Category Archives: First Impressions

Game Preview: Galaxy Defenders operation strikeback

In the first chapters of the story the Terrains Agents mission after mission chase the Aliens and now is the time for the counterstrike! Thanks to a preview copy offered by Ares I was able to try something of the … Continue reading

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Larry Levy: My Gathering Impressions (Prototypes, Part 2)

This is my third, and final, article discussing some of the new games I played at the Gathering.  This time, I talk about the prototypes that I felt only so-so about…or worse. Alchemists (2 plays) - This CGE prototype was my most … Continue reading

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Larry Levy: My Gathering Impressions (Published Games)

I spent nine days at the 2014 Gathering of Friends and as usual, I had a fabulous time.  Most of that was due to the great people and time spent catching up with old friends because, to be perfectly honest, … Continue reading

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Warage: A Pair of First Impressions

By: Dale Yu (DY) and Mark Jackson (MJ) Designers: Luca Grasso, Pietro Puglisi Publisher: Gryphon Games, District Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 30-60 minutes Times Played: 3 (DY), 2 (MJ) DY: Warage is a non-collectible card game that is … Continue reading

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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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Dale Yu: First Impressions from Essen #5 – Card Games Part 1 – Funf Gurken and UGO!

First Impressions from Essen We’ve decided that we’re going to hold off on writing our group reviews until around Thanksgiving – in order to give as many of our writers a chance to play the games at the fall conventions … Continue reading

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Mark Jackson: Essen First Impressions – Vlaada! – Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends & Galaxy Trucker: The Latest Models

Once again, I’m following in Dale’s footsteps here – and he has a long blurb on the start of his posts that explains his logic (which is sound) and intentions (which are good). We’ll just skip that & get to … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen First Impressions #4 – Tile Laying Games – Citrus, Sanssouci

First Impressions from Essen We’ve decided that we’re going to hold off on writing our group reviews until around Thanksgiving – in order to give as many of our writers a chance to play the games at the fall conventions … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen First Impressions #3 – Dice Games Part 3 – Quantum, Trains & Stations

First Impressions from Essen We’ve decided that we’re going to hold off on writing our group reviews until around Thanksgiving – in order to give as many of our writers a chance to play the games at the fall conventions … Continue reading

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Mark Jackson: Essen First Impressions – The Russians Are Coming! – World of Tanks: Rush & Desktopia

I’m following in Dale’s footsteps here – and he has a long blurb on the start of his posts that explains his logic (which is sound) and intentions (which are good). We’ll just skip that & get to the game … Continue reading

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