The Kraken is a fantastic Gaming Vacation in the east German countryside and is truly made of awesome sauce. I was back for my (and the event’s) second year and it was another thing of beauty. The idea is essentially that gamers from all over can get together, experience great games and events, and also have enough time to relax, socialise and otherwise take the intensity out of a gaming convention. No need to run from slot to slot and have a packed timetable – you’ve got five days and plenty of time. You’ve guests such as Sandy Petersen running Cthulhu games, and a good range of ancillary events like horror seminars, workshops and other things too. With an all inclusive price tag, there’s no need to worry about paying for anything and you’re well fed and watered in the grounds of a historical German Schloss. What’s not to like?