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The Escape Game: Prison Break (Spoiler Free)

Establishment: The Escape GameLocation: CincinnatiRoom: Prison BreakLink: TheEscapeGame.com/Cincinnati  The Escape Game is a chain of escape/puzzle rooms based out of Nashville, with locations across the country.  In addition, they have a board game which Dale has reviewed previously and a … Continue reading

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くだものがたり (Fruitale)

Designer: Iori Tsukinami (月並いおり)Artist: Nariko (ナリコ), Suzuko (鈴子) Publisher: 吉々庵 (Kichikichian) Players: 4-10Ages: 8+Playing Time: 20-40 minutesTimes Played: 3 with a purchased copy Fruitale is one of the roll-and-write titles released at the 2019 Spring Tokyo Game Market, or, to be more … Continue reading

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Photome’s (フォトムズ)

Designer: Iori Tsukinami (月並いおり)Artist: Tansan & Co., 赤瀬よぐ (Akase Yogu)Publisher: DEAR SPIELEPlayers: 2-6Ages: 6+Playing Time: 20 minutesTimes Played: 3 with a purchased copy  Photome’s follows in the fresh footsteps of Savannah Smile. The distant tracks of Auf Fotosafari in Ombagassa. … Continue reading

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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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