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Essen Preview Part 3 - Games from Taiwan and Latvia and much more

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As always, you can always link to our pinned post to see all of the Essen Preview coverage for this year:

https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/27/essen-2016-preview-...

But, a run-down of the week's activities

A great new game from Taiwan, Flow of History - from Jesse Li - a designer who is becoming one of my favorites:
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/08/dale-yu-essen-previ...

As if that wasn't enough, a second game from Mr. Li - Guns&Steel Renaissance:
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/14/dale-yu-essen-previ...

One of the big hits from GenCon 2016 and one of the better dexterity games out there, Ice Cool
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/09/dale-yu-review-of-i...

Chris Wray looks at the newest entry to Alan Moon's great Ticket to Ride franchise, Ticket to Ride Rails and Sails
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/13/ticket-to-ride-rail...

Two short capsule reviews on social media related boardgames: Game of Phones and Hashtag Me!
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/10/dale-yu-social-medi...

Another set of capsule reviews on two mini-games from Pegasus: Mondo and Stadt Land Anders
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/11/dale-yu-two-small-c...

The OG takes a second look at America from Bezier Games
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/12/america/

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And then in non-Essen news, we have announced the winners of the International Gamer Awards, nominees for the Italian game of the year

https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/13/international-gamer...
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/14/italiangotynominati...

And, one non-Essen review, Ascenion X
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/07/dale-yu-review-of-a...


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We still have lots more games to cover in the next three weeks!
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Essen Preview Part 2 - Deus: Egypt, Fabled Fruits, and much more

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We keep chugging along with our Essen Previews on the Opinionated Gamers

Again - for a mostly updated view of the whole preview series:
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/27/essen-2016-preview-...

Specific games this week:

Deus: Egypt - a new expansion to the 2014 hit
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/30/dale-yu-essen-2016-...

Fabled Fruit - the third of the 2F games for 2016
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/02/dale-yu-essen-2016-...

Junk Art - a nifty dexterity game
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/05/dale-yu-review-of-j...

Hit Z Road - a zombie themed dice roller from Martin Wallace
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/06/hit-z-road-game-rev...

Vikings On Board Vikings on Board
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/31/vikings-on-board-ga...

Brains - a quick solo challenge from Knizia
Schotten Totten - A re-release of a classic 2p duel, also by Knizia

https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/03/dale-yu-a-knizia-tw...


Suspicion - from Wonderforge, which is a Target-exclusive here; not sure what they're doing in Europe
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/09/04/dale-yu-review-of-s...



Lots more to come this month
We're playing a bunch of games from Taiwan, so that's likely next on the horizon for the blog

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Essen 2016 Preview in earnest - Previews of Colonists (Lookout), Fuji Flush (2F) and more

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Less than 6 weeks to go... Time to rev up the preview machine.

In short, you can always check here to see what we've already covered:
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/27/essen-2016-preview-...

We should have new content almost every day between now and SPIEL as we get ready for this year's fair.

I always try to get some early previews up - and we did start a few months ago with the Power Grid Card Game...

https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/12/dale-yu-essen-16-pr...


Next up is another 2F release - Fuji Flush
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/27/dale-yu-essen-2016-...


The other big title to catch my eye thus far is Colonists by Lookout Spiele
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/28/dale-yu-preview-of-...


Chris Wray thinks that Last Friday from ARES will be a big hit -
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/26/the-last-friday-gam...


Codenames Pictures debuted at GenCon, but it will likely be one of the hits at Essen as well given that its predecessor just won the SdJ
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/16/codenames-pictures-...


Area 51 from Muecke Spiele, but our resident Muecke fanboy
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/20/area-51-a-first-loo...


Costa Rica has been released here thru Mayfair, but will be new to Europe at SPIEL
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/15/dale-yu-review-of-c...



And... it's not just Essen previews for us - plenty of reviews


Mark Jackson enjoys Bear Valley (Stronghold)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/25/bear-valley-game-re...


Ever wanted to get lunch delivered in India? Try it in Tiffin
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/25/bear-valley-game-re...


3 Wishes is a mini-game to be found at Essen
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/21/dale-yu-review-of-3...


Beyond Baker Street is a neat twist on the cooperative genre
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/20/beyond-baker-street...


OK - gotta get back to reading WEM's Essen Preview Geeklist here!
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Our Gen Con Coverage, the Meeples Choice Award Winners, and Recent Reviews

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Several of us attended Gen Con 2016 and posted news, reviews, and thoughts from the convention.


