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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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Dale Yu: Essen First Impressions #2 – Dice Games Part 2 – Ka-Boom! and Blueprints

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 #1: Dice Games Part 1 – Galapagos, Machi Koro

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 (Great Lakes Games, Sasquatch, … Continue reading

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Tom Rosen: Essen First Impressions

Every October the Essen game fair dumps hundreds of new games on us and every year there are good, mediocre, and poor games scattered throughout the new releases.  Some folks subscribe to the notion that there are particularly good or … Continue reading

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