Author Archives: Chris Wray

Everdell Week: Series Conclusion

Just as seasons change, so do the games that are fashionable.  Everdell is, at least to this amateur game historian, a tidy encapsulation of the current moment in gaming. We’re in the era where gamers demand more.  They want great … Continue reading

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Everdell Bellfaire (Expansion Review by Chris Wray)

Author’s Note: I’m breaking with our traditional review format today, so this will be a review that integrates the gameplay description with my thoughts on the expansion.  Also, for the uninitiated, today is the fourth day of Everdell Week, a … Continue reading

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Everdell Spirecrest (Expansion Review by Chris Wray)

Author’s Note: I’m breaking with our traditional review format today, so this will be a review that integrates the gameplay description with my thoughts on the expansion.  Also, for the uninitiated, today is the third day of Everdell Week, a … Continue reading

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Everdell Pearlbook (Expansion Review by Chris Wray)

Author’s Note: I’m breaking with our traditional review format today, so this will be a review that integrates the gameplay description with my thoughts on the expansion.  Also, for the uninitiated, today is the second day of Everdell Week, a … Continue reading

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Everdell (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  James A. Wilson Publisher:  Starling Games Artists:  Andrew Bosley, Cody Jones, Dann May Players:  1 – 4 Ages:  13 and Up Time:  40 – 80 Minutes Times Played: > 10  To call Everdell a success would be an understatement.  … Continue reading

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10 Great Trick Taking Games (Article by Chris Wray)

Trick taking is a favorite mechanic of ours here at The Opinionated Gamers.  Though we never finished our Tricks and Trumps series, we do cover a lot of the games on this site.   And over on BGG, I run the … Continue reading

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Silver Dagger (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Ted Alspach Publisher: Bezier Games Players: 2 – 4 Ages: 14 and Up Time: 45 Minutes Times Played: > 10 (On Review Copy from the Publisher) Silver Dagger is the fourth game in the hit Silver line of fast-playing … Continue reading

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Chris Wray: What I Enjoyed Playing in July & August 2020

This is the July and August 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, there’s a combination of old and … Continue reading

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King of Tokyo: Dark Edition (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer: Richard Garfield Art: Paul Mafayon Publisher: Iello Players: 2 – 6 Ages: 8 and Up Time: 30 Minutes Times Played: > 10 (On Review Copy from Publisher) King of Tokyo is a modern classic.  The game is often held … Continue reading

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10 Great Tile Placement Games (Article by Chris Wray)

Tile placement games are a prominent part of the hobby, even if the mechanic is a bit difficult to define.  Perhaps because of that vaguess, it isn’t really a mechanic that, at least in my experience, inspires a lot of … Continue reading

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