Author Archives: Joe Huber

Review? of Koryŏ

Our fearless leader Dale, not thinking straight Asked for reviews with an iambic fate As I had signed up to review Koryŏ I had to try a more poetic go

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3000 Words Worth of Essen First Impressions

OK, having written a full Essen article without once mentioning a game, I suppose the time has come to write about the games. Back in 1995, Mike Siggins wrote: “What is certain is that on the evidence of Essen, the … Continue reading

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A Different View of Internationale Spieltage in Essen

This year, I attended Spiel for the first time.  I’ve known about the event for a long time; I remember reading the “instant” reports on the event on The Game Cabinet back in the mid-nineties.  But first my children were … Continue reading

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Designer Intent

Do you play stocks open or closed in Acquire? And, more to the point of this article – why? At a gaming convention last month, I sat down to play Via Appia with, among others, Denis Begin.  No one knew … Continue reading

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The Kramer Rule

When I read Tom’s article last week, I immediately disagreed with it, and responded to him with some of my disagreements.  But it wasn’t until he suggested that I write a rebuttal that I realized – there’s a reasonable and … Continue reading

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Review: Panic on Wall Street!

Panic on Wall Street! By Britton Roney Published by Marabunta Disclaimer – I received a review copy of this game. I have never received a review copy of a game before.  This probably comes as no great surprise; while I’ve been writing … Continue reading

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The 50 Most Historically and Culturally Significant Games Published Since 1800

Five years ago, Erik Arneson published an article (http://boardgames.about.com/cs/gamehistories/a/timeline.htm) listing the 50 most historically and culturally significant games published since 1800.  I really enjoyed his list, but there were games I thought needed to be included which weren’t, so I … Continue reading

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Book Review – Game Design

Game Design – How to Create Video and Tabletop Games, Start to Finish By Lewis Pulsipher Published by McFarland & Company, Inc., Publishers, 2012 268 pages ISBN 978-0-7864-6952-9 Publisher website: http://www.mcfarlandpub.com Publisher order line: 800-253-2187 Disclaimer – I received a … Continue reading

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Zeroth, First, and Beyond Impressions – Spiel 2012 Releases

Once upon a time, it was fairly easy to define what was, and what was not, an Essen release.  These days, it’s not nearly so clear; between a much larger number of re-releases, greater import of games into Germany, and … Continue reading

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Reader Poll: Do you prefer BGG high ranking games or Spiel Des Jahres?

Recently, Stephen Glenn put together a list of the highest ranked game on BoardGameGeek, for every year from 1979 to present; just for contrast, he also included the Spiel des Jahres winner. I found the list particularly interesting, as there … Continue reading

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