Category Archives: Commentary

OP Mailbag – Game recommendation sought

Occasionally we get comments via email from readers of the blog.  Just this week, the following question was posed to us – and I thought it would be a good idea to run the question by the writers of the … Continue reading

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Guest Column – 1963 Game Diary – Sid Sackson – An Overview by Chris Kovac

From time to time, the Opinionated Gamers are happy to host writing from some noted gamers.  Chris Kovac is a good friend of mine, despite his Canadian-ness ;), who asked to contribute a piece on Sid Sackson.  This is a … Continue reading

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True Boardgames in Schools

Since we are on Opinionated Gamers I would like to offer my opinion about using real board-games in school’s activities, something I actively doing in the last 7 years, part for fun and part for job. I’m also teaching teachers … Continue reading

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SdJ and KedJ 2014 – A completely different set of predictions. Mostly.

It’s nearly time for the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres nominations, so it’s time for me to take a guess at what’s going to happen.  Fortunately, I realized some time back what two (of the total of six … 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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Guest article – Stephen Glenn’s Top 10 for 2013

From time to time, we have guest writers here on the blog… Today, we have a nice list from Stephen Glenn, the designer of the SdJ-nominated Balloon Cup.   He wanted to write about his favorite games from last year. — … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: SdJ Predictions Round 1

Well, the award season is coming up on us – the official calendar is: Monday 5/19/14 – the nominees are announced Monday 6/23/14 – announcement of the Kinderspiel des Jahres (in Hamburg) Monday 7/14/14 – announcement of the Spiel des … Continue reading

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Game Design: gioco e giocare tra teoria e progetto

Dear Gamers I’m proud to announce one of the novelty presented during the last edition of PLAY: The Games Festival. It is a book about Game Design I have contributed to realize inserting quotes from our The Art of Design: … Continue reading

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International Table Top Day is next weekend – are you ready?

International Table Top Day is scheduled for Saturday, April 5th, 2014.  The goal is to get people playing games and raising awareness of our hobby.  It is being spearheaded by the folks at Geek&Sundry. International TableTop Day is a celebration … Continue reading

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Dale Yu: A Gamer Looks at Forty (Part Two)

As I approach the hump of middle age, I am trying to take a step back and look at what I’ve managed to do (and what I plan to still accomplish).  I’ve been playing games for over half of the … Continue reading

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