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Spring 2020 GA Report

 

Reviewed by Greg J. Schloesser CAT LADY (AEG, 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 15-30 minutes; $24.99) Full confession:  I am not a big cat fan.  I am ...
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Reviewed by James Davis D-DAY DICE: 2ND EDITION (Word Forge Games, 1-4 players, ages 14 and up, 45 minutes; £45/$60) D-Day, the Allied liberation of Western Europe from Nazi Germany’s ...
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GOING VIRAL There's nothing like a worldwide pandemic to get your attention. The Coronavirus, aka Covid-19, has, as I am writing this, hit at least 177 countries (at last count) ...
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[In this issue, we feature Humboldt's Great Voyage which uses the gameplay of Mancala as its primary moving force. But this is not the only game to successfully appropriate that ...
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[Taverns, beer and good times often serve as the inspiration for games, particularly those from designers steeped in the European way of life. Although the emphasis in this issue is ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy HEROPATH: DRAGON'S ROAR (Unique Games, 1 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 60-120 minutes; about $49) A Dragons is terrorizing the land. But a bunch ...
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[Dungeons & Dragons opened the floodgates of fantasy gaming to the world at large through the medium of roleplaying in the 1970s.  It took over a decade though, for Milton ...
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[By 2004 Hasbro had already acquired Milton Bradley. At a showcase for new games soon to be released in their upcoming line, Hasbro unveiled a new game, certainly reminiscent of ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy HUMBOLDT'S GREAT VOYAGE (R & R Games/Huch!, 2 to 4 players, ages 10 and up, 45-60 minutes; $39.99) Human beings share at least one trait: they ...
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Reviewed by Pevans TAPESTRY (Stonemaier Games, 1 to 5 players, ages 12 and up, 90-120 minutes; $99) The most striking thing about Tapestry when you open the box is the ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy THE TAVERNS OF TIEFENTHAL (North Star Games, 2 to 4 players ages 12 and up, 60 minutes; $49.99) In the thriving German town of Tiefenthal, the ...
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[In this issue, we feature Humboldt's Great Voyage which uses the gameplay of Mancala as its primary moving force. But this is not the only game to successfully appropriate that ...
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Reviewed by Peter Sbirakos UNDER FALLING SKIES (Tomas Uhlir/Web published, 1 player, ages 8 and up, 20-40 minutes; Free ) For some reason, playing Under Falling Skies evoked Cavafy’s famous ...
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Reviewed by Chris Kovac VAST: THE MYSTERIOUS MANOR (Leder Games, 1-5 players, ages 13 and up, 60-120 minutes; $75) Vast: The Mysterious Manor is the second game in the Vast ...
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Winter 2020 GA Report

 

Reviewed by Greg J. Schloesser AZUL: SUMMER PAVILION (Next Move Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 45-60 minutes; $39.99) King Manuel I of Portugal is continuing his ...
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Reviewed by Pevans BLITZKRIEG! (PSC Games, 1-2 players, ages 14 and up, 20 minutes; $49.99) The sub-heading on the Blitzkrieg! box is "World War Two in 20 Minutes" and it pretty ...
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[In this issue, we are pleased to welcome a new voice to our pages: Sarah Pruzansky. In describing herself, Sarah says: "Sarah Pruzansky has always loved the art of storytelling ...
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2020 VISION A new year, a new decade. It's times like these that get people excited. Why? Because it seems we have a clean slate where the possibilities are endless! ...
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Reviewed by Andrea "Liga" Ligabue EVERDELL (Starling Games, 1 to 4 players, ages 13 and up, 40-80 minutes; $60) I’m always impressed by how many good games can rise from ...
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FRANCIS TRESHAM: A GAMING LIFE by Kevin Whitmore On October 23, 2019 Francis Tresham passed.  While many others had a personal relationship with this famed designer, I merely knew his ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy GATES OF DELIRIUM (Renegade Game Studios, 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 45 minutes; $45) In a world caught between the natural and supernatural, ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy HADARA (Z-Man Games, 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, 45-60 minutes; $49.99) Building a civilization has long been one of the more popular themes ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy KINGDOMINO DUEL (Blue Orange Games, 2 players, ages 8 and up, 20 minutes; $14.99) In this day and age, when you have a game that has ...
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Reviewed by Joe Huber LOVELACE & BABBAGE (Artana Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 14 and up, 15-30 minutes; $20) Long ago, I realized that just because I loved one ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy PLANET (Blue Orange Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30 minutes; $34.99) One of the effects of many of the games we play ...
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Reviewed by Herb Levy SPACE EXPLORERS (25th Century Games, 2 to 4 players, ages 12 and up, 20-40 minutes; $30) In 1957, in the middle of the Cold War, the ...
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Reviewed by Chris Wray THE CREW: THE QUEST FOR PLANET 9 [DIE CREW: REIST GEMEINSAM ZUM 9. PLANETEN] (Kosmos/999 Games, 2 to 5 players, ages 10 and up, 20 minutes; ...
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Reviewed by Chris Kovac TICKET TO RIDE: NEW YORK (Days of Wonder, 2 to 4 players, ages 8 and up, 30-60 minutes; $19.99) Ticket to Ride: New York is one ...
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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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