I just wanted to ask if Paizo participates there or if one of your main german or european retailers will be found there ?
The Essen games fair is a really big affair (144.000 Visitors last year), and if you (like me) love to look into the newest developments and hunt for OOP game books and special offers, then you could do worse than visit there. Last year, even the guys from Midnight Syndicate were there.
Dear Paizo Staff,
If you pay my way, I'd be glad to represent your fine company, being a German speaker and all. I'd even gladly attend some training sessions in Washington in order to fly the Paizo flag proper and learn how to sign people up for the thousands of subscriptions I'd sell.
PS: Perhaps Lisa Stevens could send the Paizo corporate jet....or maybe you could ask those guys from Google to lend you theirs.
|Vic Wertz Chief Technical Officer|
Seriously, I'd love to go to the Essen game show to hang with German and European gamers. I had no idea there were so many German and European gamers until I started hanging out at the Paizo boards. Maybe someday when I'm independently wealthy :)
I had a clue that AD&D had a following in Germany when I bought the German language 1e PH back in the late 80's, but after having communicated with Dryder, Absinth, Stebehil and all the other German gamers here I know now that had I not immigrated to the U.S. in 1978, I still would have found my way to D&D somehow.
True words, F2K! ;-)
My way to D&D was a gradual transition from german D&D -> german AD&D 2nd ed. + engl. suppl. -> german D&D 3.5 + german FRCS + engl. supplements. ;-) Just last year I finally "dared" to join an english D&D group here in Germany.
I was at Spiel two years ago. Most of the convention is about table top games. One convention hall was almost exclusivley about rpg, though. The current publisher of german D&D ("Feder & Schwert", i.e. "Feather & Sword") was there as well as members of the german RPGA section who performed some Living Greyhawk starter sessions.
Quite some international and german publishers and roleplaying game shops had booths, too. It really took us one day to get a look at everything interesting to D&D aficionados. :)
Maybe you would like to combine a trip to your old home with a visit at Spiel? For american standards the distance between the two places is minimal, isn't it? ;-)
Greetings from Cologne,
Anyone interested in more information about the convention should have a look at the
english "Spiel" Site. "Plans of the Halls" contains info on the exhibitors. Enjoy!
Unfortunately, it'll be a few more years before I'm able to come back to Germany for a vacation. My wife really wants to go--she's only been to Germany once and absolutely loved it. We'd probably have to come during the summer when the kids aren't in school, though.
So...Phil Lacefield gets to take the corporate jet to Germany, huh? :) Maybe Dryder can help him land it.
I can imagine your plight. ;-)
It has been ten years since I was in Seattle for the first and so far last time. Had I known by then that WotC would host D&D just a few years later and that a company called Paizo would publish Dungeon and Dragon henceforth...
I would surely like to revisit this place and redo my vacation of then which led me to Vancouver, Victoria, Whistler, Banff, Jasper, and finally Calgary. The Pacific North is a beautiful area! And after D&D's move from Lake Geneva to Seattle one reason more for visiting... guided tours at Paizo's aren't offered any more, though. I read something like that in a different thread.
Guennarr wrote:The Pacific North is a beautiful area!Yes, it is. I love this area of the country.
... and I will definitely visit it again - with or without Paizo around. ;-) For most europeans it is unimaginable to drive through such vast stretches of land without any house, fueling station, or other sign of human life.
When I was there the last time, we just had three weeks to visit all the places we wanted to see. We were largely in Canada, our only "side track trip to the U.S." was to Seattle. That was also my first visit to the U.S.. We knew that we wouldn't have time for more than just one or two days at each place. But I kept in mind those places I would like to have a closer look at next time. :-)
(casting resurrect on this thread)
I was at the "Spiel" today, as planned. I spent waaay too much money on rpg products (OOP, mostly - one booth had OOP White Wolf stuff they sold for 2 Euro apiece), ran around for hours (with my girlfriend nearly getting mad at me for letting her wait for too long), cursing myself for not bringing a suitcase with wheels for transporting all the stuff I bought, and having sore feet and stretched arms from carrying my "preciouss".
It was great!
But, I have not been able to locate paizos item pack anywhere (quite elusive, that one), and I did not see a trace of castles and crusades, which I wanted to have a closer look at. (maybe because of me being blind, I don´t know)
I think I need to visit a big game store some time soon...
|Sword of Cyric|
(OOP, mostly - one booth had OOP White Wolf stuff they sold for 2 Euro apiece),
Wow, I really hope they still have something to sale tomorrow when I will be there.
My conclusion for this year of the Spiel is that the German RPG scene is in the offensive. Lots of independent games and designs. I could say a lot about 'Feder & Schwert', but there is not much positive. Again D&D is a problemchild and has a bad reputation as only dungeoncrawling that it not deserve. I really miss a magazine like Dungeon. At the moment there is no german Rpg Magazine, that has such a high standard in design.
Well, the "Mephisto" is a good german magazine, but it includes tabletop games as well and tries to cover the whole hobby range, from short adventures to shopping guides. I think they lack some focus. They were focused on dark RPG games (like the whole White WOlf series, or Cthulhu) in earlier years, but this was not possible any longer, I recall. The german RPG market as a whole is probably too small for specialized magazines to be viable, so there will be no german Dragon or Dungeon, I fear. The attempts to establish a german version of Dragon failed at least two times in the past, AFAIK.
What is it about Feder & Schwert you hint at ?
What is it about Feder & Schwert you hint at ?
I don't have to hint at anything. Their 'we are above any criticism, we are god' attitude have made them to outsiders in the whole RPG scene. They have forgotten that if you like to sell something you need customers. And the customer are already reacting to that, as you can see the response to the WoD products.
Here are some pictures from the Spiel: