Author Archives: Joe Huber

The Opinionated Gamers opine about the classics

Recently, thinking about the question of classic boardgames, I wondered – what do the other Opinionated Gamers think about such games?  Are they beloved? Warmly remembered? Or barely tolerated? So, I asked.  And – the answers run the gamut.  But … Continue reading

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All Fun and Games

I play games to have fun. The problem with that statement, of course, is that having fun means different things to different people.  What might be fun for me might not be fun for others; further, as Wei-Hwa notes, maximizing … Continue reading

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Review of Lift Off

Lift Off Designed by Jeroen Vandersteen and published by Hans im Glück and in English by Z-Man Games This review was originally published, in an earlier version, in the Winter 2019 edition of Gamers Alliance (http://www.gamersalliance.com/).   The Game Last year … Continue reading

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A Review of Foppen

Foppen Designed by Friedemann Friese and originally published by 2F Spiele in 1995; updated and republished by 2F Spiele and Stronghold Games in 2018 Disclaimer: Played sixty times total, perhaps eight of those on a review copy of the new … Continue reading

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A Review of Fine Sand. Sort of. Well, more so than it’s _not_ a review of Fine Sand, at least.

Fine Sand Designed by Friedemann Friese and published by 2F Spiele and Stronghold Games Disclaimer: Played twenty-two times on a review copy of the game. Disclaimer to the disclaimer: While I understand entirely why everyone is expected to state up … Continue reading

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Essen for Agoraphobes

Before I get to my main topic, I thought it worth mentioning just how it was that – five years after stating that I did not expect to return to Spiel – I did return.  In the end, it all comes down … Continue reading

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Early Thoughts on Spiel’18 Games

For the second time in my life I attended the Internationale Spieltage in Essen this year.  But, having learned from my previous experience the first time – I headed back home early, and just spent the day playing a bunch … Continue reading

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Making of Lone Sevens

You can thank – or blame, take your pick – Dale for this article; he suggested that I write it up. Lone Sevens is a solitaire game I designed recently.  Ever since Rattlebones was released, I’ve thought that there were … Continue reading

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Review of Q.E.

Designed by Gavin Birnbaum and published by Cubiko Games One of the central aspects of auction games is the limits on capital.  Which has many advantages, in terms of game play – but this also introduces a artificial limitation into … Continue reading

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Book Review – Fascination: The Lifetime Boardwalk Adventure

Fascination: The Lifetime Boardwalk Adventure Written by Randy Senna and self-published —– Fascination was once a staple of American amusement parks, as ubiquitous as Skee-Ball.  Often referred to as “Bingo with balls”, a Fascination table is a long, inclined table, … Continue reading

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