Category Archives: Reviews

In Praise of the Local Con

Here in Columbus, OH, I am awash in gaming opportunities. I host a weekly game night at my house. That is nothing special. But, in addition, there is a weekly game night at the local game club, Columbus Area Boardgamers. … Continue reading

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インサイドマン (Inside Man)

Designer: Chang Yu DiArtist: Zaza (炸炸)Publisher: 小雨滴桌遊工作室Players: 3Ages: 8+Playing Time: 5-10 minutesTimes Played: 3 with a purchased copy I’m a sucker for card games, and even more so when they have an explicit player count. It doesn’t play 2 to … Continue reading

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DAZZLING DICELINE

Designer: Masaki Suga (須賀 正樹)Artist: Saori Shibata (柴田 沙央里)Publisher: analog lunchbox (アナログランチボックス)Players: 3-4Ages: 14+Playing Time: 45-60 minutesTimes Played: 4 with a purchased copy DAZZLING DICELINE is a dice drafting worker placement game that asks questions about priorities: unlocking end game … Continue reading

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Brandon Kempf – Two Plays and Done Gen Con 2019 Edition

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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The Escape Game: Prison Break (Spoiler Free)

Establishment: The Escape GameLocation: CincinnatiRoom: Prison BreakLink: TheEscapeGame.com/Cincinnati  The Escape Game is a chain of escape/puzzle rooms based out of Nashville, with locations across the country.  In addition, they have a board game which Dale has reviewed previously and a … Continue reading

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Hats (Game Review by Brandon Kempf)

Designers: Gabriele Bubola Artist: Paolo Voto Publisher: Thundergryph Games Players: 2-4 players Time: 20-30 Minutes Times Played: 6 “Offff with your hat!” I love simple card games that play quickly, but yet make you think. Games that aren’t bogged down … Continue reading

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Letter Jam (Game Review by Brandon Kempf)

Designers: Ondra Skoupý Artist: N/A Publisher: Czech Games Edition Players: 2-6 players Time: 30-60 Minutes Times Played: 5 “Be careful with your clues, we might just end up with a Better Ham” Word games hit a really odd spot in … Continue reading

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Curios

Designer UncreditedPublished by AEG2 – 5 Players, 30 minutesReview by Greg J. Schloesser  Curios is part of AEG’s line of games that are aimed squarely at the family and casual gamers market.  These are games that are designed to be … Continue reading

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くだものがたり (Fruitale)

Designer: Iori Tsukinami (月並いおり)Artist: Nariko (ナリコ), Suzuko (鈴子) Publisher: 吉々庵 (Kichikichian) Players: 4-10Ages: 8+Playing Time: 20-40 minutesTimes Played: 3 with a purchased copy Fruitale is one of the roll-and-write titles released at the 2019 Spring Tokyo Game Market, or, to be more … Continue reading

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Dan Blum: Review of Die Tavernen im Tiefen Thal

Designer: Wolfgang Warsch Publisher: Schmidt Spiele (English version coming from North Star later this year) Players: 2-4 Age: 12+ Time: 60-90 minutes Times played: 8 Although Wolfgang Warsch had a few earlier publications he really arrived on most gamers’ radar … Continue reading

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