Bastard Tours: SPIEL 2018

DKK400.00

Bastard Café invites you to…
 
SPIEL 2018 – The world’s biggest trade fair for board games.
In October, the German city Essen is home to the world’s largest boardgame fair – SPIEL ’18. The spectacle attracted around 180,000 visitors last year over four days.
 
Again this year The Bastards are organizing a giant trip down this and again this year you’re invited to join.
 
We’ve already booked the hotel (Motel One) and will get you tickets and all, so all you have to do yourself, is booking transportation to Essen.
 
We’ve got room enough for 100 travellers and signup is open and closes 1 August 2018.
 
We mostly have double rooms which you’ll have to share with a person of your choosing or we’ll match you up with a friendly stranger (of the same gender). We do also have 14 single rooms, but those go fast.
 
If we run out of rooms, we’ll close the signup. Otherwise we close the signup 1 August (after this you’re welcome to come visit us in the hotel, but you’ll have to find your own accomodation, tickets etc).

Prices

The basic cost for the trip is 400 DKK for non-members of the Bastard Café and 250 DKK for members.

Hotel prices

Shared double room per person Tue-Sat: €57 per night
Shared double per person Sun: €34,5 per night
Single room per person Tue-Sat: €99 per night
Single room per person Sun: €69 per night
There can only be one person in a single room
Price example:
One person in a shared double room from Tuesday to Monday: €319,5
One person in a single room from Tuesday to Monday: €564
IMPORTANT NOTE: You DO NOT pay us for the hotel, but you pay the hotel separately on arrival. This might seem a hassle, but it’s done to save you money. Signup is binding nevertheless (if you do not show up, the hotel charges us the loss and we then charge you).

How to buy a ticket for the Bastard Tours: SPIEL 18

(it is only possible to buy ONE ticket at a time)

  • Choose accommodation (shared double, single or no hotel room)
  • Choose Spiel Ticket (click yes if you want to buy a ticket)
  • Chose Pap Van (click yes if you want to get your games transported home to Copenhagen)
  • Fill out ticket holder’s information
  • Choose the day when you arrive
  • Choose the day you departure
  • Choose to join the Bastard Dinner Saturday (click yes if you want to join)
  • Choose to receive Text Updates (click yes if you want updates)
  • If you want to share a room with someone specific write it in the comments.
  • Make sure that you have selected the correct things.
  • If you want membership discount, make sure you are logged in and have an active membership or buy a membership.  If you have a Bastard Membership number (active or inactive) and you haven’t logged in before, then get a password here (use your mail that you used when you bought your membership – the newsletter is sent to that mail). When logged in with an active membership, go to your personal discount page and get your unique discount coupon code.
  • Press “Buy ticket now”
  • Press “View Cart”
  • Double check that you have chosen the correct things
  • Use the membership discount coupon (if you have one)
  • Press “Proceed to Checkout”
  • Fill out buyer’s info
  • Make sure that you only have ONE room reservation in your cart. If you somehow have two room reservation in the same order press “View Cart” and delete one of them. If you have two room reservations when you press “Place order”, your whole reservation order will be cancelled and is lost. You will be reimbursed the full amount
  • Fill out credit card info
  • Accept term and conditions
  • Press “Place order”
  • Keep you updated on the Facebook event
  • Want to buy another ticket? Just do the whole thing again
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SPIEL Messe ticket

If you choose this, you can avoid the queue outside the fair. Do NOT select this option if you are a student, because you can get it even cheaper at the fair itself (remember your student card). The ticket will be handed out at the hotel.

The Pap Van

If you buy an awful lot of games, it may be difficult to have them all in your flight luggage. Luckily, we have a solution if you live in Copenhagen. We drive a big van down there that you can fill with your purchased games. The van will then return to Copenhagen with all your board games, which you can pick up at Bastard Café from Tuesday the 30 October. This costs 150 DKK per person using the service (the van needs rent and gasoline to function). We’ll supply you with a big handy cardboard box to have your games in.

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*****BASTARD TOURS TO SPIEL – SOFT FACTS*****

 
WHY THE HELL SHOULD I GO TO “SPIEL”?
It’s an unique opportunity to travel with a bunch of super cozy nerds from Zealand, Jutland, Funen and the Moon – no, we don’t all know one another (yet).
 
The world’s largest trade fair for board games (including a few stands of live roleplay stuff and comics). Halls and more halls filled with games, games and more games! A lot of newly released games, and game developers from all over the world.
 
EVERY game designer worth mentioning will be there, as will almost EVERY publisher.
 
You can play all the new games, supervised by the designers. And you can pick up 6,000,000 promos, and have your purchases signed.
 
Board games at crazy low prices; new games at 25-50 euro, ‘old games’ (meaning not from this year) at 5-30 euro.
 
Rich opportunities to eat, play games, crawl pubs and have fun with your fellow travellers.
See more on SPIEL’s web page.
 

