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BGGCON Day Zero (2018)

To be honest, while I went into RollingCon with the intent to play only train games, I reached an inflection point Tuesday morning, where I was ready to play some light, whimsical, new Essen titles, but would pass on train … Continue reading

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RollingCon or The Time We Took a Train to BGGCON

I’m currently on a train getting ready to pass from Illinois into Missouri. It’s 7:00, dark out, and I think there’s snow on the ground. (That’s now now, when I’m writing it, not when you’re reading it, when I finish … Continue reading

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PREVIEW: Codex Enigmatum

PREVIEW: Codex Enigmatum Designer: Rami Hansenne Availability: Upcoming Kickstarter We don’t do “previews” for many unreleased titles here at the OG, but a few of us are suckers for puzzles, and so some folks have found our soft underbelly. Rami … Continue reading

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Our Favorite Worker Placement Locations

Sandwiches taste better in triangles. And sandwich bread tastes better without the crust (though not non-sandwich bread). Tacos are also sandwiches. I couldn’t tell you what my favorite sandwich is, but I have opinions that cut across the spectrum on … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Cat Rescue

Cat Rescue Designer: Ta-Te Wu Artist: Kaiami Publisher: Sunrise Tornado Game Studio Players: 1-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 15-30 minutes Times Played: 6 times with review copy I must admit, when small box cat themed games started to appear a few … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Mini WWII

Mini WWII Designer: Wei-Cheng Cheng Publisher: Formosa Force Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 60-120 minutes Times Played: 1 time with review copy One of my favorite things about going to a large university was the breadth of things I … Continue reading

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Dare to Love (敢愛就來)

Dare to Love (敢愛就來) Designer: Chih-Fan Chen Artist: Kim Chen Publisher: Mizo Players: 3-4 Ages: 15+ Time: 40-60 minutes Times Played: 2 times with review copy Dare to Love is one of Mizo’s new releases for Spiel this year.  As … Continue reading

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Raid on Taihoku and Infarkt

Raid on Taihoku (台北大空襲) Designer: Teng Chieh-Ming Artist: Nuomi Publisher: Mizo Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 40-60 minutes Times Played: 3 times with purchased copy Infarkt Designer: Vladimír Brummer Artist: Karel N. Moravec Publisher: Czech Board Games, Efko Players: 2-5 … Continue reading

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My Game Market Most Anticipated Titles

I will bring you daily reports from one of the Game Markets in Japan some day, but that is slated for 2022 at the earliest. (And as with my Essen trip last year, would be appended to the end of … Continue reading

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Root

Root Designer: Cole Wehrle Artist: Kyle Ferrin Publisher: Leder Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 60-90 minutes Times Played: 8 times with purchased copy, 10 different opponents As befits their style, Leder Games’ Root is known for its asymmetrical gameplay … Continue reading

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