Category Archives: First Impressions

The King of Frontier – First Impression

Usually I am all about Cult of the New, especially new twists on old mechanisms or new mechanisms, but every now and then the old mechanisms are put together in a new way and it works out just fine. The … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Aquasphere

  Aquasphere Designer: Stefan Feld Publisher: Hall Games / Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 120 min Times Played: 2, with review copy provided by Tasty Minstrel Games Aquasphere was one of the new releases at Essen 2014 … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Versailles

  Versailles Designer: Andrei Novac Publisher : NSKN Games, EN distribution by Passport Players: 2-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 45-75 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by NSKN/Passport In Versailles, players take on the role of competing designers of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Choice Words

    Choice Words Designer: Robert Kamp Publisher: Mindware Players: 2-8 Time: 30 minutes Ages: 10+  Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Mindware I was approached by the designer of this game, Robert Kamp, to take a look … Continue reading

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Deep Sea Adventure – First Impression

Oink Games has done it again and managed to come up with another fantastic filler. Like Dungeon of Mandom before it Deep Sea Adventure is terrific multiplayer “push your luck” game for up to 6 players. The small box contains … Continue reading

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Design Town – First Impression

I recently picked up Design Town which takes deck building to the next level. Design town is a short filler. You have a small deck of 9 starting cards. Your deck is face up so you know the first card … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of 2 card games from Crash Games: Yardmaster and Yardmaster Express

  Crash Games was back at Essen this year with a number of full board games and two new small card games.  Patrick was gracious enough to give me copies of the card games to try – and I’ve been … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Jungle Rumble and Who is the Sunflower?

  [Note: Normally, I prefer to play a game at least three times prior to writing it for the blog. However, given the time pressure coming up to SPIEL ’14, I have written up my thoughts on a number of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Spexxx (Waterfall Games)

  Spexxx Designers: Ruben Dijkstra and Ruurd Lammers Publisher:  Waterfall Games Playesr: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 min Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Waterfall Games Spexxx was a game that barely hit my radar prior to leaving … Continue reading

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Review of The Ravens of Thri Shashri, First Impression

Ravens is one of my hits from Essen 2014. I was intrigued by the thought of 2 player deduction game but was sure I’d be disappointed. I am happy to report that I was not disappointed at all and pleasantly … Continue reading

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