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2012 Sasquatch Board Game Festival Recap: Best Way to Spend a Rainy Weekend in November

The 3rd annual Sasquatch Board Game Festival took place 10/31-11/4. There were several changes this year – attendance grew by 50% (we had about 80 people) so we moved up from mansions to a hotel venue for the first time, … Continue reading

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Top-Ranked (Old) Games We Still Play

As part of the Oldies week, in addition to listing their top-rated games released before 2009, OG contributors are also taking a look at the old games that they still play. I thought it would be an interesting exercise to … Continue reading

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Jennifer Geske: BGG.CON 2011 – Closing Thoughts

I had the best intention of writing something up at the end of each day at the convention, but I totally failed at time management and ended up staying up way late every night. So instead of a more timely … Continue reading

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Jennifer Geske: BGG.CON 2011 – Before the Weekend

The first two days of BGG.CON 2011 has been a flurry of activities for me. I still haven’t gotten more than 4 hours of sleep a night, and so far have only left the hotel once (for a quick lunch) … Continue reading

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Jennifer Geske: BGG.CON 2011 – Behind the Scenes

While Essen is where the boardgaming industry introduces many of the new games for the next year, BGG.CON is where many non-Europeans in the community get to play those games. I usually try to get to BGG.CON at least one … Continue reading

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Jennifer Geske: Recap of Sasquatch Boardgame Festival 2011

  For those of you who followed Patrick Korner’s Essen Mule Train reports, the train made a few more stops (Vancouver, B.C. -> Everett, Washington -> Redmond, Washington -> Issaquah, Washington) before finally arriving at the venue for this year’s … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #27 – Age of Steam: African Diamond Mines & Taiwan Cube Factories

Age of Steam Expansions – African Diamond Mines /Taiwan Cube Factories Designer: Ted Alspach Publisher: Bezier Games Like the other AoS expansions in the Bezier Games’ Essen pack, this is a double-sided board intended to work with either the Age … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #25: Vintage

Designer: Gil d’Orey Publisher: MESAboardgames Players: 2 to 4 Playing Time: 90 minutes Ages: 10+ Last year’s SPIEL fair at Essen brought us multiple games with winemaking theme: Vinhos, Grand Cru, and Toscana. This year’s show will welcome the latest … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #24 – To Pre-Order or To Not Pre-Order: An Essen Game Buyer’s Dilemma

As the countdown to the 2011 Spiel fair at Essen continues, the enthusiasts in our hobby community have created numerous lists of games they are tracking, spent many hours trying to glean nuggets of information about hundreds yet-to-be-released games from … Continue reading

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