Author Archives: Ben (chally)

Ben McJunkin – A Peek Behind the Curtain: The Gathering of Friends Prototypes (Part 1)

Welcome loyal readers!  I just returned home from my first-ever trip to The Gathering of Friends, an invite-only gaming convention held annually in scenic Niagara Falls, NY.  I wanted to share with you some of my thoughts and experiences as … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin: Review of Wildcatters

Wildcatters Designers: Rolf Sagel & André Spil Publisher: RASS / Vendetta Players: 3-4 | Ages: 12+ | Time: 120 mins. Wildcatters is a criminally under-the-radar title from a pair of first-time designers, Rolf Sagel and André Spil.  The game pits … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin: Swing and a Miss – Another Handy Guide to Essen Games

A couple months back, I put together an article titled “Pitching Essen,” which purported to offer a quick pitch for each of the twenty games I was most excited about heading into the SPIEL fair in Essen.  Now that I’ve … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin – An Essen First-Timer: Parting Thoughts

Okay folks, here it is: my final (and slightly delayed) write up about my experience as a first-time attendee of the SPIEL fair in Essen.   I made it back home safely, as did most of the games (Keyflower: The Farmers … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin – An Essen First-Timer: Day 3

Yesterday was my final day in the great city of Essen.  Unfortunately, due to the need for packing and sleep, I didn’t manage to post last night and I am soon going to be frantically rushing around this morning trying … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin – An Essen First-Timer: Day 2

Today was my third day (second official) of experiencing the SPIEL fair in Essen.  It was a very different day than the last two.  There was little shopping left – I picked up Caverna, Yunnan, and 2-F’s Folder set.  And … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin – An Essen First-Timer: Day 1

So…I wasn’t prepared for that.  Yes, it’s officially the first day of the SPIEL fair in Essen, and what a difference a day makes.  As always, let’s start this off with a few life lessons: Lesson 5: It Gets Crowded. … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin – An Essen First-Timer: Day 0

Well, folks.  This is what you’ve been waiting for: Essen is here.  Yesterday was officially “setup” day, while today was “press” day.  Tomorrow the halls will open to the public. As a first-time Essen attendee, I thought it would be … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin: Pitching Essen

So SPIEL in Essen has crept up on me faster than I expected. This will be my first year attending the fair, and I had grand plans to detail for all our loyal readers my experiences preparing to be a first-time Essen attendee. Alas, I … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin: Review of Archipelago

Archipelago Designer: Christopher Boelinger Publisher: Ludically Players: 1-5 | Ages: 12+ | Time: 30-180 mins This is the story of Archipelago: you begin with little, in an unknown land and with an uncertain future. Slowly your path takes shape. You … Continue reading

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