Category Archives: Essen 2016

Tempel des Schreckens (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Yusuke Sato Publisher: Schmidt Spiele Players: 3 – 10 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 15 Minutes Times Played: > 12 I’m a big fan of social deduction games (as I detailed at this Geeklist), and Tempel des Shreckens (“Temple … Continue reading

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Kingdomino (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Bruno Cathala Publisher: Blue Orange Games, Pegasus Spiele, Others Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 15-20 Minutes Times Played: > 10 I love family-weight strategy games, but so far, there haven’t been many that have stood … Continue reading

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Hanamikoji (Re-Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Kota Nakayama Publisher: Quick Simple Fun Games; EmperorS4 Games Players: 2 Ages: 10 and Up Time: 15 Minutes Times Played: > 10 Quick Simple Fun games released Hanamikoji in the U.S. in December.  The game is currently up for … Continue reading

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Spyfall 2 (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Alexander Ushan Publisher: Cryptozoic / Hobby World Players: 3 – 12 Players Ages: 13 and Up Time: 15+ Minutes Times Played: > 5 Spyfall came out a couple of years ago and was a big hit on the social … Continue reading

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Insider (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designers: Akihiro Itoh, Kwaji, Daichi Okano, Kito Shinma Publisher: Oink Games Players: 4 – 8 Ages: 9 and Up Time: 15 Minutes Times Played: > 12 (with 4-8 Players) Insider is a bit of “20 questions” mixed with “Werewolf” (or, … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Aeon’s End

  Aeon’s End Designer: Kevin Riley Publisher: Indie Boards&Cards / Action Phase Games Players: 1-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 60-90 minutes Times played: 5 with review copy provided by Action Phase Games Since Dominion hit the boardgaming scene in 2008, there … Continue reading

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Pandemic Iberia (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designers: Matt Leacock, Jesus Torres Castro Publisher: Z-Man Games Players: 2 – 5 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 45 Minutes Times Played: 5 (with 2-5 Players) Pandemic Iberia made its debut at Essen 2016, receiving a much wider release in … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of the Colonists

  The Colonists Designer: Tim Puls Publisher: Lookout Games / Mayfair Players: 1-4 Ages: 14+ Time: roughly 20 min per player per era Times played: about 20, with review copy provided by Mayfair Games If you’re a regular reader of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Sponsio

  Sponsio Designer: Dorsonczky Jozsef Players: 3-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Mind Fitness Games In Sponsio, players take on the role of lanistae – the men who used to run gladiator … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Die Baumeister des Colosseum

  Die Baumeister des Colosseum Designer: Klaus Jurgen Wrede Publisher: Schmidt Spiele Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Schmidt Spiele Schmidt Spiele is honestly one of my go-to publishers each year … Continue reading

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