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Designer of the Year Awards: 1955-2013

As you know, I posted my annual Designer of the Year award article last week.  Because a couple of folks asked for the whole list as a Geeklist, I decided to work one up and I’ve just posted it on … Continue reading

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Larry Levy: 2013 Designer of the Year Award

My goodness, do you realize that this is my tenth Designer of the Year article?  That goes back to when I was writing for the Boardgame News website (the one that Rick Thornquist originated) and even a little earlier.  I … Continue reading

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Review of Artifact: Surprises Under the Surface

Artifact Designers:  Jeff Allers, Bernd Eisenstein Publisher:  White Goblin Games Players:  3-5 Ages:  12+ Time:  90-120 minutes Theme:  Archaeology Main Mechanics:  Set Collection, Action Selection Times played:  1 It’s always fun when games fit their themes in unusual ways.  Take … Continue reading

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Final 2013 Fairplay Poll

Okay, here’s how the games ended up being rated by those who filled out the Fairplay poll at Essen this year.  These are the games with the best average ratings, based on a minimum of 40 votes.  Again, the ratings … Continue reading

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Fairplay Poll, as of Saturday

Here are the most recent results of the Essen Fairplay poll, as of the end of Saturday.  Remember, the grades go from 1 to 6, with lower being better.  These are the games with the best average ratings, with a … Continue reading

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Fairplay Poll, as of Friday

Each Essen, I like following the standings of the games on the Fairplay poll, based on the votes of the attendees at the Messe.  This year, I haven’t seen one mention of it, which is unusual.  So I googled it … Continue reading

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My Most Anticipated Essen Games

Well, it’s that time of year again.  For the full-fledged Cult of the New Eurogamer, Essen is like Christmas, Halloween, and your birthday all rolled into one.  Just the thought of shiny new titles appearing one after another on the … Continue reading

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2012: The Year of Perfect Information

A few weeks ago, I got in my first play of Urbanization, a city-building game from Queen released last Essen.  This is a title that has largely flown under the radar, possibly because of some questionable physical design decisions by … Continue reading

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Hanabi and Andor Win the SdJ and Kennerspiel!

Congratulations to Antoine Bauza and Michael Menzel for winning the two awards announced today by the SdJ jury.  Hanabi was a bit of a surprise, but not a huge shock.  It was clearly the best of the three nominated games … Continue reading

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Masterpiece, Part 4

Here we are at the end of our journey to discover which games are a particular designer’s masterpiece.  And we’ve saved some of the best for last, as we lead off with five highly renowned designers.  Our final installment includes … Continue reading

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