In Spring 2020 the first lockdown–or rather the pandemic itself–stopped us in full swing. No more game nights, no planning for the future. Staying safe and keeping others safe was paramount.
The core of the Dice & Mystics never stopped gaming: We went online. Now, more than two years later, we are back at St. Engelbert’s and are having our regular game nights again. Everything is not as before, but slowly getting there. We sorely miss a dearly departed friend we had shared good company and many an exciting game with. We gained some friends who had deepened their love of board games during the lockdowns.
We are again ordering our dinners to prepare for the coming adventures because most of us come straight from work, and with restrictions concerning the kitchen gone, we will soon be having biscuits, sweets, teas, and coffees once more.
And we have started planning for another Dice & Mystics Fringe event during the next Spiel in October 2022!
Providing nothing untoward is suddenly going to happen, we will attend the Spiel Essen this year and will also be able to host
the 5th Dice & Mystics Fringe on Saturday, October 8th, from 4 p.m. to 12 midnight.
We already reserved the location. There will be tables and chairs for you to bring and try out all those great games you will have bought at the fair, leave your shrink-wraps and punched cardboard behind, discuss your Spiel experiences and enjoy each other’s company.
As usual, there will be no entrance fee or any other costs for you. We are soon going to update all information on how to reach us, and how to book places, on this website www.diceandmystics.de.
At the premises, you will be able to order food and drinks from our usual caterer and have them delivered directly to your tables. Please have some cash and small change ready, as you will not be able to pay via credit card.
As the dangers of the pandemic are not entirely over, we need to put some adjustments in place. We have to have more space between the gaming tables and less of a crowd around the free coffee, tea, and biscuits we would like to have ready for you. Consequently, we can, sadly, not allow as many people in as at our past events. We hope this is going to change again in the future.
Disclaimer: We reserve the right to restrict, limit, or deny access to our event in order to protect your safety or the safety of other attendees. Especially we are bound by German laws, regulations, and ordinances related to COVID-19, which could change the format, the number of attendees, or the timing of our event. Additional restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic could also change other aspects, e.g. vaccination requirements, face coverings, and other precautions, of our event or even result in its cancelation at any time and possibly on short or no notice.
Should we have to cancel the event due to restrictions in place by the German authorities, we will attempt to inform you via our website www.diceandmystics.de as soon as reasonably possible.
We welcome your free decision to wear a facial mask and disinfect your hands to protect yourself and others from any danger and keep your distance where sensible. Please do respect the decision of any group that prefers to wear facial masks at their table.
There are no words to tell you how much we missed meeting you all, and we are excitedly looking forward to the Spiel and once again celebrating our great hobby together this October.
Take care, keep your fingers crossed, stay safe, and have fun gaming. We’ll be seeing you soon.
Dear friends and fellow gamers,
you will have waited for news from the Dice & Mystics concerning the Fringe event 2020, and we had promised to find out what things may or may not be possible and to keep you updated.
Sadly, we are forced to stand up to this promise by announcing that there will be no Dice & Mystics Fringe this year.
Spiel Essen 2020 has – understandably under the circumstances – been cancelled, or as they preferred to put it in kinder and easier to digest terms: “postponed“ until October 2021.
As the name of our event clearly states, we are usually offering a place to come and play at the „fringe“ of the huge board game fair, Spiel Essen. We usually invite the many guests of the Spiel, exhibitioners, bloggers and vloggers and every other enthusiast to wind down after a bustling and exciting day, share the joys of gaming and often meet friends from previous years. But we now have to face a dire truth: No Spiel Essen, no Fringe event.
Even if we tried to whisk up something independently, we would still not have a location for it to take place in, no catering, and with all the necessary safety rules still in place, it would be a caricature of the happy meeting we were all hoping for.
These are tough times for gamers. If there is anything board games are not, that’s socially distanced, and we are happy and rightfully proud of the fact, too. We are heartbroken that a tiny little thing that is not even properly alive like a virus can force a longer wait upon us before we can all sit down togetherand happily game again. We missed you all since last October, and now we are missing you even more!
We hope you are all well and we are going to meet in 2021!
Take care, stay healthy – and keep on gaming to prepare for happier times to come!
The 4th “Dice & Mystics Fringe “ is in the past, and believe it or not, we have started preparing for 2020… As small as the event is, our “TinyCon” has turned into a regular thing by now, something that our guests regard as a natural part of their Spiel Essen experience: A night spent in good company, among old and new friends. And oh my, do we miss everybody!