Matt Carlson did his annual Gen Con Mega Rundown...


RPGS and Digital
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/08/gencon-2016-mega-ru...

Kids Games
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/09/gencon-2016-mega-ru...

The Mega Rundown - A to G (Alphabetical by Publisher/Distributor)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/10/gencon-2016-mega-ru...

The Mega Rundown - H to Z (Alphabetical by Publisher/Distributor)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/11/gencon-2016-mega-ru...

Strange But True (Scenes from the convention...)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/12/gencon-2016-mega-ru...

The Meeples Choice Winners for 2015 were announced...
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/11/2015-meeples-choice...
Congratulations to Codenames, Food Chain Magnate, and The Voyages of Marco Polo

Chris Wray (a.k.a. me) live blogged from Gen Con 2016 and offered first impressions of several games...

Day Zero (First Impressions of Islebound and Vikings on Board)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/03/gen-con-day-zero-te...

Day One (First Impressions of America, Beyond Baker Street, Codenames: Pictures, and Last Friday)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/05/gen-con-day-one-wha...

Day Two (First Impressions of Junk Art and Lotus)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/06/gen-con-day-two-wha...

Day Three (First Impressions of Hit Z Road, Oceanos, and Pandemic: Reign of Cthulhu)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/07/gen-con-day-three-w...

Day Four (First Impressions of Ice Cool and Ticket to Ride Rails & Sails
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/07/gen-con-day-four-co...

Dale did a mini report from Gen Con...

https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/04/gencon-mini-report/

And lastly, we've been busy publishing several reviews...

Via Nebula (Dale Yu)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/08/02/dale-yu-review-of-v...

Holmes: Sherlock & Mycroft (Dale Yu)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/27/dale-yu-review-of-h...

Happy Salmon (Dale Yu)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/26/dale-yu-review-of-h...

Papayoo (Dale Yu)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/22/dale-yu-review-of-p...

Tides of Madness (Chris Wray)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/21/tides-of-madness/

The Networks (Dale Yu)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/20/thenetworks/

Elfenroads (Chris Wray)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/19/elfenroads-review-b...

Tanks - The WWII Tanks Skirmish Game (Matt Carlson)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/17/tanks-the-wwii-tank...

YINSH (Chris Wray)
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/14/yinsh-game-review-b...

GIPF (Chris Wray) - With Game History
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/13/gipf-game-history-a...
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Our predictions for the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres...

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Each year we predict the Spiel des Jahres and the Kennerspiel des Jahres. Below is the link to this year's predictions. The awards will be announced on Monday.

https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/15/the-opinionated-gam...

For the Kennerspiel des Jahres, the number of predictions were:

16 Pandemic Legacy
6 Isle of Skye
4 T.I.M.E Stories

For the Spiel des Jahres, the number of predictions were:

16 Codenames
7 Karuba
3 Imhotep

To see how everybody voted, and in what combination, check out our post.
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The Opinionated Gamers start the Essen 2016 previews?

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Wha? GenCon hasn't even happened, and we're already doing Essen Previews... That's how it goes now with information coming out earlier and earlier.

Today, we start with a preview of the new Power Grid Card Game
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/12/dale-yu-essen-16-pr...

We've also done a preview of the new games from CGE planned for Essen 2016 Release
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/06/10/czech-it-out-2016-e...


Other recent reviews include

A retrospective look at Power Grid
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/11/funkenschlag-at-fif...


Sea of Clouds from IELLO
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/08/dale-yu-review-of-s...


The new version of Agricola from Mayfair/Lookout
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/06/dale-yu-first-impre...



Ghost Fightin' Treasure Hunters - a re-release of the 2014 Kinderspiel des Jahres
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/01/dale-yu-review-of-g...


Animals on Board
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/06/30/mary-dimercurio-pra...


Imhotep, one of the SdJ candidates
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/06/27/imhotep-game-review...


Liga has resurrected his designer interview series, this time with Jason Matthews - designer of Twilight Struggle and other great games
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/06/13/the-art-of-design-i...


Smugglers from Thames+KOSMOS
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/06/28/dale-yu-review-of-s...


A first look at the new Mysterium expansion
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/06/25/mysterium-hidden-si...


A Preview of America from Bezier Games
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/07/04/dale-yu-review-of-a...



An advance look at Yokohama, soon to come from Tasty Minstrel
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/06/23/yokohama-review/



Xenon Profiteer from Eagle/Gryphon
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/05/31/dale-yu-review-of-x...


