Category Archives: First Impressions

Dale Yu: First Impressions of Alone (spoiler free)

Alone Designers: Andrea Crespi, Lorenzo Silva Publisher: Horrible Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: ~2 hrs Played with review copy provided by Horrible Games Alone is a new one vs all game from Horrible Games.  I received a review copy … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Kings’ Struggle

Kings’ Struggle Designer: Robert Burke Publisher: WizKids Players: 3-6 Ages: 14+ Time: 30-40 mins Times played: 2, with review copy provided by WizKids Kings’ Struggle has an interesting premise – a card game which combines the mechanisms of negotiation, trick … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Time Vault Soccer

Time Vault Soccer Designer: Scott SheaPublisher: Sneaky Prawn GamesPlayers: 2Ages: 8+Time: 30-45 minutesTimes played: 3, with review copy provided by Sneaky Prawn Games Time Vault Soccer was offered to me over email – as I have stated in the past … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Tag City

Tag City Designer: Robin David Publisher: RUNES Editions Players: 2-4 Ages: 8 and up Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by publisher at SPIEL 2018 One of the big themes of SPIEL 2018 was the use … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Scientia

Scientia Designer: Evan Song Publisher: BoardM Players: 2-4 Ages: 13+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 2 with review copy provided by BoardM Scientia was one of the games that we got a short teaser from W. Eric Martin on BGG, … Continue reading

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Simon W’s 2nd set of Essen First Takes

Blackout: Hong Kong Rating: I love it!There was massive demand to play this gem – high expectations for the next Alexander Pfister – Eggert game following Great Western Trail which remains a personal favourite for me.Blackout Hong Kong is quite … Continue reading

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Simon W’s first takes of Essen 2018 Games

ReefRating: I love it!Abstract Game from Plan B where you are able to draw “recipe” cards from a common display. Playing them will allow you to put down two pieces on your coral reef (in one of 4 different colours) … Continue reading

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Early Thoughts on Spiel’18 Games

For the second time in my life I attended the Internationale Spieltage in Essen this year.  But, having learned from my previous experience the first time – I headed back home early, and just spent the day playing a bunch … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Trapwords

Trapwords Designers: Jan Březina, Martin Hrabálek, Michal Požárek Publisher: CGE Players: 4-8 Time: 30-40 mins Times played: 2, with actual copy; at least 5 with mockup copy homebrewed since GenCon Trapwords is the newest word/party game from CGE. Given the … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Cat Rescue

Cat Rescue Designer: Ta-Te Wu Artist: Kaiami Publisher: Sunrise Tornado Game Studio Players: 1-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 15-30 minutes Times Played: 6 times with review copy I must admit, when small box cat themed games started to appear a few … Continue reading

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