Some Holiday Gift Ideas, Part 1

Well, about a month ago, we (as a group) had a great idea to get a bunch of things written down and provide our readers with a nice gift giving list.  Welp, let’s just say that we didn’t get our you-know-what together…  So, instead of a big list, I have decided to just make some shorter posts with things that catch my eye (or things that I notice to be on sale).   As I make these impromptu posts, I will try to stick to things which can be delivered prior to Dec. 25 — this likely means that they are things in stock on Amazon Prime.  (All the Amazon links here are affiliate links, and the Opinionated Gamers may earn a commission if you buy from those links)

Today, a few cooperative games – one short, one legacy, and one epic.

First, the short – Fire in Adlerstein (we reviewed this a few years ago)


This is a neat and immersive mystery to be solved at home with your friends.  You’ll need a computer or a smartphone, but otherwise everything else is contained in the box.  It’s currently on sale for under $20, which is a good price for an evening’s entertainment

Next, the legacy game – Pandemic Legacy Season 1.   Currently on sale for $41.99


This was the first legacy game for this esteemed franchised.  Fluff reviewed it a four years ago… If your group hasn’t played this season yet, this is a great entry price for around 15 games of fun.  And, you’ll probably get to tear up a bunch of cards to let out your aggression as you stamp out disease.

Finally, the epic – 7th Continent Base box – $69.00

7th continent base

The 7th Continent is an exploration and survival game for 1 to 4 players, inspired by choose YOUR own path adventure books . You play the role of an early 20th century explorer returning from an expedition to the newly discovered 7th Continent, a mysterious and hostile land spied upon by Jules Verne and H.P. Lovecraft.

In this box, you get three curses – each a standalone adventure, and in my experience, they can often take 10 to 15 hours to complete!  Well, when you successfully complete it, it may only take an hour or two, but trust me… you’re likely going to fail a number of times.  It has a neat save mechanism, so you can leave it set up, and come back to it whenever you have more time.

I personally love this one solo, but there are plenty of groups that have enjoyed it together as well.

And… if you get through the three curses and are looking for more adventures, you can buy other curses as expansions – for instance The Icy Maze –

Well, maybe this will give you a few ideas on things to buy this holiday season (or maybe get something for yourself?)

Until your next appointment, 

The Gaming Doctor

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.
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