Angelo Porazzi, the
quarterback in the middle, with the fabolous team
we put together for our Essen 07 trip: near me
the founders of LudicaMente (See this
Con in my 2007 PhotoReports), the Amici
Ludici Gabriele Berzoni and Guglielmo
Ruberti. Split Ends Mario Sacchi
publisher of LovePigs
and Pierluca Zizzi,
author of Defence for Agarthi.
Our Caravan was one of the best
place to play games during the long trip
Milano-Essen. Here Guglielmo, Mario and Angelo
with the brand new Scaraball.
Eric Martin of BoardGameNews
and his nice wife visiting our LovePigs table at
the Press Conference. Really honoured to be first
Italian Author interviewed by our veteran luding
communicator Andrea Ligabue on
this USA website that has editors and readers
from allover the world. If you wish to read that
historical interview, it is here.
Gordon Lamont of Fragor
Games was so kind writing me right
before the fair to invite at their booth for a
drink: on 2007 our booths were right one in front
of the other so was so nice and friendly to share
this Essen 07 close to Lamont Brothers and their
brand new game Antler Island.
The huge With Bear of The
Golden Compass BoardGame. Not all the
rest of the game is on the same bear's scale...
Gabriele is helping the little pet to be feed.
Pierluca is the food.
Gula" was our best food cooker and
Caravan organizer we could have. He will soon
open a restaurant and have plenty of success...
One of the maaaaany games we play on
our caravan was the nice Colosseum
of Days of Wonder. Really
appreciated this one. Here you see the Emperor
visiting my Arena with my Show of Gladiators and
Horses... My Show was simply...The "Best Of
Another simple and interactive game
I liked a lot for graphic and fun was Eketorp.
I won with my yellow tribe of vikings. So: this
game is beautiful;)
9-30 booth with all tables workin': on background
Pierluca, Anna from Croazia and other female
gamers are playing Defence for Agarthi,
In the middle Walter Castagno is
proudly showing his own Pirates' Army of "Create
YOUR Warangel", on
the right, Mario explaining LovePigs.
SOLD OUT in two days
Sold Out in three days
picked up by FRED Distribution USA
Rick Soued and his
nice wife: two of the most simple, genuine and
nice persons I knew thanks to games. Met in the
Press Conference at Essen 07, Rick told me about
his foundation of Funagain, the
huge USA website, that sells many of my games and
contacted me through Nick Medinger
right before the Fair, to order copies of BOL
and Scaraball. Rick is also Fred
Distribution that picked up LovePigs,
the Card Game I created and illustrated,
published by Post Scriptum. Here
their smiles near the impressive edition of Age
of Empires III.
Wonderful eyes of Ruth
Tudhope, Marketing Manager of WizKids,
showing the little gems they produce this year:
the amazing Star Wars
battleships. Last year I was captured by Pirates
Ships I included in my Essen
06 PhotoReport. Being a
big fan of Star Wars universe I could'nt be
shocked to see the little X-Wings
fighters and Imperial Ships of
this year. I want them all;)!!!
Here Gabriele and Guglielmo are
hearing explanations from author Sabine
Opstelten about Coco Colecto,
a nice and interesting self-produced game that
was right in front of us in the Press Conference.
These organizers started with me the Area
Autoproduzione five years ago in
Mantova; on 2007 Area Autoproduzione is an idea
hosted in many Italian Luding Convention,
including ModCon, our greatest and oldest one.
Really proud to be the ideator and coordinator of
this Area now hosted in so many new places, to
put together new authors with families and
Another imperssive Self-Production
was CaveMan of Simon
Hall. Painted Minias of Dinosaurs
threatining the island where tribes of humans
fight to find food, building camps... making
children...! Really nice, suggested to families!
We invited all of these Self-Producers in our
many Area Autoproduzione in Italy. If you want to
see how many of them we organized, only on 2007, just click
Just after the Press Conference, Nick
Medinger of Funagain
(on the left) come to play BOL and Scaraball
he put on pre-order on his immense
website before the fair. BOL sold out on day two,
Scaraball on dy three and Nick was quick enough
to get some of the very last copies of this brand
new game: he will have available BOL as well in
few time. Incoooomiiiiiing!!!!
First signatures on his own
Self-Produced games! Pierluca Zizzi
signing his copy of Defence of Agarthi for
Jost Schwider author of SpielePizza and Giro
d' Italia Ludico. This
great idea born right last year here at Angelo
Porazzi Games booth and I am
so glad to see it now growing, hosted in 2007 by Hall
9000 booth. In the picture
Favio Mortarino, Gabriele, Pierluca, Jost, Mario
and Simone Colombo that was my pilot and booth
demo-man in 2006. All dear friends and great
gamers to play with.
Want to say thank to ALL FRIENDS
that came to visit my booth to realize the two
sold out of BOL and Scaraball, or just for
shaking hands or to share a smile. Remember among
italian authors Sartaco Albertarelli, Piero
Cioni, Walter Obert, Paolo Vallerga, Paolo Mori,
Luca Borsa, Luca Coppola.... Like all years we
Online and Knut Michael
Wolf for their huge presentation where
we all are visible with our games, and this year
also Andreas Buhlmann who
created a full of picture preview on cliquenabend.de. Great
Work. Thanks to all people that communicate games
with honesty and competence. Without putting on
same scale children games like BOL with Gamers'
Games, or on the net we will go on reading
impressive comments only for gamers' games, that
luckily are not representative of ALL gaming
world. Oh, if children could give their ratings,
I hope they do not vote 1 a Gamers' Game only
because it isn't a game studied for them!;)
Thanks to God, reality speaks for itself.
Audience of Essen, the greatest Luding Fair in
Europe open to families, awarded two easy games
with two sold out, a party game like LovePigs
with a US ditribution and a HomeMadeGame 11 years
old like Warangel still requested by dads and
sons, people that hardly we will see on the net
writing their feedbacks. But fortunately they DO
And it is so nice to live and grove
with real and honest people.
See you in LuccaGames
1-4 November: we are there since 2000, when
Warangel gets first "Best of Show"
award named "Best Italian Game", not
bad! Here the
2007 preview on LuccaGames website.
Ciao and thanks to all the real
people that give me the energy to go on in this
strange, incredible, luding world. If you have
the luck to have the same fun I have, maybe we
will meet year after year, after year...;) To the