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Fall 2019 GA Report

 

18XX and the 1822 Family of Games by Eric Brosius In 2016, designer Simon Cutforth’s game 1822 was released.  1822 belongs to the “18XX family” of railroad games, which began ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy CARAVAN (Rio Grande Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 45 minutes; $49.95) Trade is the lifeblood of civilization and that was certainly true ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy CENTURY: A NEW WORLD (Plan B Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30-45 minutes; $39.99) Not that long ago, Emerson Matsuuchi came up ...
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[Not only is Joe Huber a frequent contributor to the pages of Gamers Alliance Report, he is also a noted game designer. His latest, Caravan, is, in fact, featured this ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy ECOS: FIRST CONTINENT (Alderac Entertainment Group [AEG], 2 to 6 players, ages 14 and up, 45-75 minutes; $59.99) The familiar formations of planet Earth had to ...
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M-ESSEN AROUND As game players and devotees of the art of game design, many of us post about these passions, talk about them and, if we're lucky enough to have ...
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THE GAMER'S BOOKSHELF: TORTURED CARDBOARD by Philip E. Orbanes (Permuted Press, softcover, 294 pages, $16.99) Tortured cardboard? That's the term used by Philip E. Orbanes that refers to the process ...
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[With this issue looking ahead towards the upcoming Essen Game Fair in Germany, Gamers Alliance contributor Chris Wray looks back, now that the dust has settled, and offers his views ...
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Reviewed by Kevin Whitmore GLORANTHA: THE GODS WAR (Petersen Games, 3 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 90-120 minutes; $129) Glorantha: The Gods War was launched on Kickstarter in ...
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[Ragnar Brothers consists of three friends who share a passion for board games and board game designs: Steve and Phil Kendall  and Gary Dicken. Starting in the 1980s by recreating ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy IMHOTEP: THE DUEL (Kosmos, 2 players, ages 10 and up, 30 minutes; $19.95) Back in 2016, Phil Walker-Harding designed Imhotep: Builder of Egypt, a game set ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy LETTER JAM (Czech Games Edition, 2 to 6 players, ages 10 and up, 45 minutes; $19.95) In the world of word games, you have Scrabble, you ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy PARKS (Keymaster Games, 1 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, 30-60 minutes; $60) One of our national treasures is also our natural treasures: the national ...
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Reviewed by Andrea "Liga" Ligabue RED ALERT: SPACE FLEET WARFARE (PSC Games, 2 to 6 players, ages 14 and up, 60-90 minutes; £99.95) Since the publishing of Battle Cry back ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy SAILING TOWARD OSIRIS (Daily Magic Games, 2 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 60 minutes; $50) The Pharaoh has died. Now, his funeral barge will ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy SIERRA WEST (Board & Dice, 1 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 40-60 minutes; $50) In the 1840s, the American West had a certain cachet: ...
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Reviewed by Chris Kovac STAR WARS: OUTER RIM (Fantasy Flight Games, 1 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 2 to 3 hours; $64.95) In this game, designed by Corey ...
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Reviewed by Pevans THE ROMANS (Ragnar Brothers, 1 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 90-150 minutes; £50) The title of this game designed by the Ragnar Brothers (Gary Dicken ...
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Reviewed by Greg J. Schloesser   TINY TOWNS (Alderac Entertainment Group [AEG], 1- 6 players, ages 14 and up, 45-60 minutes; $39.99) Darwin was right:  the world really is a ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy VILLAGERS (Sinister Fish Games, 1 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, 30-60 minutes; £20) Life could be hard for folks living in the Middle Ages ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy WATERGATE (Capstone Games/Frosted Games, 2 players, ages 12 and up, 30-60 minutes; $35) In the June heat of 1972, in the midst of a presidential election ...
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[For gamers like us, Essen, Germany is one of the vibrant hubs of the gaming world - and it's been that way for years! As this issue is a special ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy WINGSPAN (Stonemaier Games, 1 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, 40-70 minutes; $55) One of the glories of nature is the abundance of different species ...
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Summer 2019 GA Report

 

Reviewed by Herb Levy AZUL: STAINED GLASS OF SINTRA (Next Move Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30-45 minutes; $39.99) What do you do when you manage ...
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SO WHAT IS A GAME NIGHT REALLY LIKE? One of the great joys of gaming (of the many, many great joys of gaming) is the chance to sit down with ...
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[It has been awhile since we reached back and showcased a game classic that has, sadly, gone out of print. But with Karl-Heinz Schmiel's classic game about German politics, Die ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy GIZMOS (CMON, 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 40-50 minutes; $34.99) The current focus of our educational system is STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and ...
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Reviewed by Chris Kovac KEY FLOW (R&D Games/Huch!, 2 to 6 players, ages 14 and up, 75 minutes; $60) Key Flow is a 2-6 player card management/point engine building game, ...
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Reviewed by Selwyn Ward LORD OF THE RINGS: JOURNEY IN MIDDLE-EARTH (Fantasy Flight Games, 1 to 5 players, ages 14 and up, 60+ minutes; $99.95) It’s gotten so that nowadays ...
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[One of the irregularly appearing features in Gamers Alliance Report are revisits to great games that are no longer in print. Sometimes, those out of print gems get a second ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy MASTER THIEF (Breaking Games, 2 to 6 players, ages 10 and up, 15-20 minutes; $25) There is a lot of valuable stuff in the museum and ...
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Reviewed by Pevans MUSEUM (Holy Grail Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 30-60 minutes; $59.99) How to be a curator I got to play Museum at this ...
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Reviewed by Greg J. Schloesser PANDORIA (Irongames, 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 90-120 minutes; $64.99) I guess lessons are not learned very easily.  The five peoples occupying ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy SPACE BASE (Alderac Entertainment Group [AEG], 2 to 5 players, ages 14 and up, 60 minutes; $39.99) In the future when space travel becomes a recognized ...
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Reviewed by James Davis U-BOOT: THE BOARD GAME (Ares Games, 1 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 30-120 minutes; $99.95) Willkommen an Bord, Herr Kaleun! Have you ever wondered ...
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Reviewed by Andrea "Liga" Ligabue UNDERWATER CITIES (Rio Grande Games, 1 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 90-120 minutes; $69.95) The earth is overpopulated. The colonization of Mars is ...
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Reviewed by Chris Wray WEREWORDS (Bezier Games, 4 to 10 players, ages 8 and up, 15-30 minutes; 19.95; Deluxe Edition $24.95) Werewords was a big hit when it arrived two ...
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Spring 2019 GA Report

