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Designer: Friedemann FrieseArtist: Friedemann FriesePublisher: 2F-SpielePlayers: 1Ages: 8+Times Played: 21, in a variety of formats Here’s a photo from my birthday a few years ago. Six years ago, to be specific. It was the first year I decided my birthday … Continue reading

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(日本語全く話さないし、読み書きしない私がどうやって英訳してるかについての話。昔ドイツゲームを輸入して翻訳してた人たちに響いて欲しいと願っています。) [Today’s post will be slightly different than you were expecting.  My friend Yuto Fujikawa ( has graciously translated this article into Japanese, and we wanted to share. The original post in English is available at this link.] 私の家の吹き抜けに草間彌生の絵が飾ってあります。それは雑誌の切り抜きをフレームに入れたもので家族や友人ではない人物の唯一の写真です。(ちょっと変に思われるかもしれませんが、私はぜElvis や … Continue reading

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マストフォローソリティア (Follow-the-Suit Solitaire)

Designer: rikkati (りかち)Players: 1Times Played: 14EN Rules: Google Drive PDF In January 2019, my friend kumagoro held an exhibition titled これはトリテなのか (Is this a trick-taking game?).  Designers submitted games that pushed the boundary of what could be considered both a … Continue reading

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悪霊退治 (Demon Extermination)

Designer: るりるり (ruri ruri)Artist: るりるり (ruri ruri)Publisher: るりるりゲームズ (ruri ruri games)Players: 1Times Played: 7 on a purchased copy As I explore my unplayed るりるりゲームズ (ruri ruri games) titles, working on translations and adding games to the boardgamegeek database, I remembered … Continue reading

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Spring Game Market Anticipation Post (ゲームマーケット2020春プレビュー)

Things will be a little different this time. The Spring Tokyo Game Market was supposed to start tomorrow, but has, in the course of things, been cancelled. The Osaka Game Market which was to have taken place in March was … Continue reading

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Mini Express

Designer: Mark GerritsPublisher: Moaideas Game DesignPlayers: 3-5Ages: 8+Times Played: 7 on a variety of copies, including a prototype they sent me I first played Mini Express somewhere in the middle of unincorporated Macoupin County, IL.  In this game, that’s sort … Continue reading

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軍師軍略 (Strategist Strategy)

Designer: Satochika Daimon (大門 聖史)Artist: CossackPublisher: Grandoor GamesPlayers: 2Ages: 14+Times Played: 3 Strategist Strategy was not likely to be a game for me and a two-player only tactical skirmish game was unlikely to hit the table.  But one of the … Continue reading

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四畳半ペーパー賽系 (Yojōhan Pēpā Saikei)

Designer: Shimamuranao (シマムラナオ)Artist: Yamauchi Rock Boy (ヤマウチロックボーイ)Publisher: ハレルヤロックボーイ (Hallelujah Rockboy)Players: 1-100Ages: 10+Times Played: 7 on a purchased copy 四畳半ペーパー賽系 is a game about how you’ll spend your last year of college life.  Balancing romance, schoolwork, friendships, hobbies, and a part-time … Continue reading

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Granite Game Summit (2020) Recap

This last weekend I headed to New Hampshire to play some games. My friend Kimberly is one of the organizers of the Granite Game Summit, and with BGGCON exiting my annual schedule, it would be a nice way to support … Continue reading

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T6 (a trick-taking party)

On a recent weekend, I again invited a number of my friends to town for a weekend of playing trick-taking games. Around 33 people participated, and, if I’ve counted correctly, I played 68 different games, almost all of which were … Continue reading

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