Sun, 4 December 2016
Shelley and I tackle three 2-player-only games this week, discussing
Sola Fide: The Reformation by Jason Matthews and Christian Leonhard from Stronghold and Spielworxx
Hanamikoji by Kota Nakayama from emperorS4
Jolly & Roger by Shaun Graham and Scott Huntington from Abacusspiele
Sun, 27 November 2016
Shelley and I get a chance to learn some Japanese painting techniques with the beautiful and fun Kanagawa, then try to make the most from our herds of cattle in Great Western Trail!
Kanagawa by Bruno Cathala and Charles Chevallier from Iello
Great Western Trail by Alexander Pfister from Stronghold Games and eggertspiele
Sun, 20 November 2016
Shelley and I go heavier, then lighter this week with
Lorenzo il Magnifico by flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli, and Simone Luciani from Cranio
Kingdomino by Bruno Cathala from Blue Orange
Sun, 13 November 2016
Shelley and I head out to the Tetris-style gardens of Cottage Garden by Uwe Rosenberg, then head north to get a taste of Viking culture with Jorvik by Stefan Feld.
Cottage Garden by Uwe Rosenberg from Edition Spielwiese
Jorvik by Stefan Feld from Stronghold Games
Sun, 6 November 2016
Shelley and I spend some time playing three VERY different games at a Post-Essen Weekend.
Flamme Rouge by Asger Harding Granerud from Lautapelit
a quick and interesting card game
Dodelido by Jacques Zeimet from Drei Magier Spiele
a small-box card game that requires quick thinking and pattern recognition
Capital by Filip Milunski from Granna
A Cities/7Wonders mash up about the re-building of Warsaw
Sun, 30 October 2016
Shelley and I have some fun with the brand new DICE VERSION of the fantastic La Granja - La Granja No Siesta! Then, after a quick wander around the game room at our weekend Post-Essen festivities, we build a 3-D rendering of the Colosseum in Die Baumeister des Colosseum.
La Granja No Siesta! by Andreas Odendahl from Stronghold Games
Die Baumeister des Colosseum by Klaus-Jürgen Wrede from Schmidt Spiele
Other games mentioned as I wandered the room:
Great Western Trail
Mi Tierra: New Era
Power Grid Card Game
Key to the City: London
Oracle of Delphi
Sun, 23 October 2016
Shelley and I get a chance to review our first Essen 2016 release - Fabled Fruit from Friedemann Friese and Stronghold Games - then we have three 'At The Fair' recordings with Shelley and me, Scott 'Aldie' Alden of BGG, and Mark Johnson of Boardgames To Go!
Fabled Fruit by Friedemann Friese from Stronghold Games
Feast for Odin
Mon, 17 October 2016
Shelley and I take on two games that fell flat for both of us.
Blood Rage by Eric Lang from Cool Mini or Not
My Fair Princess by Kuro from Manifest Destiny
Sun, 9 October 2016
Shelley and I get a chance to try out two possible entries in NEXT year's SdJ competition, and you'll be able to find them throughout Essen THIS WEEK!
Costa Rica by Matthew Dunstan and Brett J. Gilbert from Mayfair/Lookout
Dream Islands by Lorenz Kutschke from Schmidt Spiele
Sun, 2 October 2016
Shelley and I get a chance to discuss one of the newer titles from Stronghold Games that will be available in Germany in less than 2 weeks, then we tackle the Essen Spiel 2016 Preview on BGG and I go through the ones I must track down!
City of Spies by Gil d'Orey and Antonio Sousa Lara from Stronghold Games
The games discussed from the Preview:
Amigo/Small Card Games/2-Player Games (under E20)
Interesting New/Newer Publishers
Heavier Probably or MUST HAVES
Lighter Fare That Looks Interesting
Odds & Ends/Expansions