For the majority of our guests, it has been the 3rd or even the 4th time. They meet but once a year at the Fringe – and immediately sit down together, unbox a game and play like they see each other at game nights on a regular basis. The rooms start filling up rapidly, but nobody wastes any time but gets down to some serious fun right away.
The guests of the Fringe have slowly turned into a real community where everybody looks out for everybody else. The new booking system worked just fine, and we have been told it made things a lot easier. We still handled the few cancellations manually, and we give our thanks to everybody who needed to cancel and was so kind to mail us so that others on the waiting list had their chance. As always, we do hope that only positive things have kept you away. It would have been so much easier to simply not turn up – but not a single one of you would ever do that to anybody else, oh no. You care for each other. The Fringe is starting to feel like an international family gathering. Many people from different corners of the earth know each other, have long since become friends, and they warmly welcome everybody who is new to the event. We hear that again and again, from regulars and first-timers alike: “We feel at home here.” What more could we possibly hope for?
People make appointments for games, bring each other presents, translate from one language to another and back, share, teach and learn new games, exchange Spiel experiences and insights, give each other lifts back to their hotels and apartments. And the special thing is, that such things are not just happening between “regular” gamers, but they include the publishers, designers, artists, reviewers and YouTubers, because apart from who else they may be, they are gamers like all others sitting at the same tables, having fun together.
and friendship are the key to everything. The Fringe would not be possible
without the Parish of St. Engelbert,
who once again let us use the building free of any charge. We humbly thank
for their hospitality and hope we will continue to benefit from their kindness
and be able to host the Fringe event for years to come.
There were so many people of the Dice & Mystics but especially the guests themselves who made this a special night. Last year we took photos of where the tables were standing after you had all left and used this to arrange them accordingly right from the start. The buffet in the lobby had a new feature: next to tea, coffee, biscuits and sweets, there was also plain tap water. Judging by the number of refills this had actually been a good idea, and it had sprung from observations made by everybody together. But you are the people who bring yourselves and your games to our tables and create this great sense of community.
A big part of this community are also those good people from the gaming industry who bring you gifts and want to share their passion and joy of board games:
Albe Pavo contributed some serious fun in the shape of “BEER & Vikings”:
Breaking Games did not think twice but gave us one copy of everything they had with them: “The Stars Align”, “We’re Doomed”, “Trellis”, “Rise of Tribes” deluxe and “Expancity”.
Chip Theory Games who were sad that due to their schedule they could not come this time insisted on donating a copy of their much admired “Cloudspire” for you to win.
there were quite a number of € 10 vouchers from Fantasywelt.de, the large German online game retailer.
GOTTA2 Games from Japan showcased their
beautiful little social deduction game “Who am I” where you are invited to the Tea
Party in Alice in Wonderland, sitting around a miniature table set with
miniature real china dishes (all actually in the box). Of course they donated
it to be raffled off to a lucky winner:
The amazingand wonderful Julie Ahern of Greenbrier Games did not take long to decide and simply gave us a copy of – everything! This bonanza included such gems as “Champions of Hara”, “Of Dreams & Shadows“ plus the expansion, “Helios Expanse” and – a huge box containing a full kickstarter pledge of “Folklore”, with a cherry on top.
InMyBox, the wonder workers who design incredible things crafted in wood, donated their prize item, an ingeniously constructed and most beautiful storage solution for “Scythe” (and did you now each and every “Big Bad Box” is individually numbered?):
again our friends King Racoon Games gave
us two copies of their famous “Tsukuyumi Full Moon Down”, the comic and also
the art book, signed by the brilliant Felix Mertikat himself, and also the
novel (in German) that was written after the game.
Mythic Games againpresented our guests with their great success “Time of Legends: Joan of Arc”, and once again rounded off with a “little” big extra: The “Reliquiary” box containing kickstarter specials!
were two copies of the much anticipated “Last
Bastion”, quite the hotness, by REPOS Production:
Scribabs (you may know their “Sator Arepo Tenet Opera Rotas: Malleus Maleficarum”) generously provided for those who enjoy running in packs and hunting in the night: a copy of “Armata Strigoi”!
There were some prizes by Spieleparadies Wagner, the local toy and games shop in Bochum, too, of course. And they wouldn’t be who they are if they had not thought of including some very special prizes catering for the refined and more tender taste…
Tetrahedron Games gave away two editions of their fun
and colourful game “Dodoesque” – “Cherry Blossom” and “Jungle Fever”- for the
raffle. (Check out their Viking game VALHAL,
but by no means least we once again had the great pleasure of having with us:
The Dice Tower, who brought happy moments with their cute dice panda. It will be loved and cherished in its new home.
