Author Archives: Chris Wray

Gen Con 2017: What’s Hot, and What I Played

The first day of Gen Con 2017 is a wrap, and what a day it was.  This year’s sold out event marks the 50th anniversary of the convention, and if the first day is any indication, this is going to … Continue reading

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Gen Con Mid-Day Report (Chris Wray)

I’m only at Gen Con for one day this year, so I won’t be doing my normal daily updates.  But I did want to record a brief description of the convention and what I’ve seen so far. This is clearly … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: My Gen Con Most Anticipated List

I’ll arrive in Indianapolis later today, and I’m excited for Gen Con 2017 to get started.   This will be my third year at Gen Con, and thanks to Eric Martin’s amazing new BGG preview tool, I’m better prepared this … Continue reading

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Caverna Cave vs Cave (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Uwe Rosenberg Publisher:  Mayfair; Lookout Artists:  Klemens Franz Players:  1 – 2 Ages:  12 and Up Time:  20 Minutes (Solo) or 40 Minutes (2-Player) Times Played: > 5 (Both Solo and 2-Player) Uwe Rosenberg loves making 2-player versions of … Continue reading

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Terraforming Mars Hellas & Elysium (Expansion Review by Chris Wray)

Designers:  Jacob Fryxelius Publisher:  Stronghold Games Artists:  Isaac Fryxelius Players:  1 – 5 Ages:  12 and Up Time:  90 – 120 Minutes Times Played: > 6 (On Review Copy from the Publisher) Terraforming Mars has been one of the hottest … Continue reading

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The Many Versions of Hanabi

In honor of the Fourth of July, I wanted to post about my favorite fireworks-themed game, Hanabi.  Hanabi has been in my personal top 10 for the past couple of years, and it is one of only two games (the … Continue reading

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Bärenpark (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Phil Walker-Harding Publisher: Lookout, Mayfair Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 30-45 Minutes Times Played: > 5 In Bärenpark, you enter the business of building a zoological park of bears.  The game is centered around polyominoes … Continue reading

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Tempel des Schreckens (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Yusuke Sato Publisher: Schmidt Spiele Players: 3 – 10 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 15 Minutes Times Played: > 12 I’m a big fan of social deduction games (as I detailed at this Geeklist), and Tempel des Shreckens (“Temple … Continue reading

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One Night Ultimate Alien (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Ted Alspach, Akihisa Okui Publisher: Bezier Games Players: 4 – 10 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 10 Minutes Times Played: > 5 I’m a big fan of social deduction games (as I detailed at this Geeklist) and the “One … Continue reading

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Draconis Invasion (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Jeff Lai Publisher:  KEJI Inc. Players:  1 – 6 Ages:  14 and Up Time:  30-90 Minutes Times Played:   > 5 (On Review Copy from Publisher) I’m a big fan of deck building games, and between Clank, El Dorado, and … Continue reading

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