Opinionated Gamers

  • Opinionated Gamers – 2020 in Review

    Opinionated Gamers – 2020 in Review Well, thankfully, 2020 is in the rearview mirror by now (heck, by more than 2 days already in Kiribati – which I just learned yesterday is actually GMT +14!) – though like in my … Continue reading →

  • ZEN Tiles Solo

    I’m not good at talking about my emotions and have never gotten the hang of meditating. That’s why I bought this game and why I’m sharing it with you on January One. I’m reminded of one of my first visits … Continue reading →

  • A Round-Robin Letter for 2020 Games and Gaming (and some Books and Music)

    One of the joys of this time of year for me is reflecting back, in unnecessary detail, about the events of the last year. I’ve only sent out Christmas cards for maybe 4 of the last 17 years or so, … Continue reading →

  • Doug Garrett – Review of Bonfire

    Bonfire Designer: Stefan Feld Publisher: Hall Games/Pegasus Spiele Players: 1-4 Playing Time: 60-100 minutes ( shorter with 1 or 2 experienced players) Ages: 12+ Over the last fifteen years Stefan Feld has established himself as a top-flight designer. Starting with … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Roll Write Daifugo

      Roll Write Daifugo Designer: Chikasuzu (ちかすず) Publisher: Ponkotsu Farm Players: 2-6 Time: 10 minutes Times played: 7, with a friend’s copy. Every now and then, a game comes along that is so unexpected that it captures my attention and … Continue reading →

  • Castles of Mad King Ludwig Collectors Edition coming to KS next month!

    We hope that everyone is in the middle of a nice relaxing holiday weekend! In case you hadn’t seen this announcement earlier in the week: That’s right – following the giant success of the Suburbia Collectors Edition, Bezier Games is … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Instacrime: Munford  (mostly spoiler free)

    Instacrime: Munford Designer: Pak Gallego Publisher: GDM Games Players: 2-6 Age: 10+ Time: 60 minutes on the box, our game took 25 minutes Played with review copy provided by GDM. Instacrime is a cooperative game where players work together to … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Kitara

     Kitara Designer: Eric B. Vogel Publisher: IELLO Players: 2-4 Age: 10+ Time: 30-45min Played with review copy provided by IELLO USA Kitara was one of the games that I’ve been watching since first getting a demo of it at SPIEL … Continue reading →

  • EXIT the Game: The Cemetery of the Knight (Interview with 2 Escape Room Enthusiasts by RJ Garrison)

    Designer: Inka & Markus Brand Publisher:  Thames & Kosmos Players:  1-4 Playing Time:  60-120 minutes Ages:  12+ MSRP: $14.95 Level:  (3 of 5*) I’ve been discovering the EXIT Games and thought I’d try something different and bring in some Escape … Continue ...

  • Dale Yu: First Impressions of Influentia

    Influentia Designer: Miguel Bruque Publisher: Ludonova Players: 3-4 Age: 10+ Time: 45 minutes Played with review copy provided by Ludonova Influentia was a game that I did not know much about at all when I started doing my SPIEL 2020 … Continue reading →