Essen 04: if I can make it there, I’ll make it anywhere

GameFest has an Essen ’04 preview that is mostly kind of perplexing. It’s meant to collect all the details for all the pre-announcements of board and card games coming out this year at Germany’s preeminent game fair, but sometimes the details are pretty sketchy. Some highlights: a European-map version of Spiel des Jahres winner Ticket to Ride, Eagle Games’ less-combat-oriented Bootleggers, a new standalone Carcassonne game, and plenty of upcoming action from Rio Grande and Uberplay.