Dice & Mystics Double Feature in May 2023


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 overnight. In addition, we have prepared four tables hosting: 

Twilight Imperium, 4th ed (ENG)
Shadows of Brimstone Adventures, Valley of the Serpent Kings (ENG)
Black Rose Wars, Rebirth (DE)
Daggerheart RPG (ENG)* 

You’ll be able to reserve a place at these tables during check-out. Reservations will be handled on a first-come-first-served basis. Please remember that all those games require your participation on both days, as the event is meant to present games that require more time than one game night.
Feel free to bring your own games, such as Civilization, that you want to play but can not due to their long playing time. However, notify us in advance so that we can reserve a table for your game.

*The Daggerheart RPG consists of Session 0, which clarifies general and specific rules, and a one-shot session. You will play pre-generated characters. The session uses a beta ruleset designed to give you a good impression of this new RPG system and familiarize you with its rules and mechanics. Please bring your own set of polyhedral dice, one additional D12 (of a different colour), and one pencil and eraser. 

The event starts on Saturday the 04th 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 overnight, but sadly, we must send you all back to your living places, dens, and lairs.

On the 05th of May, the second day of gaming starts at 09.00 AM.
At 12.30 PM, 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.

You can book your tickets here.

We are looking forward to playing with you.
Good Play, Better Day!

The Dice & Mystics Fringe 2023 – The Year of the Bag

What an event! The 6th Dice & Mystics Fringe was able to run at full capacity again. And you were there. Regulars since the first Fringe in 2016 as well as new faces started to arrive, all smiles and anticipation. Everything was ready and waiting.

Thursday and Friday we had been busy picking up donations for the raffle; 3 games had already been set aside for us on Wednesday but had miraculously grown into a little tower of 10 games altogether when we got there. 

Prizes rolling in

This is about half of the treasure trove only. The other half was going to emerge on the arrival of our guests from the board game industry. The publishers and businesses seemed set on really outdoing themselves this year, and everybody at the Fringe can testify that they achieved their goal.

This charming new attendee just beat some of our seasoned Fringe goers to 1st place in a line that was forming shortly after.

Game bags were unpacked, and soon the subtle sigh of tearing shrink wrap and the musical trickle of punched tokens onto tabletops could be heard. The first game rounds had settled in, fresh coffee and biscuits at the elbow, ready to get going. And thanks to you all it was going to be legendary!

There were so many hot new games on the tables, and some beloved classics, too. 

Once the people from the industry had come, there was even an exciting prototype to admire and try out. Everybody was relaxed and in high spirits, played, enjoyed their drinks, nibbles and food that was delivered to the table, and–just like last year–King Racoon Games had converted  their  trolley they normally transport game boxes on into a cart for a number of crates with a large range of refreshments as a gift to you all.

At 10 p.m. sharp, at the well-known boom of “SILENCE!“ people from the upstairs rooms came rushing to the ground floor. The raffle was imminent, the tension was rising. The hushed silence broke into aahs and oohs when the prizes were rolled in.

The trail into the land of games and fun started off with–bags! (You will hear more of that later.) 

Starting in a fairly safe environment at home with Garden Guests (2023), brought to you by Van Ryder Games, the journey quickly moved on to a more dangerous quest, namely Robot Quest Arena (2023) by Wise Wizard Games

Further on the trail we encountered a plushy little yellow Bread Dragon called Loaf and its fellows, the red Meat Dragon Hot Dog, who immediately befriended his new owner, and purple Thistle, the Potion Dragon. They all were sent out to delight you by Cardboard Alchemy, straight out of their popular family game Flamecraft (2022), also donated to you as yet another magnificent prize, including all the goodness of an original KS pledge, highly sought nowadays!

To get to their new friends, the cute little plushies had to master a veritable “ninja mission by crossing a labyrinth of balancing floorboards”: the new title Floating Floors (2023), kindly donated by Stella Jahja from Meeple University.

The journey went deeper into the realms of mystery and wonder. We had the fantasy author Betty Finke with us, who also wanted to contribute to the raffle and personally gave the two novels, the prequel The Lanyon Stone and  Delharne’s Daughter, the first volume in the series, to the winner.

