Ender's Reviews: Comprehensive Pictorial Overviews
Want to know what components you get with a game? What to know what a game looks like? What to know how it works? Want to learn the basic rules and flow of play?
In these reviews, I take a pictorial approach, by taking photographs of key components and gameplay, and organizing them with accompanying text in order to teach you how to play a game, and showcase what it is all about, along with some analysis. These reviews might prove helpful in making an informed decision before purchasing a game, or perhaps to have your friends read ahead of a game session to help them get a basic sense of how to play the game beforehand. I appreciate the diversity of reviewer styles on BGG, but for a short defence of my own reviewing style, see my post here.
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This is another of my favourite series, with some classic fillers and lighter games that only take 30-45 minutes and are ideal for social gameplay with non-gamers. For a brief synopsis on all the games in the series, and my thoughts on their relative merits, see this list: The Gryphon Games bookshelf series: collect 'em all? Here are direct links to all the different reviews I've written about each game in the series:
Review: 1. Money
Review: 2. Roll Through the Ages
Review: 3. Gem Dealer
Review: 4. For Sale
Review: 5. High Society
Review: 6. Incan Gold
Review: 7. Looting London
Review: 8. Birds on a Wire
Review: 9. Masters Gallery
Review: 10. Cornucopia
Review: 11. Botswana
Review: 12. I'm The Boss! The Card Game
Review: 14. Wyatt Earp
Review: 15. Sleuth
Review: 16. Musee (NEW)
Review: 17. Xenon Profiteer (NEW)
This series of six quick-playing fillers from Gryphon Games consists of small card games, three by Reiner Knizia. All games in this series come in a tin box container, with an attractive felt style insert. Here are direct links to all the different reviews I've written about each game in the series:
Review: 1. Musketeers
Review: 2. Desperados
Review: 3. Swat!
Review: 4. Yin Yang
Review: 5. Fzzzt
Review: 6. Stoplights
This series of titles from Gryphon Games features games exclusively for two players. The component quality is excellent, so if you're looking for a unique game to play head-to-head with a partner or friend, these are definitely worth checking out. Here are direct links to the individual reviews I've written about each game in the series:
#1. Review: En Garde
#2. Review: 2 de Mayo (original edition)
#2. Review: 2 de Mayo (second edition)
#3. Review: What's My Word?
#4. Review: Mirror, Mirror
For a brief synopsis on all the games in the series, and my thoughts on each, see my article:
Great Two Player Games: Introducing a series from Gryphon Games