Category Archives: First Impressions

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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First Impressions: Mini WWII

Mini WWII Designer: Wei-Cheng Cheng Publisher: Formosa Force Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 60-120 minutes Times Played: 1 time with review copy One of my favorite things about going to a large university was the breadth of things I … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of The Forgotten City

The Forgotten City Designer: Anton Liu Publisher: TWO PLUS Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 60-75 min Times played: 1, with review copy provided by TWO PLUS/TBD   In the Forgotten City, player work to recover lost memories from the past … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Symphony No. 9

  Symphony No. 9 Designers: Frank Liu, Hung-Yang Shen Publisher: Moaideas Game Design Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 60 minutes Symphony No. 9 places you back in the world of classical music when it was not classical but rather the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Mystical Seeds

  Mystical Seeds Designers: Chang Yu-Di, Gu Chun-Wei, Wang Liang Publisher: TWO PLUS Players:2-4 Time: 30-45 mins Times played: 2, with review copy provided by TWO PLUS/TBD Mystical Seeds is a new resource management game coming out at SPIEL 2018. … Continue reading

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