NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK
It is a time honored and well respected tradition that, with the dawning of a new year, people think long and hard and come up with New Year’s Resolutions. Maybe it’s time to quit smoking, maybe you’ll take that leap into a new job or a new relationship, maybe you will just go on a diet and lose those unwanted pounds once and for all. But, basically, when resolutions are made, change is in the air and, on some level, they all share a certain goal: a New Look.
With 2016 marking the 30th anniversary of Gamers Alliance, we have made a resolution of our own for a new look too. When we started back in 1986, our look for GA Report emerged from a battered (but proud) typewriter and there wasn’t even a single photo between the covers! Graphics soon came and that typewriter gave way to a computer but the computer age didn’t really arrive for us until 2000 with a web site to broaden our already international reach. But time marches on and so do we!
Although tweaking the color scheme of the web site a few years ago, we wanted to do more. The 21st century demands it – and so we have! This is the FIRST issue of 2016 and the FIRST issue with our new, modern look! There are still some adjustments to be made and some tweaks to come but we have arrived! We hope you like the New Look and, as always, enjoy the latest issue of Gamers Alliance Report!
In this issue of GA Report, we run a Viennese hotel, explore hundreds of worlds and spend some time blowing off some steam! Joe Huber finds fast food fascinating while Greg J. Schloesser seeks to stop the spread of disease. Chris Kovac experiences triumph and tragedy, Andrea “Liga” Ligabue goes to Genoa, Pevans penetrates darkest Africa and Kevin Whitmore digs for coal! And, of course, much more!
Until next, Good Gaming!
Herb Levy, President
Winter 2016 GA Report Articles
reviewed by Herb Levy Stronghold Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 30-120 minutes; $99.95
The art of designing games has been transformed into a science in this new release by Friedemann Friese. Scientists in the future, Friese postulates, have managed to construct alternate Earths, programming each of these worlds with their own specific sets of laws and rules. The essence of these ...Read More
NEW YEAR, NEW LOOK It is a time honored and well respected tradition that, with the dawning of a new year, people think long and hard and come up with New Year's Resolutions. Maybe it's time to quit smoking, maybe you'll take that leap into a new job or a new relationship, maybe you will just go on a diet and lose those unwanted pounds once and ...Read More
reviewed by Joe Huber Splotter Spellen, 2 to 5 players, ages 14 and up, 120-240 minutes; 75€/$124.99
I have been fortunate enough to meet, and become friends with, many game designers over the years. In general this is a great thing from my point of view, as it’s given me the opportunity to playtest hundreds of unpublished games, sometimes in the early stages of development ...Read More
reviewed by Herb Levy Mayfair Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 90 minutes; $60
There is a certain undeniable mystique surrounding upper scale hotels. Sometimes it is captured in the movies (vintage film buffs will recall the great classic film Grand Hotel
charting the lives of guests portrayed by Greta Garbo, John and Lionel Barrymore, Joan Crawford and more in a lush Berlin ...Read More
reviewed by Kevin Whitmore Quined Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 60-90 minutes; $79.99 Haspelknecht
is the third release from author Thomas Spitzer, and his third game in a trilogy of games about coal production in the Ruhr region of Germany. His prior two games, Ruhrschifffahrt and Kohle & Kolonie, have both received some acclaim, so I was eager to try ...Read More
reviewed by Pevans eggertspiele (in Germany) and R&R Games (in the US). 2-4 players, aged 12+, 2-3 hours to play (officially 75-150 minutes); $49.99 Mombasa
caught my eye twice at Spiel ’15: at eggertspiele’s stand, they being the German publisher, and again with R&R Games, who are publishing it in the US. It was Frank DiLorenzo, main man at R&R, who persuaded me (it didn’t ...Read More
reviewed by Herb Levy Tasty Minstrel Games/dlp Games, 2 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 90 minutes; $59.95
Last year, Orleans hit the gaming tables to considerable acclaim. This year, a new Deluxe Edition of the game has made it to market and not a moment too soon ...Read More
reviewed by Greg J. Schloesser Z-Man Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 45 minutes; $69.99 NOTE: A familiarity with Pandemic is assumed in this review.
The threat of horrifying diseases for which we have no known treatment ravaging the Earth remains an all-too-real possibility. Indeed, the recent outbreak of Ebola raised public consciousness of this possibility. ...Read More
reviewed by Herb Levy Kosmos, 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 90 minutes; $59.95
Rudiger Dorn is back with a new game - and it's about time! Actually, I mean that literally. In this game postulating an alternate history, the year is 1899 and reports of unexplained time bending phenomena at ancient sites such as Stonehenge and the Pyramids have resulted in the ...Read More
reviewed by Herb Levy
Edited and with an Introduction by Otto Penzler (A Vintage Crime/Black Lizard Original, 816 pages, ISBN: 978-1-101-97281-1), Hardcover $40, Softcover $25) Where do game designers get their inspirations? For many over the last 100 or so years, the inspiration came from the adventures of the world's first consulting detective and arguably, the most famous and successful detective of all time: Sherlock Holmes ...Read More
reviewed by Chris Kovac GMT Games, 2-3 players, ages 12 and up, 4-6 hours; $89 Triumph and Tragedy
, as designed by Craig Besinque, is a three player strategic war game of World War II in the Western theater using card management and block wargaming elements. In the game, you will play one of three factions ...Read More
reviewed by Herb Levy Mayday Games/Hobby World, 1 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 45-60 minutes; $34.99
In the fantasy Berserk universe, power is paramount and in Viceroy
, designed by Yuri Zhuravlev, up to four players, immersed in that universe, compete by constructing a "power pyramid", ...Read More
reviewed by Andrea "Liga" Ligabue Demoela Project, 2 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 45-90 minutes; $54.99 Zena 1814
is one of the 2015 Essen's releases that most impressed me ...Read More