Opinionated Gamers

  • Dale Yu: Review of Fantasy Realms: The Cursed Hoard Expansion

     Fantasy Realms: The Cursed Hoard Expansion Designer: Bruce Glassco Publisher: WizKids Players: 3-6 Ages: 14+ Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 4, with review copy provided by WizKids (maybe 30+ plays of the base game over the past 4 years) The … Continue reading →

  • Congratulations to the 2021 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 →

  • Dwarf (Review by RJ Garrison)

    Designer: Lee G. Broderick Publisher:  Dragon Dawn Productions Players:  1-3 (1-5 with a second set) Playing Time:  30-60 minutes Ages:  9+ MSRP: $35.00 www.dppgames.com You often hear about Dwarves being miners and that mining is really what Dwarves do best.  … ...

  • The Opinionated Gamers (Try To) Predict the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres – 2021 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 →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Cold Case: A Story to Die For

    Cold Case: A Story to Die For Designer: uncredited Publisher: Think Fun Players: 1+ Age: 14+ Time: 1 hour on box, 37 minutes in reality for me playing solo Times played: 1, with review copy provided by Think Fun In … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Sky Towers

    Sky Towers Designer: Charles Ward Publisher: EXIST Games Players: 1-4 Time: 20-30 minutes Times played: 3 Played with PnP copy from files sent from publisher Sky Towers is a game created for the 2021 54-card game design contest ...

  • Patrick Brennan: Game Snapshots – 2021 (Part 5)

    Another hero game online has been Die Crew. It features an amazing increase in the signal-to-noise ratio. Finished a mission? You’ve already started the next mission. No shuffling, no sorting out of tasks. Add Mystic Vale to this list as … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu – Review of Jekyll vs Hyde

    Jekyll vs Hyde Designer: Geon-il Publisher: Mandoo Games Players: 2 Age: 14+ Time: 20-30 minutes Played on a review copy provided by Mandoo Games Jekyll vs Hyde was a game that I was excited to try when I learned about … Continue reading →

  • Dale Yu: Review of Everything on 1 Card

    Everything on 1 Card Designer: Steffen Benndorf Publisher: NSV Players: 2-4 Age: 8+ Time: 20 mins Played 5 times with review copy provided by NSV In recent years, NSV and Herr Benndorf have been a pretty reliable combination – they … Continue reading →

  • Hadrian’s Wall: A Solo Review

    Someday, I’ll actually get to England and see Hadrian’s Wall for myself… but until that point, I’m stuck with surfing the Web to find pictures. For the uninformed, many parts of what remains of the Wall look like overly thick … Continue reading →