Doctor Panic from REPOS
https://opinionatedgamers.com/2016/05/17/dale-yu-first-impre...

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Plenty more to come this summer!
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Opinionated Gamers Live Blogging from Gathering of Friends - Codenames Pictures, Dynasties, Quadropolis and more

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While we're at the Gathering of Friends - some of us will by live blogging the event - lots of new games, old games, people, etc.

https://opinionatedgamers.com/tag/gof2016/
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The Opinionated Gamers Return From Essen - Reviews, First Impressions, Pictures, Fried Potatoes!

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Well, we've been writing about the fair all week - and now most of us are back home... There will certainly be more stuff written this week in retrospective, but for now, here is a list of all of our stuff concerning the fair this year. Currently at 50 posts and growing.

http://opinionatedgamers.com/category/essen-2014/
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Essen 2014 Preview Series on the Opinionated Gamers

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This year, the Opinionated Gamers are taking a slightly different approach to previewing the fair... Rather than trying to compete with the BGG preview - which is written by one of the OG Contributors, W. Eric Martin - we're focusing on previews, first impressions and reviews of games that will be new to the show.

There are still two weeks to go, but our blog has already covered a fair number of new games... and we will hopefully be posting one more review/preview a day until the show starts!

Here is the intro to our coverage:

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/07/opinionated-gamers-e...




Five Tribes (Days of Wonder)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/05/dale-yu-review-of-fi...

Murano (Lookout)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/08/dale-yu-essen-14-pre...

Fresh Fish (2F)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/09/essen-preview-fresh-...

Deus (Pearl Games)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/10/dale-yu-essen-previe...

Mad City (Mayfair)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/11/dale-yu-review-of-ma...

Cash n Guns, 2nd Ed. (REPOS)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/12/dale-yu-essen-previe...

Lords of Xidit (Libellud)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/16/dale-yu-review-of-lo...

Abyss (Bombyx)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/18/dale-yu-review-of-ab...

Black Fleet (Space Cowboys)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/22/dale-yu-review-of-bl...

Samurai Spirit (FunForge/Passport)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/24/dale-yu-review-of-sa...
Doodle City (Aporta)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/26/dale-yu-review-of-do...

Stimmvieh (Bewitched)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/27/dale-yu-preview-of-s...


Night of the Grand Octopus (Iello)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/28/dale-yu-first-impres...


San Juan - the new 2014 Ravensburger version (so new, the new edition isn't even in BGG yet)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/28/dale-yu-preview-of-t...

Onitama

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/08/26/essen-preview-onitam...

SecunenzooS

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/08/25/liga-secuenzoos-revi...

GodZ (Red Glove)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/08/12/liga-godz-review/

Hexemonia (Pendragon)

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/08/11/liga-hexemonia-previ...

Isaribi, Edo Yashiki, and a bunch of other Japanese games

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/08/09/essen-2014-quick-rev...

Ancient Terrible Things

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/07/29/dale-yu-review-of-an...

Soqquadro

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/07/28/liga-preview-of-soqq...

Robin (Flatlined)

http://wp.me/p1gPzu-455


Thanks for reading our blog, and there will be plenty more to come in the next few weeks.

Also, if you haven't already done it, you could see how you do in our Top 1000 / Top 2500 poll

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2014/09/03/the-opinionated-game...
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Reports from Essen 2013 from the OG

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The Opinionated Gamers has 8 or 9 writers at the fair, and as we are arriving home, we are writing our thoughts on SPIEL 2013. More will be coming in the next week or so!

To see the whole coverage of SPIEL: http://opinionatedgamers.com/category/essen-2013/


For recent recaps:

Dale Yu

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/22/dale-yu-essen-2013-o...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/23/short-report-from-es...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/23/dale-yu-press-day-re...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/25/belated-thursday-rep...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/26/dale-yu-friday-post-...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/26/dale-yu-saturday-rep...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/27/dale-yu-report-from-...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/27/dale-yu-essen-pictur...


Ben McJunkin - giving his thoughts on his first ever trip to SPIEL:

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/23/ben-mcjunkin-an-esse...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/24/ben-mcjunkin-an-esse...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/25/ben-mcjunkin-an-esse...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/27/ben-mcjunkin-an-esse...


Andrea Ligabue - who goes to SPIEL with his daughter:

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/23/father-in-the-messe-...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/24/father-in-the-messed...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/25/father-in-the-messe-...

http://opinionatedgamers.com/2013/10/26/father-in-the-messe-...
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