Author Archives: xitoliv

Across the United States

Designer: Hisahi HayashiArtist: Ryo NyamoPublisher: OKAZU BrandPlayers: 2-5Ages: 8+Playing Time: 60 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a purchased copy There’s nothing new going on in Across the United States. It’s not a game that you can point at and say it … Continue reading

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Gossip and the City (ゴシップアンドザシティ)

Designer: シマムラロックボーイ (Shimamura Rock Boy)Artist: ドウゲンロックボーイ (Dougen Rock Boy), ヤマウチロックボーイ (Yamauchi Rock Boy) Publisher: ハレルヤロックボーイ (Hallelujah Rockboy)Players: 3-5Ages: 10+Playing Time: 20-30 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a purchased copy  There are a few pieces I’m mulling over in my mind that … Continue reading

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GEN CON for a Day

Gen Con’s not a convention I favor. Despite only living a few hours away, I’ve only been once, and I didn’t enjoy it too much. This year I gave it another shot, as I had some folks I wanted to … Continue reading

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Madrino (マドリーノ)

Designer: Aiko Oyama, Toru OyamaArtist: Aiko Oyama, Toru OyamaPublisher: NANAWARIPlayers: 3-4Ages: 8+Playing Time: 20 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a purchased copy  Madrino is a roll-and-write game about making floor plans. If I lost you at “roll-and-write”, stick with me for … Continue reading

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Lorenzo il Magnifico (Digital Edition on Steam)

Designers: Virginio Gigli and Flaminia Brasini with Simone LucianiPublisher: Cranio CreationsPlayers: 2-4Ages: 12+Digital Edition: Studio Clangore Played: 8.2 hours with a review copy Lorenzo il Magnifico is one of my favorite heavier euro games from the last few years. Dale reviewed … Continue reading

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Creating Translations for Imported Games

(in which I mostly talk about what I do to cobble together English language translations for Japanese games when I don’t speak, read, or write any Japanese and where I also hope that some folks will chime in with what … Continue reading

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The Crusoe Crew (Baïam)

Designer: ShukyArtist: GorobeiPublisher: Van Ryder Games (Makaka Editions)Players: 4Ages: 7+Playing Time: 45 minutesTimes Played: 4 with purchased copy Baïam first crossed my radar while preparing for a trip to Essen in 2017. I’m a fan of the Makaka graphic novel … Continue reading

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Spring Game Market Anticipation Post (ゲームマーケット2019春プレビュー)

I’m not attending Tokyo Game Market and never have, but wanted to highlight some titles that are being released and other things about the convention. Some of these will be ones I have my eye on acquiring, and others will … Continue reading

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Ein Mann. Ein Spiel.

Designer: Marcel-André Casasola MerkleArtist: Philipp von Keisenberg, Justin von KeisenbergPublisher: Süddeutsche ZeitungPlayers: 2-4Ages: 10+Playing Time: 30 minutesTimes Played: 4 with purchased copy. It might not be apparent at first, but this game is based upon an IP.  Ein Mann. Ein … Continue reading

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ヒクトルーン (Hiktorune)

Designer: たきざわ まさかず(Masakazu Takizawa)Artist: 井上 磨(Osamu Inoue)Publisher: こぐま工房(Koguma Koubou)Players: 1-5Ages: 9+Playing Time: 10-45 minutesTimes Played: 7 with a friend’s purchased copy.Availability: The copy I have I bought from booth.pm.  At the time of this review, copies are available (or should … Continue reading

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