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Review: Shadows Amsterdam

By Mathieu Aubert Art by M81 Studios 2-8 players 20 minutes Review by Jonathan Franklin A competitive party game with Dixit-style clues and Codenames-style objective correctness, plus the real time/no turns aspect of Word Slam If you love the sound … Continue reading

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Jonathan Franklin – Review of Orbis

Review: Orbis Design by Tim Armstrong Illustrated by Davide Tosello Published by Space Cowboys 2-4 players 45 minutes Played three times with 3-4 players Review by Jonathan Franklin Orbis is a light-medium engine building game with a spatial aspect and … Continue reading

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Jonathan Franklin: Review of Explorers of the North Sea:  Rocks of Ruin

Explorers of the North Sea: Rocks of Ruin (expansion) Designed by Shem Phillips Art by The Mico (Mihajlo Dimitrievski) Published by Garphill Games, Renegade Game Studios, Schwerkraft-Verlag Players – 1 to 5 Time: 60-80 on the box (but our games … Continue reading

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Jonathan Franklin: Review of Black Sonata

Black Sonata Designer: John Kean Publisher: Side Room Games (also print & play on BGG) Players: 1 Ages: 12+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 6 (normal and easy modes) This is an amazing game that you should at least see … Continue reading

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Review: Escape from 100 Million BC

Review: Escape from 100 Million BC Designer: Kevin Wilson Art and Graphic Design: Sam Barlin, Delaney Mamer, Alex Horley, Netho Diaz, Vincenzo Federici, and Jordi Escuin Publisher: IDW Players: 1-6 (solo play is playing two characters at once) Time: 60 … Continue reading

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Review of Rhein: River Trade

Review of Rhein: River Trade [#JonathanFranklin] Rhein: River Trade Designers: Marco Canetta and Stefania Niccolini Artists: Alan D’Amico and Mirco Paganessi Publisher:Arclight, Devir Americas, Giochi Uniti, Stratelibri,and available for sale in the GeekStore Players: 2-5 Ages: 12 and up Time: … Continue reading

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Jonathan Franklin: Review of Days of Ire

Review of Days of Ire: Budapest 1956 [#JonathanFranklin] Days of Ire: Budapest 1956 Designer: Katalin Nimmerfroh, Dávid Turczi, Mihály Vincze Artist: Sami Laakso, Kwanchai Moriya, Katalin Nimmerfroh Publisher: Cloud Island, Korona Games, Ludonova, Mr. B Games Players: 1-4 Ages: 12 … Continue reading

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Review – Evolution: Climate

Evolution: Climate Designers: Dominic Crapuchettes, Dmitry Knorre, and Sergey Machin Artists: Ben Goldman, Catherine Hamilton, and Jacoby O’Connor Publisher: NorthStar Games 2 – 6 players 60 – 75 minutes Ages 12+ Reviewed by Jonathan Franklin Source: Official photo from NorthStar … Continue reading

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Area 51 – A First Look

Area 51 – A First Look By Stefan Alexander Art by Christian Opperer Publisher – Mücke Spiele Ages: 12+ Length: ~15 minutes per player Players: 2 – 6 players (probably best with 3-4) First Look by Jonathan Franklin   Have … Continue reading

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Builders of Blankenburg – Review

Builders of Blankenburg Designed by Peter Schultz Art by Liz Stephanoff Cobblestone Games 2-6 players 60-120 minutes Ages 13+ Review by Jonathan Franklin Are you tired of building towns where no one lives? Do you despise resource conversion games that … Continue reading

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