Category Archives: Reviews

Dale Yu: Review of Shahrazad

  Shahrazad Designer: Yuo Publisher: Osprey Games Players: 1-2 Ages:12+ Time: ~15 minutes Times played: 6 (3 solo, 3 in partnership) Shahrazad was a game that I knew nothing about prior to it showing up on my doorstep a few … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Sagrada

  Sagrada Designers: Daryl Andrews and Adrian Adamescu Publisher: Floodgate Games Players: 1-4 Ages: 13+ Time: ~45 minutes Times played: 7, with review copy provided by Floodgate Games If you’ve ever been to Barcelona, or ever seen a picture of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Amun-Re (2017, Tasty Minstrel Games)

  Amun-Re (2017) Designer: Reiner Knizia Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 3-5 Ages: 12+ Time: 90 minutes Times played: >30 overall, 3 with new version from Tasty Minstrel One of the things that I’ve noticed in today’s gaming world is … Continue reading

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Mini Rails Mini Review – First Impressions

Mini Rails  Designer Mark Gerrits Artist Steve Tse Publisher Moaideas Game Design Players 3-5 Time 40 minutes Mini Rails is the latest game from designer Mark Gerrits who also did SteamRollers. Moaideas Game Design is the publisher. Mini Rails is … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the nominees for the 2017 Spiel des Jahres

Nominees for the “Spiel des Jahres 2017” Kingdomino von Bruno Cathala Magic Maze von Kasper Lapp Wettlauf nach El Dorado von Reiner Knizia   Nominees for “Kinderspiel des Jahres 2017” Captain Silver von Wolfgang Dirscherl & Manfred Reindl Ice Cool von … Continue reading

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Geekway to the West 2017 (Convention Report by Chris Wray)

I look forward to Geekway to the West every year.  Held in the St. Louis metropolitan area, Geekway is a staple of the gaming scene in the Midwest, especially among us Missourians.  This year’s convention sold out in record time, and … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Spoiler-Free Review of the EXIT series from Kosmos

Dale Yu: The EXIT series from Kosmos Games:  EXIT: The Abandoned Cabin, EXIT: The Secret Lab, EXIT: The Pharaoh’s Tomb Designers: Inka and Markus Brand Publisher: Kosmos Players: 1+ Ages: 12+ Time: 45-90 minutes (or maybe more) Times played: 1 … Continue reading

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Review of Escape Room The Game – Welcome to Funland | Escape Room The Game – Murder Mystery (NO SPOILERS)

Escape Room The Game [OG Review] is a cooperative “escape the room” game from Spin Master Ltd. that was released in 2016. The base game contains four different Adventures for teams to explore and experience. Plays must work together to solve several puzzles before time runs out. Verifying that each puzzle has been solved correctly requires the use of an electronic Chrono Decoder and associated Keys. The Chrono Decoder is unique to this game system and is used in several ways, including: it’s the game timer, it contains various ciphers needed to solve puzzles, and it verifies the code – entered by inserting Keys into the device – for each part of the Adventure. Shortly after the release of Escape Room The Game, two separate expansion packs were also released for the game: Welcome to Funland (Difficulty 3.5/5) and
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Play These Games First: Other Recommendations

What games would we recommend that aspiring (but wholly inexperienced) gamers play first?  This is the final article in a three part series, and today we discuss our other recommendations that didn’t make the top 10. We ran through details … Continue reading

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Play These Games First: An Introduction to Gaming (Games #5 – #1)

What games would we recommend that aspiring (but wholly inexperienced) gamers play first?  This is the second article in a three part series, and today we discuss the top five most recommended games. We ran through details of the project … Continue reading

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