frenay, Raphaël Helaers
    Publisher: Morning
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 2,25
  3. 4 Gods
    Designer: Christophe Boelinger
    Publisher: Asmodee, Conclave Editora, Ludically
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 3,75
  4. Adrenaline
    Designer: Filip Neduk
    Publisher: Czech Games Edition,
    Players: 3-5
    Our rating: 1,75
  5. Colony
    Designer: Ted Alspach, Toryo Hojo, N2
    Publisher: Bézier Games, Inc.
    Players: 1-4
    Our rating: 2,5
  6. Microworld
    Designer: Martino Chiacchiera
    Publisher: Cranio Creations, Heidelberger Spieleverlag
    Players: 2
    Our rating: 4
  7. Via Nebula
    Designer: Martin Wallace
    Publisher:, Space Cowboys
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 1,5
  8. Crisis
    Designer: Pantelis Bouboulis, Sotirios Tsantilas
    Publisher: LudiCreations
    Players: 1-5
    Our rating: 2,75
  9. Ominoes
    Designer: Andrew Harman
    Publisher: YAY Games
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 3,5
  10. Vinhos
    Designer: Vital Lacerda
    Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon GamesSpieleverlagLucrum Games
    Players: 1-4
    Our rating:2
  11. Lisboa
    Designer: Vital Lacerda
    Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Games
    Players: 1-4
    Our rating: 1,75
  12. Ave Roma
    Designer:Attila Szőgyi
    Publisher: A-games (Board Game)
    Players: 2-5
    Our rating: 1,5
  13. Pixie Queen
    Designer: Rudy Seuntjens
    Publisher: Game Brewer
    Players: 2-5
    Our rating: 2
  14. London Dread
    Designer: Asger Johansen
    Publisher: Grey Fox Games
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 2

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

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

I’ll start with my picks in descending order.

Day #3 — Game #3

One of my favourite games of the third day in Essen was Crisis.

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #3It’s a dark themed worker placement game where you are not only confronted with one crisis but with three: economic, social, and political. By investing in companies, trading resources and skilfully placing your managers, you are trying to rebuild your businesses.


Day #3 — Game #2

My second favourite game of the third day in Essen was Via Nebula.

It is a 2-4 player game with a play time of around 45 min per game. The think that I liked most about Via Nebula is that you have to cooperate temporarily with each other to help each other to build new structures. But it’s definitely not a cooperative game — so there is only one winner at the end.

Day #3 — Game #1

My top pick of the third day in Essen was Ave Roma.

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #3It is a 2-5 player worker placement game where you have to place your workers based on their abilities. These abilities depend on your previous decisions. In the game there are some new mechanics which make the game really interesting. You can win the game by building buildings, supporting war, convincing patrons, obtaining influenc and getting money and resources. The funny thing about the game is that you don’t have your own workers in your own colour. But you are sharing all the workers with all your opponents. This is a nice and new twist to a worker placement game. Also the components were really nice and the board is something special, because it’s round 🙂

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

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

Day #3 — Game #3

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #3

Gerwin’s 3rd place goes to Via Nebula — a pick-up and delivery game.

In this game you build transportation routes to resources and try to use them before your fellow players will.
If you manage to construct buildings and fulfil lucrative contracts you will be on a good path to receive the most victory points and win the game.

Day #3 — Game #2

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #3On the 2nd place of Gerwin’s list is Crisis.

In crisis you operate a cooperation during rough times and try to maneuver into a better, brighter and more profitable future. You place your managers (workers) to do various tasks to get the company back on track while trying to keep the whole economy a float.

Day #3 — Game #1

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #3Gerwins top pick of the day was also Adrenaline.

Best first person shooter as a board game. Period.
It plays and feels like the good old days of Counter Strike. Pick up a weapon, ammo and blast away at your opponents. It’s super fast paced and a lot of fun if you are comfortable with blasting away bots 🙂

Btw. we mentioned London Dread in our YouTube video, but we only “saw” it shortly on Saturday. But the good thing is that we managed to play the first round on Sunday. Curious what we think about this game? Check out our next Blog Post “Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4 in Essen”.

Top Rules Explanation

On the third day all the rules explainers had a really hard job to get on the list. The reason for that is Paul. He is one of the best, oh come on who am I kidding, THE BEST rules explainer on earth. Funny, quick, focused and gets you to love the games he is presenting, because he makes it really fun.

  • Paul — Czech Games Edition — Adrenaline

And the funny thing is that we met Paul in the evening during dinner time at Hudsons Metropolitan Bar and we had a really cool chat about board games, creating and designing them and explanations.

Good night and see you around.

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