Once you have entered the land of faerie, anything is possible: The Dixit Disney Edition (2023), a splendid prize donated by Libellud,  went to the probably greatest Disney fan in the room (and to the future second greatest fan, we presume).

We travelled on, intrigued by the building site of  5 Towers (2023), constructed and brought to us by Deep Print Games.

On we went, away to the far East, directly into historic Nippon. By donating Senjutsu: The Battle for Japan to the raffle, Stone Sword Games and Lucky Duck Games made this fascinating time travel possible.

A perfectly crafted card holder by Rathskellers, seasoned with some extra goodies from their range, further motivated our travellers on the way.

This lady here was happy because she thought she had won one of Spiel’s hot new games plus a luxury two-sided neoprene game mat…

…when in truth she had also won everything else. Due to the generosity of none other than King Racoon Games, she got both hands full with splendour from the Kickstarter edition:             EOS: Island of Angels, the gorgeous game mat, EOS: Island of Angels – Deluxe Upgrade,               EOS: Island of Angels  Nation Expansion, EOS: Island of Angels – Mission Cards Expansion.

One lucky winner not only got the highly appreciated Witchcraft by King Racoon Games, but also the comic book of Tsukuyumi-Full Moon Down 1 by the multi-talented artist Felix Mertikat.

Travellers do not only find treasures to take home, they sometimes simply go shopping in beautiful countries, in this case in Croatia at InMyBox, the makers of outstanding wooden game boxes, a large choice of clever quality game accessories and even game-related wooden jewellery.                 
InMyBoy had given us two vouchers to raffle off, one of 25 Euros and another of 40 Euros. We are sure these two gentlemen will be able to find something really great to enhance their gaming experience with the games they had also just won: 

Cosmoctopus (2023) by Lucky Duck Games

…and Age of Wonders: Planetfall (2022) by Arcane Wonders, where your travels whisk you away into space to explore alien planets.

If, however, you prefer to remain stationary on your home planet Earth, you will not regret your decision if, like this lucky earthling did, win one of InMyBox’s cleverly designed storage solutions for the game Concordia. 

When it got close to midnight, the winner could not restrain himself any further: The box was unwrapped and the ingenuity of its inside duly admired. 

A howl from the deep forest on the wayside reminded the journeying gamers of dangers often found in the wilds of strange lands: In Armata Strigoi, the vampires of south-eastern legend, are obviously very real, but, as you can learn from this image, if you show no fear, all will be well. We thank the designer and legend Paolo Vallerga from Scribabsfor graciously donating this beautiful, original and exciting game to the raffle.

When you happen to have your own spell book, or if you are so lucky to win SpellBook by Space Cowboys, it is not surprising that your luck is extended to winning a super elegant Rathskellers dice set, too, as held up here,

and it even rubs off onto the winner of Benevolent, a generous donation by Matagot, who is coyly hiding his new Rathskellers foldable dice tray that he just won as well.

And even the next winner who is cheerfully presenting his copy of Waterfall Park, a prize donated by the good people of Repos Production, has an assortment of Rathskellers goodies to be happy about.

This year, Rathskellers had us all in the bag! The creators of amazing high-end gaming tables have a new line of useful and exceptionally well-crafted gaming accessories and had given a lot of thought to the choice of items they could bring along to the raffle.

There were wonderful things to be won from their stock of elegant foldable dice trays, dice vaults, precious dice sets, card holders, with a garnish of lovely goodies from neat little pouches, wrist-bands and key-fobs on top and, oh yes, there you have it – a number of absolutely spectacular tote bags made from a fabric especially designed to protect and carry heavy objects, all with a radiantly colourful high quality limited art print that was more like a deep-dye and imbued those bags with almost a light of their own.

Winners could proudly carry their prizes and games off in style, beaming as radiantly as the print on the bag, so it was not surprising the bags were immediately very, very popular indeed. Therefore, some guests who did not win a bag considered buying one at the Rathskellers booth the next day.

Gotta2 Gottani had come all the way from Japan, but, sadly, could not make it to the Fringe event; nonetheless they sent greetings, together with a copy of their classically themed and lovely little social deduction game Who am i? Alice in a Mad Tea Party. 

Yes, these are the actual game components!

