Dan Edelen

PROFILE:

Freelance writer, editor, marketer, and more. Enjoy birding, geocaching, reading, drumming, and of course, board gaming. Been playing board games since the 1960s. Have owned all the classics--Dark Tower, Bermuda Triangle, PanzerBlitz, Fireball Island, Magic Realm, and more. Got into RPGs with D&D and AD&D back in the late 1970s. Today, I'm primarily a Eurogamer, and I play a little Pathfinder. Favorite games include: Tzolkin: The Mayan Calendar, Airlines Europe, 7 Wonders, Power Grid, Lords of Waterdeep, Seasons, Puerto Rico, and Hanabi.

Posts by Dan Edelen:

Dragons and demons and fairies, oh my! – Review of Fairy Tale

by 1 week ago

Promise me you’ll keep your pants on for now. Readers make demands of writers, but occasionally the tables turn and the writer demands something from the reader. Promise me, OK? …

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“Always bet on black” – Review of Seasons: Path of Destiny

by 1 week ago

See my previous review of the Seasons base game and Seasons: Enchanted Kingdom, the first expansion, for rules, game play, component lists, and more: “Vicious Eye Candy - Review of …

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“Curse You, Red Baron!” – Review of Dawgs of War

by 3 weeks ago

I pulled an Immelmann and blew that Fokker out of the sky. My poor brother. Lost again to my Sopwith Camel. The year was 1980 and the game was the …

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When less isn’t more – Review of The Builders: Middle Ages

by 2 months ago

A Kickstarter campaign recently ended successfully for a game that consists of one card. And thus we have reached the lower limit of the microgame. What’s a microgame? The hottest …

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We named a country after him, but… – Review of Amerigo

by 2 months ago

I asked my 13-year-old son who Amerigo Vespucci was. He didn’t know. Darned American public schools. Perhaps in my kid’s mind the variant spelling of the Portuguese cartographer/explorer’s name caused …

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Yahtzee 3D? – Review of Blueprints

by 3 months ago

Würfel is the German word for die. Not die as in “die, you gravy-sucking pig,” but as in dice. I also think it sounds funny. Würfel. Whir-full. But all things …

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Vicious eye candy – Review of Seasons

by 4 months ago

C20H25N30 — lysergic acid diethylamide. LSD. Acid. Back in the trippy days of LP records, half the experience of visiting a music store was found in the panoply of colorful …

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Play This, Not That! – A Dozen Better Board Games

by 4 months ago

Eat This, Not That! is one of the bestselling books of the last decade. In its pages, you learn how to eat better. Now before you panic, Gaming Trend is …

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Life and Death at the Top of the World – Review of Expedition: Northwest Passage

by 4 months ago

The HMS Terror. A frightening name--and a premonition. Along with the HMS Erebus, these mid-19th century science ships vanished in the Arctic with expedition commander Sir John Franklin and their …

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Light up the night! – Review of Hanabi

by 5 months ago

Set the rocket. Light it. Then step back and watch the fireworks emblazon the night. In board and card game design, no designer burns brighter than Antoine Bauza. With award-winning …

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The Golden Spike of deckbuilding and railroad games – review of Trains

by 5 months ago

At a friendly, local, game store outside Osaka, Japan, board game night had one rule: First game fully set up on the big table got played. Hisashi swore his Dominion—every …

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Hearts of darkness – review of Black Spy

by 6 months ago

How much do you enjoy playing the card game Hearts? If the answer is “I’d rather chew off my own leg than play a round,” then save yourself a potential …

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