Author Archives: Chris Wray

Essen 2018: Quick Thoughts on 5 Games (Mini Reviews by Chris Wray)

Spiel ’18 (a.k.a. Essen) starts on Thursday, so our coverage here on The Opinionated Gamers begins in the next few days.  Several of us will be at the fair, and I’ll be in town from Tuesday to Monday. I’ll be … Continue reading

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Voices in Board Gaming: Interview with Talia Rosen

About Today’s Guest: This is the second interview in our “Voices in Board Gaming” series here on The Opinionated Gamers.  We’re starting the series with a couple of writers from this site.  Longtime readers will be familiar with today’s guest, Talia … Continue reading

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Congratulations to Voodoo Prince, winner of the Trick-taking Guild’s 2017 “Golden Trickster” award!

A couple of months ago, I created the Trick-taking Guild on BoardGame Geek with the goals of (1) having a forum to discuss trick-taking games, (2) giving an annual award to the best trick taking games of that year, and … Continue reading

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Voices in Board Gaming: Interview with Greg Schloesser

Series Note:  Today we’re launching a new series on The Opinionated Gamers called Voices in Board Gaming.  Each article will feature a different gamer who (a) has been in the hobby for an extended period of time, and (b) can … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: My Essen 2018 Most Anticipated List

Spiel (Essen) 2018 is a little more than two weeks away, and I’ve been reading rulebooks and combing through Eric Martin’s oh-so-amazing Spiel ’18 Preview on BGG. As in past years, I’ll be doing coverage from the fair for The … Continue reading

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Paper Tales (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Masato Uesugi Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 2 – 5 Ages: 10 and Up Time: 30 Minutes Times Played: > 5 (On Review Copy from Publisher) Paper Tales is a card game in which players draft units to bring glory … Continue reading

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Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 International Gamers Awards!

Congratulations to the winners of the 2018 International Gamers Awards, Rajas of the Ganges and Codenames Duet!  The jury announced their decision this morning. In the multi-player category, the winner was Rajas of the Ganges, designed by Inka & Markus Brand … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: What I Enjoyed Playing in September 2018

This is the September entry for my series where I post five games I enjoyed playing in the past month that I didn’t have time to do full reviews of.  As always, I limit it to five titles, of which … Continue reading

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Sprawlopolis (Game Review by Chris Wray)

  Designer: Steven Aramini, Danny Devine, Paul Kluka Publisher: Button Shy Games Artist: Danny Devine Rules Editing: Travis D. Hill Players: 1 – 4 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 15 Minutes Times Played: > 5 Sprawlopolis is a cooperative “wallet” … Continue reading

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Ten Tips for Increasing Rules Clarity (Article by Chris Wray)

In preparing yesterday’s article on rules quality, I glanced through dozens if not hundreds of rules threads on BoardGameGeek.  I noticed some common themes, so as a follow-up to yesterday’s article, I’m posting my thoughts here on what publishers and … Continue reading

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