Category Archives: Essen 2018

Jonathan Franklin – Review of Orbis

Review: Orbis Design by Tim Armstrong Illustrated by Davide Tosello Published by Space Cowboys 2-4 players 45 minutes Played three times with 3-4 players Review by Jonathan Franklin Orbis is a light-medium engine building game with a spatial aspect and … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Escape Tales: The Awakening

Escape Tales: The Awakening Designers: Jakub Caban, Matt Dembek, Bartosz Idzikowski Publisher: Board&Dice Players: 1-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 180-360 minutes (our game lasted 3hr 15min) Times played: 1, with review copy provided by Board&Dice The past few years have seen … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Dicium

Dicium Designer: Joachim Thome Publisher: Geek Attitude Games Players: 1-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 30-75 minutes Times played: 5, with review copy provided by Geek Attitude Dicium was a game that caught my eye in my SPIEL 2018 preparations as the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Fireworks

Fireworks Designer: Aza Chen Publisher: Renegade Game Studios Players: 2-4 Ages: 6+ Time: 15 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Renegade Game Studios We just left the happiest place on Earth (TM ), and there are fireworks … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Key Flow

Key Flow Designers: Sebastian Bleasdale, Richard Breese and Ian Vincent Publisher: R&D Games Players: 2-6 Ages: 14+ Time: 60-90 minutes Times played: 3, with copy purchased at SPIEL 2018 Key Flow is the latest game set in the Key-universe.  In … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Architects of the West Kingdom

Architects of the West Kingdom Designers: Shem Phillips, SJ MacDonald Publisher: Renegade Games Players: 1-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 75-90 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Renegade Games Architects of the West Kingdom is a new game released … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree Designer: Balazs Nagy Publisher: Clevergreen Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time 30 minutes Times played: 5, with review copy provided by Clevergreen Christmas Tree apparently made its debut in 2017 as Essen, but I somehow missed it amongst the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Arboretum

Arboretum Designer: Dan Cassar Publisher: Renegade Game Studios Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 min Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Renegade Game Studios (at least 10 games of previous incarnation from another publisher in 2015) Arboretum is … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Arraial

Arraial Designers: Nuno Bizarro Sentieiro, Paulo Soledade Publisher: MEBO Games Players: 1-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30-40 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by MEBO Games Arraial is a game based on the eponymous traditional Portuguese summer festival.  In … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Tag City

Tag City Designer: Robin David Publisher: RUNES Editions Players: 2-4 Ages: 8 and up Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by publisher at SPIEL 2018 One of the big themes of SPIEL 2018 was the use … Continue reading

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