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Coordinates: 52°5′N 5°7′E / 52.083°N 5.117°E / 52.083; 5.117
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People trying a game at the Spellenspektakel.
Coordinates52°5′N 5°7′E / 52.083°N 5.117°E / 52.083; 5.117
Years active32
Previous event6–7 November 2021
Next event4–5 November 2023
ParticipantsAsmodee, 999 Games, White Goblin Games, Jumbo Games, Ravensburger, Goliath Games
ActivityBoard Game demonstrations

The Spellenspektakel is the largest board game convention in the Netherlands, featuring game demonstrations, tournaments and other game related activities. It focusses on traditional strategy boardgames, collectible card games, pen-and-paper role-playing games and miniatures wargames. Game publishers participate by showing and demonstrating their new releases to the public. Additionally, the Spellenspektakel hosts numerous game stores and player communities.[1] Visitors can try any game on display and buy the ones they prefer. During the 2019 edition at the Jaarbeurs venue in Utrecht, the Spellenspektakel welcomed over 14,000 people.[2]


Established in 1992 as a small wargaming event in Eindhoven, the Spellenspektakel experienced fast-paced growth as part of Dutch game publisher 999 Games. This company invested heavily in the new Magic: The Gathering collectible card game, which dominated the Spellenspektakel in the early years. After the Dutch release of Catan, boardgames enjoyed newfound popularity in the Netherlands which shifted the focus of the convention to board games as well.[3]

In 2007 the Spellenspektakel was sold to Libéma and moved to the IJsselhallen in Zwolle. But after three editions with declining visitor numbers, it was cancelled in 2009. The ownership returned to 999 Games, who didn't initiate any new editions. The Spellenspektakel was acquired by Qdose B.V., subsidiary of Castlefest organiser Vana Events, and moved back to Eindhoven in 2012. As the Eindhoven venue closed down, the Spellenspektakel relocated to the Jaarbeurs in Utrecht in 2019.[4]


  1. ^ "Overview of Spellenspektakel participants". Spellenspektakel.nl. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  2. ^ "2019 visitor numbers (Dutch)". RTV Utrecht local news article. 10 November 2019. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  3. ^ "Spellenspektakel History by Erwin Broens (Dutch)". Bordspeler.nl. Retrieved 15 December 2020.
  4. ^ "Spellenspektakel moves to Utrecht (Dutch)". Spellenspektakel.nl. Archived from the original on 18 January 2021. Retrieved 15 December 2020.

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