Author Archives: Dale Yu

About Dale Yu

Dale Yu is the Editor of the Opinionated Gamers. He can occasionally be found working as a volunteer administrator for BoardGameGeek, and he previously wrote for BoardGame News.

Dale Yu: First Impressions of Loop, Inc

  Loop, Inc Designer: Scott Almes Publisher: Eagle-Gryphon Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: 20-40 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Eagle-Gryphon Loop, Inc is a game that I wasn’t overly familiar with when hearing the title – … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Spookies

  Spookies Designer: Stefan Kloss Publisher: HABA Players: 2-5 Ages: 8-99 Time: ~30 minutes Times played: 4 with review copy provided by HABA USA Spookies is the second game that I have played from the new HABA line for families … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of SteamRollers

  SteamRollers Designer: Mark Gerrits Publisher: Flatlined Games Players: 2-5 Ages: 10+ Time: ~45 minutes Times played: 6, with review copy provided by Flatlined Games SteamRollers was a new release at Essen 2015, though in small quantities. It appears that … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of The Last Spike

  The Last Spike Designer:   Tom Dalgliesh Publisher: Columbia Games Players: 2-6 Ages: 10+ Players: 45 minutes Times Played: 3, with review copy provided by Columbia Games Columbia Games is not one of the traditional Euro-game publishers, as they are … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impression of Tail Feathers

  Tail Feathers Designer: Jerry Hawthorne Publisher: Plaid Hat Games Players: 2 Ages: 9+ Time: 60-90 minutes Tail Feathers is a head to head battle game that is set in the world of Mice and Mystics.  Each player controls an … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Bomb Squad

  Bomb Squad Designers: Dan Keltner and David Short Publisher: Tasty Minstrel Games Players: 2-6 Ages: 13+ Time: 30 minutes Bomb Squad is a new entry in the suddenly very crowded market of cooperative games.  As this genre continues to … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of 504

  504 Designer: Friedemann Friese Publisher: 2F / Stronghold Games Players: 2-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 30-150 minutes* Times played: 5 (less than 1%) – with designer’s prototype as well as with review copy provided by Stronghold Games 504 is perhaps … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: First Impressions of Council of Four

  Council of Four Designers: Simone Luciani and Daniele Tascini Publisher: Cranio Creations Players: 2-4 Ages: 10+ Time: ~60 minutes Times played: 2, with review copy provided by Cranio Creations In Council of Four, you take on the role of … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of The Big Book of Madness

  The Big Book of Madness Designer: Maxine Rambourg Publisher: IELLO Players: 2-5 Ages: 14 Time: 60-90 mins Times played: 5, with review copy provided by IELLO Big Book of Madness had been a long time coming… I had been … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: Review of Liguria

  Liguria Designer: Alessandro Zucchini Publisher: Queen Games Players: 3-4 Ages: 12+ Time: 60 minutes Times played: 3, with review copy provided by Queen Games In Liguria, players act as merchants sailing around the Ligurian sea, attempting to collect the … Continue reading

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