Category Archives: First Impressions

Dale Yu: First Impressions of Kenjin

  Kenjin Designer: Nicolas Sato Publisher: IELLO Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 30-40 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by IELLO Kenjin is a game set in feudal Japan where players take on the role of competing warlords … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Histrio

  Histrio Designers: Bruno Cathala and Christian Martinez Publisher: Bombyx / Asmodee Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Time: ~40 minutes Times played: 3, with preview copy provided by Asmodee NA Histrio is the new release from Bombyx, one of the French … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Urbis

Urbis Designer: Alexander Rasputin Publisher: GaGa Games Players: 2-6 Ages: 10+ Time: 30-45 minutes Gaga Games was a new exhibitor (at least new to me) at Spiel 2015 in Essen – one of a growing number of game companies coming … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Port of Piraeus

  Port of Piraeus Designer: Andrey Alexandrov Publisher: GaGa Games Players: 3-6 Ages: 12+ Time: 30-60 minutes In the economic game Port of Piraeus, you are one of many prudent and provident merchants who have come to the Port of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Doctor Panic

  Doctor Panic Designer: Roberto Fraga Publisher: REPOS Players: 2-9 Ages: 8+ Time: no more than 12 minutes! Times played: 2, with review copy provided by REPOS (This is kinda of a theme… the second Fraga Doctor game this week! … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Niña & Pinta

  Niña & Pinta Designer: Steve Kendall (with help from Phil Kendall and Gary Dicken) Publisher: Ragnar Brothers Players: 1-4 Ages: 14+ Time: ~2 hours Times played: 3 (once with solo game rules) with review copy provided by Ragnar Brothers … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Andromeda

    Andromeda Designer: Jan Zalewski Publisher: Galakta Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 60 minutes Times Played: 3, with review copy provided by Galakta In Andromeda, players represent different races that all converge on an unknown massive spaceship – each … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Tak

    Tak Designers: James Ernest and Patrick Rothfuss Publisher: Cheapass Games Players: 2 Time: 20-30 minutes Tak is a fictional game found in a book that has since come to life.  The game was first described in passing in … Continue reading

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Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment (SPOILER FREE)

How to play Escape Room In A Box: The Werewolf Experiment is quite easy; just open the box, read the rules, choose a leader, start a countdown timer, solve the puzzles, open the locks and then win (hopefully). It’s that easy! In all seriousness, setting up the game and learning how to play is very quick and easy since there are only six rules along with a few “Tips for Success.”

Actually playing the game is not quite as easy, but it’s a whole lot of fun! Once the “Rule” panel is removed, the game has started and the clock is ticking… Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Magic: The Gathering – Battle for Zendikar Expansion

  Magic: The Gathering – Battle for Zendikar Expansion Designer: not listed on box nor rules, base game by Craig Van Ness, James D’Aloisio, Ethan Fleischer Publisher:  Hasbro / Wizards of the Coast Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Time: ~60 minutes … Continue reading

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