Opinionated Gamers

  • Larry Levy: 2023 Designer of the Year Award

    Remember that classic scene in Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, when Spock says, “The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few—or the one”?  Spock used that as justification to sacrifice himself.  (Spoiler alert:  he got … Continue reading →

  • Josiah Fiscus: Review of Heroquest Against the Ogre Horde

    Heroquest: Against the Ogre Horde Designer: Stephen Baker Publisher: Avalon Hill, Hasbro Players: 2-5 Age: 14+ Time: 90 minutes Played with copy provided by publisher Like many other expansions for the new version of HeroQuest, Against the Ogre Horde is … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Knarr

    Knarr Designer: Thomas Dupont Publisher: Bombyx and Pandasaurus Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Time: 30 minutes Played with review copy provided by publisher In Knarr, you are the leader of a band of Vikings that you send to new destinations. Manage … Continue reading →

  • Review GACHIJO: Four Ninja and the Castle of Treasures

    Players: 2-4 Designer: Martin Nedergaard Andersen and Banana Moon Studio Sapporo Artist: Banana Moon Studio Sapporo and Richard Zimba Time: 15-90 minutes Four clans have each sent a ninja to enter the ancient enchanted castle to gain the valuable treasures … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Emerge

    Emerge Designer: Adam DeYoung Players: 2-4 Age: 14+ Time: 75 minutes Played with review copy provided by publisher New islands have emerged from the ocean, and as scientists, you must research the new, developing ecosystems present there. Watch the islands … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Urbify

    Urbify Designer: Kalle Malmioja Publisher: Looping Games Players: 2-4 Age: 12+ Time: 45 minutes Played with review copy provided by publisher Our city is prospering and growing at a dizzying pace, and building permits are continually being negotiated in the … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of The Easter Escapade (Holiday Hijinks #8)

    The Easter Escapade Designer: Jonathan Chaffer Publisher: Grand Gamers Guild Players: 1-4 Age: 13+ Difficulty Rating: 2/3 Time: ~60 minutes on the box; 27 min in reality  Played with review copy provided by publisher Weblink – The egg hunt … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Ingenious (2023)

    Ingenious Designer: Reiner Knizia Publisher: Kosmos Players: 1-4 Age: 8+ Time: 45 minutes Played with review copy provided by Thames&Kosmos In Ingenious, a.k.a. Einfach Genial, players take turns placing colored domino-style tiles on a game board, scoring for each line … Continue reading ...

  • Dale Yu: Giveaway and Review of Sidequest: 7th Sea (possible mild spoilers)

    Sidequest: 7th Sea Designers: Jakub Caban and Bartosz Idzikowski Publisher: Board & Dice Players: 1-4 (would not recommend more than 2) Age: 14 Time: 60-90 minutes on box.  84 minutes in actual time in my solo play Played: once with … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Tesseract

    Tesseract Designer: James Firnhaber Publisher: Smirk and Dagger Players: 1-4 Age: 14+ Time: 60+ minutes Played with review copy provided by publisher The Tesseract appeared in our skies six days ago, over the exact magnetic north of the planet. It … Continue reading →