Rise of Augustus, Ave Ceasar and All That Jazz or Euro Game Meets Bingo and It Works!

Ceasar and All That Jazz or Euro Game Meets Bingo and It Works!

While looking for some new games to bring into the store, I ran across Rise of Augustus, one of 2013’s Spiel des Jahres nominees. Spiel des Jahres, for those of you who haven’t heard of it, is a really important gaming award. It translates to Game of the Year. Spiel des Jahres nominations typically only go to the cream of […]

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Urbania – Like Ticket to Ride, without the Trains

Urbania - Ticket to Ride, without the Trains

Urbania reminds me of Ticket to Ride, even though there are no trains involved. Like Ticket to Ride, players have secret goals to achieve, though in Urbania you can declare a maximum of three Objectives and you’ll have to spend an action to put each Objective into play. Play is similar and simple, too. On your turn you can take […]

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Bohnanza Card Games and Expansions – from Pirates to Fairy Tales

Bohnanza Card Games & Expansions - from Pirates to Fairy Tales

Many awesome games never make it across the water to the United States, despite being in print for many years in Germany. Among those classic, well-loved games is the Bohnanza series of card games by Amigo Spiel. Although the ever-popular game of bean planting, Bohnanza by Uwe Rosenberg, did make it to the U.S., thanks to Rio Grande Games, only two of its numerous expansions have ever […]

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Bohnanza – Growing Beans for Fun & Profit

Bohnanza - Growing Beans for Fun & Profit

In the highly interactive card game, Bohnanza, you play a bean farmer. Your goal: become a wealthy bean farmer – the wealthiest if you want to win the game. You begin building your bean empire with just two bean fields and a handful of beans. While there are 11 varieties of beans, you can only cultivate one type in each field, and each […]

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Edo – It’s Certainly Not King of Tokyo!

Edo – It’s Certainly Not King of Tokyo!

Edo is the ancient name of Tokyo. It’s also the name of this interesting, action-selection, worker-placement board game. While Edo may have the same setting as King of Tokyo (recently reviewed here on The Glass Meeple), Edo is absolutely nothing like King of Tokyo as you’ll soon see. I originally wrote this review in June 2013. In Edo, you assume […]

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King of New York – Mutant Monsters Rampage New York

King of New York - Mutant Monsters Rampage New York

King of New York is a sequel to the popular mutant monster king-of-the-hill dice game, King of Tokyo. This time, the giant monsters have moved their rampage to New York, where they’ve found more ways to acquire fame and wreak destruction – which translates to more opportunities for strategy and multiple paths to victory for players. The end goal is […]

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King of Tokyo – A King-of-the-Hill Dice Game

King of Tokyo - A King-of-the-Hill Dice Game

We interrupt this program for an important news bulletin. Giant mutant monsters have invaded Tokyo and are laying waste to the city. While the monsters appear to be more concerned with fighting amongst themselves than attacking the population, residents should evacuate the area immediately… Such is the theme of the dice-rolling game King of Tokyo, in which players play giant […]

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Carcassonne – The Classic Tile-Laying Board Game Gets a New Look

Carcassonne Gets a New Look

The tile-placement game Carcassonne is a classic designer game, ranking right up there with Catan and Ticket to Ride. It’s accessible, easy to learn and teach, and plays in 30 minutes to an hour. Now, nearly 15 years after its original release, it’s got a new look, though the game play remains the same. Let’s take a closer look at this […]

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Valdora – Gorgeous Medieval-Themed Pickup-and-Deliver Game with Books!

Valdora

Hidden far away from our time lies a valley of unimaginable riches, where gold, silver, and precious jewels lie strewn along the roads, seemingly just waiting for you to scoop them into your rucksacks so you can fulfill commissions for wealthy patrons. The name of this wondrous place is Valdora. Valdora is a pickup-and-deliver game with straightforward rules, a beautiful […]

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6 nimmt! – A Deceptively Simple Card Game

Many awesome games never make it across the water to the United States, despite being in print for 20 years or more in Germany. Among those classic, well-loved games is the 6 nimmt! series of card games by Amigo Spiel. 6 nimmt! has been winning awards since 1994! So, to help celebrate its 20th anniversary, let me tell you about 6 nimmt!. […]

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Atlanta Game Fest 25: Day 3

Day 3 of Atlanta Game Fest 25 saw me playing some old favorites that I usually only get to play at AGF, as well as, learning a few new games. Old: Expedition and Circus Flochati. New: La Isla, another new Stefan Feld title; Planes; and Pandemic: The Cure. I also got in a second play of Istanbul, this time teaching […]

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Atlanta Game Fest 25: Day 2

I woke up feeling poorly on Friday, Day 2 of Atlanta Game Fest, so went back to bed and didn’t make it down to the game rooms until after 1 p.m. I only learned two new games on Day 2: Cubist and Istanbul – probably my favorite of the convention, though Alchemists is a close second. But I’m getting ahead of […]

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Atlanta Game Fest 25: Day 1

I learned and played a lot of new games at Atlanta Game Fest 25. Day 1, Thursday, began with me teaching a few: Viticulture with a few of Tuscany: Tier 1 expansions, Sushi Go, and Abyss. Then the tables turned and I learned: Roll for the Galaxy, Red7, and Stefan Feld’s latest game, AquaSphere. Following are my first impressions. Roll for […]

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Atlanta Game Fest 25: Day 0

So, Tim and I are attending Atlanta Game Fest (AGF). The 4-day weekend of almost 24-hour gaming doesn’t actually begin until Thursday. We arrived Wednesday evening. We got an invite to the Games Well Played Meetup. So after checking into our room, we headed over to a local Moe’s to check it out. It solved two dilemmas: what to eat […]

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Five Tribes – Journey to the World of Arabian Nights

Five Tribes - Journey to the World of Arabian Nights

In the land of the Arabian Nights, oracles foretold of strangers who would maneuver the Five Tribes of Viziers, Elders, Builders, Merchants and Assassins to gain influence over the legendary city-state Naqala in their bid to become Sultan. Some will even call on the powerful Djinn for help. In Five Tribes, your goal is to become the new Sultan by acquiring […]

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