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First Impressions of Futuropia

·    Designer:  Friedemann Friese ·    Publisher:  2F-Spiele (Stronghold Games will release an English version in January) ·    Players:  1-4 ·    Ages:  12+ ·    Time:  90 minutes Friedemann Friese possesses one of the most imaginative and … Continue reading

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First Impressions of Coimbra

   Designers:  Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli    Publisher:  eggertspiele    Players:  2-4    Ages:  14+    Time:  60-120 minutes Here at the good old OG, we’ve been reviewing and previewing lots of different kinds of games recently.  Some of our … Continue reading

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First Impressions of Pandoria

Designer: Jeff Allers and Bernd Eisenstein Publisher: Irongames Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 90-120 minutes Pandoria, the newest game from Jeff Allers (Piece o’ Cake/NY Slice, Nieuw Amsterdam) and Bernd Eisenstein (Peloppones), is many things, but the first one that … Continue reading

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The Innovators: New Genres

This is the last article in the three-part series on the designers responsible for the innovations found in so many of today’s games.  New mechanisms are great, but what about the ideas that are so influential that an entirely new … Continue reading

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The Innovators: Mechanical Innovations, Part 2

Yesterday, we began our look at innovative mechanisms that have been introduced in gaming over the years and which designers first created them.  Today, we finish our look at these familiar concepts, beginning with the early 90’s and continuing up … Continue reading

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The Innovators: Mechanical Innovations, Part 1

The great scientist Isaac Newton once said, in reference to his discoveries, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of giants”.  This concept no doubt applies to all forms of creativity. Nothing is created in … Continue reading

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2017 Meeples Choice Award Winners

The voting for the Meeples Choice Awards has ended and the following three games were chosen by the Spielfrieks user group: AZUL HEAVEN & ALE GAIA PROJECT The first two games were designed (or co-designed) by Michael Kiesling, making him … Continue reading

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Nominated Games for the 2017 Meeples Choice Awards

The Spielfrieks user group has finished their first week of voting for the Meeples Choice Awards.  27 games have received nominations.  During the coming week, the voters will select their favorites from that group and the top three vote getters … Continue reading

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2017 Meeples Choice Award Voting Has Begun!

Just wanted to spread the word that the Spielfrieks user group has started the two-week process of conducting the Meeples Choice Awards, in which we select our three favorite games of the previous calendar year.  Right now, we’re choosing our … Continue reading

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2017 Designer of the Year Award

Suppose you wanted to determine what your best meal from all of last year was.  Would you base it on the entirety of the meal—the appetizer, salad, entrée, sides, drink, and dessert?  Or would you rank it according to the … Continue reading

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