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Autumn Game Market Anticipation Post (ゲームマーケット2019秋プレビュー)

Autumn Tokyo Game Market, which I may occasionally slip up and refer to as “Fall”, is happening next weekend, while I’ll be at BGG.CON. Thankfully, that means I’ll miss the last few days of announcements and updates, lest I find … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Shadow Rivals

Shadow Rivals Designer: Halifa Publisher: Moaideas Game Design Players: 2-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 30 minutes Times played, 2 with review copy provided by Moaideas Game Design In Shadow Rivals, you will be leading a team of 8 skillful bandits each with … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Essen Preview of Clip Cut Parks

Clip Cut Parks Designers: Shaun Graham and Scott Huntington Publisher: Renegade Game Studios Players: 1-4 Ages: 8+ Time: 20-30 minutes Review copy provided by Renegade Game Studios As many of you likely know (if you read this blog regularly), I … Continue reading

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Brandon Kempf – Three Games 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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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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