 

Reviewed by Joe Huber 5X5 CITY (OKAZU Brand, 1 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes; 3000 ¥ [about $27]) Hisashi Hayashi is among the most prolific Japanese game designers, releasing four or five games a year through his OKAZU Brand label.  These releases are roughly evenly split ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy THE ARRIVAL (Cryptozoic, 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 75-90 minutes; $40) In a time long forgotten, the sinister King Balor of the Evil Eye rules the luscious emerald isle of Erin aided and abetted by the Formori, a supernatural face of fierce monstrous ...
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Reviewed by Greg J. Schloesser COIMBRA (eggerstpiele, 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 60 to 90+ minutes;  $69.99) I must admit that with my decades of involvement in the hobby, I find my tolerance for “heavy” games decreasing.  Perhaps it is that I find it increasingly difficult to ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy CROWN OF EMARA (Pegasus Spiele, 1 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 45-75 minutes; $49.99) The kingdom of Emara is prosperous and at peace - but good times do not last forever. Wise King Theodorius, needing to prepare for a successor, has come up with ...
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You are an enemy of the Daleks! Pevans avoids extermination to review DR. WHO: TIME OF THE DALEKS (Gale Force 9, 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 120+ minutes; $50) If you look on YouTube you’ll find every version of the Doctor Who theme music. I play the original ...
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SIZE 10 FOOT IN A SIZE 7 SHOE Not to belabor the obvious but... the internet is a vast place and you will encounter people of all types in cyberspace. In the corners of that world that I haunt, I often come across folks who have just discovered this joy ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy EXPANCITY (Breaking Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 60-90 minutes; $60) Urban development is a theme explored more than once in the World of Games. The latest game to tackle this subject comes from designer Alex Cutler as players combine a bit of ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy GUGONG (Tasty Minstrel Games, 1 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 60-90 minutes; $59.95) Few cities conjure up such visions of awe and mystery as the Forbidden City of ancient China. This city, known as Gùgōng, was also riddled with corruption! To correct that blight, ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy ILLUSION (Pandasaurus Games, 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 15-20 minutes; $14.95) Color - and perception - is key in the new game from award-winning designer Wolfgang Warsch that challenges your sense of color AND your senses: Illusion ...
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Reviewed by Chris Kovac QUARTERMASTER GENERAL: 1914 (PSC Games/Griggling Games, 3 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 180+ minutes; $59.95) Quartermaster General 1914 is the third game in the card driven light strategic Quartermaster General series by Ian Brody after Quartermaster General (featured in the Summer 2015 issue of ...
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An iron curtain has descended.  Pevans reviews... QUARTERMASTER GENERAL: THE COLD WAR (PSC Games/Griggling Games, 3 to 6 players, ages 14 and up, 120 minutes; $65.80) The idea behind all the Quartermaster General games is Napoleon’s maxim that “an army marches on its stomach”. Supply lines are key and players ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy RACCOON TYCOON (Forbidden Games, 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up, 90 minutes; $49.99) Astoria is a prosperous place where towns, factories and railroads are appearing on the landscape, the harbinger of even greater economic times ahead - and we don't want to be left ...
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Reviewed by Chris Wray RAILROAD INK (Horrible Games/CMON, 1 to 6 players, ages 8 and up, 20-30 minutes; $17.99) The “roll and write” genre is having a moment, with dozens of titles releasing in recent months.  One of the bigger splashes has been Railroad Ink designed by Hjalmar Hach & Lorenzo ...
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Reviewed by Kevin Whitmore ROOT (Leder Games, 2 to 5 players, ages 14 and up, 90-120 minutes; $60) Root is an impressive game designed by Cole Wehrle whose John Company (featured in the Summer 2018 GA Report) was released by Leder Games in 2018.  Readers might recall that Leder Games ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy TIME BREAKER (Looney Labs, 2 to 5 players, ages 8 and up. 10-40 minutes; $25) Something we seem to never have enough of is time, so when someone is messing around with it, you can easily understand the need to set things right. In this new ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy VICTORIAN MASTERMINDS (CMON, 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 60 minutes; $49.99) Many games entice players to connect with their "inner child". This time, designers Antoine Bauza and Eric M. Lang entice gamers to connect with their "inner evil" as players assume the roles ...
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