Harald Mucke, Fraser
Lamont and Angelo Porazzi at Essen 09 Press
Conference. Great guys and great time: I work with Harald as communciator and distributor
for Italian Luding Fairs for his Spielmaterial.de. He is
showing the box of his boardgame Christmas Penguins for
which I illustrated the cover.
Here the illustration used for the
box cover, the rulebook and the cards of Christmas
Penguins, a cute and funny boardgame where you have to steal
gifts... to Santa! Very happy Spielmaterial appreciated this
illustration that is now in the
section of my website dedicated
to all illustrations I realized for luding world friends.
Another game you see in this section
is StarTaxi of Giorgio Vezzini, one of the most
active italian author in
Autoproduzione. In one year
he realized WOOSH! a funny, interactive card game on
parachuters and StarTaxi, this easyest card game where you have
to bring aliens families to their own planets: both games
designed by Giorgio Vezzini, illustrated by Angelo Porazzi.
Other proud and optimal members of
are the Binary Playing Cards of Alberto Baratelli
and his team. They did an excellent workshop in the last
Ludica Fetrsival of Games in Milano, managing lots of
schools: you can see their great work in the PhotoReport. For
Essen they called me to design FastBit, a simply and interactive
game to be playable with their original deck of binary cards.
PizzaPaletti and PsychoPet,
two nice, easy, coloured and cheap games of GoldSieber:
together with the "Italian Flag" and the
"Red Cross" you see... here we are with kind Gabrielle Rosshirt.
HalliGalli in De Luxe version
realized by Amigo. Here with the always kind Andrea Milke And
Lydie Perrandin. A very simple game good for everyone,
demonstrated here in Essen by multicoloured brazilian
hostess...:) Also the cocktail was very good and appreciated:)
Friedemann Friese and his new
Power Grid Factory Manager. Power Grid was awarded Best
Italian Game last year in our oldest and biggest luding Fair:
My old chap was awarded Best
Italian Game in LuccaGames 2000, the first year where in Lucca
was hold Indipendence Bay, dedicated to indipendendt game
designers. This year 2009 Lucca Games and Indipendence Bay host
with many new authors:
Here the presentation on Lucca website.
Dominique Metzler of
Friedhelm Merz Verlag, the organization of Essen Spiel.
This is a great person I had the pleasure to meet in 2009 after
many Essen Fairs where I always introduced new italian authors
year after year. Thank you Dominique and my compliments for the
great organization you manage: an example.
Andrea Ligabue, Italian journalist
for BoardGameNews and historical member of
luding club Tre Emme Modena. We are indicating together
the Jappo with their Hokkaido map, suggested and
dedicated to Antonio "Jappo" Musto, vice President of
this Club and deep fan of Japanese mithology. These friends
organize PLAY historical convention of players, where
they host me as coordinator of
also for PLAY 2010. I am friend of Andrea per years: he won the
Warangel National Tournament back in 2005 and was so kind
to interview me as
1st Italian Author on BoardGameNews.
Concrete, competent, honest.
Horse Fever the brand new
crazy game of Cranio Creations from Milano. The two
designer Lorenzo and Lorenzo, also partecipated
with their booth at the last
Ludica Fetrsival of Games in Milano,
where I meet them before this Essen Fair. In Few days all of us
will be in Lucca Games.
At Essen you can also find these
kind of rarities: another Horse Race much more beautiful than
the boardgame above without horse counters...:) Just kidding...:).
Gordon Lamont of Fragor Games riding
his ostrich. Another crazy race boardgame, Savannah Tails is really cool:
simple, intuitive and funny to play. Note: the Ostrich suit is
NOT in the box;)
Having Tea with Fragor Borothers and
their nice wives: these friends form together one of the most
creative, familiar and nice GROUP to share an Essen Fair
experience. Keep on the good work!
Alessio Cavatore and his Shuuro the
game of creative chess I appreciate a lot, realized with Alberto
Giusti for River Horse. He was really kind bringing for me the
rulebook of Warmaster signed by himself and Rick Priestley he work
with in Games Workshop.
And here, maybe the most appreciated
visit in all these editions of Essen: after years of nice emails
I finally met Tom Vasel in person:) And his wonderful
wife of six sons: Vasels Hits Porazzis 6-3!:). The Map Collector
for him is to contain the number of Warangel maps he owns and
the latest games such as
ULTIMATE sold out last year
and the newest PiFroG.
On his website The Dice Tower still lives the first deep
Warangel Review received from a
gamer "out of Italy". He knew the old races and was impressed by
the new round cylinder with "ready toi play" races of
Create YOUR Warangel:
thank you dear friend for all these years of honest and
competent luding communication.
ESSEN SPIEL 09
21-25 october 2009
Angelo Porazzi Games Booth
Hall 9, Booth 30
Angelo Porazzi with Aldie,
that means Scott Alden, the founder of BoardGameGeek.
I was really pleased of the visit at my booth of som many VIP of
the luding world.
This was first Essen for Aldie that show kind
and openminded since many, many years ago, in a galaxy far, far
away, wrote me this: "I think that it's fine you've hit the top
10 and you are welcome to link such information on your website.
