The best games presented at the Spiel 2002 game fair in Essen, Germany 2024

Are you looking for a good new game? We have compared all the games presented at the game fair "Spiel 2002" in Essen and listed the top100.

Game fair in the German city of Essen

The International Game Days "SPIEL", often called the Essen Game Fair or Essen 2002 after the city where it is held, is an annual four-day board game fair that is also open to the public. Many new games are released at the fair each year, especially (but not exclusively) European-style board games.

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List with the top100 new releases of Spiel'02:

This list was last updated on March 31, 2024. We compared 25 board games for this list and selected the top 24. There's also a print version for this list.
  1. Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers

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    Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers is a standalone game in the Carcassonne series, transporting players to the Stone Age. This version maintains the essence of the original Carcassonne game but introduces new thematic elements and rules suitable for this prehistoric setting.

    Nominated for 3 awards.

    More details for Carcassonne: Hunters and Gatherers
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 35 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  2. BANG!

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    BANG! is a fast-paced card game that simulates a Wild West shootout, where players take on hidden roles with different objectives and engage in strategic gunplay.

    Nominated for 8 awards and won 2.

    More details for BANG!
    • 4 - 7 Players
    • 20 - 40 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  3. Odin's Ravens

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    Odin's Ravens is a strategic two-player card game where participants embody Hugin and Munin, Odin's ravens, in a race across Midgard. Utilizing a unique deck of cards, players navigate a track of landscape cards, aiming to outmaneuver their opponent through clever use of their cards and special actions provided by Odin (or Loki in the Osprey Edition) cards.

    More details for Odin's Ravens
    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  4. Loot

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    Loot is a fast-paced, pirate-themed card game where players vie to accumulate the most gold by attacking and defending trading ships. The game involves strategic deployment of pirate ships, captains, and an admiral, making it a test of cunning and daring on the high seas.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 2.

    More details for Loot
    • 2 - 8 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  5. Clans

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    Clans is a strategic and secretive board game where players aim to score points for their hidden color. Each player's color is randomly assigned and remains a secret until the end of the game. The board consists of 12 regions, each containing five areas with different terrain types. Huts of various colors are placed in these areas, and players strategically move these huts across the board to score points while attempting to conceal their true color.

    Nominated for 4 awards.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2003

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Spiel des Jahres 2003

    More details for Clans
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  6. O Zoo le Mio

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    Nominated for 5 awards.

    โญ๏ธ Nominated for Kinderspiel des Jahres 2004

    More details for O Zoo le Mio
    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 45 - 60 Minutes
    • 9+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  7. Age of Steam

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    Age of Steam transports players back to the pioneering days of U.S. railroad expansion, offering a strategic gaming experience centered around building and operating a railroad empire.

    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

    More details for Age of Steam
    • 1 - 6 Players
    • 120 Minutes
    • 13+ years old
    • Hard to learn
  8. War & Sheep

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    • 2 Players
    • 20 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Immediately playable
  9. Keythedral

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    Keythedral takes you into the heart of Keydom, where the monumental task of building the Keythedral unfolds. Players act as planners, marshaling resources from the countryside to construct this grand edifice through five progressive stages, each demanding a unique set of materials. As the structure grows, so does the complexity of your strategy.

    Nominated for 2 awards.

    More details for Keythedral
    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 - 90 Minutes
    • 8+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  10. Canal Grande

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 - 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  11. Tony & Tino

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    Nominated for 1 award.

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  12. The Settlers of the Stone Age

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    Nominated for 2 awards and won 1.

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    • 3 - 4 Players
    • 90 - 120 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  13. Trias

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  14. Drake & Drake

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    • 2 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  15. Moderne Zeiten

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  16. Bayon

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 30 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  17. Monkeys on the Moon

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  18. Fische Fluppen Frikadellen

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty
  19. Street Illegal

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    • 1 - 7 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  20. Kanaloa

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  21. Im Schatten des Sonnenkรถnigs

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    More details for Im Schatten des Sonnenkรถnigs
    • 2 - 6 Players
    • 45 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
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  22. Cannes: Stars, Scripts and Screens

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    • 2 - 4 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  23. Bean Trader

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    • 3 - 5 Players
    • 90 Minutes
    • 12+ years old
    • Easy to learn
  24. Krone & Schwert

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    • 2 - 5 Players
    • 60 Minutes
    • 10+ years old
    • Medium difficulty

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