Opinionated Gamers

  • Under Falling Skies: A Solo Gaming Review

    Our story starts back in March of 2020… which, let’s be clear, feels like a decade ago. (In the words of Ned Ryerson, “Am I right or am I right?”) As my family and I chose to self-quarantine, I began … Continue reading →

  • Best New (to me!) Games of 2020

    For the last decade or so, I’ve intermittently published my Best New (to me!) Games list each year… and, when I missed a year or two, added the missing lists to the most recent post. Best New (to me!) Games … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of The Fuzzies

    The Fuzzies Designers: Wolfgang Warsch, Alex Hague, Justin Vickers Publisher: CMYK Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Time: 10 min per game, 2 min if John Palagyi is playing Times played: >10 with copy provided by one of the designers The Fuzzies … Continue reading →

  • Illumination: An Original Game about Medieval Manuscripts

    Illumination: An Original Game about Medieval Manuscripts   By Mitchell Thomashow     Illumination is a highly original, deeply absorbing, and wonderfully challenging new two player game. It’s the latest creation of the imaginatively fertile mind of designer Alf Seegert, who also … ...

  • Brandon Kempf – Three Games of 2020

    I have a lot of games. A lot of games that are on my shelves, or on my table being played, that I have told myself that I want to review at some point. For one reason or another, this … Continue reading →

  • Calico (Game Review by Brandon Kempf)

    Designer: Kevin Russ Artists: Beth Sobel Publisher: AEG and Flatout Games Players: 1-4 Time: 30 – 45 minutes Times Played: 4 Affiliate Link: We’re dog people, or rather, we used to be dog people. But back in September, something … Continue reading →

  • Chris Wray: My 10 Favorite Games of 2020

    While 2020 was (as expected) a down year in gaming, I still played about 60 games released last year, plus about 30 new expansions. The OG will have a big list of the group’s top games later this month, but … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Magic Money

    Magic Money Designer: Zack Hiwiller Publisher: Indie Boards & Cards Players: 3-6 Age: 14+ Time: 30 minutes Played on review copy provided by the publisher In Magic Money, Merlin the Magnificent has passed away and left behind a marvelous menagerie … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Ravensburger Escape Puzzles (spoiler free*)

    Dale Yu: Review of Ravensburger Escape Puzzles (spoiler free*) I was first introduced to the Ravenburger Escape Puzzle line (then called the Exit Puzzle series) back on October 27, 2018 – https://opinionatedgamers.com/2018/10/27/dale-yu-friday-report-from-essen/.  The press package at the ...

  • Calico (Game Review by Brandon Kempf)

    Designer: Kevin Russ Artists: Beth Sobel Publisher: AEG and Flatout Games Players: 1-4 Time: 30 – 45 minutes Times Played: 4 Affiliate Link: We’re dog people, or rather, we used to be dog people. But back in September, something … Continue reading →