Thank to you dear friend: it was 2003, 6 years after the first Edition of old
Warangel: a gamer subscribed the game on BGG and
"the old chap" was first Italian game to hit the 3rd place of
BGG when the games where "only" 490: the number of
subscription of Warangel.
Now BGG counts over 57.000
games !!! and Warangel counts 115 races !!! suggested by gamers
from allover the world with the idea
Create YOUR Warangel. It
is a real pleasure to meet people able to realize things that
hold on and grow in the years, respecting gamers and following
gamers' ideas, hints and energy.
Aldie, his wife, Angelo and
Derk Solko, the other "UberGeek":). BGG at Angelo
PorazziGames booth. Thank you dear friends for your visit and my
compliments for the great work you do. Being a 126,5 rating
point Quarterback of old 1986 Milano Pythons, I appreciated so
much your BGG American Football T-Shirts, really cool. I want
the # 14;)
Jon Power, "EYE of NiGHT" on
BGG, is the nice chap who took
picture on BGG maaaany years ago, at my first Essen
Fair. He is kind enough every year to come and visit. Here he is
listening the introduction of FastBit by Dario Cazzani
and Alberto Baratelli, two of the authors of
Binary Playing Cards.
Nick Medinger of Funagain,
one of the the US retailer that together with Boards and Bits or
FairPlayGames have my games in US. Remember when on 2005
FairPlayGames has on his chart of Latest New Addiction
# 1, TATATA!
#5. Those were the days:) All Home Made Games I enjoy create and
Now my duty and honour is to
introduce new Italian Authors who partecipate in
Area) to all these
friends, retailers, distributors, who did and do a lot for the
Aldie with the amazing
Football T-Shirt of BoardGameGeek listening to the rules of
WOOSH! directly from the author Giorgio Vezzini. To
contact each author who partecipate to
just click the presentation page
where you see all of them with their own website: just write us
and we can send at your home, worldwide, any game of your
Andreas Buhlman and the
camera of Cliquenabend.de interviewing Stefano and
Alberto of Binary Playing Cards. Thank you Andreas
for choosing me many years ago as
first Italian author interviewed on your
nice website. At Essen 2009 all authors at Angelo
Porazzi Games Booth were interviewed by kind Cliquenabend.
The latest game of Walter Obert
that had here in Essen Strada Romana and this crazy,
funny game I have seen since his very first prototype. Nice
work!:) My compliments also to Vasco de Gama of Paolo
Mori that reached the n.1 position of preferences in the
FairPlay chart: excellent
result that keep all Italians really proud: BRAVO. Results count:
if someone arrive 1st, there must be a reason;) If someone wins
I simply say my compliments.
SpielMaterial.de booth and staff: Harald, Nicole
and Carmen: you can note on the left the brand new
handpainted marvellous pawns you can request with any
face-character and the two boardgames they realized:
ShwarzesGold and Christmas Penguins. See you next
year, dear friends, thanks for the nice dinner all together:)
Thank to the kind contact of
Dagmar Weiss who wrote me before the fair, and here in Essen
appreciated so much the new
PiFroG, also David
Poppel and friends of Spieletest.at meet me and were
impressed by the old chap
Warangel. Many of the new
races Angels, Jappo and Maya was picked up
together with Spartans and Persians of last year,
together with all the races of old Generations.
Jost Schwider and the Giro
d'Italia Ludico, host at Hall 9000 booth. Here Jost
is showing Shuuro of Alessio Cavatore, another
italian author I introduced to SpielePizza.de this year.
Try to guess in which booth SpielePizza and Giro d' Italia
Ludico was born back in 2006?
Check it here;).
Dario representing Binary
Playing Cards, Giorgio with his WOOSH! and
StarTaxi, Angelo the Quarterback, Manfred Rompkopf of
Spielerei.de, Nicole of Spielmaterial.de,
Jost of SpielePizza.de and Giro d'Italia Ludico.
A nice picture that gather in a click the essence of this Essen
Fair for me: good time with good people: co-working, having fun,
and communciating each other.
Many, Many thanks to all the people,
friends, gamers who meet us at our booth always in Hall 9, Hope
you enjoy Italian Games and Italian authors as I enjoy stay in
Can't remember all the people I
have the pleasure to shake the hands not mentioned in the
PhotoReport: Want to thanks to Eric Martin of BoardGame News,
the collegues and friends Andrea Chiarvesio, Pierluca Zizzi,
Mario Sacchi, Paolo Vallerga, Paolo Carraro, Roberto Petrillo,
the trio Di Meglio-Maggi-Nepitello, Cyril Demaegd, Monsieur Phal,
Chris Boelinger, Rick Soued, Will Neibling, Zev Shlasinger,
Gunther Schmidl, Michelle of Boards and Bits... Christian Lemay
who brought me two WONDERFULL Ultimate discs from Canada!
Simply impossible to list all friends you
meet in an Essen Fair:
they are too many!:)
See you in next
Cons: here all the
invitations of 2009
Area Autoproduzione at LuccaGames!
To the next!