Category Archives: First Impressions

Super-Skill Pinball 4-Cade: First Impressions

Designers: Geoff Englestein Publishers: WizKids Players: 1-4 Time: 20-40 minutes Times Played: 5 (with a promo copy published online by WizKids)  I’ve played a decent amount of pinball in my day. (Seriously, I’m 55 years old… I can remember the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Monster Baby Rescue!

Monster Baby Rescue Designer: Vladimir Suchy Publisher: Rio Grande Games / Delicious Games Players: 2-5 Age: 9+ Time: 20-40 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Rio Grande I’ll be honest with you, when I first heard about … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Brainwaves: The Brilliant Boar

Brainwaves: The Brilliant Boar Designer: Dirk Baumann Publisher: Kosmos Ages:8+ Players: 1-4 Time: 10-15 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Thames&Kosmos The Brainwaves series of games was first released in 2019.  This set of three games is … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae

Res Arcana: Lux et Tenebrae Designer: Tom Lehmann Publisher: Sand Castle Games Players: 2-5 Age: 12+ Time: 20-40 mins Times played: 5, with preview copy provided by Asmodee NA Res Arcana was, without a doubt, one of my favorite games … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of The Fox in the Forest: Duet

The Fox in the Forest: Duet Designer: Foxtrot Games Publisher: Renegade Games Players: 2 Time: 30 minutes Times played: 2 sessions, with preview copy provided by Renegade Games The Fox in the Forest was a very well received 2 player … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Butterfly

Butterfly Designer: Stephen Glenn Publisher: Rio Grande Games Players: 2-5 Ages: 9+ Time: 30-45 minutes Game played on review copy provided by Rio Grande Games Butterfly is the newest release from one of my oldest friends in gaming, Stephen Glenn.  … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers give quick takes on SPIEL 2019 games – part 3 of ??? – updated as of November 17

So last year, we did a fun thing where we asked our writers to give short comments on games as they play them, and many of our readers felt this was a great way to read about the games.  These … Continue reading

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Brandon Kempf – Three Games from Essen 2019

I have a lot of games. A lot of games that are on my shelves, or on my table being played, that I have told myself that I want to review at some point. For one reason or another, this … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers give quick takes on SPIEL 2019 games – part 2 of ??? – updated as of November 11

So last year, we did a fun thing where we asked our writers to give short comments on games as they play them, and many of our readers felt this was a great way to read about the games.  These … Continue reading

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Six Essen 2019 Quick Recaps – Simon Weinberg

Editors Note: I was supposed to post this on the Saturday of the fair, but due to some “technical issues” (i.e. I completely forgot), I didn’t get this uploaded until I got back home when the technical issues were resolved … Continue reading

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