Like just about everything this year, Spiel Essen was going to be a little bit different. Due to the Covid-19 related issues that we are faced with at this moment, the Spiel organization decided to go completely digital. Nevertheless, our Cardboard Crewmember, Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee sat down for us at all the digital gaming tables to check on the latest news from the Table Topping world!
UK GAME EXPO 2020
It's the year 2020 and we are all facing a global pandemic. Unfortunately, this caused all the conventions we normally like to go to, to either get cancelled or get a virtual equivalent. Well, to be honest, until this weekend, I wouldn't even thought of attending such an online event, but I already played a few games using the new technologies and it really ain't half bad!
On a windy Sunday, halfway through February, my most fearless boardgame opponent (our three-year-old son Jayson) and myself went on an excursion of one of Belgium's old coalmines. Now, we didn't go and explore the since a long time abandoned old mine itself; oh no, my dear ladies and gentlefriends, that wouldn't be interesting enough for this AWESOME gaming website. In one of the refurbished installation buildings, there was a small board game get together, organized by the good people of Meeple VZW.
For this year's Spiel Essen I, DumeeGamer's very own Cardboard Crewmember, Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee, returned to the Board Game Valhalla to check out the latest news from the Table Topping world. An astonishing 209000 visitors wandered around the Deutsche Messe Halle during this 37th edition, housing more than 1200 exhibitors and offering more than 1500 new game releases. I did my share of testing various Board Games, so stay tuned as I will be publishing articles about my Spielventure during the coming weeks.
Yes, ladies and gents; it was that time again! Time to pack our bags and travel to Cologne, Germany for the most awesome game event in the entire world: Gamescom! So Ferry And Diana hopped into their trusty Volvo and set a course for this Valhalla of gaming!
Since 2010, for one whole day per year, the city of Utrecht is THE indie game center of the Netherlands. Why, I hear you ask. Well, because each year Indigo, a very cool game event centered around indie games, is being held. Those among us with good math skills will have instantly realized that 2019 marks the tenth anniversary of this awesome event. For the first time ever, due to the ever-growing popularity of Indigo, visitors needed to order their tickets which, in return, gave them access to three different areas.
NINTENDO POST E3 PRESS EVENT 2019
Last Thursday was a very special day for me, and that was all because I had the privilege to get invited to Nintendo's Post E3 event in the beautiful city of Utrecht. It was here that I got to see previews of some of their biggest upcoming releases. So before I go any further I'd like to thank the boss lady, Diana "Dumeegamer" Dumee herself for choosing me as Dumeegamer's representative. It's very much appreciated!
A beautiful monastery in the Southern Dutch woods, nearby our very own city of light, Eindhoven, serves as the backdrop for a two day board game convention, filled with a lot of board game pleasure. The biggest publishers of the Benelux, smaller board game creators, friendly local game shops and other board game entertainment are all part of the festivities. Welcome, dear reader, to ZuiderSpel!
For the first time in DumeeGamer.com history, an actual member of our crew visited Spiel Essen. When I, newbie Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee, came barging into the DumeeGamer Headquartes in early June, they didn't know if I could do it. but I did! Four days of board games, card games, bratwurst and German beers is quite a challenge, but I managed to survive, so I think it's safe to say that I am now officially one of the team. Stay tuned as I publish new articles about my adventures at Spiel during the coming weeks. Right now, I just wants to thank each and every one of the great people I met during my Road to Spiel and at Spiel itself for their time and effort. I think it is already safe to say; Till Next Year!!!
For the third year in a row, SpellenFestival took place on a very sunny Sunday in late September. DumeeGamer's own Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee and his better half, Diana "Sparkly Unicorn" Dumee-Wolters, drove all the way to the Belgian city of Genk, with the intent to play cool board games, meet old friends and even make some new ones.
DumeeGamer's own Diana and Ferry travelled, once again, to Cologne, Germany to attend the tenth edition of Gamescom! We can't wait to tell you all about the fantastic games we saw and played and we hope that you enjoy reading about them just as much as we've enjoyed playing them. Stay tuned as we publish new articles each day during the upcoming week. We would like to thank all of the awesome people who took the time to talk to us and show us their amazing games at Gamescom 2018 and we hope to see you all again next year!
Every year, Dutch Game Garden organizes Indigo; THE indie gaming festival of the Netherlands! It is here that a selection of indie developers can show off their games in public. Friday, June 29, 2018 marked the ninth edition of Indigo and visitors were able to play the magic number of forty games while visiting. And okay, we didn't actually have enough to play all of them, but we've seen enough cool stuff to tell you about!
NINTENDO POST E3 PRESS EVENT 2018
How cool is it to be able to play the Nintendo games we saw during the E3? Very cool of course, so I don't think I need to explain that I replied "Yes!" very enthusiastically when I received my invitation to the Nintendo Post E3 Press Event on July 27, 2018 in Utrecht, The Netherlands!
