A game about selling games – at Essen. Limited edition – for true board game geeks!

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A game about selling games – at Essen. Limited edition – for true board game geeks!
In ESSEN, players are exhibitors who are trying to sell their games at a large board game fair in the well-known western German city of Essen. By placing their sellers, creating buzz, and managing their promotional efforts correctly, they can turn a profit and get board game geeks excited about their games. Each player board is themed as a certain type of game publisher (eurogames, ameritrash, war games, RPGs) with the reverse side showing other possibilities (abstract, children’s games, party games, LARP).

ESSEN is a game for 2-4 players, and by combining two copies of the game up to 8 players can play at the same time.

Additional information

Weight 1,5 kg
Dimensions 315 × 225 × 70 mm


Playing time

30-60 min




You can download the rules here (right-click and save to your desktop for the best view):

Inspired by Rahdo’s dedication to highly interactive 2-player games, we developed a special variant for a game with 2 players – you may download the rules here:

You may also download the rules for the “ESSEN Monsters” and “ESSEN special volunteers” extra tiles:


  1. Rahdo Runs Through
    Note that prototype game materials are depicted below. The retail version of the game has finished art and proper cardboard & wood components.

  2. Joel Eddy’s Kickstarter Preview

  3. Cardboard Castaway

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