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Review: The Quest for El Dorado

The Quest for El Dorado is Reiner Knizia’s take on the deck-building genre. It has been more than 10 years ...
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Review: Valley of the Kings: Premium Edition

As Indiana Jones once said, “If you want to be a good archaeologist, you gotta get out of the library.” ...
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Review: Miyabi

Some of the best games out there are simple and elegant designs. Miyabi is definitely trying to be just that, ...
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Review: Bloom Town

Thar’s gold in them thar hills. Wait, what’s that you say? It’s Bloom Town, not Boom Town? Oh, one second ...
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Review: Trails of Tucana

I’ve hiked many trails in my life, but never one like the Trails of Tucana. As far as I know ...
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First Impressions: Escape Plan

It was a long-time wish of mine to play a Vital Lacerda game. I was a bit scared that I ...
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Review: Walking in Burano

Burano, Italy is a beautiful island that attracts a large number of tourists who seek the famous lace or maybe ...
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First Impressions: Paris

Michael Kiesling and Wolfgang Kramer are at it again. They have, once again, joined forces to give us a classic, ...
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Review: Aristocracy

Born among the wealthy, with a silver spoon in my mouth, I was made for a game about the aristocracy ...
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Review: Mississippi Queen

The Mississippi river flows for 3730 km from Lake Itasca to the gulf of Mexico. The river derives its name ...
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First Impressions: Chronicles of Crime – The Millennium Series

The original Chronicles of Crime remains my absolute favourite “solve the crime” style game. I’ve enjoyed all my plays of ...
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Review: The Magnificent

Ever thought about running away and joining the circus, or perhaps starting your very own circus? No? Well, me either ...
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Review: Jetpack Joyride

Jetpack Joyride, designed by Lucky Duck Games, is a real-time competitive puzzle game. It’s an adaptation of the same-titled side-scrolling ...
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Review: Point Salad

It is well known that points salads are my game groups favorite kind of salad. We love to play games ...
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Review: Cytosis

Become a human cell, gathering the necessary macromolecules and ATP to complete what you were born to do in Cytosis: ...
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Review: Endeavor: Age of Sail

Endeavor: Age of Sail is a remake of Endeavor by Carl de Visser and Jarratt Gray from 2008. Burnt Island ...
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Review: Epic Card Game

No mana, very minimal resources and huge monsters is what makes Epic Card Game different from other dueling card games ...
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Review: Santa Maria

Colonizing America is no easy easy task, but with the help of dice and titles you just might succeed. Santa ...
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End of the Trail

Review: End of the Trail

Thar’s gold in them thar hills! And what’s mining for gold without a little poker? End of the Trail puts ...
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Review: Call to Adventure

Who are you? Who will you become? What will make you who you are? We all have our own back ...
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Review: Fog of Love

Fog of Love had a great deal of buzz about it when it was released in 2017. With its sleek ...
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First Impressions: Time of Legends: Destinies

I used to play a lot of RPGs when I was younger. Not just classic pen and paper Dungeons and ...
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Review: The Rise of Queensdale

King Nepomuk II has one request of you; to build the best castle for his Queen. It sounds simple enough, ...
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Review : Lord of the Rings: Journeys in Middle-Earth

“All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us” Gandalf spoke to ...
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Review: Saloon Tycoon

The gold rush has brought many people to your small town and being the enterprising self that you are, you ...
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First Impressions: Dice Settlers

Being a big fan of deck building games I’m always interested in trying new takes on the concept. So I ...
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Review: Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North

Imperial Settlers: Empires of the North is a stand alone game set in the Imperial Settlers universe. It’s not compatible ...
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Review: Little Town

Little Town is a charming little worker placement game. IELLO cleary aimed it at families and the more casual gamers, ...
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Review: Between Two Castles of Mad King Ludwig

The Mad King Ludwig - Ludwig II of Bavaria to his friends - was known to be a bit eccentric ...
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Review: Sorcerer & Stones

