Author Archives: Chris Wray

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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Chris Wray: My Essen Most Anticipated List

I arrived in Essen today, and I’ve already done a walkthrough of the Messe.  The halls are still mostly empty, but a few exhibitors have started setting up, and there are already numerous palettes of games.  This will be my … Continue reading

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X nimmt! (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designers:  Wolfgang Kramer & Reinhard Staupe Publisher:  AMIGO Players:  2 – 4 Ages:  8 and Up Time:  25 Minutes Times Played:   > 5 6 nimmt! is Wolfgang Kramer’s bestselling game, with more than 2.4 million copies sold.  Originally released in … Continue reading

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Mino & Tauri (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Carlo A. Rossi Publisher:  AMIGO Players:  2 – 4 Ages:  6 and Up Time:  About 15 Minutes Times Played:   > 5 I’m not in the market for children’s games, but if I come across one that looks intriguing or original … Continue reading

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Terraforming Mars (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designers:  Jacob Fryxelius Publisher:  Stronghold Games Artists:  Daniel Fryxelius, Isaac Fryxelius Players:  1 – 5 Ages:  12 and Up Time:  90 – 120 Minutes Times Played: 4 Terraforming Mars is one of the hottest games of 2016.  The game sold … Continue reading

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Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designers:  Chuck D. Yager, Based on Pandemic by Matt Leacock Publisher:  Z-Man Games Artists:  Chris Quilliams, Atha Kanaani, Philippe Guérin Players:  2 – 4 Ages:  14 and Up Time:  About 40 Minutes Times Played: 4 I first played Pandemic: Reign … Continue reading

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