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The Board Game Scene in Indonesia and Indonesian Games at Spiel 2019

When I went to Spiel in 2017, one of my first stops was the Indonesian booth in the far back.  I say “the Indonesian booth” because, as with some other countries, rather than a specific publisher having a booth, an … Continue reading

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ゲットコネクト (GET CONNECT)

Designer: あかさたな (Akasatana)Artist: あかさたな (Akasatana)Publisher: サークル713 (Circle 713)Players: 2-4Ages: 6+Playing Time: 5-20 minutesTimes Played: 4 with a purchased copy Here’s a sign I saw outside my favorite corner bar one day. When I say favorite corner bar, uh,… I’ve never … Continue reading

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Soulaween (蒐靈祭)

Designer: Shi ChenArtist: 費子軒, 陳可靚Publisher: Play With Us Design (玩聚設計)Players: 2Ages: 6+Playing Time: 15-30 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a review copy Soulaween is a 2-player abstract game that premiered earlier this year at a few conventions in Japan and Taiwan, … Continue reading

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なつめも (Natsumemo)

Designer: 宮野 華也 (Kaya Miyano)Artist: Riyo, Tansan & Co., 新月竜 (Shingetsuryu)Publisher: cosaicPlayers: 3-6Ages: 8+Playing Time: 30-45 minutesTimes Played: 6 with a purchased copy This is my nephew, and one of my best friends, watching 4000 gallons a minute of boiling … Continue reading

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みんなのお茶請け (Everyone’s Served)

Designer: HAMMERArtist: Ryo NyamoPublisher: Hammer WorksPlayers: 3-6Ages: 8+Playing Time: 20 minutesTimes Played: 5 with a purchased copy Everyone’s Served is billed as a “trick-taking” game, though it has a single suit with cards numbered 1 to 48.  It’s not the … Continue reading

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Pictionary Air

Publisher: MattelPlayers: 3-12Ages: 10+Playing Time: 15-60 minutesTimes Played: 5 with a review copy Sometimes the title for a game and the picture on the box allow the rules for a game to explain themselves.  So, Pictionary, but I’m drawing in … Continue reading

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Saturday at Buckeye Game Fest

Last Saturday, I headed to Columbus, OH, for a board game convention on High St. I ate two meals at the North Market with Jeni’s for dessert. The CABS library was there. A consignment store & a “take a game, … Continue reading

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The Escape Game: Mission: Mars (Spoiler Free)

Establishment: The Escape GameLocation: MinneapolisRoom: Mission: MarsLink: https://theescapegame.com/minneapolis/ The Escape Game is a chain of escape/puzzle rooms based out of Nashville, with locations across the country.  We recently reviewed their Prison Break room in Cincinnati, they have a board game … Continue reading

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インサイドマン (Inside Man)

Designer: Chang Yu DiArtist: Zaza (炸炸)Publisher: 小雨滴桌遊工作室Players: 3Ages: 8+Playing Time: 5-10 minutesTimes Played: 3 with a purchased copy I’m a sucker for card games, and even more so when they have an explicit player count. It doesn’t play 2 to … Continue reading

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DAZZLING DICELINE

Designer: Masaki Suga (須賀 正樹)Artist: Saori Shibata (柴田 沙央里)Publisher: analog lunchbox (アナログランチボックス)Players: 3-4Ages: 14+Playing Time: 45-60 minutesTimes Played: 4 with a purchased copy DAZZLING DICELINE is a dice drafting worker placement game that asks questions about priorities: unlocking end game … Continue reading

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