Author Archives: Erik Arneson

About Erik Arneson

Author of HOW TO HOST A GAME NIGHT (Tiller Press, Oct. 2020), 17 GAMES YOU CAN PLAY RIGHT NOW!, and the crime fiction short story collection THE THROES OF CRIME. Find me at

How to Host a Game Night – Book Cover Reveal

I’ve played board games since childhood, and as an adult I dove into hobby headfirst in 1999 after being introduced to modern games like Settlers of Catan. Board games are central to many of my favorite memories, like… The time … Continue reading

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Betrayal Legacy is the Greatest Game Ever Published (No Spoilers)

Designer: Rob DaviauArtists: Scott Okumura, Ben OliverPublisher: Avalon HillPlayers: 3-5Time: 45-90 minutes per gameTimes Played: The entire campaign plus several post-campaign haunts Betrayal Legacy is the greatest game ever published. You’re free to disagree, of course, but you would be … Continue reading

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Ticket to Ride: Pennsylvania – Game Review

Review by Erik Arneson Designer: Alan R. Moon Publisher: Days of Wonder Players: 2-5 (special rules for 2 players) Ages: 8+ Time: 30-60 minutes Times played: 3 Ticket to Ride: Pennsylvania gets smaller billing on the box cover (albeit with … Continue reading

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Review: 1st & Goal

Designer: Stephen Glenn Publisher: R&R Games Players: 2-4 (best with 2) Ages: 10 and up (publisher recommends 13 and up) Play Time: 60-90 minutes Review by Erik Arneson I’m a big fan of (American) football in general, and professional football … Continue reading

Posted in Reviews | 3 Comments Readers’ Choice Awards

In addition to being a periodic contributor to The Opinionated Gamers, I write about board games and card games for This is the second year I’m taking part in the Readers’ Choice Awards, which are designed to highlight … Continue reading

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