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Traveling all over Germany (including Berlin) for two months: I want to meet gamers!
Posted September 25th, 2011 - 5:18 pm by from Yerevan, Armenia (Permalink)
Hello all. I graduated in May from a small American university with a degree in philosophy and Russian. In March I was fortunate enough to be awarded a Watson Fellowship to travel around the world to study board game culture for a year. (If you want to know more you can also go to my profile page--or you can find my project summary midway down the page here.)

Anyway, for the months of October and November I am going to be in Germany! I will be flying into Munich on September 30th and flying out of Berlin on November 23rd. I will probably be in Munich for 1-2 weeks before traveling around a bit, heading to Essen for Speil, traveling some more, and then spending 3 weeks in Berlin before flying out.

I want to see as much of Germany as I can, meet as many game players as I can, and, of course, play as much as I can. In addition to Munich and Berlin I am tentatively planning on spending a bit of time in Nuremberg, Dusseldorf, Essen (for the convention), Dresden, and Hamburg.

I know these are ridiculously broad questions, but:

Where should I go? Are there particular cities that I should definitely see? Once I'm in a city, how do I look for gamers? Cafes/coffee shops/stores...? I recently discovered Spielwiese online--are there places like this elsewhere in Germany? I have a German rail pass, so my itinerary is very flexible.

Do you have gaming friends/know of gaming clubs/groups that I could meet--in the cities I listed or elsewhere?

Any other thoughts or ideas?

Of course, I'd also love to meet as many of you as I can once I'm in Berlin. (Also, any of you going to Essen?)

Feel free to respond here or send me a private message.

Thanks!

Jesse Schupack

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Posted September 26th, 2011 - 12:25 am by from Cologne, Germany (Permalink)
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Posted September 26th, 2011 - 7:42 pm by from Berlin, Germany (Permalink)
Hello Jesse,

that's sounds like a cool sponsorship to me, too! Where can I apply?! ;-)

I also think it's not so easy to find fellow board gamers. Compared to Sports or so it's something rather private because you invite people to your homes.

But if you go to Essen to the Spiel I'm sure you meet lots of people there.