You do, of course, all know Chip Theory Games. Again, they regretted they would not be able to make it to our Fringe event, especially because they had problems getting their English language games delivered to the fair on time. Despite being woefully short of stock, they again proved how very much they appreciate you, the gamers: Chip Theory Games sent their very best regards and packed us a big bag with two very, very heavy boxes of their newest games (English copies, too!):

This is Hoplomachus: Victorum (2023), a “strategic gladiator combat and adventure featuring solo gameplay” by Chip Theory Games. (The picture had to be taken quickly, before the Victorum Premium Hero Tracker Mat was put on top of the box as well)…

…and this is Hoplomachus: Remastered (2023) itself in all its glory, a tactical game for 1 to 4 gladiators! Do all ways really lead to Rome?

Match of the Century by Capstone is a match between two chess masters and could, as such, take place anywhere.

The complete big box of Final Girl Series 2 plus a set of miniatures was a final triumph: “I so wanted this!” Lady Luck had been in a happy and benevolent mood that night: Julie Ahern from Van Ryder Games again generously gave away a highly sought after gem to a true fan.

And last but by no means least, the travelling heroes from the game Oathsworn: Into the Deepwood by Shadowbourne Games joined the track of phantastic games on their quest towards their ultimate goal: entertaining and making you all happy!

When the raffle was ending and we believed we had reached the aim of our quest 2023, Rathskellers surprised and delighted us all with a very generous expansion:                                                                             “Everybody who comes to the Rathskellers booth on Sunday and shows their ticket of the Dice & Mystics Fringe Event 2023 will receive a bag as a gift.” So, for the very first time ever, each and every Fringe attendee had a winning ticket!

As early as Sunday morning reports started rolling in about how thoroughly Rathskellers had kept their word: Really everybody with a Fringe ticket got one of the coveted bags, even those who had not been able to come in person and had, in high hopes, entrusted their ticket to somebody else for the purpose. And thus people started talking about “The Year of the Bag”.

Eventually, the 6th  Dice & Mystics Fringe Event in the Year of the Bag ended. 

We are grateful for all those amazing and generous gifts from you, the publishers and businesses who outdid themselves to donate so very many awe-inspiring prizes, and say Thank You for bringing our guests so much joy. We especially thank Rathskellers for making everybody a winner. We thank King Racoon Games who, again, gifted our event with such a lovely variety of refreshments free for everyone.

We give a Big Round of Applause to our engaged, tireless helpers and fellow Dice & Mystics without whom the event would not even be possible, and who, footsore, tired and exhausted from keeping it all up and running, said what a truly happy day it had been for them. 

A very Big Thank You to the Community of St. Engelbert of the Parish of St. Franziskus, who for the 6th time allowed us to use their entire building, and also to those kind ladies of the “Ecumenical Lunch”, who once again postponed their gathering to the following week without any further ado. 

And to all our precious guests: Thank you for coming! Without you, we would have sat at empty tables.

It has become a tradition that we got presents from you, too, and that at this point we think fondly of you and everybody who attended, and say: Thank you so much!

…which also came with some bags.

We were told by our regulars, “Old Hares” as we fondly use to call them in German, that coming to the “Fringe” was almost like coming home, like an annual family reunion. That is the point, really, isn’t it? All kinds of people from all continents, from–often very–young to old, all hair and eye colours and complexions, different beliefs and ideas, in all their differences and diversities, are united in this: They can gather, communicate and cooperate happily and peacefully like friends or family, even if they happen to have a war game on the table, teach each other rules by which they all abide, have fun and laugh and joke together and have a good time. Some other guest once said: “Here you can see for yourselves that peace and goodness are not out of reach, when we really want it.”

Hoping to see you all again in 2024. Stay safe, game on, and be kind towards each other!

Good Play, Better Day!

Your Dice & Mystics

The Dice & Mystics Fringe 2023

Attending Spiel Essen and want to play?

Come to the Dice & Mystics Fringe 2023!

You would like to  conclude your day at the SPIEL with a nice and comfortable game night in good company? 

We are hosting our 6.th Dice & Mystics Fringe event on Saturday, October 6th, at our location in Bochum, 15 minutes by car from the SPIEL.

