Tag Archives: Essen 2017

Pandemic Legacy: Season 2 (Game Review by Chris Wray) (Spoiler Free)

Designer: Rob Daviau, Matt Leacock Publisher: Z-Man (U.S.) Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 14 and Up Time: 60 Minutes Per Game, Campaign Takes 12-24 Games Times Played: 20 (Full Campaign) Pandemic Legacy first took the boardgame world by storm back … Continue reading

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The Palace of Mad King Ludwig (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Ted Alspach Publisher: Bezier Games Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 13 and Up Time: 75 Minutes Times Played: > 5 (On Review Copy Provided by the Publisher) The Palace of Mad King Ludwig is the latest full-sized strategy game … Continue reading

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Power Grid: Fabled Expansion (Expansion Review by Chris Wray) (Spoiler Free)

Designer:  Friedemann Friese Publisher:  2F-Spiele, Rio Grande Players:  2-6 Ages:  12 and Up Time:  120 Minutes Per Game Times Played: 3 (The entire North America campaign for Power Grid deluxe.) Power Grid is one of my favorite games of all … Continue reading

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Charterstone (Game Review by Chris Wray) (Spoiler Free)

Designer: Jamey Stegmaier Publisher: Stonemaier Games Players: 1 – 6 Ages: 10 and Up Time: 45 – 75 Minutes Times Played: 12 (The entire campaign.) Charterstone is the latest creation of Jamey Stegmaier and his publishing company, Stonemaier Games.  Though … Continue reading

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Essen Day Three: What was hot, and what I played… (Chris Wray)

I spent most of my time on Saturday doing last-minute shopping (gotta love the used game stands) and chatting with publishers for a couple of articles I’m working on.  I didn’t get as much time as I had hoped to … Continue reading

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Essen Day 2: What is hot, and what I played… (Chris Wray)

For me, Friday at Essen means more time playing games and less time shopping.  This posts covers several topics: (1) what’s hot, (2) the International Gamers Award ceremony, and (3) what I played.

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Essen Day One: What was hot, and what I played… (Chris Wray)

As with my past coverage, I’ll be posting each night about (1) what’s hot, (2) what I played, and (3) general thoughts on the convention.  I didn’t get the chance to play many games today, but I did get 90+% … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: The Essen Press Conference

The halls are coming together nicely. I was able to attend the press conference around noon, followed by the press show afterwards, and below is what I have to report.  This all comes from the “Detailed Press Release” handed out … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: Preview of Carcassonne für 2

Designer: Klaus-Jürgen Wrede Publisher: Hans im Glück Verlags-GmbH Players: 2 Ages: 7+ Time: 25 Minutes Times Played: 2 (With many more plays of Carcassonne…) Carcassonne für 2 is a new, inexpensive version of Carcassonne for two players.  The game comes in a nice … Continue reading

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Cities of Splendor: An Expansion Review

Designer:  Marc Andre Publisher:  Space Cowboys Players:  2 – 4 Ages:  10 and Up Time:  30 Minutes Times Played:   > 6 Cities of Splendor: A Review of Four Expansions Splendor is one of my all-time favorite games.  I’ve logged more … Continue reading

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