Opinionated Gamers

  • Dale Yu: Review of Empyreal – Spells and Steam

    Empyreal – Spells and Steam Designer: Trey Chambers Publisher: Level 99 Games Players: 2-6 Age: 10+ Time: 60-75 min  Times played: 4, with review copy from Level99 Games So… I’m not normally one for super thematic games.  From the rules … Continue reading →

  • 2019 Meeples Choice Award Winners

    The voting for the Meeples Choice Awards has ended and the following three games were chosen by the Spielfrieks user group: THE CREW RES ARCANA MARACAIBO Wingspan, perhaps the leading contender prior to the voting, wound up in fourth place, … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Break the Code

        Break the Code Designer: Ryohei Kurahashi Publisher: Iello Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 10 and up Time: 15 Minutes Times Played: > 15 (between this version and the Japanese original) Web link: Break the Code is a … Continue reading →

  • NEVADA CITY

    DESIGNER:  Alan Ernstein PUBLISHER: Rio Grande Games PLAYERS: 2 – 4 AGES: 14 and up TIME: 90-120 minutes TIMES PLAYED: 3, with I copy I received for review The most excitement we have around here these days is when our … Continue reading →

  • The Opinionated Gamers: Plans on Returning to Gaming

      This year has been unlike any other, and one of the biggest changes in my life is the cessation of regular gaming.  Due to social distancing requirements, there has simply been no chance for face-to-face gaming with any of … Continue reading →

  • Go All Out! 7 Games I’d Love to See Deluxified

    On Tuesday, I published a list of 7 great games that I think could use a facelift.  Today is a sort of companion list: here, I’m mentioning 7 games that I think could use the luxury treatment.  Basically, what are … Continue reading →

  • Nominated Games for the 2019 Meeples Choice Awards

    The Spielfrieks user group has finished their first week of voting for the Meeples Choice Awards.  29 games have received nominations.  During the coming week, the voters will select their favorites from that group and the top three games will … Continue reading →

  • 7 Great Games That Could Use a Facelift

    This weekend, Heartland, an excellent tile-laying game by Jeff Allers (who writes for this site), was on the BGG hotness list.  The game, published 11 years ago, is a personal favorite, but I could not figure out why it was … Continue reading →

  • Collective H-Indices

    The h-index is defined as the maximum value of h such that the given author/journal has published h papers that have each been cited at least h times.  So, applying it to board games, the h-index is defined as the … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Florenza the Dice Game

    Florenza the Dice Game Designer: Danilo Festa (inspired by Stefano Groppi) Publisher: Placentia Games Players: 1-4 Age: 12+ Time: 30-90 minutes Times played: 4 (multiplayer) + 3 (solo), with review copy provided by Placentia Games Florenza was one of the … Continue reading →