The leading international trade fair for parlor games in Essen started with a record of around 1800 new products for everything to do with card, board and dice games. Several hundred thousand visitors are expected at the four-day Spiel'22.
The scene is colorful, all age groups and different educational backgrounds are represented, said the historian Lukas Boch from Münster. He co-launched a project in which scientists explore analogue games more deeply. Despite a "unique board game culture" there is still a big gap. For the first time, a science day will be held at the public fair under the motto "Board game research in Germany".
The Friedhelm Merz Verlag (Bonn), which organized the event, emphasized that Spiel'22 also clearly emphasizes the importance of parlor games as a cultural asset. The variety is particularly great this year.