Author Archives: Joe Huber

The Half Dozen (or is it more?) Decent Essen Games

Nearly twenty years ago now, Mike Siggins wrote in one of his excellent Essen wrap-ups in Sumo: “What is certain is that on the evidence of Essen, the German hobby is still a hundred times more active than our own, … Continue reading

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Essen Preview: Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish Designed by Friedemann Friese; new edition to be published by 2F Spiele Once upon a time, the biggest source for German games in the United States was Adam Spielt, a German online store that was happy to ship … Continue reading

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How Acquire Became Acquire

(The following article is based upon research I recently had the opportunity to complete at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.  I am indebted to Julia Rossi and Nicolas Ricketts at the museum for their tremendous help, … Continue reading

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SdJ and KedJ 2014 – A completely different set of predictions. Mostly.

It’s nearly time for the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres nominations, so it’s time for me to take a guess at what’s going to happen.  Fortunately, I realized some time back what two (of the total of six … Continue reading

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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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