Opinionated Gamers

  • Dale Yu: First Impression of Uno Ultimate MARVEL edition  

    Uno Ultimate – MARVEL edition Designer: uncredited Publisher: Mattel Players: 2-4 Age: 7+ Time: 30 minutes Played with review copy provided by Mattel USA Uno is one of the staples of American childhood gaming.  It’s the sort of game you … Continue reading →

  • OG’s Favorite Expansions from 2020-2021

    We close out this retrospective week at the OG with a piece on our favorite expansions from the past couple years.  Some of us go hard for expansions, while others turn up their noses at the concept, but love ‘em … Continue reading →

  • OG’s Favorite 2020 Games

    The end-of-year retrospective week continues at the OG with a further look back at 2020.  It’s often hard to try all of the games from a given year by the time that year ends, and it’s always valuable to have … Continue reading →

  • OG’s Favorite New-to-Me Games Played in 2021

    Today we continue our end-of-year retrospective week at the OG with a write-up of our favorite new-to-us games played in 2021.  These are all games that were released before 2021, but which we tried for the first time in 2021 … Continue reading →

  • OG’s Favorite New Games from 2021

    This week we will be sharing a series of four end-of-year retrospective articles about our favorite games.  We’ll start off with our favorite new games from 2021.  These are the hot new games that OG writers particularly enjoyed over the … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Floriferous

    Floriferous Designers: Eduardo Baraf, Steve Finn Publisher: Pencil First Games Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 6 with review copy provided by Pencil First Games Floriferous is a gorgeous game where you collect flower cards (and other … Continue reading →

  • My Top Five Kid Games… A Decade Ago

    Back in the first decade of this century (c. 2009), I published a list of my top 100 kid games… and while I’d quibble with some of my choices now, I think the extensive writing I did on the state … Continue reading →

  • Rand – Review of ラムラムパーティー (Lum Lum Party)

    ラムラムパーティー (Lum Lum Party)Designer: Rei (レイ)Publisher: 四等星 (4tousei)Players: 3-5Playing Time: 30-45 minutesTimes Played: 5 Lum Lum Party is a game that makes no sense. It is among my favorite 2021 releases, but probably won’t share that same love from everyone. … ...

  • くみこ と かつひさ (Kumiko and Katsuhisa)

    Designer: M. Aoki (A(四日市))Publisher: Yokkaichi Indoor Union (四日市インドア同盟)Players: 2Playing Time: 15-20 minutesTimes Played: 4 on a gratis copy from the designer Kumiko and Katsuhisa is a two-player trick-taking game where one player takes on the role of the Chairman of … ...

  • Cat in the Box

    Designer: Muneyuki Yokouchi (横内宗幸)Publisher: Ayatsurare NingyoukanPlayers: 3-4Playing Time: 30-45 minutesTimes Played: 5 on a purchased copy Cat in the Box is a trick-taking game that continues the “tradition” of untangling suits and ranks from their natural connection. When we think ...