Category Archives: Reviews

Dale Yu: Review of Hallertau

Hallertau Designer: Uwe Rosenberg Publisher: Lookout Games Players: 1-4 Age: 12+ Time: 50-140 minutes Times played: 6 with print and play preview copy provided by Lookout Games *** Please note that all of the images here are taken from a … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Sonora  

  Sonora Designer: Rob Newton Publisher: Pandasaurus Players: 1-4 Age: 10+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Pandasaurus The Sonoran desert spans areas of Arizona, California and Mexico.  It is known for beautiful vista and … Continue reading

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Chai (Game Review by Brandon Kempf)

Designer: Dan Kazmaier & Connie Kazmaier Artists: Mary Haasdyk & Sahana VJ Publisher: Steeped Games Players: 1-5  Time: 20-60 Minutes Times Played: 3 “Everything goes better with a bit of tea, or does it?”  About a year and a half … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Zen Garden

Zen Garden Designer: Mike Georgiou Publisher: Queen Games Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Time: 30-45 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Queen Games Zen Garden is a new 2020 release from Queen Games – and I was reading … Continue reading

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Scooby-Doo! Escape from the Haunted Mansion (Game Review by Brandon Kempf)

Designer: Jay Cormier, Sen-Foong Lim & Kami Mandell Artists: Rob Lundy & Rick Hutchinson Publisher: The OP Players: 1 or More Time: 60-120 Minutes Times Played: 2 DISCLAIMER: This review will be as spoiler free as it possibly can be. … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: What I Enjoyed Playing in June 2020

This is the June entry for my series where I post five games I enjoyed playing in the past month for which I didn’t have time to do full reviews.  As always, I limit it to five titles, of which … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Empyreal – Spells and Steam

Empyreal – Spells and Steam Designer: Trey Chambers Publisher: Level 99 Games Players: 2-6 Age: 10+ Time: 60-75 min  Times played: 4, with review copy from Level99 Games So… I’m not normally one for super thematic games.  From the rules … Continue reading

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2019 Meeples Choice Award Winners

The voting for the Meeples Choice Awards has ended and the following three games were chosen by the Spielfrieks user group: THE CREW RES ARCANA MARACAIBO Wingspan, perhaps the leading contender prior to the voting, wound up in fourth place, … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Break the Code

    Break the Code Designer: Ryohei Kurahashi Publisher: Iello Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 10 and up Time: 15 Minutes Times Played: > 15 (between this version and the Japanese original) Web link: https://iellousa.com/products/break-the-code Break the Code is a … Continue reading

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NEVADA CITY

DESIGNER:  Alan Ernstein PUBLISHER: Rio Grande Games PLAYERS: 2 – 4 AGES: 14 and up TIME: 90-120 minutes TIMES PLAYED: 3, with I copy I received for review The most excitement we have around here these days is when our … Continue reading

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