Category Archives: First Impressions

Dale Yu: First Impressions of Kibble Scuffle

Kibble Scuffle Designers: Keegan Acquaotta, Scott Gratien, Jennifer Graham-Macht, Jesse Haedrich Publisher: Wizkids Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 30 minutes In Kibble Scuffle, players try to get their cats to eat the best (most valuable) food out of the three … 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: 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: First Impression of Europa Base Alpha

Europa Base Alpha Designer:Garrett Herdter Publisher: Wizkids Players: 2-4 Age: 14+ Time: 45-60 min Game played on review copy provided by Wizkids Europa Base Alpha is set, unsurprisingly, on Europa – one of Jupiter’s moons.  In this game, each player … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Pipeline

Pipeline Designer: Ryan Courtney Publisher: Capstone Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 60-120 on the box, my games have been closer to 3 hrs Times played: 2.5 with review copy provided by Capstone Games In Pipeline, players are in charge … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Reigns: The Council

Reigns: The Council Designer: Bruno Faidutti and Herve Marly Publisher: Nerial Players: 3-6 Time: ~10 min per Reign (per player) Reigns: The Council (R:TC) is a new game which is hitting Kickstarter shortly…  Well, actually now – the campaign just … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Shikoku

Shikoku Designer: Eloi Pujadas Publisher: Grand Gamers Guild Players: 3-8 Age: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Grand Gamers Guild There is a tradition in Japan where pilgrims trek on Shikoku to see the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Bosk

Bosk Designers: Daryl Andrews and Erica Bouyouris Publisher: Floodgate Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: 20-30 minutes Times Played:  3, with review copy provided by Floodgate Games In Bosk, each player is a species of tree in a national park … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage (Deluxe edition boardgame)

Waterdeep: Dungeon of the Mad Mage Designer: Kevin Wilson Publisher: Wizkids Players: 1-5 Age: 14+ Time: 60-90 minutes per adventure Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Wizkids Over the past few years, the Dungeons and Dragons people have … Continue reading

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Hot Takes: Mark, Ted and John’s Weekend O’Games!

For the last couple of years, I’ve had the privilege of traveling across a couple of states to join game designer Ted Cheatham (City Square Off, Captain Clueless) and John Palaygi in a 4 day gaming weekend. The last two … Continue reading

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