Author Archives: Joe Huber

Book Review – The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game

The Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game Written by Mary Pilon and published by Bloomsbury, 2015 —– I was thinking about it recently, and realized that the game I own the most books about, … Continue reading

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The Half Dozen (or is it more?) Decent Essen Games

Nearly twenty years ago now, Mike Siggins wrote in one of his excellent Essen wrap-ups in Sumo: “What is certain is that on the evidence of Essen, the German hobby is still a hundred times more active than our own, … Continue reading

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Essen Preview: Fresh Fish

Fresh Fish Designed by Friedemann Friese; new edition to be published by 2F Spiele Once upon a time, the biggest source for German games in the United States was Adam Spielt, a German online store that was happy to ship … Continue reading

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How Acquire Became Acquire

(The following article is based upon research I recently had the opportunity to complete at the Strong National Museum of Play in Rochester, NY.  I am indebted to Julia Rossi and Nicolas Ricketts at the museum for their tremendous help, … Continue reading

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SdJ and KedJ 2014 – A completely different set of predictions. Mostly.

It’s nearly time for the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres nominations, so it’s time for me to take a guess at what’s going to happen.  Fortunately, I realized some time back what two (of the total of six … Continue reading

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Review? of Koryŏ

Our fearless leader Dale, not thinking straight Asked for reviews with an iambic fate As I had signed up to review Koryŏ I had to try a more poetic go

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