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

10 Great Sid Sackson Games (Article by Erik Arneson)

This article is part of our “10 Great” series that features 10 great games in a given subcategory. We pick a mechanic, theme, publisher, etc. — in this case, games designed by Sid Sackson. The Opinionated Gamers then vote behind … Continue reading

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My Mind is Boggled: Which Edition of Boggle Should I Keep?

I own two versions of the word game Boggle, one from 1977 and the other from 2003. While continuing to whittle down my game collection to a more reasonable size (it once topped 1,000 games) and after consulting with my … Continue reading

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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

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