It is not hard to see that by accepting your prizes with a radiant smile you also made the donors happy.
I was told that for the people inside the booths at the fair, it always remains a two-sided contact between a salesperson and one or a few customers at a time, with pre-set roles and a real or a virtual sales counter separating them from one another. This is o.k., that’s what everybody goes to the fair for: showcase your games to the public, sell them, have games shown to you, and empty your pockets and purses to fill up the trolleys and car boots with hours and hours of gaming fun.
But at the Fringe, especially during the raffle, everybody is on “the same side”, and when a game is held aloft to be raffled off to a happy winner, the excited murmurs, the cheers and spontaneous branding applause from such large a crowd are a feedback publishers do not get anywhere else. From what we experienced, they really put their hearts into their games. Their audience’s love and appreciation for what they do and create means a lot to them.
The main thing, though, is the hobby itself and the people who share it. We hope you are enjoying your prizes, but in truth really everybody was winning, learning a new game, seeing many of the year’s new releases on the table and in action, meeting somebody maybe from a different part of the world and sharing that one legendary game with each other. Thank you to each and every one of you all!
You brought us plenty of great and tasty gifts as well, and we also say a big thank you for that!
Especially dear to us were also some wonderful people from Life of a Board Gamer (Danijel Ljubas) and from Meeple University (Stella Jahja)who work to keep us all informed about the board gaming hobby and the happenings around it and who also found kind words in their reports and v-logs about their first time at the Fringe. Maybe you would like to have a peek:
We do hope
you all had a great time, felt warmly welcome and are thinking back with fond
We do hope
you all had a great time, felt warmly welcome and are thinking back with fond
We are not
an organisation or club, neither have nor accept any money, with the exception
of the donations to the parish for charity and the upkeep of the house, for
which we thank you very much. Everything else is freely given away to make
Good play –
It is for you all that we are hosting this event, and we are ever more richly rewarded by a happy company playing all those great games together, and by having you all as our friends!
I come to you with good tidings. In midsts a ocean of titles I have seen a light.
It heads right towards us. But beware I see a huge shadow following it like a giant sea monster.
The light is fuelled by the creativity, passion and outstanding love to detail that is presented to us by Albe Pavo. They have shown all those qualities in the last KS for the second edition of Carnival Zombie.
I own the first edition and am always delighted to play it. But beware: the second edition comes with so much more detail, frolic, depth and new game mechanics without loosing the beauty and gripping immersion of the first edition. Have a look: CARNIVAL ZOMBIE – Second Edition
The wonderful talented people from Albe Pavo will join our Fringe Event. And if their presence wound not be enough to get us excited they donate one copy of their game „Beer & Vikings“.
We are delighted and honored to have them with us.
With the first sightings of the moloch named Spiel Essen on the horizon let me take up my duty as sentinal for the Dice & Mystics Event on the Fringe of that giant beast of a fair.
Firstly I sighted a new company that is burning with passion to ease our need to organise game components in the boxes and to help us with setting up and storing away all those precious goodies that make up all those glorious games today.
I am talking about InMyBox. They are making inserts, overlays, dice towers, cardholders, t-shirts for board gamers, 3D led lamps, 3D printed parts for and other accessories for board games. You can have a good look at their products at their online shop: https://inmybox.euor their FB page: https://www.facebook.com/InMyBox.eu/
You will find these warriors on a crusade for better inserts at Spiel Essen in hall 5, booth 5K106. Make sure to visit them and give them a nice welcome and their products a good look!
And those passionate guys will join our Dice & Mystics Fringe Event and donate one copy of their flag ship product for their big entry at Spiel Essen:
The Scythe BigBadBox!
That box will provide space for all possible game pieces and all expansions. In addition to that they will provide us with two inserts for other games to give away in our raffle!
And big THANK YOU to Ivan from InMyBox for those kind donations and we wish you and your team a wonderful and successful time at Spiel Essen 2019.
We all cannot wait to have you at our Dice & Mystics Fringe Event!
Addendum: They have opened up the possibility to pickup orders at Spiel Essen without delivery costs for you.
Hey everybody – I have news concerning the Dice & Mystics Fringe:
We are booked full.
not believe our eyes, but it’s true, and it’s only July…!
everybody who successfully used our new booking system: We hope it was as
convenient and easy for you as we intended it to be, and we thank you so much
for joining our 2019 event.