Like always, all you great people and fellow gamers from all over the globe are very welcome, and, as usual – our event is free of costs and totally non-commercial.

We simply want our fellow board gamers to enjoy, meet people, exchange their experiences of the fair and have fun together over their brand new games (and discharge shrink wrap and punched cardboard sheets to lighten their luggage).

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 make a reservation in advance. To make your booking faster and easier and save you from having to queue at the entrance, we use an online booking service (see below), also free of costs.

There are hotels and restaurants in the vicinity that are no further away by car than 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 on:


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.

No entry without e-ticket (on mobile device or print version).     

For any important questions you may contact us on contact@diceandmystics.de.

Registration ends on: Saturday, 23.09.2023

Dice & Mystics Double Feature June 2023

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 overnight. In addition, we have prepared two tables hosting:


Blood Rage

The event starts Saturday the 10th of March 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 11th of March, 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.

You can book your attendance here.

We are looking forward to playing with you.
Good Play, Better Day!

Dice & Mystics Double Feature March 2023

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 overnight. In addition, we have prepared three tables hosting: 

Twilight Imperium 3rd edition

The event starts Saturday the 18th of March 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 19th of March, 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.

You can book your attendance here.

We are looking forward to playing with you.
Good Play, Better Day!

The Dice & Mystics Fringe 2022 – A Celebration of Gaming

The fifth Dice & Mystics Fringe started later than intended, but it took of with a flourish. It had been  a long stretch from 2019 to 2022. Too long? We wondered, would people remember us, and would they come and play with us? Would we still miraculously get things for a raffle? You guys are amazing! When the bookings for this year’s Fringe opened, guess how long it took until first reservations rolled in? One second-questions answered.

The Dice & Mystics Fringe event had to follow the same rules as Spiel Essen, so everybody needed a mask, and also there were not quite as many people allowed in as in 2019. On the sunny side, that meant there was more space for everybody.

As soon as the announcement went public, publishers and designers – who, as always, were also cordially invited – immediately began to contact us and got us all excited about the truly wonderful things they would bring to our Fringe for you to win and enjoy. It soon became crystal clear that, even if the event was going to be a bit smaller, the hoard of raffle items would not. By no means.

Everybody was happy that the 5th Dice & Mystics Fringe was about to take place. Preparations started, our equipment had to be updated with things like disinfectant dispensers, new signs hung up, but all in all it felt like the “downtime” in between had never happened.

Prizes were sent to us, or we were invited to pick them up at the Spiel on Thursday and Friday. After the Spiel Essen had started, the table was soon groaning under the weight of good things donated to our raffle …

Prizes rolling in

… and that was just the beginning; many more contributions arrived later in the course of the event itself.

People started flocking in and in no time at all the tables were well-filled with all sorts of colorful and fun things and buzzingly busy. At 10 o’clock sharp, a voice boomed through the building: “Silence!” All fell quiet. The raffle was about to start.

The raffle begins

Three boxes of the little great game Witchcraft by King Racoon Games went to three happy winners, who went home with one of the most popular and sought after items of the fair. Witchcraft was sold out to the very last copy and could easily have sold lots more.

All good…
…things come…
… in threes.

If you are looking for an easy but highly entertaining game for younger kids, try and get this beautifully designed portion of Popcorn Dice by Van Rider Games. Who would have thought making popcorn can be thus challenging and exciting?

Yummy popcorn anyone-?

So Kleever by  Repos Games, intelligent at any time, soon exchanged hands, …

Clever Kleever

… and also  copies of the cool “Cactus” by Second Gate Games:

Cactus standee edition
ANother Cactus standee edition
Cactus miniature edition plus expansion for the standee edition.

LudoCafe from Brazil again gave away their unusually themed card laying game Afluentes (Tributary rivers) designed by Luish Moraes Coello …

Afluentes (Tributary Rivers)

… and two two copies of his brand new Ferias em Dupla (Double Holidays).

Double Holidays…
… and double joy.

Van Rider Games generously brought a whole treasure trove of graphic novel adventures for you to enjoy. Here are the lucky winners of: Captive, Dark Mage, Sherlock Holmes – Four Investigations, Hostage Negotiator, The Grand Tournament, Space Brigade, and also Sherlock Homes- The Shadow of Jack the Ripper.

