Opinionated Gamers

  • 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 →

  • 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 →

  • Brandon Kempf – Three Games of December

    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 →

  • Adventure Games: The Volcanic Island (a Spoiler-Free Opinionated Gamer Review by RJ Garrison)

    Designer: Phil Walker Harding, Matthew Dunstan, Chihiro Mori Publisher:  Thame & Kosmos Players:  1-4 Playing Time:  4 plays of 75 minutes each. Ages:  12+ MSRP: $19.95 www.thamesandkosmos.com *Spoiler-Free, all examples are made up while writing the review. In Adventure ...

  • BABYLONIA: AN EXEMPLARY KNIZIAN DESIGN      By Mitchell Thomashow

    BABYLONIA: AN EXEMPLARY KNIZIAN DESIGN      By Mitchell Thomashow Great game designers, writers, artists, and musicians generally develop multiple key insights, often early in their careers, and then rework, reiterate, combine, and revitalize them as they gain more experience, … Continue ...