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If It’s October In Salem, It Means Tourists & New Games!! (Crystal Palace, The Quest for El Dorado-The Golden Temples, & Promenade) – A Lobster Trap Preview

If you haven’t had the chance to do autumn in New England, you are missing out. It is the area’s best season with fall color bringing visitors from all over the country. In Salem, fall means getting ready for Halloween. … Continue reading

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Dale Yu – Essen Preview of Kung Fu

Kung Fu Designer: Zong-Hua Yang (Bob) Publisher: Good Game Studio Players: 2-5 Age: 8+ Time: 15-20 minutes Review copy provided by Good Game / Taiwan Boardgame Design Kung Fu is a super colorful game which arises out of a mostly … Continue reading

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Dale Yu – Essen Preview of Carnival of Monsters

Carnival of Monsters Designer: Richard Garfield Publisher: AMIGO Players: 3-5 Ages: 12+ Time: about 60 mins/game thus far Times played: 4, with early prototype copy (2017) provided by publisher; 1 with new edition provided by Amigo (2019) In this newly … Continue reading

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The Board Game Scene in Indonesia and Indonesian Games at Spiel 2019

When I went to Spiel in 2017, one of my first stops was the Indonesian booth in the far back.  I say “the Indonesian booth” because, as with some other countries, rather than a specific publisher having a booth, an … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review – Bermuda Pirates (and a small Essen Preview of 50 Clues)

Bermuda Pirates Designer: Jeppe Norsker Publisher: FoxMind Players: 2-4 Ages: 7+ Time: 20-30 minutes Played with review copy provided by FoxMind Bermuda Pirates was a game I had heard nothing about prior to seeing it on the FoxMind stand in … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Trial of the Temples

Trial of the Temples Designers: Michael Mihealsick and Wei-Min Ling Publisher: EmperorS4 Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 2, with preview copy sent by EmperorS4 EmperorS4 has been one of the most consistent (IMHO) Taiwanese publishers since … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of 3 small games – Flipover Frog, Decrypto: Laser Drive, Doctor! Doctor!

One of the general trends that I’ve noticed in the past few years is that the release calendar is slowly but surely trending backwards. When I first started seriously playing games, it felt like most of the new releases were … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Jiguan: The Eastern Mechanist

Jiguan: The Eastern Mechanist Designer: Eros Lin Publisher: EmperorS4 Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: 45-90 minutes Times played: 2, with preview copy provided by publisher EmperorS4 has been one of the most consistent (IMHO) Taiwanese publishers since I have started … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Paladins of the West Kingdom

Paladins of the West Kingdom Designer: Shem Phillips, SJ Macdonald Publisher: Renegade Game Studions Players: 1-4 Ages: 90-120 min Age: 12+ Review copy provided by Renegade Game Studios Paladins of the West Kingdom is the second game of the yet … Continue reading

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Essen Preview – Klask 4

Klask 4 Designer: Mikkel Bertelsen Publisher: Klask Ages: 6+ Players: 4 Time: ~10 minutes Times played: ~10 with review copy provided by Klask Klask is a game which has been around since 2015 or so. It’s essentially a super cool … Continue reading

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