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

Bear Valley (Game Review)

  Designer: Carl Chudyk Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 2-6 Time: 15-30 minutes Ages: 8+ Times Played: 9 (with review copy of provided by Stronghold Games) Bears, bears, they got no cares Bears don’t drink from a cup Sharp teeth and … Continue reading

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Pandemic Legacy: The Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of Games

  [Editor’s note – if you have not yet played the game, you can still read this review in its entirety.  There are no game-related spoilers included in this review, so you can rest assured that your experience of the … Continue reading

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Metro 2033: Breakthrough (Game Review)

Designer: Evegny Nikitin Publisher: Hobby World Players: 2-5 Time: 45 minutes (though I’d say it’s about 15 minutes per player) Ages: 12 Times Played: 4 (with review copy of provided by Hobby World) In my review of Rogue Agent last … Continue reading

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Survive: Space Attack (Game Review)

Designer: Julian Courtland-Smith… reimagined & redesigned by Geoff, Bryan & Sydney Englestein Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 2-4 Time: 45 minutes Ages: 8+ Times Played: 7 (with review copy of provided by Stronghold Games) A long time ago in a collecting … Continue reading

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First Impressions: Marvel Dice Masters – The Amazing Spider-Man

Designer: Mike Elliott & Eric. M. Lang Publisher: WizKids Games Players: 2 (with more players possible with more starter sets) Time: 30 minutes Ages: 14+ (on the box – but my 10 year old does just fine with it) Times … Continue reading

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Game Review: Crash Cup Karambolage

Designer: Heinz Meister Publisher: HABA Players: 2-4 Ages: 6+ Playing Time: 15 minutes Review by Mark Jackson on a review copy provided by HABA Games (7 plays with Crash Cup Karambolage, 20 plays with the original 1995 edition) There are a LOT of flicking games out … Continue reading

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Castle Panic: The Dark Titan (an expansion review)

Designer: Justin De Witt Publisher: Fireside Games Players: 1-6 Ages: 12+ Playing Time: 60 minutes Review by Mark Jackson on a review copy provided by Fireside Games (4 plays with The Dark Titan, 13 plays with The Wizard’s Tower, 11 … Continue reading

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Catan Con 2015

It all began because of an article in GAMES magazine… and this highly touted import board game from Germany, The Settlers of Catan. I plunked down $35 at a local hobby store and brought home the original brown box edition … Continue reading

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Five & Dime: A Fond Farewell

After 15 years of publishing the Five & Dime lists (both on my personal blog & here on the Opinionated Gamers website), it’s time for me to let the Five & Dime “go gentle into that good night.” There are, … Continue reading

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Core Worlds: Revolution & Core Worlds: Galactic Orders (Expansions Review)

Designer: Andrew Parks (Galactic Orders), Andrew Parks & Sara Sterphone (Revolution) Publisher: Stronghold Games Players: 2-5 Time: 90 minutes (though I’d say it’s about 30 minutes per player) Ages: 10 (officially – though my 9 year old does just fine with it) Times … Continue reading

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