Gain enlightenment during the Qin dynasty to become a Xian, an immortal “godly spirit” or manipulate tiles to gather cubes ...
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Review: Tales of Glory

What if I told you a tile placement game could be more than just building castles, roads and farms? What ...
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Review: Everdell

Everdell is a worker-placement, engine and tableau builder designed by James A. Wilson and released by Starling Games. In the ...
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Review: Fertility

Fertility is a very straightforward and charming game about placing domino style tiles on common board to obtain resources (Alabaster, ...
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First Impressions: Tiny Towns

Tiny Towns is a quick puzzle of a game, featuring pattern matching and town building. Players take turns choosing 1 ...
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Review: The Quacks of Quedlinburg

If this tongue twister of a name doesn’t yet grab your attention, I hope the name of the designer will! ...
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Review: Wingspan

Wingspan is the newest game from Stonemaier Games. That is enough for some to be interested in this game. The ...
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Review: Lightseekers

Choose and order, pick a hero and build your deck to take down your opponent in Lightseekers by Playfusion. Lightseekers ...
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Review: Star Realms: Frontiers

Build your fleet and destroy your opponent. As with most good space themed games or movies, Star Realms: Frontiers puts ...
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Review: Blue Lagoon

A mere glance at the box of Blue Lagoon and the soundtrack of Disney’s “Moana” starts playing in the back ...
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Review: Tallinn

Tallinn is the largest and capital city of Estonia and also the second game in the Ostia Spiele series of ...
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Review: Subatomic

H₂O, CO₂, H₂SO₄. Water, carbon dioxide, sulfuric acid; these are molecular formulas most people would recognize. Well, maybe not sulfuric ...
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Review: Tulip Bubble

In case you didn’t know, in the Netherlands in 1637 investment in Tulips were a thing. Not just any thing, ...
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Review: Bard Saga

In Bard Saga you are on the search for the missing poem of the greatest bard of all time, Homer ...
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Review: Liberatores

“Beware the Ides of March,” or at least that is what we were taught Julius Caesar was warned less than ...
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Review: Battlefold

A game with a central mechanism of folding a piece of cloth? And a take that-ish fighting game on top ...
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Review: Pie Town

I once had a cookie recipe of mine in a contest to be the new fall offering at a local ...
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First Impressions: Nanty Narking

I've recently had the privilege of getting an preview copy of Nanty Narking a retheme of DISCWORLD: ANKH-MORPORK. Because I've ...
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Review: Fantasy Defense

You’ve probably heard the story before; elves and humans working together to fight off the invading orcs. You may know ...
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Review: Yamataï

Yamataï… A strange name for a game that’s both beautiful to look at and to play. But nevertheless that is ...
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First Impressions: Thieves Den

There are certain publishers that have earned my attention whenever they publish a new game and Daily Magic Games has ...
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Review: Welcome to

Welcome to... Postwar America! Confident that a bright and prosperous future now lies ahead, America’s population experiences an exponential growth ...
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Review: Pikoko

What do you get when you cross a trick taking game with plastic peacocks? a fan-tastic card game… But what ...
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Review: Chimera Station

I’m not an alien, but if I was, I like to imagine I would be the kind of alien who ...
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First Impressions: Teotihuacan – City of Gods

When I first got into board gaming, the first heavy game I played was Agricola. The second heavy game I ...
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First Impressions: The Mind

The hype is real. The Mind from NSV has been taking over the board game community by surprise and a ...
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Review: Riga

Travelling is a hobby of mine, and one of my favorite things to do is visit cities that aren’t the ...
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Review: Sundae Split

I’m a big fan of ice cream in both senses of the word big, in that I really like ice ...
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First Impressions: Solar City

UPDATE: This Kickstarter campaign for Solar City is now live. You can find it here: Solar City on Kickstarter It’s ...
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Review: Flamme Rouge

