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Is Essen Worth It? | Maven Games
Essen Spiel, the largest boardgame convention in the world, takes place in less than two weeks. Making the trip to Germany though, depending on where you live, can be a significant undertaking, both in terms of time and money. There is no other convention quite like Essen, whether you’re talking about size or flavour (it feels quite different from other conventions). You can also buy games significantly cheaper than you can even from online retailers. Is it worth it though? If you’ve never been before and you’re trying to decide if you should go, that’s what we’re looking at today. Let’s break it down… Obviously you might be willing to pay a significant amount for a fabulous holiday, so assessing value in those terms is quite subjective, but let’s just address the issue of cost initially. Be under no illusion, if you’re travelling to Essen from outside Europe, it’s expensive. Between the flights, accommodation and food, you really need to see it as a holiday since any savings you make on cheap games will pale in comparison to the overall cost. However, if you are travelling within Europe, it needn’t be too expensive… unless you’re flying. Flights aren’t especially cheap,...