Opinionated Gamers

  • Gaming Timeline:  1980-1984

    This five year period began with a game that simulates the spread of civilization and ended with one based on a war that almost ended civilization as we know it.  In between, there were plenty of other notable titles, including … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: First Impressions of Wormholes (Solo Game)

    Wormholes Designer: Peter McPherson Publisher: AEG Players: 1-5 Age: 14+ Time: 40-50 minutes Played with review copy provided by AEG – 5 times in during a COVID quarantine afternoon Well, I’m usually not one to pen such a quick review; … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Capital Lux 2: Generations

    Capital Lux 2: Generations Designers: Eilif Svensson & Kristian A. Ostby Publisher: Aporta Games Players: 1-4 Age: 10+ Time: 30-40 minutes Played with review copy provided by the publisher Capital Lux (the original) was a interesting tactical “trick taking” card … Continue reading ...

  • Dale Yu: Review of Bureau of Investigation – Investigations in Arkham and Elsewhere (Spoiler Free)

    Bureau of Investigation – Investigations in Arkham and Elsewhere Designer: Gregory Privat Publisher: Space Cowboys Players: 1-8 Age: 14+ Time: the box says 90+ minutes per case; real life says 90-240 minutes (so far) Played 3 cases so far with … Continue reading →

  • Ben Bruckart:  Review of Golem

    Golem Designers:  Simone Luciani, Flaminia Brasini, Virginio Gigli Artist:  Francesco Ciampi, Roberto Grasso Publisher:  Cranio Games Players:  2-4 Age:  14+ Time:  90-180 minutes Times Played:  5 Golem is a new euro-game from my favorite designer group in Italy: Simone Luciani, … ...

  • Dale Yu: Review of Zapotec

    Zapotec Designer: Fabio Lopiano Publisher: Board&Dice Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: 60-75 minutes Played 3 times with review copy provided by Board&Dice Well, I’m still catching up from the 2022 releases from Board&Dice, a game company I once thought was … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Marvel Remix

    Marvel Remix Designer: Bruce Glassco Publisher: Wizkids Players: 2-6 Age: 12+ Time: 20 minutes Fantasy Realms remains one of my favorite games, especially in the filler niche.  Back when we first reviewed Fantasy Realms in 2017, I didn’t love it … Continue reading →

  • Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2022 (Part 3)  

    The introduction of A Feast For Odin on BGA led me to bring my physical copy out to much acclaim in a return to face-2-face gaming love. The thought of optimising a 100 different polyominoes on personal tableaus online gave … Continue reading →

  • Congratulations to the 2022 Spiel des Jahres nominees!

    The Spiel des Jahres jury announced their nominees and recommendations this morning. Congratulations to the nominees! We’ve listed the nominees below, but we’ve only put in the names of the German publishers (or what we assume is the German publisher). … Continue reading →

  • The Opinionated Gamers (Try To) Predict the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres – 2022 Edition

    For the past few years, our group of gamers has taken their best guess at trying to read the minds of the Spiel des Jahres jury members.  The nominations for the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres will be … Continue reading →