Category Archives: Reviews

Dale Yu: Review of Royals (Abacus)

  Royals Designer: Peter Hawes Publisher: Abacus Players: 2-4 Ages: 2-5 Time ~60 minutes Times played: 6, with review copy provided by Abacus So, sometimes it’s funny how things work out.  As you are probably aware (as you’re reading this … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Mystery Rummy – Escape from Alcatraz

  Mystery Rummy – Escape from Alcatraz Designers: Mike Fitzgerald and Andrew Korson Publisher: US Games/Gryphon Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: ~45 minutes Times Played: 3 with review copy provided by Gryphon Games The Mystery Rummy series is a … Continue reading

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Mary Dimercurio Prasad: Review of Istanbul (Plus Kebab Shop)

Istanbul (Plus Kebab Shop) Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group (AEG) [Included: Istanbul: Kebab Shop Mini Expansion, by Spielbox] Designer: Rüdiger Dorn Artists: Andreas Resch, Hans-Georg Schneider Players:  2-5 Ages: 10+ Playing Time: 40-60 min MSRP $49.99 Released: 2014 Reviewed by: Mary … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Walled City

  Walled City Designers: Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Times: 60 min Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Mercury Games – both on Londonderry side Walled City is the new area control game from … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Baseball Highlights: 2045

  Baseball Highlights: 2045 Designer: Mike Fitzgerald Publisher: Gryphon Games Players: 1-4 Time: 45 minutes Ages: 9+ Times played: 3 with review copy provided by Gryphon Games (2p, 2p, 3p) as well as two sessions at the Gathering of Friends … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Orongo

  Orongo Designer: Renier Knizia Publisher: Ravensburger Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: 5 with review copy provided by Ravensburger Germany Orongo was one of my more anticipated games from Essen 2014 – namely due to the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Progress: Evolution of Technology (NSKN / Passport)

Progress: Evolution of Technology Designers: Andrei Novac, Agnieszka Kopera Publisher: NSKN Games, with US distribution by Passport Games Players: 1-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 45-90 minutes Times played: 8, with review copy provided by Passport Games Progress is a card-driven civilization … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: A “review” of Tragedy Looper

  Tragedy Looper Designer: BakaFire Publisher: Z-Man games Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Times: ~90-120 mins per scenario Times played: 4 scenarios, all as protagonist Well, this is one of the last “Essen” games that I’m going to write up – … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of City Hall (Tasty Minstrel)

  City Hall Designer: Michael Keller Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: 90 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Tasty Minstrel Games City Hall is a tile placement, role-selection (or role-auction) game that pits … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Arboretum

  Arboretum Designer: Dan Cassar Publisher: Z-Man Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 min Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Z-Man Arboretum is a game that has players competing to build the most “sumptuous” arboretum – and … Continue reading

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