Author Archives: Chris Wray

Ticket to Ride London (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Alan R. Moon Publisher:  Days of Wonder Players:  2 – 4 Ages:  8 and Up Time:  10-15 Minutes Times Played:  > 5  Ticket to Ride is doubtlessly the most famous of the train games.  Fifteen years after Alan Moon’s … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: Quick Thoughts on 5 More Essen 2019 Games

We’re now a month past Spiel ’19, and on a recent visit to a local game store, I realized that many of the hottest games from the event have hit US shores. To help those who are holiday shopping (or … Continue reading

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Anatomy of a Gaming Experience: Glen More II (Article by Chris Wray)

Author’s Note: This isn’t really a game review. It is more of an ode to game, and in particular, an ode to a particular gaming experience. There’ll be humor. At times I’ll veer into being a fanboy. And at times … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: Game Ratings from My Post-Essen Event

Shortly after Essen, I host a small weekend event where my game groups gather and play all of the titles I brought back from Essen. This is our fifth year hosting, and I call it Essen West, although we’ve looped … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: Quick Thoughts on 5 Essen 2019 Games

We’re a little over a week past Spiel ’19, and I’ve played 25-30 new titles that were on the Spiel preview list. Like I’ve done in past years, I wanted to post quick thoughts on a few games I’ve played. … Continue reading

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Essen 2019, Day 4: Quick Wrap Up (Chris Wray)

I’ll have mini-reviews of lots of games in the coming days, but this is a sort of wrap up post, just quick thoughts on the Geekbuzz and Fairplay lists. The big news on the last day is that attendance topped … Continue reading

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Essen 2019, Day 3: What’s Hot, and What I Played (Chris Wray)

I wasn’t especially productive today, instead spending considerable time wandering around the used game stands. So today’s post just has quick coverage of the Geekbuzz and Fairplay lists, then some thoughts on Die Crew, which we did get some plays … Continue reading

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Essen 2019, Day 2: What’s Hot, and What I Played (Chris Wray)

For me, Friday at Essen means more time playing games and less time shopping.  This posts covers several topics: (1) what’s hot, (2) what I played, and (3) some preview details on “Die Crew: Reist gemeinsam zum 9. Planeten”, which … Continue reading

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Essen 2019, Day One: What’s Hot, and What I Played (Chris Wray)

As with my past coverage, I’ll be posting each day about (1) what’s hot, (2) what I played, and (3) general thoughts on the convention.  I haven’t had the chance to play many games so far: I typically spend the … Continue reading

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Essen 2019, Day 0: Initial Thoughts, and What I Played (Article by Chris Wray)

Essen 2019 will officially start tomorrow, but Day Zero (or “setup day”) was today. Today starts my daily coverage of the fair, including mini-reviews of what I played.

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