Category Archives: First Impressions

Dale Yu: First Impressions of Spike (R&R Games)

    Spike Designer: Stephen Glenn Publisher: R&R Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 60 minutes Times played: 2 Essen is just about to start, and I arrived a bit early this year to take in some sights and try … Continue reading

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Essen 2014 First Impressions

Home again and recovering. Had a great time as usual but I didn’t buy as many big games as usual, mostly because some of them offered shipping post Essen and I hope they start arriving soon. I purchased a number … Continue reading

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Father in the Messe: The Day After

Back to Modena and back to normality. Yesterday evening I finally got a real Italian dinner and this morning a normal breakfast and I must admit I feel really better. Bringing Caterina at school we talked about our top 5 … Continue reading

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Father in the Messe: day 3

Essen Messe is a really engaging experience with something close to 10 hours/day of gaming: english rules, raining cubes, endless roads of crowled booths. And then out for a dinner and games again in the hotel room. So, in the … Continue reading

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Father in the Messe: day 2

It is late and I’m quite tired after a long day of games and friends, potatoes and wooden cubes, cards and maps and hours of walking along the halls. I’m quite sure we were able to see no more than … Continue reading

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Father in the Messe: Day 1

Today we play! No excuses, no regrets. We will take no prisoners! We were at the Messe enough time before the opening to be able to let our jackets in the press-room wardrobe. As usual all the lockers were already … Continue reading

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Father in the Messe: Day 0

Today is “the day”, when left behind ordinary customs and traditions me and Caterina convert in real “gaming machine” ready to play everything will be served on our tables. Of course we have likings and prejudices, expectations and wishes but … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Super quick thoughts on Spellcaster and Dungeon Bazar

    We played a few games last night – here’s what I could write about them before breakfast. Expect longer coverage at some point in the future (you know, November-ish).   Spellcaster   Super fast tactical game, takes 10-15 … Continue reading

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Italians goes Essen: part 2

Me and Caterina are ready to start our Father in the Messe report. Wednesday we will fly to Koln and than take train to Essen. I think we play some games also during the trip: Small World or Kingsburg on … Continue reading

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Italians goes Essen: part 1

Some years ago I was used to make a collection of Italian releases in Essen: was not so much time ago but it looks like it was another life. Once upon a time almost all Italian designers were publishing for … Continue reading

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