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Mini Rails Mini Review – First Impressions

Mini Rails  Designer Mark Gerrits Artist Steve Tse Publisher Moaideas Game Design Players 3-5 Time 40 minutes Mini Rails is the latest game from designer Mark Gerrits who also did SteamRollers. Moaideas Game Design is the publisher. Mini Rails is … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of two Blue Orange Puzzle Games: Go Go Gelato! and Dr. Microbe

    Go Go Gelato Designer: Roberto Fraga Publisher: Blue Orange Players: 2-4 Ages: 6+ Time: ~15 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Blue Orange Go Go Gelato! is one of three new games in the “Doctor” … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Saboteur: The Duel

  Saboteur: The Duel Designer: Frederic Moyersoen Publisher: Mayfair Games Players: 1-2 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Mayfair Games In Saboteur: The Duel, two players play as competing Dwarves, trying to get … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Divinity Derby

  Divinity Derby Designer: Carlo Rossi Publisher: Ares Players: 3-6 Ages: 10+ Time: 45-60 minutes Times played: 2, with preview final prototype copy provided by Ares Divinity Derby is a new race/betting game coming out from Ares.  I had the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Ultimate Warriorz

  Ultimate Warriorz Designer: Guillaume Blossier Publisher: Matagot Players: 2-8 Ages: 8+ Time: ~20 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Matagot Another game in the recent trend of reprints is Ultimate Warriorz (or maybe Ultimate Wariorz – … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of 13 Clues

13 Clues Designer: Andres J. Voicu Publisher: dv giochi Players: 2-6 Ages: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by dv giochi 13 Clues is set in Victorian London, and each player is an investigator for … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of SOL

  SOL Designer: Pierre Buty Publisher: Catch Up Games Players: 2-8 Ages: 10+ Time: ~45 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Catch Up Games In SOL, players split up into 2 teams, the Adventurers and the Conquistadors, … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Room 25 Ultimate

  Room 25 Ultimate Designer: Francois Rouze Publisher: Matagot Players: 1-8 Ages: 10+ Time: about 30 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Matagot Room 25 Ultimate is a reboot of a game which kind of flew under … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Snowblind: Race for the Pole

  Snowblind: Race for the Pole Designer: Robert van Zyl Publisher: Pleasant Company Players: 1-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 45-60 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Pleasant Company In Snowblind, players lead an expedition to try to reach … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Freak Shop

  Freak Shop Designer: Henri Kermarrec Publisher: Catch Up Games Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Catch Up In Freak Shop, players each are trying to build up their mansion (card … Continue reading

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