Author Archives: Chris Wray

Publisher Perspectives on 2020: An Interview with Mike Young of Plan B Games

A Note from The Opinionated Gamers: In lieu of our normal convention coverage, we’re doing publisher interviews about upcoming releases, asking their thoughts on the events of 2020 and other topics. Today’s interviewee is Mike Young of the Plan B … Continue reading

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Publisher Views of 2020: An Interview with Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games

A Note from The Opinionated Gamers: In lieu of our normal convention coverage, we’re doing publisher interviews about upcoming releases, asking their thoughts on the events of 2020 and other topics. Our first interviewee is Stephen Buonocore of Stronghold Games. … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: What I Enjoyed Playing in June 2020

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

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Go All Out! 7 Games I’d Love to See Deluxified

On Tuesday, I published a list of 7 great games that I think could use a facelift.  Today is a sort of companion list: here, I’m mentioning 7 games that I think could use the luxury treatment.  Basically, what are … Continue reading

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7 Great Games That Could Use a Facelift

This weekend, Heartland, an excellent tile-laying game by Jeff Allers (who writes for this site), was on the BGG hotness list.  The game, published 11 years ago, is a personal favorite, but I could not figure out why it was … Continue reading

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10 Great Animal Games (Article by Chris Wray)

I’m from a family of people who love nature.  Since theme can draw non-gamers into games, I tend to buy a lot of games featuring animals.  I know it isn’t the most popular theme, but it is one with broad … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: What I Enjoyed Playing in May 2020

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

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OG Writers React to the SdJ and KedJ Nominations

Below are our reactions to the Spiel des Jahres (SdJ) and Kennerspiel des Jahres (KedJ) nominations.  The awards were announced this morning, and the complete list of nominated and recommended games can be found here.

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Congratulations to the 2020 Spiel des Jahres nominees!

The Spiel des Jahres jury announced their nominees and recommendations this morning. Congratulations to the nominees! We’ve listed them below, but we’ve only put in the names of the German publishers (or what we assume is the German publisher). Links … Continue reading

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The Opinionated Gamers (Try To) Predict the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres – 2020 Edition

For the past few years, our group of gamers has taken their best guess at trying to read the minds of the Spiel des Jahres jury members.  The nominations for the Spiel des Jahres and Kennerspiel des Jahres will be … Continue reading

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