Flamme Rouge brings road bicycle racing to the gaming table. No other sport is as interwoven with my Flemish roots, ...
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Review: Transatlantic

Transatlantic was the new game at Spiel Essen 2017 from PD-Verlag. It has gone through multiple stages and has been ...
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First Impressions: Jurassic Snack

Jurassic Snack is a light 2 player only game. Combining awesome dinosaur miniatures with a legendary designer (Bruno Cathala) really ...
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Review: The Fox in the Forest

The Fox in the Forest is a trick-taking game for two players from Renegade Game Studios and Foxtrot Games, designed ...
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Review: Cavern Tavern

The premise in Cavern Tavern is simple: pick up an order, gather the ingredients for the drink, and deliver it ...
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Review: Merchants of Araby

We are Merchants of Araby, trading magic, jewels, spices and fabric in order to create the most profitable business in ...
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Review: Aura

In Aura, a card game by Breaking Games, everyone is competing to have the most cards in their Aura at ...
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Review: Ex Libris

Collecting dusty ancient books might not sound like a fun activity, nor a fun evocative theme for a board game ...
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Review: Unfair

Growing up near one of the best Roller Coaster parks in the world left a soft spot in my heart ...
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Review: Pulsar 2849

Pulsar 2849 is a game all about technology, pulsars, gyrodynes (gigantic generators that spin around pulsars to generate power) and ...
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Review: Rescue Polar Bears: Data & Temperature

In my 4 years as an avid board gamer I’ve been all kind of heroes. I’ve protected medieval towns from ...
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Review: Nyet!

I love the classic card games like Euchre, Hearts and Spades, but after playing them for years they got a ...
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Review: Sagrada

In the midst of Barcelona, already 5 generations of citizens bore witness to the rising beauty of the Sagrada Familia ...
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Review: Round House

Round Houses, or Fujian Tulou, are essentially walled villages in rural China. In the game Round House, each player represents ...
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Review: Concordia

It's no secret that deck-building is a favorite game mechanic of mine. Especially when it is done in a unique ...
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Review: Planet Defenders

In Planet Defenders you are controlling 3 robots trying to defend 9 planets from malfunctioning robots. As the theme might ...
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Review: Codenames: Pictures

Team against team. Spymaster against spymaster. Codenames: Pictures is an easy game to get into, but both challenging and fun ...
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Review: Colosseum

I love putting on a show and being the center of attention. Colosseum lets me do just that while assuming ...
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Review: Railroad Revolution

Railroad Revolution, a game about the expanding railroad lines in the United States, puts the players in the shoes of ...
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Review: Augustus

Augustus (or Rise of Augustus) is a light card drafting, set collection game with a twist. Designed by Paolo Mori, ...
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Review: Kanagawa

Kanagawa is a Japanese prefecture of the Greater Tokyo Area. In the early 19th century (late Edo period) master painter ...
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Review: Noch Mal!

Unlike other games, in Noch Mal! (also called Encore! and Keer op Keer!) there is no theme. You are not ...
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Review: Scythe

In 2016 the game I read and heard most about was Scythe. Designed by Jamey Stegmaier. It got a lot ...
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Review: Clank!

Clank! is not only the name of the game it’s also one of the core elements of the game. In ...
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Review: Bloodborne: The Card Game

Bloodborne: The Card Game is a card game, as the title cleverly puts it, where you want to get the ...
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Review: The Networks

In The Networks you are the head of a fledgling television network and quite frankly you have nothing good to ...
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Review: Ice and Sky

Ice and Sky is my wife’s favourite game (and she doesn’t like a lot of games) and it’s a really ...
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Review: Oceanos

In Oceanos players are captains of a submarine exploring the deep blue sea. You will earn points by discovering coral ...
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Review: Vinhos Deluxe Edition

Vinhos is my first Vital Lacerda game. As a eurogamer I had long wanted to try out a game from ...
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Review: Avenue

