Ender's Reviews: Comprehensive Pictorial Overviews
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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.

This list is arranged alphabetically. To see my most recent reviews, click here.

If you are a game designer or publisher and would like me to consider your game for review, feel free to send me an expression of interest by GeekMail. Generally speaking I am only willing to commit the time to writing a review for games that I am personally enthusiastic about and consider to be worthwhile recommending to other gamers, so please contact me directly to help determine whether your game would be a suitable candidate for one of my reviews.

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76. Board Game: Gem Dealer [Average Rating:5.56 Overall Rank:7948]
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Another auction gem from Knizia, or is Ivanhoe better?
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/380833

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77. Board Game: Glory to Rome [Average Rating:7.53 Overall Rank:85]
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Is this the game that Race for the Galaxy wanted to be?
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/371582

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78. Board Game: Going, Going, GONE! [Average Rating:6.42 Overall Rank:1905]
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Scott Nicholson's fast, fun, light, and noisy party game with simultaneous auctions
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1202791

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79. Board Game: Gold Mine [Average Rating:6.05 Overall Rank:5124]
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Best Meeples Ever!
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/588032

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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 (NEW)

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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

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82. Board Game: Haggis [Average Rating:7.11 Overall Rank:424]
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Introducing a Tichu-inspired Haggis You Won’t Want to Hurl!
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/631128

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83. Board Game: Happy Birthday! [Average Rating:6.03 Overall Rank:7438]
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North Star's fun new party game about giving funny gifts
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1156318

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84. Board Game: Heroes of Graxia [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:6826]
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A Dominion-style deck-building game with MtG-style player-vs-player combat
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/617367

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85. Board Game: High Society [Average Rating:6.80 Overall Rank:608]
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Knizia! Auctions! Super filler! New edition!
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/378813

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86. Board Game: Highland Clans [Average Rating:5.67 Overall Rank:6896]
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Seriously, this Scottish-themed game doesn't have one single review yet?
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/772102

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87. Board Game: Homesteaders [Average Rating:7.38 Overall Rank:269]
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A hot time in an old town with an heir to Puerto Rico's throne
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/775191

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88. Board Game: Hot Potato [Average Rating:5.59 Overall Rank:8494]
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Hey quick, pass it on, it's another hot card game from Cambridge Games Factory!
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/653926

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89. Board Game: I'm the Boss!: The Card Game [Average Rating:6.15 Overall Rank:4994]
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Sid Sackson joins the Gryphon Games Bookshelf series
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/993356

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90. Board Game: Ice Flow [Average Rating:6.50 Overall Rank:1391]
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Frogger the board game - with tons of theme and great bits
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/388142

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91. Board Game: Igloo Pop [Average Rating:6.27 Overall Rank:1866]
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If Monty Python made a board game skit it would be something like Igloo Pop
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/461499

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92. Board Game: Incan Gold [Average Rating:6.84 Overall Rank:512]
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So you're wondering about the new Gryphon Games edition of Incan Gold
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/401937

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93. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:201]
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So you're wondering about the innovative new card game from the designer of Glory to Rome
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/528778

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94. Board Game: Innovation [Average Rating:7.29 Overall Rank:201]
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2 Golden Geek Nominations! (plus a pictorial look at the official release)
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/580528

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95. Board Game: Julius Caesar [Average Rating:7.88 Overall Rank:428]
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The newest kid on the Columbia Games block, with the newest blocks for the Columbia Games kid
http://boardgamegeek.com/thread/573238

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96. Board Game: Kamisado [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:808]
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Blokus and Hive, make way for the new king of colorful family-friendly abstracts!
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/369070

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97. Board Game: Karesansui [Average Rating:6.71 Overall Rank:3253]
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The cut-throat auction game about zen gardens
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1148098

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98. Board Game: Kingdom Builder [Average Rating:7.06 Overall Rank:329]
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Another Spiel des Jahres award winner from the designer of Dominion
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/973335

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99. Board Game: Kingdom of Solomon [Average Rating:7.08 Overall Rank:1388]
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Successfully bringing the excellence of Caylus-style worker placement to Bible times
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/766112

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100. Board Game: Kingdom of Solomon: Chronicles of the King [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked] [Average Rating:7.97 Unranked]
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A welcome addition for a well-themed worker placement game
http://www.boardgamegeek.com/thread/1096259



Also just posted - a series of four articles that research the Biblical data behind the theme of the game Kingdom of Solomon:

The Biblical background behind Kingdom of Solomon - Part 1: The Temple
The Biblical background behind Kingdom of Solomon - Part 2: Fortune cards
The Biblical background behind Kingdom of Solomon - Part 3: Buildings
The Biblical background behind Kingdom of Solomon - Part 4: Events
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