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SPIEL 2020: SPIEL.DIGITAL

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By Raymond "DuMeeple" Dumee on November 3, 2020

We have had an awesome long Spiel weekend, filled with board gaming, meeting old friends and making new ones. All in the comfort of our very own cozy living room, with everything we need within reach. The board games were transmitted onto our screen and the explanations came over the computer the speakers. Sounds wonderful to me, I didn't have to do my hair or even, for that matter, wear pants the whole weekend. Plus, all our food was nice and easy delivered.

As with all new experiences, people (me included) actually needed some getting used to things and figure out how to find their way around this digital playground. Luckily, eventually, we got the hang of things and were able to fully enjoy it. At my very first Spiel in Essen, I also had no clue where to go and definitely couldn't find everything right away, same as in this new digital environment, I just had to put one foot in front of the other and find my way. Actually, I wasn't even planning on attending Spiel.Digital, because (of course) I prefer playing games for real, feel the cards and the components in my hand, instead of a trackball. That is why I play board games and not video games. I also imagined Spiel 2020 not to be like this.


I want to point out, for our Spiel coverage this year, I also only had the opportunity to take screenshots instead of photos. Which I found very unfortunate, because I love to wander around the halls and take photos of everything I see. Those are like the foundation of my reviews. So you may understand, I have had sincere doubts of writing something about this whole digital version of Spiel, but along the way on my Road to Spiel, I became more and more enthusiastic and decided to go ahead with it anyway, photos or not!

Despite Corona, the Spiel organization Friedhelm Merz Verlag brought a whole lot of board game enthusiasts around the globe together to play board games. We have played a couple of our most wanted games, we have talked to familiars and friends, we met with designers, we have played prototypes from indie publishers, we laughed, we cried, we won, we lost and we were freaking tired in the end. Just like any normal Spiel.


Thanks for creating this wonderful experience considering the circumstances we are in, it was another awesome Spiel weekend. We did what we liked most, with like-minded people, creating memories forever, while playing a game or more.


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