Reviewed by Joe Huber
LIFT OFF (Hans im Gluck/Z-Man Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 60-90 minutes; $59.99)
For me, one of the joys of the board game hobby is looking through the new releases for Essen. It’s really a unique pleasure – the only other convention I find of comparable interest to window shop for is the Tokyo Game Market, and there’s so much less information available in English that it’s not the same. Now, it seems like many take the shortcut of simply seeing what others have thumbed on the BGG Spiel preview, and pulling their shopping lists from there. To be fair, if your tastes align with BGG, that’s a very reasonable approach. But mine don’t, so I take the time to look at everything, at least briefly.