Category Archives: First Impressions

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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Dale Yu: First Impression of two quick Japanese card games – Kobayakawa and Villannex

  The writers here at the Opinionated Gamers are still in heavy-duty playing mode, trying to get in plays of all the new games so that we can write about them!  This is a process that will take weeks; probably … Continue reading

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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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