Category Archives: Essen 2019

Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Trial of the Temples

Trial of the Temples Designers: Michael Mihealsick and Wei-Min Ling Publisher: EmperorS4 Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 2, with preview copy sent by EmperorS4 EmperorS4 has been one of the most consistent (IMHO) Taiwanese publishers since … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of 3 small games – Flipover Frog, Decrypto: Laser Drive, Doctor! Doctor!

One of the general trends that I’ve noticed in the past few years is that the release calendar is slowly but surely trending backwards. When I first started seriously playing games, it felt like most of the new releases were … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Bloom Town

Bloom Town Designers: Asger Harding Granerud and Daniel Skjold Pederson Publisher: Sidekick Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Times played, 2 with preview copy provided by Sidekick Games This time of year is the most exciting time to … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Jiguan: The Eastern Mechanist

Jiguan: The Eastern Mechanist Designer: Eros Lin Publisher: EmperorS4 Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 45-90 minutes Times played: 2, with preview copy provided by publisher EmperorS4 has been one of the most consistent (IMHO) Taiwanese publishers since I have started … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of uBike Tours: Taiwan

uBike Tours: Taiwan Designer: Chih-Fan Chen Publisher: Big Fun Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 2, with preview copy provided by Taiwan Boardgames Each fall, I look forward to a care package sent to me from my … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Electropolis

Electropolis Designers: Chang Yu-Di, Ku Chun-Wei, Wang LIang Publisher: Homosapiens Lab Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: ~1 hour Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Taiwan BoardgameDesign As described by the publisher – Electropolis is a strategic city-building boardgame. … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Paladins of the West Kingdom

Paladins of the West Kingdom Designer: Shem Phillips, SJ Macdonald Publisher: Renegade Game Studions Players: 1-4 Ages: 90-120 min Age: 12+ Review copy provided by Renegade Game Studios Paladins of the West Kingdom is the second game of the yet … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of 5211

5211 Designer: Tsuyoshi Hashiguchi (はしぐち つよし) Publisher: Next Move Games Players: 2-5 Age 8+ Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 7, with review copy provided by Next Move Games 5211 was a surprise to me at GenCon – I wasn’t expecting … Continue reading

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Essen Preview – Klask 4

Klask 4 Designer: Mikkel Bertelsen Publisher: Klask Ages: 6+ Players: 4 Time: ~10 minutes Times played: ~10 with review copy provided by Klask Klask is a game which has been around since 2015 or so. It’s essentially a super cool … Continue reading

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Dale Yu – Review of Ecos: First Continent

Ecos: First Continent Designer: John D Clair Publisher: AEG Players: 2-6 Ages: 14+ Time: 45-60 minutes Times played – 3 with review copy provided by AEG In Ecos: First Continent – the game asks the question: “What if the formation … Continue reading

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