Sunday = the last day at Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4. That’s normally the day where I can’t get my head around any further explanations, miss Die Spiel already and am eager to play through one game until the end. But it’s also a great day, because it seems that less people tend to come on a Sunday to Die Spiel. Which is absolutely amazing — more cool games for us to play.

Our Agenda

The agenda :

  • 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. This time only two of us because Ania & Tom went for a geo cache 🙂
  • went to a bakery which has open on Sunday, ate a small breakfast and organised food for everybody.
  • entered the famous halls of Die Spiel at about 9:15 a.m.
  • managed to play 10 more games
  • left the convention at 6 p.m. to go back to our hotel The Webers
  • rearranged our luggage, grabbed a pre-booked cab and drove to the airport
  • took the flight at 9:25 p.m.
  • landed in Vienna & grabbed a Uber to bring us home
  • arrived home with a bunch of new games
  • went to bed hopefully that our dreams will be filled with pirates, jinns, sheeps, taverns and of course beer.

10 Games on the 4th Day of Die Spiel 2016

We managed to play 10 games on the last day at “Die Spiel”. If you need a reminder what our rating system looks like, here it is:

  • 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. Captains of the Golden Age
    Designer: Aron Groot, Niek Jansma
    Publisher: Golden Age Games
    Players: 2-4
    Our ratings: 2,25
  2. Aladdin & The Magic Lamp
    Designer: Tiago Damey
    Publisher: IELLO, Purple Brain Creations
    Players: 2-5
    Our rating: 1,75
  3. Edenia
    Designer: Mathieu Lanvin
    Publisher: BLAM !
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 2,5
  4. Bios: Genesis
    Designer: Phil Eklund
    Publisher: Sierra Madre Games
    Players: 1-4
    Our rating: 3,67
  5. Inis
    Designer: Christian Martinez
    Publisher: Matagot, Pegasus Spiele
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 2,25
  6. The Dragon and the Flagon
    Designer: Brian Engelstein, Geoff Engelstein, Sydney Engelstein
    Publisher: Stronghold Games
    Players: 2-8
    Our rating: 3
  7. Mystic Vale
    Designer: John D. Clair
    Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG), Pegasus Spiele
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 3,75
  8. Scythe
    Designer: Jamey Stegmaier
    Publisher: Ghenos Games, Maldito Games, Morning, PHALANX, Stonemaier Games
    Players: 1-5
    Our rating: 2
  9. Fields of Green
    Designer: Vangelis Bagiartakis
    Publisher: Artipia Games, Stronghold Games
    Players: 2-4
    Our rating: 2,5
  10. 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 fourth day in Essen at Die Spiel 2016.

Kasia’s Top 3 Games at Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4

I’ll start with my picks in descending order.

Day #4 — Game #3

One of my favourite games of the fourth day in Essen was Fields of Green.

It’s a 2-4 player game where you play a farmer who tries to expand his own properties. It is a nice and relatively quick game. Also good as an in between game.


Day #4 — Game #2

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

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4Although we had London Dread on our yesterdays list, we managed to play the first round on Sunday. Which btw. was a good decision, because that’s the reason why it landed in our luggage on our way home. It is a really nice game with a new mechanic that is a lot of fun. We got our explanation directly from the designer, which is always a nice touch *fanalert*. A co-operative game with a really cool theme.

Day #4 — Game #1

My top pick of the third day in Essen was Scythe.

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4After play-testing the game about 1,5 years ago with our own print-out components and board, we were really eager to check out the “real” Scythe board game. And I have to admit, they’ve overdone themselves. The board looks great, the components are amazing, the player tableaus are awesome! And a thing that I really liked about the components is that although each and every player has the same types of “workers”, everyones look different. Definitely one of my favourite games of this year.

Gerwin’s Top 3 Games at Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4

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

Day #4 — Game #3

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4

Gerwin’s 3rd place goes to Inis.

This game has a super interesting card drafting, area control and tile placement mix that makes it unique and standing out. It is really cut-throat at times and may upset players. Especially the various ways to win are really nice.

Day #4 — Game #2

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4On the 2nd place of Gerwin’s list is Scythe.

In this alternate 1920s Europe you take command of one of five factions and try to secure land around a mysterious old factory. Each faction has it’s own special skills and abilities. This is an impressive worker placement game with incredible components.

Day #4 — Game #1

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4Gerwin’s top pick of the day was also London Dread.

In this victorian based co-op game you try to prevent bad things to happen by discovering the evil plot and preventing it to unfold. The game basically happens over a 12 minute “real” time period. This is so much fun!
It was an instant buy for me 🙂

Top Rules Explanation

Die Spiel 2016 — Day #4

On the fourth day we had definitely a favourite rules explainer. I always said that the best explanee is the game designer himself. And that’s what happened during our second try of London Dread. The game designer himself —Asger Johansen—  explained the game to us — and it was a lot of fun.

  • Asger — Grey Fox Games — London Dread

And of course we also got an autogram on our newly bought copy of London Dread 😉

Die Spiel 2016 — The End

So that’s it. Once again the 4 days at Die Spiel 2016 in Essen have passed too fast.

It has been amazing, exhausting, funny and somehow also relaxing.

Thanks for having us & good night and see you around.

Btw. if you are curious which board games landed in our luggage and have a new home in Vienna, stay tuned and check out our next blog post.

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