The ESG was founded in the spring of 2000
during the toy convention in Nürnberg, Germany by Rudolf
Rühle, Mr. and
Mrs. Schiefer, Bernward Thole, Mr. and Mrs. de Cassan, Werner
Roger Kaysel, Han Heidema, Frank Ükermann and
Later in 2000, the well known game
collectors meeting at the Essen games convention was held under the
leadership of the ESG. It was at this convention that the ESG gave
each member a free game gift, a practice which is still in place today.
These gifts are limited edition games, which are available for purchase by
other convention participants. Have a look at the "Spiele der
ESG" (Games of the ESG) and you can see these games.
ESG's first president was Rudolf Rühle,
who served until 2002, when he was replaced by Dr. Kay Rehders. Dr.
Kay Rehders resigned in 2005 and was replaced by Rudolph Rühle, who again
served as president. In the spring of 2006, the members of the ESG
elected Jochen Corts as their new president at the cardgame collectors
meeting in Mainz. Bernwart Thole was the initial vice-president and served
until 2004 when Frank Ükermann replaced him. The initial treasurer
was (and still is) Reiner Schiefer.
Beginning in 2002, additional executive
board members were selected to concentrate on special themes. Klaus
Thiel is in charge of "Family Card Games".
The current executive board is comprised of
Jochen Corts (president), Frank Ükermann (vice-president) and Rainer
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