diana;;spellenspektakel;;board;;eindhoven;;2014;;event Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee It's getting colder outside, so we'll stay at home more often. You can snuggle up on your couch to play a videogame or spend time with friends, family and your favorite board game. What did you say? You don't know which board game to play? That's why there is The Netherlands' biggest board game event: 'Spellenspektakel'.

SPELLENSPEKTAKEL 2014

It's getting colder outside, so we'll stay at home more often. You can snuggle up on your couch to play a videogame or spend time with friends, family and your favorite board game. What did you say? You don't know which board game to play? That's why there is The Netherlands' biggest board game event: ‘Spellenspektakel'.


On November 8th & 9th this event, co-hosted by Media Tornado, took place in Eindhoven (NL). There were a selection of publishers and gaming clubs present to show off their games. You could actually play them at the event, so try it before you buy!

‘Well begun is half done' must have been what the organization thought when planning this year's Spellenspektakel. That's why the first 5.000 visitors received a goodie bag with the game ‘Bonje in de stal' in it. It's a game where you try to collect as many kinds of animals as you can. You have to collect a male and female of each kind. You can collect more females if you like, but more male animals in one stable means fights. And you don't want that in you stable. A crazy game with funny graphics thanks to 999 Games and Cartamundi, who made this game available as a gift.


But what about the event itself? You could see and try board games from different parties. The first stop for us was at the Tactic booth. We played iKnow where you can earn points by answering questions and by predicting if your opponents will know the right answer. We liked the fact that you could win this game without knowing the answers, and that you can decide for yourselves what amount of points wins the overall game. If you'd like to be playing for let's say half an hour, you can set the winning number of points at 20. The more points needed, the longer you play!

The other game we played on the Tactics booth was Concept. In this game you start by picking a card which contains nine words or phrases. You choose one of the nine (the first three being the easiest, the second three medium and the last three the hardest) which you will have to convey to your fellow players. The only problem is you can't just tell them which word or phrase you are trying to convey. The game board contains a selection of pictures, next to which you can place little colored dice. The more dice next to a specific picture, the more important that picture is in your chosen combination. The final combination of pictures used should enable the rest of the players to guess your chosen word or phrase.

At the 999 Games booth you could play ‘De Legenden van Andor (Legends of Andor)', a strategic game in which players compete against the game itself. You are a band of heroes who have to defend the land of Andor against monster attacks.You can chose from four basic roles: Dwarf, Wizard, Archer or Warrior. It is imperative that you work together as a team to overcome the evil that is sweeping across the land. It starts with simple missions, but they get increasingly difficult as you proceed. Legends of Andor has won first prize in the category ‘Expert Games' of the Dutch Boardgame Award.


At the White Goblin Games booth, you could collect 10% discount by playing games which you could immediately use at ‘De Rode Pion', one of the retailers. Earlier this year the game Qwixx has been chosen as the best Family game of the Year. Reason enough to be proud. At their booth we played some other cool games. The first game we tried was Gubs, a strategic card game in which you have to collect as many tiny creatures called Gubs before the round ends. As a player, you can protect your Gubs or steal gubs from another player. There are three cards in the deck with the letters G, U and B on them. When these cards are all drawn from the stack, they form the word Gub and that is when the round ends. The player with the most Gubs at his or her side wins the round.

Another game we played was the card game Crazy Creatures of Dr. Doom. In this game, Dr. Doom has created an array of weird creatures and it's up to you to keep them in check. Every player receives a bunch of cards ranging in value and color. You'll have to play cards in a certain order to get rid of them all. This is easier than it sounds, because other players can force you to draw extra cards and mess up your strategy. The round ends when one of the players has no more cards left, or when the stack of cards you draw from runs out and no one is able to place any more cards. All players count the number of skulls on the cards they have left and write down the total as penalty points. After a few rounds, the player with the least amount of penalty points wins!


When you've made up your mind about which game or games you really like, it's shopping time! There were several shops present to offer you the games you really couldn't live without for a fair price. Next to new games, there was also a wide selection of secondhand games for sale. Some games were still sealed while others have been used before. One thing's for sure, finding your treasure could take a while. Board game clubs and associations were also present to tell you about their activities. And of course you could take part in the Magic: The Gathering, Dominion, Stone-age, Qwixx and Kruiswoord (Crossword) tournaments, hosted throughout the entire event.

Spellenspektakel is really fun to visit for families and fans of board games alike. There was even a play garden for the little ones. So this fair really is the place to be for board game enthusiasts of all ages! And come on, let's be honest. You are never too old to enjoy a nice game, are you now?