*****BASTARD TOURS TO SPIEL – INFO AND STUFF*****

 
WHAT ABOUT TRANSPORT?
As people come from everywhere in the country, we are not organizing a joint transport to Essen. If you arrive by plane it’s easiest to book to Dusseldorf and from there a train that runs to Essen Hbf (it’s a short ride and not that expensive).
It’s possible to coordinate and get input on cheap travel via this Facebook event. If you find cheap flights, please share them.
 
If you would like to travel with other Bastards, “the official Bastard departure which the majority of the people take” is:
CPH -> DUS (SAS): Wed. Oct 24 – 2018 departure 16:50
DUS -> CPH (SAS): Sun. Oct. 28 – 2018 departure 16:05
The return price for this is at the moment (jan 2018) about 1350 DKK
 
It’s also possible to travel by train (book via Deutche Bahns own website, it’s usually cheaper than DSB) or Flixbus (veeeery cheap, but takes 15+ hours and you have to change in Hamburg).
 
IS IT A TRIP FOR ME?
The Bastard tour to Essen is NOT a carefully planned scouting trip where we all go hand in hand together. Bastard Café is (apart from being a place where you can play games), also a loosely connected community of people with the same passion for board games – we might create the framework, but you create the experiences. This tour is similarly organized. This means that you can select what you wish to participate in, and nobody expects that you must participate in all common meals, or that we should go together (this is also impossible at the fair). Choose what you like and go with the flow.
 
THE FAIR ITSELF
The SPIEL 2018 fair opens on Thursday the 25 October and closes on Sunday 28 October. We have made ​​it possible to get there already on Tuesday and go home on Monday. Traditionally, the vast majority of Bastards will arrive on Wednesday and go home on Sunday.
 
WHAT DOES IT COST?
There is a sign-up fee of 250 DKK if you are a member of Bastard café, or 400 DKK if you are not. In the registration, you can choose to join the Bastard Café if you are not already a member (one year membership costs 150 DKK and provides various advantages which are detailed in our homepage). If you choose to become a new member you will receive your Bastard Café membership card upon arrival at the hotel (if you want/need it earlier, mail contact@bastardcafe.dk).
 
WHAT ABOUT THE HOTEL?
Hotel is “Motel One Essen” at Kennedy Platz in Essen. It’s in the middle of the city and close to the Ubahn. We have been at the hotel many years and it is of good standard. We have booked a few single rooms and a lot of double rooms (note: with a double bed – you share this with someone else. Twin bed option is not available).
IMPORTANT NOTE: You DO NOT pay us for the hotel, but you pay the hotel separately on arrival. This might seem a hassle, but it’s done to save you money. Signup is binding nevertheless (if you do not show up, the hotel charges us the loss and we then charge you).
The hotel’s prices are:
– 57€ pr. person in a shared double room per night.
– 99€ pr. for a single room per night.
Excluding breakfast (but can be bought in the reception for 9,5€…or you can just grab a sandwich at the nearby bakery. The breakfast is pretty basic at the hotel)
 
JOIN “THE BASTARD DINNER”!
Saturday evening you have the opportunity to participate in our large Bastard Dinner which will take place at restaurant “Mongos” in Essen (https://www.mongos.de/de/restaurant/essen.php) since they have a super mongolian barbecue buffet and can provide good quality foods and speedy service at the same time. It will be epic. Select this if you want to participate, so we know about how many seats we have to reserve (food and drinks are paid for separately).
 

MORE STUFF

The Bastard Text News Service: Sign up for updates with news, events, good “finds” at the fair and other info we find relevant.
It’s free and sent to you mobile during the trip (during the trip this will be our main way of communication and we will not use your number for anything else). Requires you fill out your phone number.
 
The Pap Van (150 DKK): If you buy an awful lot of games, it may be difficult to have them all in your flight luggage. Luckily, we have a solution if you live in Copenhagen. We drive a big van down there that you can fill with your purchased games. The van will then return to Copenhagen with all your board games, which you can pick up at Bastard Café from Tuesday the 30 October. This costs 150 DKK per person using the service (the van needs rent and gasoline to function). We’ll supply you with a big handy cardboard box to have your games in.
 
Messe ticket (250 DKK): A four day ticket to the fair. If you choose this, you can avoid the queue outside the fair. Do NOT select this option if you are a student, because you can get it even cheaper at the fair itself (remember your student card). The ticket will be handed out at the hotel.
 
All prices incl. Danish VAT and any possible profit from the tour go to buy shitloads of new games for the Bastard Café collection. Well, there’s actually no profit, since we use tons of hours organizing the trip, but what the hell. It’s fun.
 
Further questions? Send us an email and we will respond as quickly as we can: contact@bastardcafe.dk or just write it here in the comments.

Additional information

Accommodation

Bed in a Shared double room, Bed in a Single room, No hotel room

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