Captivated by Captive
Dark Mage and Sherlock Holmes – Four Investigations
A capable Hostage Negotiator
The grand Tournament, Space Brigade, and Sherlock Holmes – The Shadow of Jack the Ripper

This beautiful “Spiel Attendee 2022” foldable wooden dice tower and also two dice trays and two vouchers  for their Spiel booth or online shop are by InMyBox from Croatia. Maybe you remember Their ingenious and breathtakingly designed wooden storage box for Scythe. This year, among a number of useful board game accessories, they also showed off an equally impressive box for the game Concordia at their booth.

A stylish dice tray and a voucher
The dice tray in a different attractive colour and another voucher
The “Spiel Attendee 2022” foldable dice tower

Not one, not two, but three awesome kickstarter pledges of the fabulous Flamecraft by Cardboard Alchemy with a number of exquisite enamel goodies, promos, a dragon miniature,  and a pair of adorably cute fluffy dragons went to very happy new owners.

Fun with a really great game…
… and cuddly critters…
… and lots of goodies to go with it all.

More phantastic creatures were to follow: The Ruinmasters Bestiary, a bestiary brimming with descriptions of fantastic creatures and beasts, with breathtaking art, by Riotminds:

Ruinmasters Bestiary

Not with stupor, but with cheers from the audience the Repos game Harry Potter – Stupor! passed into the hands of this aspiring young wizard:

A magical prize

Others had to stay safely on the grounds of solid Muggle reality with Fun Facts by Repos Games.

Facts are fun

A mask hides the broad grin as this lucky individual gets ready to join the gruesome festivities of Carnival Zombie, 2nd Edition by Albe Pavo.

Ready to join the Carnival

With Fire & Stone – Siege of Vienna 1683 plus promo pack by Capstone Games, this combatant can get in touch with European history.

Vienna under Siege

Another hush went through the room when a rarity found its new owner: Final Girl by Van Rider Games found its winner. It came together with the eagerly sought after and extremely rare Mystery Box, the promo card “Paula”, plus the vignette expansion Terror from Above.

The Final Girl in fearless hands

These is nothing quite like the Illustrated Trudvang – Hidden Trails, the truly great art book of Trudvang, by Riotminds:

Ready for a journey on Hidden Trails

Riotminds  also gave you the role-playing game Trudvang Chronicles – The Seed of Vanirs and the adventure book The Elven Road with an extensive and immersive role playing experience in the world of Trudvang, the latter written by Alexander Urbanek.

Travellers on the Elven Road

Chip Theory Games regretted they could not attend, but they sent greetings:

A copy of the famous Too many Bones by Chip Theory Games plus two delightful expansions: Ghillie and Nugget!

Prospector found Nugget …

The full moon, its expansion, minis and everything came down on this poor person who had been bold enough to attend the Fringe and not bring an extra trolley …

All given away with a smile

… because King Racoon Games had donated a copy of their Tsukuyumi Full Moon Down – Miniature Edition. Look at his face and see if he has any doubts he will only be too glad to carry this home-!

A whole tower of exciting gaming time

Another very special treat was going to Brazil . an incredible diorama of Warhammer Khagras Ravagers in tournament quality!

This amazing piece of art by the truly gifted painter Adrijano Kesgei  was donated by his Rhino and Navel Miniature Painting Studio and obviously took the winner’s breath away.

And last but not least, this Lucky Bob here gets a precious handshake from Jamie Jolly from Shadowborne Games – sealing the promise that in just a few days one of the – at that moment – last five existing standee pledges of Oathsworn is already his. We have news that the game has arrived in prime condition almost immediately after Spiel Essen, resulting in the winner skipping the weekly game night: “I have some unboxing to do…”

“What did I win -?”

We had fun, we enjoyed coffee, tea and biscuits and each other’s company, the worldwide friendship,  recurrent and brand new attendees, we were missing those who had not been able to come, a good friend we lost, we saw all the hotness of Spiel Essen in action and played through on our tables, and we thoroughly celebrated the hobby of gaming.  And again, after such a long wait and a fun game night in Bochum, another Dice & Mystics Fringe event ended.

