Category Archives: Essen 2013

Game Review – Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends

 Designer: Vlaada Chvátil Publisher: CGE / Z-Man Games Players: 2-4 Time: 60 minutes (though I’d say closer to 45) Ages: 12 (officially – though my 8 year old does just fine with it) Times Played: 7 (with review copy provided … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin: Review of Wildcatters

Wildcatters Designers: Rolf Sagel & André Spil Publisher: RASS / Vendetta Players: 3-4 | Ages: 12+ | Time: 120 mins. Wildcatters is a criminally under-the-radar title from a pair of first-time designers, Rolf Sagel and André Spil.  The game pits … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Nauticus (Kosmos)

Designer: Wolfgang Kramer and Michael Kiesling Publisher: Kosmos Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 90-120 minutes Times played: 3, with preview copy provided by Kosmos Nauticus comes from the same pairing of designers that brought you classic games such as Tikal … Continue reading

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Ben McJunkin: Swing and a Miss – Another Handy Guide to Essen Games

A couple months back, I put together an article titled “Pitching Essen,” which purported to offer a quick pitch for each of the twenty games I was most excited about heading into the SPIEL fair in Essen.  Now that I’ve … Continue reading

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Dale Yu – Review of Blueprints (ZMan)

Blueprints Designer: Yves Tourigny Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 5, with review copy provided by Z-Man   Blueprints is a game that I had been anticipating for almost a year now.  I had heard some very … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Sanssouci (Ravensburger)

Dale Yu: Review of Sanssouci Designer: Michael Kiesling Players: 2-4 Ages: 8-99 Time: 30-45 minutes Times Played: 3 with review copy provided by Ravensburger   Game Idea – Over the course of 18 rounds, players are trying to construct the … Continue reading

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