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What's new at the world’s biggest board game convention? The Dicebreaker Podcast is at Essen Spiel 2021!

The team chats about what we've seen during the first day of the German game fair.

This episode of the Dicebreaker Podcast is sponsored by eBay. To learn more visit ebay.com/scantolist.

It’s Essen Spiel 2021! Matt, Lolies, Liv and Meehan gather in a very “cosy” hotel room corner to talk about what we’ve seen during day one of the massive board game convention during a Dicebreaker Podcast special.

There’s talk of our time with Far Cry Beyond, tactical planting in Azul: Queen’s Garden, dungeon-scrawling in Paper Dungeons, details on the Cowboy Bebop RPG and more.

We also discuss our experience of our first major post-Covid event, our discovery of Fred Ferkel and the team’s unexpected adventure in a German old people’s home.

Catch the team's impressions from this year's Essen Spiel on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher and Google Podcasts. Add the RSS feed to player of choice.

We'll be back with a live edition of the Dicebreaker Podcast next Friday, streaming from 2pm BST. Join the team in the chat to ask questions, chat about what you've been playing and play along with our weekly segment.

You can also get in touch by emailing podcast@dicebreaker.com, tweeting @joindicebreaker or leaving a comment below. And if you're at Essen Spiel this year, come say hi!

Games (and other stuff) discussed:

  • Far Cry Beyond
  • Cowboy Bebop: The Roleplaying Game
  • Azul: Queen’s Garden
  • Paper Dungeons
  • Fred Ferkel
  • Magistrar: Duel of the Mages

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Matt Jarvis


After starting his career writing about music, films and video games for various places, Matt spent many years as a technology, PC and video game journalist before writing about tabletop games as the editor of Tabletop Gaming magazine. He joined Dicebreaker as editor-in-chief in 2019, and has been trying to convince the rest of the team to play Diplomacy since.