Category Archives: First Impressions

Dale Yu: First Impressions of Chariot Race

  Chariot Race Designer: Matt Leacock Publisher: Pegasus Spiele Players: 2-6 Ages: 8+ Time: 30-40 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Pegasus Spiele OK, so being the awesome boardgame journalist that I am, I actually had heard … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Bohemian Villages

Bohemian Villages Designer: Reiner Stockhausen Publisher: dlp games Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: ~30 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by dlp games Bohemian Villages wasn’t really on my list of games for Essen until about three days … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Kingdomino

  Kingdomino Designer: Bruno Cathala Publisher: blue orange Players: 2-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 15 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by blue orange In Kingdomino, players vie to build the best 5×5 grid of dominoes (each starts with … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Kilt Castle

  Kilt Castle Designer: Guenter Burkhardt Publisher: Zoch Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Zoch This year, there were two Burkhardt games that caught my eye, and each of them uses … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Planet Defenders

    Planet Defenders Designer: Wei-Min Ling Publisher: EmperorS4 Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 30-60 min Times played: 2 with preview copy provided by EmperorS4 In this new game from EmperorS4, players are trying to protect the planet from rogue … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of 1001

  1001 Designers: David Duperret and Vincent Greco Publisher: TIKI Editions Players: 2-8 Ages: 8+ Time: 40-60 minutes Times played: 2 in team version, with review copy provided by TIKI Editions – and once as 2p game 1001 is a … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Millions of Dollars

  Millions of Dollars Designer: Jeremi Kletzkine Publisher: Matagot Players: 3-8 Ages: 14+ Time: ~30 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Matagot Millions of Dollars is a frenetic negotiation/bluffing game new at Spiel 2016 from Matagot.  The … Continue reading

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Father in thE Messe 2016: day 1

The first time you enter in the Messe is something you can’t forget. Something you know will change your life for ever like the first day of school, the first kiss or the first time you eat Tortellini (for people … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of The Perfumer

The Perfumer Designer: Chu-Lan Kao Publisher: BigFun Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Time: 60-90 minutes Times played: 2, with preview copy provided by BigFun In The Perfumer, players are novice perfumers traveling around the globe trying to learn how to make … Continue reading

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Planet Defenders – Essen Preview

Planet Defenders – Essen Preview  Designed By Wei-Min Ling Artist Maisherly Publisher EmperorS4 Games 2-4 Players 30-60 min In Planet Defenders players are trying to capture wayward robots using the 3 super planet defenders robots. To do this players use … Continue reading

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