Author Archives: Chris Wray

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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Wordsy (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Gil Hova Publisher:  Formal Ferret Games Players:  1 – 6 Ages:  10 and Up Time:  20 Minutes Times Played:   > 7 (with 2-4 Players) I first played Wordsy at Geekway to the West, and it was one of the … Continue reading

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Kickstarter Skepticism: Why we’re not eager to play that game you backed…

By: Chris Wray and Jeff Lingwall Game night begins, and everybody stands around waiting for somebody to nominate a game.  These days, most large groups have at least one Kickstarter enthusiast, and he or she always seems to speak first. … Continue reading

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Geekway to the West 2017 (Convention Report by Chris Wray)

I look forward to Geekway to the West every year.  Held in the St. Louis metropolitan area, Geekway is a staple of the gaming scene in the Midwest, especially among us Missourians.  This year’s convention sold out in record time, and … Continue reading

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