Author Archives: Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

About Mark "Fluff Daddy" Jackson

follower of Jesus, husband, father, pastor, boardgamer, writer, Legomaniac, Disneyphile, voted most likely to have the same Christmas wish list at age 44 as he did at age 14

Super-Skill Pinball 4-Cade: First Impressions

Designers: Geoff Englestein Publishers: WizKids Players: 1-4 Time: 20-40 minutes Times Played: 5 (with a promo copy published online by WizKids)  I’ve played a decent amount of pinball in my day. (Seriously, I’m 55 years old… I can remember the … Continue reading

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Best New (To Me!) Games of 2019

For the last decade or so, I’ve intermittently published my Best New (to me!) Games list each year… and, when I missed a year or two, added the missing lists to the most recent post. Best New (to me!) Games … Continue reading

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Mark’s Bundle of 2019 Essen Game Thoughts

Just got home from a fantastic weekend of gaming (Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon) with friends… enjoying a truckload of new games straight from Essen. (OK, so not really a truckload, unless it was a small hand truck being pulled … Continue reading

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Welcome to the Clank!-iverse…

When we originally reviewed Clank! here on the Opinionated Gamers website, I commented that the game “could well be the love child of Dungeonquest & Ascension.” Since I’m a long-time fan of Dungeonquest, that’s not a bad thing. (Side note: … Continue reading

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Hot Takes: Mark, Ted and John’s Weekend O’Games!

For the last couple of years, I’ve had the privilege of traveling across a couple of states to join game designer Ted Cheatham (City Square Off, Captain Clueless) and John Palaygi in a 4 day gaming weekend. The last two … Continue reading

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Procrastination Corner: A Plethora of Mini-Reviews from Mark “Fluff Daddy” Jackson

Jefe: We have many beautiful piñatas for your birthday celebration, each one filled with little surprises! El Guapo: How many piñatas? Jefe: Many piñatas, many! El Guapo: Jefe, would you say I have a plethora of piñatas? Jefe: A what? … Continue reading

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Burning Down The (Forest): Reviewing Hotshots

  Designer: Justin de Witt Publishers: Fireside Games Players: 1-4 Time: 60 minutes (I think this is long… our games last 30-45 minutes) Ages: 10+ Games Played: 14 (with a review copy provided by Fireside Games)   I grew up … Continue reading

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Fast Forward from Friedemann Friese – A Triple Review

  Designer: Friedemann Friese Publishers: 2F and Stronghold Games Players: 2-4 (Fear), 2-4 (Fortress), 1-4 (Flee) Time: 15 minutes (Fear & Fortress), 75-90 minutes (Flee) Ages: 12+ Games Played: 7 (Fear), 4 (Fortress), 3 (Flee)… all with review copies provided … Continue reading

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Flamme Rouge

Designer: Asger Harding Granerud Publishers: Lautapelit.fi & Stronghold Games Players: 2-4 Time: 30-45 minutes Ages: 8+ Games Played: 9 (with a review copy provided by Stronghold Games)   My ability to speak French is nicht sehr guht. Yes, I know … Continue reading

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Delve – Here’s a Game… Let’s Review It

  Designer: Richard Launius & Pete Shirey Publishers: Indie Board & Card Games Players: 2-4 Time: 45-60 minutes Ages: 14+ (my 12 year old does just fine) Games Played: 4 (with a review copy provided by Indie Board & Card … Continue reading

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