Author Archives: Chris Wray

Chris Wray: Quick Thoughts on 10 More Essen Games

I’ll begin churning out reviews soon, but I’ve enjoyed playing more than 50 Spiel ’17 titles since the end of October.  I wrote a list a few weeks ago with quick thoughts on 10 Essen games, and this is a … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: Quick Thoughts on 10 Essen Games

We’re a little over two weeks past Spiel ‘17, and I’ve played about 40 new titles.  So has my game group: every year, I invite everybody I regularly game with in Kansas and Missouri to a small get-together (called “Essen … Continue reading

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Essen Wrap-up (Chris Wray)

I’m still on my long trip back to mid-Missouri, but here’s my Essen wrap up.  I discuss (1) the semi-final BGG Geekbuzz list and the Fairplay list, (2) when various games will arrive in the United States, and (3) some … Continue reading

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Essen Day Three: What was hot, and what I played… (Chris Wray)

I spent most of my time on Saturday doing last-minute shopping (gotta love the used game stands) and chatting with publishers for a couple of articles I’m working on.  I didn’t get as much time as I had hoped to … Continue reading

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Essen Day 2: What is 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) the International Gamers Award ceremony, and (3) what I played.

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Essen Day One: What was hot, and what I played… (Chris Wray)

As with my past coverage, I’ll be posting each night about (1) what’s hot, (2) what I played, and (3) general thoughts on the convention.  I didn’t get the chance to play many games today, but I did get 90+% … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: The Essen Press Conference

The halls are coming together nicely. I was able to attend the press conference around noon, followed by the press show afterwards, and below is what I have to report.  This all comes from the “Detailed Press Release” handed out … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: Preview of Carcassonne für 2

Designer: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede Publisher: Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH Players: 2 Ages: 7+ Time: 25 Minutes Times Played: 2 (With many more plays of Carcassonne…) Carcassonne für 2 is a new, inexpensive version of Carcassonne for two players.  The game comes in a nice … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: My Essen 2017 Most Anticipated List

Spiel (Essen) 2017 is less than two weeks away, and I’ve been reading rulebooks and combing through Eric Martin’s oh-so-amazing Spiel ’17 Preview on BGG. As in past years, I’ll be doing coverage from the fair for The Opinionated Gamers … Continue reading

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Tournament at Camelot (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Ken Shannon, Karen Boginski, Jody Barbessi Publisher:  Wizkids Players:  3-6 Ages:  14 and Up Time:  45 Minutes Times Played: 4 (On Review Copy Provided by Publisher) Tournament at Camelot is a new King Arthur-themed trick taking game in which … Continue reading

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