Category Archives: Essen 2019

Dale Yu: Review of Masters of Renaissance

Masters of Renaissance (Lorenzo il Magnifico: The Card Game) Designers: Simone Luciani and Nestore Mangone Publisher: Cranio  Creations Players: 1-4 Age: 12+ Time: 45 mins Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Asmodee NA I was really excited prior … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Fast Sloths

Fast Sloths Designer: Friedemann Friese Publisher: 2F Spiele Players: 2-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 60 minutes Played 5x on review copy provided by 2F When I talked to the folks at the 2F booth, they quickly sold me on the idea … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Rumble Nation

Rumble Nation Designer: 与儀新一 (Shinichi Yogi)Publisher: Hobby JapanPlayers: 2-4Ages: 10+Time: 20-40 minutesTimes Played: 4 times with review copy provided by Hobby Japan, 5 plays with first edition (by 77spiele) Rumble Nation was a highly anticipated SPIEL 2019 game for me; … Continue reading

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Opinionated Gamers – First Impressions of Fuji Koro

Fuji Koro Designer: Jerome Demeyere Publisher: Game Brewer Players: 1-6 Age: 12+ Time: 90-120 minutes From the publisher, the story behind this cooperative or competitive game: “Mount Fuji is on the verge of erupting. Red hot lava will soon consume … Continue reading

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Alubari: A Nice Cup of Tea

•Designer: Tony Boydell •Publisher: Studio H •Players: 1-5 •Ages: 10+ •Time: 45-120 minutes •Times Played: 3, with a review copy provided by Tony Boydell             My wife Shelley loves tea. Almost every day starts with the ritual of tea making: filling … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers Re-review Hadara and talk about the new mini Expansions

Hadara Designer: Benjamin Schwer Publisher: Hans im Glück, Z-Man Games(Gen Con Release) Players: 2-5 Time: 45-60 We originally looked at this game back on July 22, 2019 – right before Gen Con 2019.  Since then, the game has been a … Continue reading

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Cine Write and Trade (Preview)

Designer: Nomas Kurnia, Arif PrimaArtist: Nomas KurniaPublisher: Tematis Co.Players: 2-4Ages: 13+Times Played: 2 on my demo copy This will be a different sort of post, as this game isn’t available…yet.  Along with two other games I’ll tell you about once … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Fire in Adlerstein (spoiler free)

Fire in Adlerstein Designer: Alexander Krys Publisher: iDventure Players: 1-5 Age: 13+ Time: 2 hours Times played: 1, with review copy provided by iDventure (This review is meant to be spoiler free.  There are pictures of the game components in … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Minecraft – Builders & Biomes

Minecraft – Builders and Biomes Designer: Ulrich Blum Publisher: Ravensburger Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 30 minutes Played twice with review copy provided by Ravensburger USA So when I first read about Minecraft – Builders & Biomes (pre-Essen), I’ll admit … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of 50 Clues – The Leopold Trilogy (spoiler free)

50 Clues – The Leopold Trilogy (The Pendulum of the Dead, White Sleep, The Fate of Leopold) Designer: Jeppe Norsker Publisher: Norsker Games Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: we took about 4 hours total to play all 3 games Times … Continue reading

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