Author Archives: Chris Wray

Voices in Board Gaming: Interview with Brandon Kempf

About Today’s Guest: This is the fifth interview in our “Voices in Board Gaming” series here on The Opinionated Gamers.  Today’s guest, Brandon Kempf, is one of the most prolific gaming voices I know, and one of the finest.  He previously … Continue reading

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Voices in Board Gaming: Interview with Chad DeShon

About Today’s Guest: This is the fourth interview in our “Voices in Board Gaming” series here on The Opinionated Gamers.  Today’s guest, Chad DeShon, wears many hats in this hobby and industry.  He runs BoardGameTables.com.  He designs games, most notably the … Continue reading

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Essen ’18 Days Three & Four: What’s was hot, and thoughts on the year in gaming… (Chris Wray)

Essen 2018 is now complete!  I’m taking a brief break from packing to write this blog post.  Many of the Opinionated Gamers left today (Sunday), but I don’t fly out until Monday morning.   Below I talk about what was hot … Continue reading

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Essen ’18 Day Two: What’s hot, and what I played… (Chris Wray)

For me, Friday at Essen means more time chatting and playing games and less time shopping.  This post includes overall convention thoughts so far, plus an analysis of what’s hot, and mini-reviews of several games I’ve been playing. The Convention … Continue reading

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Essen ’18 Day One: What was hot, and what I played… (Chris Wray)

As with my past coverage, I’ll be posting each day about (1) what’s hot, (2) what I played, and (3) general thoughts on the convention.  I haven’t had the chance to play many games so far: I typically spend the … Continue reading

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Gunkimono (Game Review by Chris Wray)

Designer:  Jeffrey D. Allers Publisher: Renegade Game Studios Players: 2 – 5 Ages: 10 and Up Time: 45-60 Minutes Times Played: > 4 (with additional plays on Heartland) Gunkimono is a tile placement game in which players take on the … Continue reading

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Voices in Board Gaming: Interview with Bill Corey Jr.

About Today’s Guest: This is the third interview in our “Voices in Board Gaming” series here on The Opinionated Gamers.  Today’s guest, Bill Corey Jr., is one of my favorite voices in the hobby, and his live YouTube show, The Cubist, … Continue reading

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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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