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Dale Yu: First Impressions of The Last Spike

  The Last Spike Designer:   Tom Dalgliesh Publisher: Columbia Games Players: 2-6 Ages: 10+ Players: 45 minutes Times Played: 3, with review copy provided by Columbia Games Columbia Games is not one of the traditional Euro-game publishers, as they are … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Tail Feathers

  Tail Feathers Designer: Jerry Hawthorne Publisher: Plaid Hat Games Players: 2 Ages: 9+ Time: 60-90 minutes Tail Feathers is a head to head battle game that is set in the world of Mice and Mystics.  Each player controls an … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Bomb Squad

  Bomb Squad Designers: Dan Keltner and David Short Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 2-6 Ages: 13+ Time: 30 minutes Bomb Squad is a new entry in the suddenly very crowded market of cooperative games.  As this genre continues to … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of 504

  504 Designer: Friedemann Friese Publisher: 2F / Stronghold Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 30-150 minutes* Times played: 5 (less than 1%) – with designer’s prototype as well as with review copy provided by Stronghold Games 504 is perhaps … Continue reading

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Tokyo Game Market – First Impressions

While gamers have been paying close attention to Spiel in Essen every Fall for many years, it’s only more recently they’ve started paying attention to the Tokyo Game Market (TGM), a biannual event featuring Japanese design work.  It’s still very … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of CVlizations

  CVlizations Designer: Jan Zalewski Publisher: Granna Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Granna CVlizations is a followup game to CV, a underground hit from SPIEL 2013.  Granna is a Polish … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Ashes

    Ashes: Rise of the Phoenixborn Designer: Isaac Vega Publisher: Plaid Hat Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: ~30 minutes Ashes is a dueling game where players construct a deck of 30 cards to do battle against their opponent.  … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Gold West

  Gold West Designer: J. Alex Kevern Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 45-60 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by TMG Gold West arrived literally the day before I left for Essen – and … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Five Seals of Magic

  Five Seals of Magic Designer: Thorsten Reichwein Publisher: Igrology/Hobby World Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 60 minutes In Five Seals of Magic, players are exploring the dungeon of the Arcana Tower which contains powerful scrolls.  Using the power of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Crossing

  Crossing Designer: Yoshiteru Shinohara Publisher: Asmodee Players: 3-6 Ages: 8+ Time: 15 minutes Times played: 4, with preview copy provided by Asmodee   I’m not sure whether to consider Crossing an Essen 2015 game or not because I didn’t … Continue reading

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