We had heard a lot of good things about the board gaming event Festival Des Jeux in Cannes. We also heard that it’s meant mostly for the French audience – but even with our limited French skills we didn’t let that stop us. Our main objective was to scout the event – would it be a viable place for Playmore to attend in the future. Spoilers ahead – it definitely is!
Our accommodation was really close to the expo itself, a stone throw away from the Mediterranean. The event was open only on Saturday and Sunday and as the weather was really awesome on Saturday we went well ahead of time so we could enjoy some sunshine. We met the awesome people from NSF games (who we met briefly in Spielwarenmesse) and spent the next hour in line enjoying the nice weather and chitchatting.
We knew that there would be a lot of people in the event but once again the size of the event surprised us. Even though the show floor was somewhat smaller than in Essen, it doesn’t fall far behind. Of course all of the French publishers and gaming companies were present but there was also several tables for indie developers showing demo games.
Fortunately right in the beginning of the event we happened to stumble with Eric Lang and he once again had a long while to sit down with us. Thanks Eric!
Lucky enough we were also able to talk with Antoine Bauza of 7 wonders fame and saw Bruno Cathala briefly. We missed the chance to talk with him, but now we know what he looks like and next time definitely we won’t miss our chance 🙂
The weather took a turn for the worse on Sunday and we spent an hour and a half standing in the rain and thunder. The lines were long and although they didn’t bother us on Saturday, believe me, walking around the expo soaking wet for hours wasn’t too much fun. Neither was the fact that they ran out of food! very early on on Sunday, so we just stocked up with coffee. For future reference – bring your own lunch (and an umbrella!).