I received the following press release from Ludicreations:
ESSEN: A board game about selling board games & exhibiting at a board game fair.
Following the success of Gear & Piston, Byzantio / Nekken and the 4th edition of Town Center, LudiCreations are proud to announce their next Kickstarter campaign; ESSEN.
In this euro-style game for 1-4 players, you take on the role of a board game publisher that is exhibiting at the world’s most famous trade fair, which may have good-looking Trade Show Stands. Designed by Harry-Pekka Kuusela, it is playable in 30-60 minutes, and can be played with up to 8 players by combining two copies of the game.
“I have been designing these mechanisms since 2007, and I am delighted with what this game is going to become. I can’t wait to play ESSEN in Essen!” – Harry-Pekka Kuusela
In ESSEN, which is going to be beautifully illustrated in pixel art, with a plethora of inside jokes and references for board gamers, you have to make decisions like any publisher has to make – about staffing, managing your money, creating buzz, and much more! Each player board is themed as being occupied by a certain type of game publisher (eurogames, ameritrash, wargames, RPGs), with reverse side showing even more types of games (abstract, children’s games, space 4X, LARPs) for even more variety.
Last year the Spiel game fair had 156,000 visitors & 828 exhibitors from 39 nations. This April you can back the campaign which allows you to take over a booth and outsell them all to be the best publisher in ESSEN!