I don’t know if you know but if you go to Spiel you HAVE to buy your ticket online, you have to bring ID matching the ticket and you have to have a digital EU vaccination code. It says international visitors must take care to convert whatever they have into the EU thing to get in.
Sadly they will admit people who have only had anti-gen tests and my friend–who is a doctor–just told me the other day those just aren’t good enough especially with the 48 hour timeframe to prevent what happened at that festival in the Netherlands where they had 1000 infections.
With the Delta surge as it is… and as much as the beautiful fall weather right now reminds me how great it would be to be going to Spiel in October… and it really is a sad thing to be missing it for the second year but I cannot in good conscience expose our friends who we normally stay with (a 70+ yo couple) or my partner just because I feel like playing some games. I could go by train in the morning and return at night for 1 day. But … Spiel is not that for me. Meh.
But some publishers f.e. Feuerland act as if we’re back to business as usual (“our big new game will be available for preorder to pick up at Essen the rest of you will have to wait until Christmas”). On the other hand 2F games had to cancel their appearance because they rely on volunteers and they didn’t want to expose them… which also means they cannot participate in Spiel.Digital because only publishers with booths get to do that. Just great.
edit: Spiel really puts me in a grumbly, ranty mood these days.