11 Review

Title: 11 Genre: Abstract, Sport Publisher: Nestor Games Designer: Dieter Stein Artist: Dieter Stein Player Count: 2 11 is a clever abstract masquerading as a football game.  Dice add enough randomness to stop it from being a pure strategy game,

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Imhotep: The Duel Review

Title: Imhotep: The Duel Genre: Set Collection Publisher: KOSMOS Release Date: 2018 Designer: Phil Walker-Harding Artist: Miguel Coimbra, Michaela Kienle, Claus Stephan Player Count: 2 Istanbul: The Duel manages to distill some of our favorite parts of the original game

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Game in a Minute: Dragon Castle

Title: Dragon Castle Genre: Abstract, Tile Placement Publisher: Cool Mini or Not, Horrible Games Designer: Hjalmar Hach, Luca Ricci, Lorenzo Silva Artist: Cinyee Chiu Dragon Castle is a gorgeously-produced abstract tile drafting and placement game, with chunky tiles and easy-to-engage strategic

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Point Salad Review

Title: Point Salad Genre: Drafting, Set Collection Publisher: Alderac Entertainment Group Designer: Molly Johnson, Robert Melvin, Shawn Stankewich Artist: Dylan Mangini Player Count: 2-6 Point Salad is colorful, accessible, and incredibly playable.  It’s exactly the sort of game that will

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Raid on Takao Review

Title: Raid on Takao Genre: Cooperative, Historical, Scenario Publisher: Mizo Games Release Date: 2019 Designer: Teng Chieh-Ming Artist: Nuomi Player Count: 2-6 Raid on Takao is a fully cooperative game of individuals striving to survive the horrific conditions of the

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Game in a Minute: Claim

Title: Claim Genre: Trick Taking Publisher: Deep Water Games, White Goblin Games Release Date: 2017 Designer: Scott Almes Artist: Mihajlo Dimitrievski Player Count: 2 Claim is a trick-taking game for 2, which is a rare player count/mechanism combination.  But with

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Planet Review

Title: Planet Genre: Tile laying, Set Collection Publisher: Blue Orange Release Date: 2018 Designer: Urtis Šulinskas Artist: Sabrina Miramon Planet manages to somehow deliver both an easy-to-engage family-level game and a (slightly) thinky strategic experience at the same time, all

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Tribes: Dawn of Humanity Review

Title: Tribes: Dawn of Humanity Publisher: KOSMOS Designer: Rustan Håkansson Artist: Claus Stephan Player Count: 2-4 Tribes: Dawn of Humanity streamlines the whole ‘civilization building’ theme, combining a clever action selection mechanism with straightforward resource-management mechanics to deliver an experience

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Undaunted: Normandy Review

Title: Undaunted: Normandy Genre: Deckbuilding Publisher: Osprey Games Designer: Trevor Benjamin, David Thompson Artist: Roland MacDonald Player Count: 2 Undaunted: Normandy is a really unique take on ‘war gaming’ (without ever really being a war simulator).  The asymmetrical gameplay, thanks

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Game in a Minute: Catch the Moon

Title: Catch the Moon Genre: Dexterity, Stacking Designer: Fabien Riffaud, Juan Rodriguez Artist: Emmanuel Malin Player Count: 2-4 Catch the Moon is an absurdly fun dexterity game of stacking little wooden ladders in an attempt to reach the Moon.  Is

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