Essen 2016 Recording Schedule

We are recording 7 round table discussions featuring an engaging mix of interesting people in the game industry. Each discussion is on a specific topic.

Listed below are the 7 topics and the guests we have booked for each recording. The guest list may even grow to include a few more luminaries at the last minute.

I think it's going to be a great group of conversations! We'll release the discussions after the convention, one a day, for seven days.

We will be recording our coverage on Thursday, October 13 in Hall 1, Booth F-101. Special thanks to Alex Argyropoulos and MAGE Company for providing us with the space on Thursday to do our recordings!!


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Publishing Games for the World


Agnieszka Kopera - NSKN, Strawberry Studio

Nate Scheidler - Gigamic

Konstantinos Kokkinis - Artipia Games

Nobuaki Takerube - Japon Brand

Brandon Parsons - Brain Games


12:00 - 1:00 PM

The Impact of The Spiel Des Jahres Awards


Tom Felber - Spiel des Jahres Jury

Andreas Pelikan - Designer (Isle of Skye, Broom Service, Witches Brew)

Wolf Wittenstein - Eggertspiele


2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Global Game Makers


Michael Lee - Panda Manufacturing

Frank Jager - Ludo Fact

Shari Spiro - AdMagic


3:00 PM - 4:00 PM

The Challenges in Designing Co-op Games


Antoine Bauza - Designer (7 Wonders, Ghost Stories, Samurai Spirit)

Matt Leacock - Designer (Pandemic, Pandemic: Legacy, Forbidden Island/Desert)


4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

Incorporating History into Game Design


Martin Wallace - Designer (Age of Steam, Brass, A Few Acres of Snow)

Vital Lacerda - Designer (Vinhos, Kanban, C02, The Gallerist)

Phil Eklund - Designer (High Frontier, Bios, Origins, Greenland)

Max Michael - Designer (Credit Mobilier, Empires of the New World, Cheshire Ring)


5:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Board Games & Technology


Ted Alspach - Bezier Games

Ignacy Trzewiczek - Portal Games

Joseph Cochrane - Blizzard Entertainment

Jana Zemankova -  Czech Games Edition 


6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Organized Play - Different Approaches to Starting, Running, Hosting Public Gaming Groups


John Knoerzer

Darrell Ottery - Eclectic Games

Becky Ottery - Eclectic Games

Daniel Jensen

Ezra Denney

Katherine Rosland