Sekigahara: Marching warriors across Japan

Sekigahara: Marching warriors across Japan

Sekigahara has been on my wishlist for a while, and I couldn’t have been more ecstatic when I saw this at game for $30 at a recent Arizona Game Fair flea market — unstickered! Sekigahara: The Unification of Japan is a 2-player game published by GMT Games in 2011. According to the description, “the battle …

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Bubble Tea: Shaken boba, not stirred

Bubble Tea: Shaken boba, not stirred

I love boba. Growing up in Los Angeles with predominantly Asian friends, we didn’t say, let’s get coffee. Nope, instead we’d say, let’s get boba, also known as bubble tea in other parts of the world. For the unfamiliar, boba are marble-sized tapioca balls that you can order in a drink, drinks such as milk …

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Teotihuacan: Building a pyramid and ascending

Teotihuacan: Building a pyramid and ascending

This review of Escape Plan was featured on Episode 60 of The Five By. Check out the rest of the episode, which also features Dragon Castle, Blue Lagoon, Iron Dragon and Circle the Wagons. What was the most complicated game that came out in 2018? I actually don’t know the answer to that question. But …

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Escape Plan: Grabbing the loot and running

Escape Plan: Grabbing the loot and running

This review of Escape Plan was featured on Episode 59 of The Five By. Check out the rest of the episode, which also features Monopoly Deal, Village, Ticket to Ride: New York and Piepmatz. We’ve all watched countless heist films. A group of skilled individuals lay out a plan, execute said plan and grab the …

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Arizona Game Fair 2019: Meeting Vital Lacerda

Arizona Game Fair 2019: Meeting Vital Lacerda

Arizona Game Fair took place recently at the Mesa Convention Center, and I can’t even begin to tell you how awesome the convention was! Now in its third year, the con had over 1,200 attendees. That’s pretty fantastic! Convention founder Andrew Long said the first year had over 300 gamers and the second had 785. …

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1846: The Race for the Midwest: A good introduction into 18xx

1846: The Race for the Midwest: A good introduction into 18xx

This review of 1846: Race for the Midwest was featured on Episode 54 of The Five By.  Check out the rest of the episode, which also features Otys, Wingspan, Lanterns: The Harvest Festival and Gizmos. If the world of 18xx is something you’ve been interested in but never knew where to start, check out 1846: …

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Promenade: Deck building with an artful twist

Promenade: Deck building with an artful twist

I recently made a jump back into deck-building games, rediscovering old classics like Dominion and playing new favorites like Paperback. It’s not that I disliked deck builders, but rather games with other mechanisms would often hit the table first. For those unfamiliar, a deck-building game is a card game where construction of a deck is …

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