Category Archives: Essen 2018

Dale Yu: The Great City of Rome

The Great City of Rome Designers: Matthew Dunstan and Brett J Gilbert Publisher: Abacus/Z-Man Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: about an hour Times played: 4, with review copy of The Great City of Rome provided by Abacus In the Great … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Valparaiso

Valparaiso Designer:  Stefan Malz, Louis Malz Publisher: dlp games Players: 2-5 Time: 45-90 min Ages: 12+ Times played: 2, with review copy provided by dlp games I started reading about the Essen 2018 games back in August, and Valparaiso was … Continue reading

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Alan How: First thoughts on Trade on the Tigris

Trade on the Tigris Designer: Geoff Engelstein & Ryan Sturm Publisher: TMG Players: 3-6 Ages:10+ Time: 60-90 minutes Times played:once with a purchased copy €50 Many years ago the original Civilisation game was created by Francis Tresham and several clever … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Ton Ton

Ton Ton Designer: Tori Hasegawa Publisher: Happy Baobab Players: 3-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 20 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Happy Baobab Ton Ton is an interesting trick taking game from the Korean company Happy Baobab that … Continue reading

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Caught! – Quick Impressions On Some New Games From Lobster Trap – by Craig Massey

Fellow Opinionated Gamer Tery Noseworthy has shared some thoughts on several of the new games she played last month at Lobster Trap. Lobster Trap is an annual event I host with a good friend. Its small with attendance topping out … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Planet

Planet Designer: Urtis Sulinskas Publisher: Blue Orange (EU) Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 6, with review copy provided by Blue Orange (EU) Planet is one of those games that is so eye-catching that it forced me … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Scientia

Scientia Designer: Evan Song Publisher: BoardM Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 2 with review copy provided by BoardM Scientia was one of the games that we got a short teaser from W. Eric Martin on BGG, … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Cool Runnings

Cool Runnings Designer: Olivier Mahy Publisher: Ravensburger Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Times: 30 mins Times played, 4 with review copy provided by Ravensburger DE Cool Runnings was one of my more anticipated games from SPIEL 2018.  I was honestly not … Continue reading

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Opinionated Gamers – Quick Takes, Part Deux…

Well, we’re back for round 2.  A lot of the Opinionated Gamers have had a chance to play more games, especially those who had a chance to go to BGG.con.  This is our second round of quick comments on the … Continue reading

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175 Snap Thoughts on games from SPIEL 2018

  So – lots of gaming done by the Opinionated Gamers this weekend – and though it’s always tough to judge a game by your first play, plenty of opinions to be had.  Sure, it’s not completely fair to a … Continue reading

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