Opinionated Gamers

  • Fort (Game Review by Brandon Kempf)

    Designer: Grant Rodiek Artist: Kyle Ferrin Publisher: Leder Games Players: 2-4 players Time: 20-40 Minutes Times Played: 6 Deck-building games have come a long way since the days where the only choice was Dominion. Most of the time though, even … Continue reading →

  • Talia Rosen: An Award For All Seasons

    As the summer comes to a close, along with the board game industry award season, and as we ramp up for a new year in gaming that begins with the slew of new releases timed to the Essen game fair … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Truffle Shuffle

        Truffle Shuffle Designers: Molly Johnson, Shawn Stankewich, Robert Melvin Publisher: AEG Players: 2-4 Age: 14+ Times played: 3, with review copy provided by AEG (and played while eating chocolate truffles also provided by AEG) In Truffle Shuffle, players … Continue reading →

  • 10 Great Trick Taking Games (Article by Chris Wray)

    Trick taking is a favorite mechanic of ours here at The Opinionated Gamers.  Though we never finished our Tricks and Trumps series, we do cover a lot of the games on this site.   And over on BGG, I run the … Continue reading →

  • Summoner Wars: Faction-by-Faction

    Summoner Wars has been going strong for over ten years, and the Alliances Master Set is the pinnacle of the series.  For those of you that haven’t been paying much attention to this incredible game, I’m going to start with … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of 5er Finden

      5er Finden Designer: Jurgen P.K. Grunau Publisher: HABA Players: 1-4 Age: 7+ Time: 15-20 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by HABA USA 5er Finden is HABA’s most recent foray into the roll and write genre.  In … Continue reading →

  • Brandon Kempf – Three Games of August

    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 →

  • BON (Boast or Nothing)

    Designer: Yeon-Min JungArtist: Mr. MisangPublisher: A.ger Games, 1979 GamesPlayers: 3-5Ages: 8+Times Played: 6 times on various purchased or borrowed copies BON is a trick-taking game with one main conceit, and a few twists, though I imagine that depending upon who … Continue reading →

  • SCOUT!

    Designer: 梶野 桂(Kei Kajino)Artist: SINCPublisher: ワンモアゲーム!(OneMoreGame!)Players: 3-5Ages: 9+Times Played: 6 times on a purchased first edition copy I wish I had a picture of the basement stairs at my grandparents house. It was this house. That’s my grandfather holding ...

  • Dale Yu: Review of Merchant of Dunhuang

    Merchant of Dunhuang   Designer: Gabriele Bubola Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Time: ~30 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Mandoo Games In Merchants of Dunhuang, players take on the role of competing brothers who end up trying … Continue reading →