Essen Spiel gems to star at November’s Board Game Club

Fresh from this year’s Essen Spiel, the Board Game Club team has brought home an eclectic collection of intriguing titles for its November games menu.

The line up will include an international flavour with new gems from Korean designers Happy Baobab, Magic Fold and Layers; the catchily-named Strange Vending Machine from Soso Games and Trapwords and Pictomania from Czech Games Edition. 

Gamers will also be able to find the follow up to this year’s Spiel des Jahres winner, Azul with Azul: Stained Glass of Sintra.

In addition, Gibsons will be shining a Board Game Club spotlight on its new title, Crystal Hall. 

The magical strategy game challenges players to lead their wizard-shaped counters on a quest to uncover four magical crystals and become the most powerful wizard in the game. Cast spells, drink potions and teleport around the board as you attempt to demolish your foes. 

The game’s inventors will also be on-hand to share tips and sign copies of the game for anyone wishing to buy a copy on the night.

“This year’s Essen Spiel felt like the busiest ever,” commented Board Game Club co-founder, Lesley Singleton.

“So we did our best to check out the thousands of new releases at the show and have come home armed with a selection which surely has something for everyone. 

"Our Essen-haul-sharing night is one of the most popular events of the year as we try to share a real mixture of games from around the world. It’s also exciting to have the Gibsons team coming along to demo Crystal Hall, which I’m sure our guests will love.”

Now in its fifth year, Board Game Club has established itself as a fun, informal night of board gaming. It’s free to attend – simply register on the guest list by emailing or sign-up at

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