Category Archives: Reviews

Dale Yu: Review of Tiffin

  Tiffin Designers: Jonathan Hager and Rael Dornfest Publisher: Rio Grande Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 14+ Time: ~40 minutes Times played: 4, with preview copy provided by Rio Grande Games I have personally been fascinated by the dabbawalla system in … Continue reading

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Fatal Rendez Vous (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Oliver Finet Publisher:  Gigamic Players:  5-20 (Best with >10) Ages:  8 and Up Time:  30 Minutes Times Played:   > 5 (On Review Copy) Fatal Rendez Vous is a social deduction game from Gigamic.  Each player arrives at a Parisian … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of 3 Wishes

  3 Wishes Designer: Chris Castagnetto Publisher: Passport Games / NSKN Players: 3-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 3-5 minutes Times played: 7, with preview copy provided by Passport Games   3 Wishes is a micro game – given to me as … Continue reading

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Beyond Baker Street (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Robin Lees, Steve Mackenzie Publisher:  Z-Man Games Players:  2 – 4 Ages:  13 and Up Time:  20 Minutes Times Played:   > 5 I was drawn to Beyond Baker Street when I heard it compared favorably to Hanabi —  which … Continue reading

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Codenames Pictures (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Vlaada Chvátil Publisher:  Czech Games Edition Players:  2 – 8 Ages:  10 and Up Time:  10-20 Minutes Times Played:   > 5 Codenames Pictures is the much-anticipated follow-up to Vlaada Chvátil’s Codenames, winner of the 2016 Spiel des Jahres.  Czech … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Costa Rica

  Costa Rica Designers: Matthew Dunstan and Brett J. Gilbert Players: 2-5 Ages: 8+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Mayfair Costa Rica was a “submarine release” (to borrow a term from fellow OG writer … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Via Nebula

  Via Nebula Designer: Martin Wallace Publisher: Space Cowboys/Asmodee Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: ~60 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by Asmodee NA Via Nebula is the new release from Martin Wallace – a designer whose games … Continue reading

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Tricks and Trumps #4: Modern Trick Taking Card Games (1996-1998)

This is our fourth entry in an eleven-part series featuring trick taking games.  This entry will focus on trick taking games from 1996 to 1998.  During this era, game designers, primarily out of Germany, were putting their own creative twists … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft

  Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft Designer: Diego Ibáñez Publisher: DEVIR USA Players: 2 Ages: 10+ Time: 30-40 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by DEVIR USA Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft is a new Origins 2016 release from the … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Happy Salmon

  Happy Salmon Designers: Ken Gruhl and Quentin Weir Publisher: North Star Games Players: 3-6 Ages: 6+ Time: 2-3 minutes Times played: >5 with review copy provided by North Star Games   Happy Salmon is one of those quirky games … Continue reading

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