Category Archives: Essen 2011

Essen Anticipation (Essen Preview #16)

Essen is coming.  Hundreds of new games on the verge of being released and a patchwork of information and snippets available about each one.  I’ve scoured the previews to find a manageable handful of games that really deserve some pre-show … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #15 – Games from Japan, France, Russia, Sweden and Huch! & friends too!

OK, this will be a longer preview piece as there are a lot of games here that I’m interested in… And there aren’t many more days before I leave for Europe!  So, I’m squeezing a lot into this game preview … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #14: Nefarious

Nefarious: The Mad Scientist Game Preview by Nathan Beeler Designed by: Donald X. Vaccarino Published by: Ascora Games, 2011 Playing time: 30-60 minutes Players: 2-6 Ages: 13+   “Welcome to my secret lair on Skullcrusher Mountain.” The reports of Donald … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview #13 – Walnut Grove: Rules preview and interview with the designers

[For previous posts in the Essen preview series, please click here] Walnut Grove is one of the games that I’m most looking forward to trying at SPIEL this year as it has been described as “Carcassone meets Agricola”.  This succinct … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #12 – Preview of On The Cards (Surprised Stare Games)

Essen Preview #12: On The Cards Designer: Sebastian Bleasdale Publisher: Surprised Stare Games Players: 2-6 Time: 30-60 minutes Sebastian Bleasdale first made his mark on the boardgaming world with On the Underground, a networking game set in the London subway … Continue reading

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Essen Preview #11 A funky Robot, News about the Fair and more

OK, this week’s installment of my Essen preview might be a bit short.  Mostly because real life has intruded it’s ugly head and has kept me super busy this past week.  Additionally, I’ve had a chance to play a few … Continue reading

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