Category Archives: Essen 2017

Fast Forward from Friedemann Friese – A Triple Review

  Designer: Friedemann Friese Publishers: 2F and Stronghold Games Players: 2-4 (Fear), 2-4 (Fortress), 1-4 (Flee) Time: 15 minutes (Fear & Fortress), 75-90 minutes (Flee) Ages: 12+ Games Played: 7 (Fear), 4 (Fortress), 3 (Flee)… all with review copies provided … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Harvest Island

  Harvest Island Designer: Chih-Fan Chen Publisher: Big Fun Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by BigFun/TaiwanBoardgamesDesign In Harvest Island, players vie to be the most successful crop cultivator on the island … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Upstream

Upstream Designer: Victor Samitier Publisher: 2 Tomatoes Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by 2 Tomatoes Upstream was high on my list of games to look at while in Essen 2017. However, … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Time Arena

Time Arena Designer: Fabrice Lamouille Publisher: Blam! (distributed by BlackRock) Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 10 minutes Times played: 5, with review copy provided by Blam! Time Arena was one of the games that really caught my eye at the … Continue reading

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HALLOWEEN

  Designer: Angelo de Maio Publisher: Quined Games Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 12+ Time: 45 – 90 minutes Times played: 4 (3 regular game, 1 master game), with a copy I purchased   Theme can be important in games; … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Riverboat

  Riverboat Designer: Michael Kiesling Publisher: Mayfair / Lookout Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 90-100 mins Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Mayfair A few years back, Mayfair bought out Lookout Games – and I was honestly a … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Doodle Rush

Doodle Rush Designer: Adam Porter Publisher: Brain Games Players: 3-6 Ages: 8+ Time: 6-7 minutes Times played: 8, with review copy provided by Brain Games Brain Games was unknown to me until about two years ago – they are a … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Dragon Castle

Dragon Castle Designers: Lorenzo Silva, Hjalmar Hach, Luca Ricci Publisher: Horrible Games Players:2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 40-60 minutes Times played: 6, with review copy provided by Horrible Games Prior to SPIEL 2017, Dragon Castle was high on my list of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Preview of Kami-Sama

  Kami-Sama Designer:  AJ Lambeth Publisher: Kolossal Games Players: 2-4 Ages: (not listed on my documentation) Time: documentation says 45-60 minutes, real life says 90ish minutes Times played: 4, with prototype preview copy provided by publisher (Note that the above … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Calimala

  Calimala Designer: Fabio Lopiano Publisher: ADC Blackfire Players: 3-5 Ages: 10+ Time: 75-90 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by ADC Blackfire Blackfire has been one of those companies that has been on the periphery of my … Continue reading

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