Author Archives: Valerie Putman

About Valerie Putman

I'm a prof. I'm a gamer. I'm an animal behaviorist. I'm a girl. But the one word used to describe me most often? "Enthusiastic."

Valerie Matthews – Trambahn: The game we played 100 times in 3 months

I have been a gamer for decades, but my husband was only introduced to the hobby when we met, less than 10 years ago.  He has had favorites:  Dominion (good husband), Tichu, Cartagena, Agricola, Caverna, and Wingspan have been a … Continue reading

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Valerie Matthews: Review of Wingspan

By Valerie Matthews Hey, strangers!  Ok, realistically, most of you are strangers.  My name is Valerie Matthews.  From 2005 to 2011 I wrote a weekly board gaming column (primarily for BoardgameNews, before it joined BGG).  One of my regular features … Continue reading

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Review: Hansa Teutonica East expansion

Designer:  Andreas Steding Publisher:  Argentum Verlag; Z-man games # of players: 2-5 Ages: 12 and up Time: 60-90 mins Review by: Valerie Putman At the 2009 Spiel in Essen I picked up a nice looking Eurogame now affectionately referred to … Continue reading

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Game review: Magnum Sal

Designer: Marcin Krupinski and Filip Milunski Publisher: Leonardo Games Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 10+ Time: 1 – 2 hours Overview From the moment I saw this game set up at the Leonardo Games booth at Spiel 2010 in Essen … Continue reading

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Game Review: Norenberc

Designer: Andreas Steding Publisher: White Goblin / Z-Man (announced) Players: 2 to 5 Ages: 12+ Time: 90 minutes Overview Let me start with a little fan girl confession; I love, love, love, love Hansa Teutonica.  I will probably write a … Continue reading

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