In Avenue players are harvesters, picking grapes and delivering the yield to the neighboring farms. Being provident, prudent and pushing your ...
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Review: Lorenzo il Magnifico

In Lorenzo il Magnifico you play as the head of a noble family during the Italian renaissance. You spend your ...
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Review: Eternity

Eternity is a beautiful card game about planting sacred trees to keep the balance between Sky, Earth and Sea. Don't ...
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Review: Heir to the Pharaoh

Heir to the Pharaoh is a two player game with many layers. It is a lush production (especially the Kickstarter ...
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Review: Papà Paolo

Papà Paolo is a medium weight, fast-paced eurogame that combines worker placement, bidding, and engine and city building. Players take on ...
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Review: Adrenaline

Adrenaline is not the first game to try to emulate a first-person shooter game in boardgame form. It is however the ...
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Review: Tides of Infamy

Tides of Infamy is a golden age of piracy free-for-all where the goal is to be the most infamous raider (obviously!) ...
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Review: Undercover

I picked up Undercover at Essen SPIEL '16, right after playing it there. Since then I have already played it ...
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Review: Kingdomino

Designed by the legendary Bruno Cathala, Kingdomino's title is a clever combination of the words Kingdom and Domino. It's actually also ...
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Review: 13 Days: The Cuban Missile Crisis

13 Days is a game about getting through the Cuba Missile crisis without starting a nuclear war. It is a game ...
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Review: Vikings on Board

Vikings on Board is a game all about getting ready to go raiding. You need to get your fierce clan warriors on ...
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Review: ZhanGuo

In ZhanGuo you are officials who work for the first Emperor of China. You try to help him with unifying ...
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Review: Via Nebula

In a nutshell Via Nebula is a very attractive and clean "pick-up and deliver" game where you race to be ...
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Review: Meeple War

Meeple War is a free-for-all melee on an uncharted battlefield between different tribes of meeples, as the name indicates. Everyone ...
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Review: Stockpile

When monopoly was originally released it was created as a critique of capitalism. I don’t know if the creators of ...
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Review: Barony

At its core Barony is really an abstract strategy game with a medieval theme pasted on. Or rather, I would ...
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Review: Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot

Rattle, Battle, Grab the Loot might have the most descriptive title ever. It tells you exactly what the games is about. First ...
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Review: Imhotep

Imhotep is fantastic game with clean easy to teach rules, great components and so many interesting choices to make each turn. And ...
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Review: The City

Recently I played a couple of games of The City. It's a small card game for 2-5 players designed by ...
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Review: Scoville

Scoville is a game all about chilli-peppers. Planting them, crossbreeding them, selling them and cooking them into deviously hot dishes ...
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Review: Fungi

Fungi (or Morels as it also know) is a game about collecting delicious mushrooms and eventually cooking them. Of course, ...
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Review: A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition)

I'd like to introduce you to a card game called A Game of Thrones: The Card Game (Second Edition). This ...
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Review: Targi

Targi is a wonderful two player game about trading among the nomad Tuareg tribes in Sahara. You try to “out ...
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Review: Above and Below

Above and Below merges choose your own adventure books with a well designed worker placement game. All wrapped up in ...
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Review: Flip City

In Flip City you are in charge of, well, a city, which you want to develop faster than the other ...
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Review: Imperial Settlers: Atlanteans

Imperial Settlers has been one of my favorite games for a long time and Imperial Settlers: Atlanteans just makes a ...
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Review: Inhabit The Earth

Part evolution game, part racing game, part card management and a whole lot of fun, Inhabit the Earth is a ...
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Review: The Prodigals Club

Imagine how boring life would be if you had it all, riches, political power and a high social standing. What ...
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Review: Signorie

As a lord of one of the most powerful families in 15th century Italy it's up to you to build ...
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Review: BattleCON

