Category Archives: Essen 2014

Dale Yu: First Impressions of City Hall (Tasty Minstrel)

  City Hall Designer: Michael Keller Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: 90 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Tasty Minstrel Games City Hall is a tile placement, role-selection (or role-auction) game that pits … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Arboretum

  Arboretum Designer: Dan Cassar Publisher: Z-Man Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 min Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Z-Man Arboretum is a game that has players competing to build the most “sumptuous” arboretum – and … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Akrotiri

 [Editor’s Note – though we try to normally collaborate on a group reviews here at the Opinionated Gamers, sometimes we get our signals crossed and have multiple people write up reviews on their own – rather than try to figure … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Guardians’ Chronicles

  Guardians’ Chronicles Designer: Frederick Condette Publisher: IELLO Players: 2-5 Ages: 14+ Time: 75+ minutes Times played: 2+ with review copy provided by IELLO Guardians’ Chronicles is the much anticipated all-versus-one superhero game that has been a few years in … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Aquasphere

  Aquasphere Designer: Stefan Feld Publisher: Hall Games / Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 120 min Times Played: 2, with review copy provided by Tasty Minstrel Games Aquasphere was one of the new releases at Essen 2014 … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Witness (Ystari)

  Witness Designer: Dominique Bodin Publisher: Ystari Players: 4 Ages: 13+ Time: ~15 minutes/case Times played: 8 cases thus far (4 beginner, 3 normal, 1 difficult) Witness is admittedly an “odd bird” for these games of ours.  But, don’t take … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Grog Island

  Grog Island Designer: Michael Rieneck Publisher: Eggertspiele Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 40-75 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Eggertspiele Grog Island is the newest release from Eggertspiele, a company currently riding high after winning the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of King’s Pouch

  King’s Pouch Designer: Kee W. Kim Publisher: Dive Dice (Korea) Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 60-90 minutes Times Played: 3, with review copy provided by Korea Board Games at Essen King’s Pouch was one of a number of games … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Versailles

  Versailles Designer: Andrei Novac Publisher : NSKN Games, EN distribution by Passport Players: 2-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 45-75 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by NSKN/Passport In Versailles, players take on the role of competing designers of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of El Gaucho

  El Gaucho Designer: Arve D. Fühler Publisher: Argentum / Passport to distribute in US Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 60 minutes Time played: 3 with review copy provided by Argentum I have always been a supporter of Argentum.  In my … Continue reading

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