Author Archives: Lucas Hedgren

About Lucas Hedgren

Lucas Hedgren likes playing, designing, reading about, thinking about, and writing about games.

The Games of Steffen Benndorf

The Games of Steffen Benndorf Reviews by Lucas Hedgren I really enjoy dice games, especially those that aren’t the standard “roll 3 times”. Even two times is enough of a difference to pique my interest. Leading up to the 2013 … Continue reading

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Review – DrachenSchatten

DrachenSchatten: The Other, Other Essen Spiel ‘12 Filler Designer: Jochen Schwinghammer Publisher: Adlung-Spiele Ages: 8+ Players: 2-4 Time: 15-20 mins Reviewed by Luke Hedgren 2 Dudes at Essen Spiel ‘12 Hey dude, what’s happening? Nothing, just trying to figure out … Continue reading

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Lucas Hedgren: Some more Essen ’12 First Impressions

Gauntlet of Fools (4 plays): To clear any misconceptions (which I learned were a thing when I suggested this one) this game has no “take-that” and other than an initial auction of sorts, has virtually no player interaction. The dungeon … Continue reading

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Keltis und Einfach Genial: das Wurfelspiele

Ok, so you are Kosmos executive. You have a successful duo of family level abstract games, designed by Dr. Tweak-and-Rerelease Knizia. One even won the SdJ! You have already done the base games, expansions, spinoffs, portable tile games, and card … Continue reading

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Now for Something Really Old: Troyes

(Note: Obviously this game isn’t that old, but it was a review I wrote awhile ago, and it slipped through the cracks for posting. So, pretend this game came out a million years ago, even though it came out at Essen … Continue reading

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Lucas Hedgren’s Top 10 of 2010

Luke’s Top 10 of 2010 So, I thought it was a great year. Lots of good games, and several great games for me. I even discovered a few older games this year that I really like. I feel like my … Continue reading

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Review of Grand Cru

Review by: Lucas Hedgren Grand Cru Designer: Ulrich Blum Publisher: eggertspiele Ages: 12+ Time: 90 minutes Essen 2010 produced three big wine games. All three have a major economic production component, but Grand Cru can be characterized has the most … Continue reading

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The Evolution (Intelligent Design?) of Keltis

So, I’m a sucker for game series. Slap a “#2”, or a consistent art design onto a spinoff or a boardgame sequel and my interest will be piqued. I can’t help it. As such, even though I was initially resistant … Continue reading

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