Opinionated Gamers

  • Dale Yu: Review of Marvel Remix

    Marvel Remix Designer: Bruce Glassco Publisher: Wizkids Players: 2-6 Age: 12+ Time: 20 minutes Fantasy Realms remains one of my favorite games, especially in the filler niche.  Back when we first reviewed Fantasy Realms in 2017, I didn’t love it … Continue reading →

  • Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2022 (Part 3)  

    The introduction of A Feast For Odin on BGA led me to bring my physical copy out to much acclaim in a return to face-2-face gaming love. The thought of optimising a 100 different polyominoes on personal tableaus online gave … Continue reading →

  • Congratulations to the 2022 Spiel des Jahres nominees!

    The Spiel des Jahres jury announced their nominees and recommendations this morning. Congratulations to the nominees! We’ve listed the nominees below, but we’ve only put in the names of the German publishers (or what we assume is the German publisher). … Continue reading →

  • The Opinionated Gamers (Try To) Predict the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres – 2022 Edition

    For the past few years, our group of gamers has taken their best guess at trying to read the minds of the Spiel des Jahres jury members.  The nominations for the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres will be … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Stichtag

    Stichtag Designers: Emely, Inka & Markus Brand Publisher: Ravensburger Players: 3-5 Age: 10+ Time: 30 minutes Times played, at least a dozen different “days” on copy purchased by self Stichtag was one of the games I was most looking forward … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of the Guild of Merchant Explorers

    The Guild of Merchant Explorers Designers: Matthew Dunstan and Brett J. Gilbert Publisher: AEG Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: 45 minutes Played with review copy provided by publisher The backstory: “The Queen has sent out a call to the Guild … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Cartaventura Vinland

    Cartaventura: Vinland   Designers: Thomas Dupont, Arnaud Ladagnous Publisher: Kosmos Players: 1-6 Age: 12+ Time: ~60 minutes Played with review copy provided by Thames&Kosmos Cartaventura: Vinland is a narrative card game in which players build an adventure using cards which offer … ...

  • Key To The Kingdom: A “I Never Played The Beloved Original and That’s Not A Problem” Review

    By the time the original Key to the Kingdom came out in 1990, I had already spent 3 years as a DM (that’s Dungeon Master for those who’ve never played and/or watched Stranger Things), played pretty every stand-alone board game … Continue reading →

  • Mark’s Top 100 Games: A Recap

    Every couple of years (or so) I blog through my top 50 or top 100 games over on my personal blog, akapastorguy. This time around, I decided to share that list with our ever-so-wonderful Opinionated Gamers readership… along with some … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Downtown Farmers Market

    Downtown Farmers Market Designers: Johan Benvenuto and Alexandre Droit Publisher: Blue Orange Players: 2-4 Age: 7+ Time: 20 minutes Played with review copy provided by Blue Orange So… it’s not often that I get a published game which is not … Continue reading →