Category Archives: First Impressions

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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Tuesday night – first look at Last Bastion

In what is becoming a nice opening tradition, we have a fantastic homemade dinner and a chance to play a new game with an old friend Frank Schulte-Kulkmann. Two years in a row now, we have gotten an early copy … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Power On!

Power On! Designers: Tao-Tao Chen, Yen-Lin Chen, Yu-Xuan Su, An-Qi Zheng Publisher: Homosapiens Lab Players: 2=4 Age: 6+ Time: 30 minutes or so Times played, 2 with review copy provided by Taiwan Boardgame Design (TBD) So, one of the early hits of the … Continue reading

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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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