Essen, Germany – (October 28, 2014) – Recently, ACD Distribution returned from Essen SPIEL, the world's largest hobby gaming convention. President Bob Maher and General Manager Danny Procell regularly attend the annual trade show, which boasts around 150,000 attendees. "We view this as an opportunity to stay on the cutting edge of the industry," said Maher. "This is a highly regarded event in Europe and for many publishers this is the first time the public sees their new games.""We make a big point of playing as many games as we can," said Procell. "Some of the games that really made a big impression for me this year were ZhanGuo from What's Your Game, Alchemists from CGE, and Orléans from DLP. In addition, it seemed like there were a lot of game publishers with interesting microgames, so we'll have to see what that means for the industry going forward."Zhanguo, Alchemists, and Orléans all spent some time at the top of the review lists from the weekend. Alchemists finished as the top game of Essen SPIEL according to BGG Buzz, and both Orléans and ZhanGuo finished in the top three games of Essen SPIEL according to German magazine Fairplay, just ahead of Alchemists.For more information on Essen SPIEL, visit www.merz-verlag-en.com.