We are grateful for all those amazing and generous gifts of you, the publishers who donated the prizes, and send a heartfelt Thank You your way, and especially we thank King Racoon Games who also came with several crates of free drinks and snacks for everyone.

We give a Big Thank You to our engaged, tireless helpers and fellow gamers who made the event possible, especially our friend who came home alone from his family holiday to be there for us and for you while his family stayed on. Big Thanks to the Community of St. Engelbert of the Parish of St. Franziskus, who once again allowed us to use their entire building, and the kind ladies of the “Ecumenical Lunch”, who – as we found out only after our event – without further ado just postponed their gathering to the following week.

And we got presents from you, too, anything from manioc snacks and incredibly yummy pacoquita peanut bites from Brazil, delicious Tim Tams from Australia, extraordinary chocolates and specialty coffee, lavender tea (if you know you do know, if you wonder why, you do not need to know), beautiful shot glasses and liquor from Croatia, … to name just a few. Thank you so much!

Delicacies from all over the globe

Nice and friendly things have been said to us. Trying to be kind and sociable towards one another is quite enough, apparently, to give everybody a good feeling, at least for a wonderful while. We simply celebrated our hobby, just as you did when you came to us to play.

As it is 2023 now, we wish you all an excellent and very happy New Year! Hoping to see you all again. Stay safe, game on, and be kind towards each other!

Good Play, Better Day!

Your Dice & Mystics

Dice & Mystics–Up and Running: Dice & Mystics Fringe 2022

Attention! Urgent update at bottom!!!

Long time no see …

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. (For bokings see UPDATE at the bottom of this post.)

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.


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.

Your Dice & Mystics

UPDATE 1: The booking site is up staring today, 18.07.2022. Book here: https://doo.net/veranstaltung/107734/buchung

UPDATE 2: We are happy about the great response to our event: The Dice & Mystics Fringe is booked full.

An especially big THANK YOU to all our recurring guests and gamers for your support and enthusiasm for our great hobby. And a big WELCOME to all new faces. We are looking forward to seeing you!

If you were not able to book a ticket, you can have your name put on a waiting list. For this, please use the contact function of this website.

UPDATE 3: As promised, we would like to notify you of the following: Acccording to the current situation and the news, it now appears likely that we will have to have a mask mandate for our Fringe, just like Spiel Essen have already announced for the fair.

Therefore, please bring a medical grade protective face mask covering mouth and nose (“surgical mask”). Children aged 6 years and above will also have to wear the same type of face mask. Since safety is our top priority, we unfortunately will not be able to accept any medical certificates for exemption from the mask requirement.

On 23.9.2022 a new Corona Protection Ordinance NRW will come into force, which might require an extended hygiene concept. For this reason, please check this website again shortly before the Fringe event for any changes



We have a total roadblock on “Kassenberger Straße”  just a very short distance before our event location.

It is approximaletly a  5 to 10 minute walk on foot from the entry into Kassenberger Straße to the Dice & Mystics Fringe. If you come by public transport, you might get off at the bus stop next to it, called “Scharpenseelstraße”, and walk a little downhill in the direction the bus is continuing and enter Kassenberger Straße on foot.

There is an alternative if you stay on the bus until it reaches “Bahnhof Dahlhausen” (Dahlhausen train station).  However, we have no information if you can still continue via bus from there; we are researching the situation this very moment. (Waling from there is definitely the longer – and a rather steep – stretch.) There will be another update tomorrow.

This also applies to everybody arriving by train from Essen. Again, we are researching if you can continue via bus. We will update you tomorrow.

If you come by car (from Bochum city or via the A 40), drive past Kassenberger Straße and take the next small road that comes up on the right (at the nice blue house) called “Kapellenweg”. Ignore the sign that says “Anlieger frei (For Anlieger only)”. As you are guests at our location, you are “Anlieger” who need to go through to reach your destination. At the end of that short road, turn right or left, just as you please, whatever seems convenient. The road you get on is called “Gaußstraße” and runs in a full circle right past the event location. If you have been at our Fringe event before, you might have parked your car there last time. You can also drive past the church and on to “Kassenberger Straße” for more parking opportunities.


Please take note that you need to wear an FFP2 mask or a medical mask inside the building at all times, as it is the case at SPIEL ESSEN, too. 


