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:

Playing History – Review of Freedom: The Underground Railroad

by 1 week ago

When you’re a resident of a little town of about 3,700, it’s unheard of to find anything local on the map of an award-winning board game. Yet there’s tiny Ripley, …

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In New Skin – Review of Lords of Xidit

by 4 weeks ago

Nowadays, if your favorite game goes out of print, just wait. If it got gamers talking during its first printing, you might just see it again--albeit in a different skin. …

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Instant Fantasy – Review of Eight-Minute Empire: Legends

by 2 months ago

Forest Pixies, Dire Giants, Cursed Banshees, Ancient Phoenixes, Mountain Dwarves, Noble Unicorns, Night Hydras and others join you as you battle to dominate and retain a few undersized patches of …

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King of Tombstone? – Review of Desperados of Dice Town

by 3 months ago

Board gaming has seen an explosion in dice-based games in the last few years, reflecting the popularity of King of Tokyo, Quarriors, Zombie Dice, Alien Frontiers, Castles of Burgundy, the …

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Ooh, la, la, America! – Review of Lewis & Clark: The Expedition

by 6 months ago

Wine, cuisine, and tires. Whether a luscious white from Alsace or a smooth Bordeaux, wines from France can’t be beat. The finest meal I’ve ever had—$500 (in ‘96) for my …

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

by 6 months 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 7 months 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 7 months 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 8 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 8 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 9 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 10 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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