So, Essen has come and gone for another year, and despite numbers being ever so slightly down on previous years thanks to a nationwide train strike, the games still shone through with hundreds of new releases making their way onto restaurant tables and hotel room floors across the city every evening after the Messe closed. The halls were still packed, even if the newly opened Hall 4 did feel like something of a ghost town, even moreso after many companies moved into vacant spaces on the Friday, there were plenty of great games to check out. I ended up bringing around fifty new titles back from the show floor (mostly grabbed going to and from interview appointments) – of course, getting them reviewed is going to take some time, but now that convention season is over you can expect to see a lot of write-ups of some excellent new titles over the coming months.
You’ll also get to hear a bunch of new podcasts taken from the show floor, filled with interviews with some noted names and folks brand new to the scene (including what may end up as an entire episode with the different guys from Japon Brand) – I should be able to put the first of those out before the end of this week – so the Little Metal Dog Show will see you well over the next few weeks, whether you’re reading or listening!
This week though, you can expect to see my rundowns of Dead Drop (currently on Kickstarter from those good folks at Crash Games) and Tier auf Tier: Das Grose Abenteuer from HABA, while Emma will be checking out Cartography (which, while small, is a very impressive title indeed). After that… who knows? There’s a LOT of stuff sat on the living room table that needs to be played!