DETROIT: BECOME HUMAN PRESS EVENT
Monday April 9 2018 was a very exciting day, because I was lucky enough to be invited to the press presentation of Quantic Dream's upcoming game Detroit: Become Human. I'm so looking forward to this game, because I love a good story, especially when it involves a lot of decision making. During this presentation a development trailer was shown, I was able to interview Adam Williams, Lead Writer of the game and spend two hours playing Detroit: Become Human! See? I told you it was an exciting day!
Every November, it's time for all board game geeks of the Netherlands to come together in Eindhoven to visit the board game fair "Spellenspektakel". As per usual, DumeeGamer.com was also present; to say hi to our friends, to meet new people and of course to play awesome boardgames!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls; GamesCom 2017 has come and gone once more! On this page, you are able to read all about the awesome games we saw and played and we hope that you enjoy reading about them just as much as we've enjoyed playing them. We would like to thank all the people who took the time to talk to us and show us their amazing games! We hope to see you all next year!
UNCHARTED: THE LOST LEGACY PREVIEW EVENT (AMSTERDAM)
On Wednesday, July 19, I travelled all the way to Amsterdam for a the preview event of Uncharted: The Lost Legacy. Considering the Uncharted series is the game series I have played most of all and love above everything else, you might suspect I was totally pumped!
Locked up with games! Friday June 30 and Saturday July 1, the Indigo event, which is skilfully put together by Dutch Game Garden, was held in Utrecht, The Netherlands. The location for this was a special one, namely a former prison called "De Lik". The building stopped serving as a prison a while ago, but it still has that prison vibe. And what sounds more perfect than being locked up with all kinds of games from awesome Indie developers from countries throughout Europe?
WARNER BROS PRESS EVENT AMSTERDAM
A press presentation by Warner Bros about upcoming games Cars 3 and LEGO Marvel super Heroes 2, time for an interview with the developers and a free lunch? Count me in! Where do I sign up?!
WWE LIVE ROTTERDAM 2017
After getting the tickets for Christmas, and having to wait for 5 months, Saturday, the 13th of May the time finally arrived to visit WWE Live in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. Considering I wrote the reviews for both WWE 2K16 and WWE 2K17 for this website, I own many shirts and masks and the fact that I once even tried wrestling for myself, you could say that my first ever live event was a big deal for me!
SPARKLY UNICORN GOES RETRO WITH DUMEEGAMER.COM'S BIG RED TIMEMACHINE
After three months of making plans, asking people for help and spamming the internet, it was finally Saturday April 22; the day that the Sparkly Unicorn goes Retro with DumeeGamer.com's Big Red Time Machine took place in Roermond (NL) at "Het Ontmoetingscentrum".Let me just give you a glimpse of the awesome day we had!
DUTCH COMIC CON: MARCH 2017
Yes ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the Dutch Comic Con has come and gone already. A weekend filled with awesome people, movies, comics, games and merchandise lured a giant crowd of people to the Jaarbeurshallen in Utrecht, The Netherlands. DumeeGamer's own Mairie "Mary Appins" Heijnen also went there to take a closer look at things!
A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation to the Screenshake 2017 event in Antwerp (Belgium). Screenshake was held from Friday, February 10 till Sunday, February 12 and the main theme of the event were Indie games. I’m always up for a great adventure, so I didn’t hesitate and confirmed that I would definitely be present. And I didn’t regret this decision for a second!
Every year, the world's largest board game event, Spiel, is held in Essen, Germany. Thousands of board game fans from all over the world travel to Essen to find out what's new in the world of board games. We at DumeeGamer.com are very proud to have an envoy present at this year's rendition of Spiel. Her name is Mignon Schichel. Let's meet her, shall we?
REVENGE OF THE DICTATORS RELEASE PARTY
Sunday October 9 2016 was THE big day for Bart, Alina and Bas of Black Box Adventures. They launched their first ever board game: Revenge of the Dictators! And what a day it was; gaming clubs, gaming stores and a lot of fans of the game all gathered at the Volt in Sittard, The Netherlands, to support their new favorite board game studio!
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Firstlook Festival 2016 has already come and gone. From Friday, October 7 till Sunday, October 9, gaming fanatics saw all there was to see, experienced all there was to experienced and had the time of their life. Of course, DumeeGamer.com was also present; Diana and Ferry packed up their things and headed to Utrecht to be part of this awesome event! What follows is a report of some of the things they saw during their (alas only short) time there.
Another year has come and gone, as has another GamesCom. We had an absolutely awesome time, met a lot of cool people and saw scores of really, really, REALLY cool games! Unfortunately, we just haven't had the time to write about all of our experiences yet, because... wait for it... WE'VE GOT A WEDDING TO PLAN! So we're doing our best to inform you about everything we saw at the world's largest game event, but it might take a few additional days. We hope you can forgive us just this once...
NINTENDO PREVIEW EVENT
After seeing all the beautiful games during Nintendo’s E3 presentation, we got very curious indeed and wanted to know and see more! Luckily, I had the opportunity to see and experience more! Yes, ladies and gentlemen, I travelled to Nintendo to check out everything there is to know, time for some hot Nintendo news!
PLAYSTATION VR: HANDS-ON EXPERIENCE
What do you know about the Playstation VR? Do you know what it looks like? Will it be compatible with all games? Will there be exclusive games? Does it work and what will it add to your gaming experience? And can people with glasses use this gear? Well, sit back, because I visited the Sony PS Playstation VR hands-on session, so I will answer all those questions for you.
ELFIA HAARZUILENS 2016
Elfia is a outdoor fantasy convention that has a special theme every year. No matter what yearly theme they come up with, their main theme has always been fantasy, so elves, dwarves, barbarians, wizards, princes and princesses galore!
2K: BATTLEBORN EVENT
Friday, April 1st 2016 was just the best day, and that's no joke! "Why”, I hear you ask? Well, because we had the chance to visit the 2K studio in Breda, Netherlands. Brave me, Diana "DumeeGamer” Dumee, travelled to Breda, to be part of a very special play session of one of 2K's upcoming titles: Battleborn.
Sadly, DumeeGamer's Diana "DumeeGamer" Dumee and Ferry "Sadhonker" Adams were unable to attend this year's edition of Spellenspektakel (the annual Dutch board game convention) due to their busy schedules. Luckily, they found an excellent replacement: Etiënne van Kempen - Meuter.
Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Firstlook 2015 has come and gone again. We had a blast at this annual Gaming Event in Utrecht, The Netherlands. We saw a lot of cool games, met a lot of cool people and generally had a great time!
Here we are again, packed and ready to go on a wonderful adventure of cosplay, weird food, random shows, awesome events and useful workshops. It’s time for Abunai 2015: Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice!
We had a blast at Gamescom 2015! Over the course of the next few days we will tell you all about all the great things we saw and experienced, and the cool people we met. So don't forget to check back regularly!
STREET FIGHTER V EVENT
We all have that one game; that game that we live, breathe, and dream about and that we almost treat as a religion. For me that game is Street Fighter. Today I had the chance to play some local matches at the Street Fighter V event, hosted by Capcom. And man, am I stoked!!!
There I was: packed, sweating (because it was like FREAKING HOT OUTSIDE), waiting for my train to bring me to The Hague for Animecon 2015. And man I was excited! My best friend once convinced me to go to an anime convention and since that moment, I was hooked. This was my second Animecon and, like the first time, I was not to be disappointed.
FINAL FANTASY TYPE 0 HD PRE-RELEASE PARTY
The day before the release of Final Fantasy Type 0 HD, we (and anybody that signed up for it) got a chance to get a hands-on experience of this HD Console remake of the PSP game. Not only did we actually play FF Type 0 HD, we also got our first glimpse of the upcoming game: Final Fantasy XV.
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’.
October 11 & 12 2014 is the weekend of sneaky peaks into the world of upcoming games. This peaking takes place at the Jaarbeurs Utrecht on FirstLook 2014. Armed with press- tickets and excited up the yin yang, DumeeGamer’s Ferry and Diana were on the scene...
Indigo is a Dutch Indie game event, organised by Dutch Game Garden. For this year’s edition, 32 games were selected to be put on display. Curious as to which amazing games we tested at Indigo 2014? The answer is only one click away!
In August, all gaming eyes are focused on Cologne, Germany. I probably don’t need to tell you I am talking about GamesCom, the International gaming event of the year. Here at DumeeGamer.com, we were happy as a kid at Christmas to be invited there.
BOARD GAME EVENT
Are you a real board game buff? Or just anxious to try out new games? Everyone is welcome at the monthly Board Game Event of the Spellenclub Midden Limburg.
EPICON SUMMER 2014
DumeeGamer.com was lucky enough to visit The Epicon Summer 2014 Edition. And not just one, but both days! And, exhausted as we were, we still managed to jot down a few lines about this great event.
BONAMI RETRO FAIR - JUNE 2014
Are you searching for that one special game or that game console you played with when you were a kid? Then you should definitely visit the Bonami Retro Fair! Take it from us, we were there...and it was awesome!!!
GLOBAL GAME JAM 2014
On the 24th, 25th and 26th of January the sixth edition of Global Game Jam took place. All over the world teams of developers are given the task to create a game in a very limited time span...