Category Archives: Essen 2014

Dale Yu: Review of Medieval Academy

  Medieval Academy Designer: Nicolas Poncin Publisher: IELLO / Blue Cocker Games Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Times Played: 3, with review copy provided by IELLO Twelve years ago, when I was still just starting to go to … Continue reading

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Dale Yu – Review of Abracada-What?

Abracada…What? Designer: Gary Kim Publisher: Z-Man Games/ Korea Boardgames Ages: 7+ Time: 30 min Players: 2-5 [Editor’s Note – The initial part of this review is a repost of Nathan Beeler’s December 2014 piece.  The second portion of this review … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Evolution (NorthStar Games)

  Evolution, 2nd Ed. (2015) Designers: Dominic Crapuchettes, Dmitry Knorre, Sergey Machin Publisher: NorthStar Games Players: 2-6 Ages: 10+ Time: 60 minutes Times Played: 10, with review copy provided by NorthStar Games My first review of Evolution was back in … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Mangrovia

  Mangrovia Designer: Eilif Svensson Publisher: Zoch Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Time: 60-90 mins Times played: 8, with review copy provided by Zoch Games We’re just about to the end of the Essen 2014 reviews, and I’ve saved one of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Royals (Abacus)

  Royals Designer: Peter Hawes Publisher: Abacus Players: 2-4 Ages: 2-5 Time ~60 minutes Times played: 6, with review copy provided by Abacus So, sometimes it’s funny how things work out.  As you are probably aware (as you’re reading this … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of [redacted]

  [redacted] Publisher: LudiCreations, distributed by Passport Games in the US Designers: Kalain Nimmerfroh, David Turczi, Mihaly Vincze Players: 2-6 Ages: 12+ Time: 45-60 minutes Times played: 1.5, with review copy provided by Passport Games In the game of [redacted], … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Walled City

  Walled City Designers: Daryl Andrews and Stephen Sauer Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Times: 60 min Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Mercury Games – both on Londonderry side Walled City is the new area control game from … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Orongo

  Orongo Designer: Renier Knizia Publisher: Ravensburger Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: 5 with review copy provided by Ravensburger Germany Orongo was one of my more anticipated games from Essen 2014 – namely due to the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Progress: Evolution of Technology (NSKN / Passport)

Progress: Evolution of Technology Designers: Andrei Novac, Agnieszka Kopera Publisher: NSKN Games, with US distribution by Passport Games Players: 1-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 45-90 minutes Times played: 8, with review copy provided by Passport Games Progress is a card-driven civilization … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: A “review” of Tragedy Looper

  Tragedy Looper Designer: BakaFire Publisher: Z-Man games Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Times: ~90-120 mins per scenario Times played: 4 scenarios, all as protagonist Well, this is one of the last “Essen” games that I’m going to write up – … Continue reading

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