For anybody who would still like to come but did not catch a ticket:
With the online booking system there is no waiting list. However, as soon as anybody has to cancel, we will manually remove their reservation and booking will re-open for those places, so keep your eyes peeled for any free spot that may pop up again. If there are any problems, you can reach out to us at: contact(at)diceandmystics.de
To anybody who has a ticket but cannot come:
Please do send an e-mail with your cancellation to contact(at)diceandmystics.de ! Please include your booking number.
will be other people who would gladly like to take your spot, and for them to
be able to do so we have to manually cancel the ticket so that there will be a
free spot indicated in the booking system. For that, we must of course first
know that there is a vacancy! Thank you very much in advance.
remains to say is: We are very much looking forward to meet you all in person
in just over three months. Till then, have a wonderful time, lots of fun
gaming, and a safe journey to Spiel Essen and our Dice & Mystics Fringe
event in Bochum.
It is actually the fourth time running that we are looking forward to play together will all you wonderful people from all over this planet at our “TinyCon”.
You would like to finish your day at the SPIEL Essen with a nice and comfortable game night? Then come to play with us on Saturday October 26th at our game location in Bochum, 15 Minutes by car from the SPIEL. You are very welcome at our Dice & Mystics Fringe
As usual, it is free of any charge and entirely non-commercial. We simply like to give our fellow board gamers a place to enjoy their new games, meet people, exchange their experiences of the fair and have fun.
space and time to play on Saturday from 4.00 p.m. to midnight. However, the
places are limited, so we do kindly ask you to make a reservation in advance. To
make your booking faster and easier and save you from having to queue at the
entrance, this year we are for the first time use an online booking service
(see below); again free of any costs.
There are hotels
and restaurants in the vicinity which may be about the same driving distance to
the SPIEL as some in Essen.
There will again be the opportunity to order food and drinks on the premises; a delivery service will bring everything to the tables. And of course teas, coffees and biscuits are free, as always!
You would like to come? Make your reservation here.
You are going
to receive an automatic confirmation as soon as you are booked, together with a
detailed description on how to reach us (just 3 turns from the autobahn; also
by public transport) and some important information.
Registration ends on: Saturday, 12.10.2019
No entry without e-ticket (on mobile device or print version).
We give you time and space for all those epic board games that need more than a single game night can provide you with. You can bring those loved but long unplayed gems from your collection to our event to play on large tables and leave them set up over night. In addition we have prepared five tables hosting:
Descent 2nd edition Dragonfire Mega Civilization Time Stories Twilight Imperium 3rd edition
Hate (Newly added!)
If you are set on playing a specific game you can reserve a seat in advance with your ticket. Do not delay, the spaces are limited. If you reserve seats at different tables we may have to change your reservations.
The event starts Saturday the 4th of May at 04.00 PM. At 07.00 PM we are collecting food orders for the delivery service. At midnight we close the rooms. Your games can stay over the night but sadly we must send you all back to your own living places, dens and lairs. On the 5th of May the second day of gaming starts at 09.00 AM. At 11.00 AM we are collecting food orders for the delivery service. At 02.00 PM we are closing the event softly. During the whole event we will provide you with coffee, tea varieties and cookies for free. You can order soft drinks from the delivery service with your food order.
Going to Essen and want to play? Join us at the Dice & Mystics Fringe 2018 October 27th (from 4 p.m. until midnight)
Yes, we’re doing it AGAIN! How could we not, after all the positive vibes, the fun and happiness we experienced at our previous Fringes?
You are looking for a nice and comfortable game night to round up your visit at SPIEL Essen? Then come to play with us on Saturday October 27th at our game location in Bochum, 15 Minutes by car from the SPIEL. You are very welcome at the Dice & Mystics Fringe, aka “Tiny Con.”
It is free of any charge and entirely non-commercial. We just want to give our fellow board gamers a place to enjoy their new games, meet people, exchange their experiences of the fair and have fun. There is space and time to play on Saturday
from 4.00 p.m. to midnight.
However, the places are limited, so we do kindly ask you to contact us so that we can put you on our guest list. We can give you directions on how to find us (by car just 3 turns from the autobahn; also by public transport). Hotels and restaurants in the vicinity may be about the same driving distance to the SPIEL as some in Essen.
There will be the opportunity to order food and drinks on the premises; a delivery service will take orders at the tables. Teas, coffees and biscuits are free!
You would like to come? Contact us by clicking here. We need your full name and home address and also the full names of any friends you want to bring along. You are going to receive a confirmation as soon as you are booked. Registration ends on Saturday, 13.10.2018.