Author Archives: Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

About Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, boardgamer, writer, Legomaniac, Disneyphile, voted most likely to have the same Christmas wish list at age 44 as he did at age 14

Game Review: Crash Cup Karambolage

Designer: Heinz Meister Publisher: HABA Players: 2-4 Ages: 6+ Playing Time: 15 minutes Review by Mark Jackson on a review copy provided by HABA Games (7 plays with Crash Cup Karambolage, 20 plays with the original 1995 edition) There are a LOT of flicking games out … Continue reading

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Castle Panic: The Dark Titan (an expansion review)

Designer: Justin De Witt Publisher: Fireside Games Players: 1-6 Ages: 12+ Playing Time: 60 minutes Review by Mark Jackson on a review copy provided by Fireside Games (4 plays with The Dark Titan, 13 plays with The Wizard’s Tower, 11 … Continue reading

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Catan Con 2015

It all began because of an article in GAMES magazine… and this highly touted import board game from Germany, The Settlers of Catan. I plunked down $35 at a local hobby store and brought home the original brown box edition … Continue reading

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Five & Dime: A Fond Farewell

After 15 years of publishing the Five & Dime lists (both on my personal blog & here on the Opinionated Gamers website), it’s time for me to let the Five & Dime “go gentle into that good night.” There are, … Continue reading

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Core Worlds: Revolution & Core Worlds: Galactic Orders (Expansions Review)

Designer: Andrew Parks (Galactic Orders), Andrew Parks & Sara Sterphone (Revolution) Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 2-5 Time: 90 minutes (though I’d say it’s about 30 minutes per player) Ages: 10 (officially – though my 9 year old does just fine with it) Times … Continue reading

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Game Review: Völuspá + Order of the Gods (expansion)

Völuspá /Order of the Gods Designer: Scott Caputo Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Time: 45 minutes Times played: 6 plays (1 of Kachina, 2 of Völuspá, 3 with the Order of the Gods expansion) Review copies provided by … Continue reading

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Game Review: Rogue Agent

Rogue Agent Designer: David Ausloos Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 2-4 (Agent Mode), 3-4 (Android Mode) Ages: 11+ Time: 90 minutes Times played: 5 plays (2 Agent Mode, 3 Android Mode) Review copy provided by Stronghold Games Dystopian visions of the … Continue reading

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SdJ Predictions & Hopes: Mark Jackson

Following in the virtual footsteps of our fearless leader, I’m taking a shot at predicting the Spiel des Jahres award winners (and other nominees). I’m notoriously bad at this… but that isn’t going to stop me. I really have no … Continue reading

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Game Review – Tash-Kalar: Arena of Legends

 Designer: Vlaada Chvátil Publisher: CGE / Z-Man Games Players: 2-4 Time: 60 minutes (though I’d say closer to 45) Ages: 12 (officially – though my 8 year old does just fine with it) Times Played: 7 (with review copy provided … Continue reading

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Best New (to me!) Games of 2013

Top ten lists are difficult – especially when I don’t get to play some of the “big new games” for 6 months to a year after they’re released… so a couple of years ago, I listed my Best New (to … Continue reading

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