NEW UPDATE (September 29th) / NEUES UPDATE (29. September)

There is news for people arriving by train via Bahnhof Dahlhausen:
The bus line 345 will still get you close to the event location by an alternative route. Take the bus 345 from Bahnhof Dahlhausen. (The line ends/starts there, so there is only one direction.) The bus stop is at the side of Lidl supermarket, right next to the little roundabout. It is just 2 stops up the other side of the hill. Get off at “Scharpenseelstrasse”. You will already have seen the entry into “Kassenberger Straße”. So get off and double back to “Kassenberger Straße”. From there it is just a short and easy walk, about 5-10 minutes, along Kassenberger Straße which will lead you directly to the church and to our event location. (Do not consider walking up the hill from the station directly, as this would take much, much longer and be uncomfortably steep.)

For people arriving by bus, coming from Bochum city: Get off at “Scharpenseelstrasse” and continue downhill to the entry into “Kassenberger Straße”. Follow “Kassenberger Straße” to reach your destination.

No Dice & Mystics Fringe in 2021

We are forced to very sadly say: There will be no Dice & Mystics Fringe in 2021

There aren’t words to appropriately describe what it feels like to be forced to announce that, just like last year, the ongoing pandemic makes it utterly impossible for us to host the Dice & Mystics Fringe during the SPIEL ESSEN board game fair in 2021.

The SPIEL ESSEN is scheduled to take place, but what exactly the conditions are going to be at that time is really hard to tell within this dynamic situation. We hope all of you who come will have a good journey and a wonderful time at Essen, and you will all be safe, well, happy and successful in all your endeavours.  

For us, your Dice and Mystics, and our Fringe event, it is, however, clear that the pandemic situation and the necessary preventive measures will make it virtually impossible for us to welcome you to come together as one large happy crowd, mingle, sit down, play together and be comfortable and well cared for.

We were even unable to do any planning and organizing to prepare – which would have had to start as early as March when it was still unclear whether there would be any fair at all this year – and up to this point in time, and under the present health measures, we have no guaranteed access to our location which we use(d) to host our game nights and especially the Dice & Mystics Fringe, which is so dear to our hearts.

There will be a year 2022, there will be another SPIEL ESSEN, and there will be a Dice & Mystics Fringe again, when we will all be looking back at the past 2 years with a sigh of regret but also of relief.  The Dice & Mystics are readying themselves to see you all again and welcome you at our gaming tables.

Dice & Mystics Fringe Event 2020 cancelled

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!

RiotMinds announces Trudvang Adventures, tabletop RPG for 5E

Fellow adventurers:

Please indulge me for a brief while when I tell you about my findings quite wondrous to behold. Yesternight I ventured deep into the woods longing to see the lights of the silver town again. Alas my searching gaze revealed only a deep pond, staring lidles up to the round pale eye in the sky. As soon as my soot black friend named shadow floated out into the silver to play with the waves a voice reckoned my humble me and spoke in the most finest words of wonders that are waiting for us in the near future. And here is what it spoke:

Swedish games publisher RiotMinds today announced the upcoming release of Trudvang Adventures, a full adaptation of the critically acclaimed award-winning RPG setting, for 5E. The game is based on the successful “Trudvang Chronicles” campaign world setting that was voted “The most anticipated game of the year” by the ENWorld community upon its release.

Trudvang Adventures 5E (TA5E) is anchored in a unique world setting of fused Celtic and Nordic myths and sagas. TA5E players are afforded the opportunity to explore the incredibly rich and visually stunning fantasy setting of Trudvang Chronicles while still remaining familiar and accessible for players of 5E. Both players and DMs will feel instantly at home and comfortable with the TA5E toolsets for their epic campaigns.

Trudvang Chronicles is licensed and translated for use in a number of countries and is also the basis for the new board game Trudvang Legends. The Trudvang Legends board game is scheduled for release later this year and is produced and published by renowned game design company CMON.

Trudvang Adventures will be launched as a Kickstarter campaign May 23rd 2020.

For more information about Trudvang Adventures 5E please visit: https://riotminds.se/TA5E/

For more information about Trudvang Chronicles please visit: https://riotminds.se/trudvang/

For more information about Trudvang Legends board game please visit: