Opinionated Gamers

  • Solo Gaming 2022: The First Eight Months

    I’ve written a good bit about my solo gaming over the last couple of years, both for the Opinionated Gamers and for my personal blog… …so I decided that I’d continue that trend into 2022 by doing a solo gaming post every four … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Katamino Pocket

    Katamino Pocket Designer: André Perriolat Publisher: Gigamic Players: 1 Age: 8+ Time: 2-3 minutes per level? Played with review copy provided by publisher (Hachette USA) Katamino Pocket is a portable version of a well known solitaire game, unsurprisingly enough called … Continue reading ...

  • Dale Yu: Review of Shapers of Gaia

    Shapers of Gaia Designers: Ian Cooper, Jan Gonzalez Publisher: Wizkids Players: 2-3 Age: 14+ Time: 60-90 minutes Played with review copy provided by Wizkids Shapers of Gaia is billed as “an eco-building game”.  The Wizkids promo text goes: “Compete over … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Terracotta Army

    Terracotta Army Designers: Przemysław Fornal, Adam Kwapiński Publisher: Board&Dice Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: 90-120 minutes Played with review copy provided by publisher To start, the TL;DR intro from the publisher: Emperor Qin Shi Huang has passed away. To protect … Continue reading ...

  • Dale Yu: Review of Catherine: The Cities of the Tsarina

    Catherine: The Cities of the Tsarina Designer: Johannes Schmidauer-Koenig Players: 2-4 Age: 10+ Time: 30-45 mins Played with review copy sent by Capstone Games Before we get any further, let me start with this – the review below will focus … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Top Ten

    Top Ten Designer: Aurelien Picolet Publisher: Asmodee Germany Players: 4-9 Age: 12+ Time: 30 minutes Played with a copy purchased in Germany at Thalia.de Top Ten was the typical Spiel des Jahres nominee/recommended game that I had never heard of … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Top Ten Quiz

    Top Ten Quiz Designers: Julien Gupta, Johannes Berger Publisher: Chili Island Players: 4-14 Age: 14+ Time: 30 minutes Played with copy provided by publisher Chili Island is a new imprint, one that focuses on family games – from the company … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Preview of Rise & Fall

    Rise & Fall Designer: Christophe Boelinger Publisher: Ludically Players: 2-4 Age:14+ Time: 45-90 minutes Played with preview copy provided by publisher Christophe Boelinger is a prolific game designer – having over 60 titles to his name.  He is a very … Continue reading →

  • Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2022 (Part 5)

    I’ve been exploring Ark Nova and Dune:Imperium quite a bit over the last month or so. Ark Nova is still providing rich exploration pickings and I’ve upped its rating to a 9 – there seems to be a constant urge … Continue reading →

  • Matt Carlson: Gen Con “Stuff”

    I always like to take a few photos of things that catch my eye in order to present you, the reader, a brief glimpse into all that is Gen Con. This year, I was also able to see the convention … Continue reading →