Imagine a game of bluffs and mind games but with a physical representation and feel of a 2D fighting game ...
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Review: Deception: Murder in Hong Kong

I finally played enough games to legit a proper review of this hidden role game for 4-12 players by Tobey ...
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Review: Neuroshima: Convoy

In the post-apocalyptic world of Neuroshima the Moloch have sent a convoy of killer robots to destroy New York. Will they ...
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Review: Magnum Sal

Magnum Sal is a game about mining salt in 1368. No wait, don’t go! I know salt mining might not ...
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Review: Super Motherload

Super Motherload merges tile-laying and deck-building in a fun thematic package. Based on a computer game with the same name, you ...
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Review: RESISTOR_

RESISTOR_ is a very clever mix of a card, memory game with a bit of deduction thrown in. Like all ...
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Review: Tides of Time

Today I'd like to introduce you to a small card drafting game called Tides of Time for two players. It's ...
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Review: Through the Ages

In Through the Ages, you get to be a leader of civilization. It is a long, deep game where every ...
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Review: Nippon

Although Nippon is a heavy euro and perhaps the heaviest we have reviewed on this site, it is a highly ...
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Review: Takenoko Chibis

Takenoko Chibis adds that one thing that can make a great cute game about a panda even better - More pandas ...
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Review: Galaxy Trucker

Galaxy Trucker is all about building an awesome spaceship and then boldly go where no one has gone before, to a ...
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Review: Dojo Kun

After briefly trying the game at Essen I bought Dojo Kun immediately at the fair. I met the designer at ...
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Review: 7 Wonders: Duel

7 Wonders: Duel is the 2 player game of the popular game 7 Wonders. The original game does have a 2 ...
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Review: Antarctica

As the sun orbits around Antarctica your team of scientists and ships struggle to set-up research outpost and other equipment before your ...
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Review: The Grizzled

You are a band of young soldiers trying to survive World War One. Will you live to see the end ...
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Review: Ultimate Warriorz

Becoming one of the Ultimate Warriorz isn't going to be easy, but it will be a lot of fun. You will ...
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Review: Kumo Hogasha

A fighting game where you don't fight, a dice game where you don’t roll dice. Kumo Hogasha is an excellent ...
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Review: New York 1901

The year is 1901, the city is New York. You start of with only a small property in Lower Manhattan, ...
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Review: Yardmaster Express

A perfect game for that 15-minute break, Yardmaster Express does little, but does it very well. What is Yardmaster Express like? ...
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Review: Codenames

It's not easy being a spymaster, but it is a lot of fun. Using one-word hints you must help your team find ...
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Review: Dogs of War

Come along for game of treachery and opportunism. In Dogs of War you are a Victorian era mercenary captain vying for influence with ...
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Review: Madame Ching

2014 was a busy year for Bruno Cathala. Next to Five Tribes and Abyss he also designed Madame Ching with ...
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Review: Epic Resort

Slaying orcs and dragons is hard work for heroes, so like all of us they deserve some vacation time at ...
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Review: Machi Koro

Dice plays a part in lots of games, but I have yet to try a game where the roll of the ...
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Review: Sushi Go!

Clean, simple and pleasing to look at, that's what sushi is, and that's what Sushi Go! is too. It's easy to ...
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Review: Tokaido

Tokaido can be described with one simple word: serenity. This game will help you calm down while enjoying the simple ...
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Review: Harbour

Harbour is another of Scott Almes brilliant small games. It's fun, easy to teach, quick to play and has a ...
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Review: Welcome to the Dungeon

Welcome to the Dungeon is a simple easy to learn game, that's both fun and quick to play. It's well ...
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Review: Imperial Settlers

Cute is not often a word used to describe board games. But in this case it's the perfect word for ...
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Review: Five Tribes

Crossing into the Land of 1001 Nights, your caravan arrives at the fabled Sultanate of Naqala. The old sultan just ...
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