Author Archives: Chris Wray

7 Wonders Duel Pantheon (Expansion Review by Chris Wray)

Designers: Antoine Bauza, Bruno Cathala Publisher:  Repos Production Players:  2 – 2 Ages:  10 and Up Time:  30 Minutes Times Played: > 4 7 Wonders Duel Pantheon is the first expansion for 7 Wonders Duel, winner of the 2016 2-player … Continue reading

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Cry Havoc (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Grant Rodiek, Michał Oracz, Michał Walczak Publisher:  Portal Games Players:  2 – 4 Ages:  10 and Up Time:  90-120 Minutes Times Played:   3 (With 2, 3, and 4 Players) “Cry ‘Havoc!’, and let slip the dogs of war.” — … Continue reading

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Eternity (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designers:  Jim Dratwa and Cyril Blondel Publisher:  Blackrock Games Artist: Virginie Rapiat Players:  3 – 5 (Solo and Two Player Rules Also Included) Ages:  10 and Up Time:  30 Minutes Times Played:   > 5 Eternity is a trick-taking game that … Continue reading

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H.M.S. Dolores (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designers:  Bruno Faidutti, Eric M. Lang Publisher:  Lui-même, Distributed by Asmodee Artist: Vincent Dutrait Players:  2 – 4 Ages:  10 and Up Time:  20 Minutes Times Played:   > 5 H.M.S. Dolores wasn’t on my radar before my arrival Spiel 2016. … Continue reading

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Essen Day Four: A Summary of Spiel 2016, What Was Hot, and What I Played (Chris Wray)

Spiel 2016 is in the history books!  By this afternoon the halls were emptying out, and the fair was drawing to an end. This posts covers four topics: (1) my general thoughts on Essen 2016, including publishers/designers that stood out, (2) … Continue reading

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Essen Day Three: What’s Hot, and What I Played, Plus Other Updates (Chris Wray)

Day Three was the most crowded yet, as is seemingly always the case, because German families come out en masse to participate in the fair.  This posts covers three topics: (1) what’s hot, (2) scenes from the Messe, including another jumbo game, and … Continue reading

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Essen Day Two: What’s Hot, and What I Played, Plus Other Updates (Chris Wray)

This is my first big post of Essen 2016, as I spent a lot of time playing games today.  This posts covers several topics: (1) what’s hot, (2) the International Gamers Award ceremony, (3) pictures of jumbo games at Essen, and … Continue reading

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Essen Day One: What’s Hot, Plus General Thoughts on Day One (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 any games today, but I did get 90+% … Continue reading

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Essen Day One: The Convention So Far, Plus the Morning Haul (Chris Wray)

A picture is worth a thousand words, so this will be a short post, mostly to update on what is hot so far at the convention.  I also crack open the 2016 DSP Goodie Box below. By 10:30, the convention … Continue reading

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Essen Day Zero: Set Up Photos, More Games I’m Anticipating, and Three Snap Reviews (Chris Wray)

The halls were mostly empty yesterday, but by Wednesday afternoon, most of the booths were in place and the publishers were just moving around the games.  I snapped a few pictures in the Messe, which I’ve posted below.  They show … Continue reading

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