Category Archives: Essen 2011

Review of Step by Step: When You Can’t Can’t Stop

Designers: Bernhard Lach, Uwe Rapp Publisher: Schmidt Spiele Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Duration: 30 minutes Times Played: 4 I love dice games.  This surprises some people, who are aware that I’m not a big fan of games with high luck factors.  But … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Wrap Up Part 2 of 2

OK, back again to finish up my Essen coverage – part 1 of this was posted Monday.  As always, it was a great time, and a non-stop whirlwind of a trip.  I’m fighting through a booked schedule at work and … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Wrap Up Part 1 of 2

Well, I’ve been traveling home from Essen, and I’m looking forward to getting readjusted as best as I can to the time change.  It’s usually amazing to see how screwed up my sleep-wake schedule can get from only six or … Continue reading

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Postcard From Essen

By Jeffrey D. Allers After a brief 3-hour train ride Wednesday evening, I finally found myself in an Essen guest apartment, anxiously awaiting my first SPIEL fair. My housemates were fellow Berliner and game designer Günter Cornett (Hey, That’s My … Continue reading

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Tom Rosen: Essen Videos

The live streaming videos from Essen that BoardGameGeek has been doing so far are a great way to experience the convention remotely.  I’ve found them entertaining and a fun method for both learning about new releases and seeing the designers/publishers … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #29 – Mystery Games

Even with the in-depth research everyone is doing, there are always new nuggets. From the official list found here: http://www.merz-verlag.com/spiel/NL2011_vs01xbz.pdf The submissions on this list were made two months ago, so perhaps the games mentioned below do not really exist. … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #28 – TieBreaker

TieBreaker Designer: Ted Alspach Publisher: Bezier Games Just last night, I finished a close game of Troyes with a score of 43 to 43 to 40.  After looking in the rulebook, we found no rule telling us how to decide … 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 #26 – Liga’s last minutes notes

Hi gamers, I take a break from my Interviews to be part of the usual pre-Essen hype. Here some last minutes notes for Essen. Nothing really enough to call it a real preview but something I really would like to … 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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